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363 ADELAIDE STREET STUDENT ONE Hutchinson Builders ARBOR AND paRC apartments Pradella Developments And Constructions ALTO APARTMENTS Blackwatch Projects sPICE aPARTMENTS Hutchinson Builders Lucent north Sydney Greenland Group Australia four points by SherAton M&L Hospitality the prince of Wales Hospital – The Bright Alliance A.W. Edwards The Charles Apartments Deicorp Schofields road upgrade York Civil THE FuTRa IApartments Longton 177 Pacific Highway CIMIC Group aqua bondi junction Qualitas Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo Mirvac 333 GEORGE STREET Charter Hall gm Tower Urban Apartments BOUVERIE STREET APARTMENTS Probuild SJOG BENDIGO HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT Kane Constructions JACQUES RICHMOND Riverlee RADIUS APARTMENTS Harris HMC MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS John Holland 115 KING WILLIAM Street Synergy Construct sUNDROP FARMs project John Holland ARIA SWANBOURNE Blackburne Property Group LA TROBE TOWER Hickory Group

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NEWS ································································································································································ 08 SPECIAL FEATURE – NSW NAWIC Awards 2016 ················································································ 18 IN FOCUS – Celebrating 25 years of Umow Lai ··············································································· 20 EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW – Scentre Group ·····························································································22 EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW – Rest Interiors ································································································24 INTERIOR Design Products Special Feature ··········································································26 SPECIAL FOCUS ············································································································································ 40 RECRUITMENT SPECIAL FEATURE ········································································································· 67

177 Pacific Highway – CIMIC Group ····························································································· 74 four points by SherAton – M&L Hospitality ············································································ 82 Lucent north Sydney – Greenland Group Australia ································································ 86 THE Prince of Wales Hospital – tHE BRIGHT ALLIANCE – A.W. Edwards ·················· 98 The Charles Apartments – Deicorp ····························································································· 104 Schofields road upgrade – York Civil ··················································································· 114 THE FuTRa IApartments – Longton ······························································································· 118 aqua bondi JUNCTION – Qualitas ································································································ 124 Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo – Mirvac ························································· 132 333 GEORGE STREET – Charter Hall ································································································· 136 gm Tower – Urban Apartments ········································································································· 140 BOUVERIE STREET APARTMENTS – Probuild ····················································································150 ST. JOHN OF GOD BENDIGO HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT – Kane Constructions ·········156 JACQUES RICHMOND – Riverlee ········································································································ 164 RADIUS APARTMENTS – Harris HMC ································································································· 168 MELBOURNE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS – John Holland ·····················································172 LA TROBE TOWER – Hickory Group ····································································································184 363 ADELAIDE STREET STUDENT ONE – Hutchinson Builders ····················································· 192 ARBOR AND paRC apartments – Pradella Developments And Constructions ·················· 198 ALTO APARTMENTS – Blackwatch Projects ····················································································· 202 sPICE apartments – Hutchinson Builders ·······················································································208 sUNDROP FARMs PROJECT – John Holland ··················································································· 214 115 KING WILLIAM street – Synergy Construct ········································································· 226 ARIA SWANBOURNE – Blackburne Property Group

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Sundrop Farms Project, SA Image Courtesy of John Holland


NGARUNGA NANGAMA artwork by Judy Watson

Judy Watson, Artist

Mirvac’s CEO & Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz; NSW Premier, Mike Baird; AMP Capital Global Head of Property, Carmel Hourigan; and Managing Partner, Sydney & Oceania Markets, EY, Lynn Kraus.

On 22 June, developer Mirvac Group (“Mirvac”) [ASX:MGR] with joint owner AMP Capital celebrated the official opening of their landmark Sydney office building, 200 George Street, at an event on site. Home to Mirvac and EY’s new Sydney headquarters, the world-class office environment embraces industry-leading design, technology and sustainability features, setting a new benchmark for Sydney’s premium grade office towers. New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, officially opened the building, to be known as the “EY Centre”, at the launch event attended by Mirvac’s CEO & Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz; Carmel Hourigan, AMP Capital Global Head of Property representing the joint owner of the site; Lynn Kraus, Managing Partner, Sydney & Oceanic

Markets, EY – the anchor tenant; and the building’s key partners and stakeholders. Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz commented that Mirvac’s vision was to create a cutting edge workplace for leading organisations. “Showcasing adaptable workspaces, green credentials, stateof-the-art technology and iconic design from architects, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, the building is testament to the hard work and collaboration between Mirvac and our many partners who have been involved in this pioneering project.” Standing at 37-storeys, the tower offers a net lettable area of approximately 39,200m2 of premium grade office space situated on a landmark Sydney CBD site, with a world first high performing closed cavity façade

with timber blinds giving the building its distinctive appearance. In the lobby at 200 George Street is a 300m2 artwork from well known indigenous artist, Judy Watson. Set to be one of Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable developments, a 6 Star Green Star – Design Office v3 certified rating, a 6 Star As Built Rating, and 5 Star NABERS rating are being targeted. The building incorporates market leading “smart” technology to create a highly responsive building for its workforce. Mirvac’s headquarters will become one of Australia’s first WELL certified offices. For more information please visit our website,

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Investa & Gwynvill Appoint Lendlease As Builder For 60 Martin Place Sydney Investa and Gwynvill Group have appointed Lendlease Building as the head contractor to construct its $300 million flagship development, 60 Martin Place, Sydney. Construction will commence in July 2016, with completion anticipated in the third quarter of 2019. Mark Tait, Head of Commercial Development, Investa said, “We are delighted to partner with Lendlease Building in this significant Sydney project. Lendlease brings outstanding construction capability and extensive, relevant experience in high quality commercial office developments, which will underpin the quality of the 60 Martin Place offering.”

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r elevant experience, quality and fit of the Lendlease Building project team; competitive commercial terms, pricing and program; and lendlease Building track record and capacity to manage a project of this complexity and scale.

Dale Connor, Managing Director, Lendlease Building said, “Lendlease is proud to be chosen by Investa and Gwynvill to build a distinctive new landmark at 60 Martin Place. Lendlease has a proven track record in building premium commercial office developments that set new benchmarks in performance and sustainability,

Following requests for expressions of interest for the project’s design and construction, Investa received nine submissions, of which four contractors were shortlisted. A rigorous tender process then commenced in September 2015. Following extensive evaluation, Lendlease Building were deemed the preferred contractor based on a number of key criteria including;

r ecent, comparable commercial office project experience across a number of key Sydney Central Business District commercial development projects;

Anthony Albanese Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities & Regional Development

Investing in our economic future: the national transport system One of the most serious threats to the Australian economy in the 21st century is traffic congestion. Each day it gets worse and each day it acts as a hand brake on productivity growth. Indeed, according to Infrastructure Australia, traffic congestion will cost our nation $53 billion a year by 2031 in lost productivity unless we take corrective action now. That’s why it is critical that Australian governments invest in better public transport and roads as a national economic priority. It’s not just about protecting the quality of life of Australian commuters. It’s also about extracting productivity gains that will secure future jobs growth for our children and our grandchildren.

60 Martin Place, Sydney

Located on the corners of Macquarie Street, Martin Place and Phillip Street, opposite the Reserve Bank and State Parliament, the striking new building will incorporate over 40,000m2 of lettable area across 33-levels. Floor plates are flexible and large, ranging from 1,200 – 1,500m2 with panoramic views of the Opera House, Botanical Gardens and Sydney harbour.


regenerate urban precincts and leave a tangible legacy for our cities. Our involvement in 60 Martin Place builds on Lendlease’s longstanding relationship with Investa, and we are delighted to be working on a development that will play a significant role in revitalising Martin Place as a key commercial hub for Sydney,” said Mr Connor. Mr Tait added, “60 Martin Place is an exciting opportunity for Investa, Gwynvill and Lendlease to deliver a truly unique workplace and public amenity offering to the Martin Place precinct, with significant tenant interest already received from a range of blue chip organisations. We look forward to seeing this iconic building start to take shape in Martin Place.” For leasing enquiries contact Sarah Ballhausen, SB Property Consulting, mobile 0419 274 762. For development enquiries contact Mark Finch, mobile 0422 280 822. For general information, visit the website

There is no doubt that the Australian construction industry has the skills and experience to confront this issue, if only governments could summon the will to invest. Part of the problem is the reluctance of governments to borrow for productive investments. But, as retiring Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens said in his recent farewell speech, there are limits to how much can be achieved for the economy from monetary policy and there is a case for borrowing to invest in “long-lived assets that yield economic returns.’’ Investment in the right projects can yield benefits that exceed the cost of the debt. For too long now, our national political scene has been mired in hyper-partisanship, with some political parties so anxious to create points of difference with others that they have been prepared to turn their backs on common sense. When it comes to the national transport system, it’s time to drop the politics, recognise the need for investment in public transport and get back to Nation Building in the national interest.



comment David Forbes Principal The Buchan Group

The rise of Integrated Resort Developments Australian casinos are operating in an increasingly competitive environment with the rapid development of casino hot spots in Asia. According to GGRAsia, the number of casinos across the continent is expected to increase to 230 over the next few years, with major developments underway in Macau, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. Additionally, our local market is significantly influenced by the emergence of a very strong high spending sector in Asia. In response to these challenges and opportunities, major Australian casinos have committed significant investment to reposition their assets in order to attract, develop and sustain the local market and entice higher spending interstate and international visitors. The result is the demise of traditional gaming casinos as they morph into diverse Integrated Resort Developments. Proving that the whole is greater than the component parts, the resorts are delivering the complete entertainment experience with the introduction of non-gaming amenities including clubs, spas, restaurants and theatres.

Introducing Alcadex A1 – AS1530.1 Certified Aluminium Composite Panel SGI Architectural is pleased to introduce another BCA compliant product to the Australian market. Alcadex A1 is an aluminium composite panel deemed non-combustible when tested to AS1530.1 as per the requirements set out in the Building Code of Australia. Alcadex A1: • is tested and certified by the CSIRO to meet AS1530.1 and AS 1530.3, • has a non combustible mineral matrix core offering the benefits of fire safety, • is available in an extensive range of colours and colour-matching to existing colour requirements,



has both interior and exterior applications.

Alcadex A1 offers the same product versatility and flexibility in installation as other traditional core ACPs, avoiding the external fold fractures that can happen with honeycomb cores. Where AS1530.1 certified materials are required on a project, Alcadex A1 is the material of choice. Contact SGI Architectural for more information about AS1530.1 certified ACP Alcadex A1, and visit the Alcadex website for colour charts and technical information.

AMA Glass façades pty ltd adding their shine to opal tower AMA Glass Façades Pty Ltd were awarded Design and Supply Contract for the external façade, sliding doors including ground entries by ICON Co (NSW) Pty Ltd. This award winning Architectural Design by Bates Smart, offers 36-levels of prime residential tower at Sydney Olympic Park and will be worthy of the prime location at the eastern entry point of the precinct.

An exemplar example is Adelaide Casino, which, in addition to the strong Asian casino market, faces the challenge of competition from the big eastern sea board casino resorts. Buchan’s design for the entertainment complex integrates a multi-tier casino and luxury hotel in a 9-level crystalline jewel building. The real gem in the development’s crown, however, is its seamless integration with the surrounding infrastructure on its north riverbank site. A remarkable burst of development is transforming the formerly undeveloped and disconnected precinct into a sporting, recreational, civic, cultural, convention and entertainment heartland. The outcome is an integrated precinct that can benefit all stakeholders, particularly the Casino, which leverages off the custom and increased interstate visitation generated by the surrounding infrastructure.

Opal Towers will stand tall at 130m above sea level with its design features of curvaceous and triangular-shaped building with green horizontal bands and vertical slot walls of living plants embedded into a fully custom designed façade with elevated communal courtyards every six levels. This paramount building will have a high volume of upper floor super-sized apartments, around 160m2 offering panoramic views over Homebush Bay, Chatswood, Sydney CBD and Bicentennial Park to Sydney Airport. Furthermore Studio apartments will also be offered with approximately 40m2 with great views as well. Opal Tower will comprise of 22,000m2 of Window Wall System consisting of Captive Glazing where horizontal and vertical elements will be structural glazed. All horizontal bands depict each floor slab with grading shades of green powder coating, including 150mm horizontal features above and below floor plates. The majority of glass to Opal will be 24.0mm clear double glazed IGU units incorporating LowE coatings and alternative laminate for balcony design.

Opal Tower Sydney Olympic Park

AMA Family Directors have a long 50 year history in the window industry, however with current projects in hand AMA will procure and manufacture the Opal façade off shore to strict Australian Standards under the watchful eye of their Business Development Manager, Mr. Wayne Pateman.

Making the most of the NDIS $700 million housing budget Each year, 200 Australians under the age of 50 are admitted into nursing homes. Young people in aged care facilities have limited opportunity to make the everyday choices that most of us take for granted – such as the time we go to bed and the food we eat.

the Hunter region. All apartments feature accessible internal spaces, generous door and corridor widths, room lengths and turning circles. Bathrooms and kitchens are designed with adaptability in mind. Smart home technology maximises tenants’ independence.

While the National Disability Insurance Scheme aims to address an underfunded and unfair system, many people with disability will not move out of nursing homes simply because there is nowhere for them to go.

Our objective has been to create housing that, while being functional and accessible, looks and feels like neighbouring apartments. We use mainstream rather than disability-specific design and products wherever possible, and choose sites for their proximity to public transport, shops and services.

The Summer Foundation is determined to change this. We currently have two demonstration projects in Melbourne and Di Winkler, CEO Summer Foundation

Once fully operational, the NDIS may provide up to $700 million each year in funding for housing. However, there remains an urgent need for Australia to increase the scale of accessible housing for people with disability – which is where Australia’s development industry can help. When private residential developments consider the needs of people with disability, we’ll know we’re well on the road to an inclusive Australia. For more information visit Summer Foundation,

LOCKER GROUP: perforated metal specialists For over 55 years, Locker Group Pty Ltd have been manufacturing high quality metal products, for the architectural, engineering and infrastructure sectors and are able to produce customised products to suit a range of projects from façade paneling to public art sculptures. Their extensive capabilities include the manufacturing of expanded and perforated metal panels, handrails, screening and grating, wire mesh curtains, stainless steel mesh products, woven wire products, mesh fittings and conveyor belts. Locker Group’s versatility is transcribed to the products and services they offer, with many featuring a high degree of customisation and measured sustainability outcomes, that are both practical and architectural in their design. For more information please contact Locker Group Pty Ltd, phone 03 8791 1000

comment Ken Loh Director Umow Lai

25 Years on and still going strong In September 1991, George Umow and Dominic Lai started a consulting business offering building engineering expertise in what was a very competitive and challenging environment. Their business philosophy was to provide exceptional and innovative design solutions tailored to the clients’ needs for their project. Twenty five years later, Umow Lai’s reputation in exceptional service and innovative design is well recognised. The practice expanded its core offering with establishment of specialist engineering in Fire Engineering, ICT/AV and Sustainability. This specialist offering complements its core disciplines of mechanical, electrical, fire, hydraulics and vertical transportation. Evolving into a successful firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and affiliations with offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam and New Zealand, is the result of hard work and loyal clients. It is also a testament to remaining true to our core values: providing clients with a professional, performance-based, personalised service. We strive to keep abreast of trends, rising to the challenges of focusing on innovation, sustainability and new technologies and in the process, meeting the demands of changes in building and industry regulations. Our ability to work with clients spanning all sectors on projects ranging from small to multibillion dollar projects, has enabled us to be involved in world-leading, sustainable and technological advanced buildings. Our projects are award winning and received accolades from across the industry. We are proud of the fact that the business is wholly Australian owned. We will continue to evolve but remain dedicated to our clients and strive towards design excellence – and look forward to the next twenty five years! ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Stephen Auld Director of Operations HDR | Rice Daubney

Using Virtual Reality to build better One of the challenges of architectural design is communicating the vision to the client; showing them the customised solution that addresses their needs. With virtual reality software and interactive tools we are doing just that. Twenty years ago, you had to be able to read plans drawn in pencil and picture them translated into a three dimensional building: a challenge for most of us. Now, thanks to virtual reality, you are able to step inside the building during the early design stages. Using virtual reality technology, such as HTC Vive and Oculus, we are able to provide the life-like sensation of standing in a space, filled with light and colour. It allows us to take stakeholders into the design process and to experience a space long before any construction takes place. It aligns the brief with expectation and reduces surprises during construction. We are investing heavily in this technology and are at the forefront of its use in architecture. We find it aids the signing off process and builds engagement not only with the client, but also with the managing contractor, consultants and users. Its potential in architecture is exciting – watch this space…

L u Simon scoops excellence awards L U Simon Builders scooped the pool of Australian Institute of Building Awards – Victorian chapter. The annual awards recognise the leadership and challenges associated with the complexity in the construction phase of remarkable or distinctive projects. Six of the 23 awards went to L U Simon Builders Pty Ltd’s teams for their work on:

Lucia Apartments: 21-storey residential development in South Yarra comprising 448 apartments described as a modern Australian suburban baroque city in itself.

 ampus Clayton: Residential development C consisting of a basement carpark for 168 cars with three, four-level apartment blocks of 164 apartments, together with a separate row of two-story townhouses of 17 residences and garages.

20 Queen Street Blackburn: 50 one and two bedrooms state-of-the art apartments with quality fittings and basement car parking.

ollins & Queen: Essendon’s prized C mixed-use building consisting of 116 apartments, five retail tenancies and 124 car spaces.

 rbis and Momentum Towers: 119 O apartments across two buildings, each over seven levels with three basement levels of 95 car spaces.

Dino Krommydas FAIB Construction Manager, who has been with L U Simon Builders for 12 years, a recipient of an AIB Victorian Building Professional of the year award said, “Our team integrated a range of architectural and engineering value management proposals through the design

Frank Materia, (Hons FAIB) Construction Director of L U Simon Builders, added, “Our vast experience over the 61 year history of our company, and the culture we have developed is the key to our long term success. Loyalty is our most prized asset and we take great pride in working with a dedicated team of employees.”

Hebel – a better way to build

Used in a range of applications including façades, intertenancy, corridor, shaft and service walls, Hebel wall systems go up quickly and easily helping with project costs and schedules. They are also tested, designed, and well-proven to achieve BCA/NCC fire and acoustic rating compliance easily. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS

development phase to provide maximum value for the client.” “Working this way, in the Lucia Apartments project we were able to assist the developers with savings of over $5 million which included a complete structural redesign. We worked against the clock on a tight program. The project was initially a staged handover, but through detailed planning, a range of buildability initiatives, and a commitment to achieving the best result for the client, we were able to hand over the entire project on one date – three months early.

Hebel systems offer flexibility in design, speed of construction and make NCC compliance easy to achieve. Hebel wall systems deliver exceptional benefits in terms of cost, quality, project efficiency, and risk minimisation.


Lucia Elevation

CSR Hebel is Australia’s only manufacturer of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a strong, non-combustible, lightweight masonry product. Hebel offers a range of personalised services including made-to-length panels, expert technical advice and engineering services on suitable projects. Hebel – A better way to build. For more information visit Hebel, website

Completion of $40M Coomera Indoor Sports Centre Hansen Yuncken recently completed construction on the new $40 million Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, some 20 months ahead of being required for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. One of the unique features of this venue is the 650 tonne steel superstructure which has been designed in lightweight tubular steel. The building is 168m x 82m wide with no internal columns and the roof is double the height of other indoor sports venues measuring approximately 23m in height. This is to accommodate additional spectator seating and equipment required for the Commonwealth Games. There is also 6,500m2 of timber flooring which is designed to have a 10kPa bearing

capacity to facilitate the bump in of spectator seating in games mode. The indoor floor area comprises eight mixed-use sports courts and a gymnastics arena for the venue. The project was handed over on time and on budget and was recently opened to the public on 5 August 2016 and immediately hosted the Volleyball Queensland Senior Schools Cup. This venue will provide much-needed community infrastructure for the Gold Coast’s growing population and provide long-lasting benefits to Queensland for many years to come. The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre is jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Australian Government. The venue will be owned and operated by the City of Gold Coast.

comment Nick Deeks Managing Director WT Partnership

VERY POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE Despite the ABS reported downturn in Building and Engineering Construction in the March 2016 quarter consistent with the decline of the mining and resources boom, WT Partnership (WTP) foresee a positive outlook for the industry with the release of their ‘Review of Australian Construction Market Conditions July 2016.’ It is reported that proportionally, Engineering Construction continues to contract, however, WTP are seeing increased activity nationally with the level of transport infrastructure at an all time high due to Federal and State alignment in spending and the highest level of residential building work on record (according to the ABS), with a pipeline of work that will see this trend continue in 2016/17. Non-residential building fell 1.6% in the March 2016 quarter, however WTP are seeing increased activity in key sectors including hotel, student accommodation and aged care when the local economic conditions and business fundamentals align.

Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland

Stockland leads the charge in sustainable communities Stockland has more Green Star-rated communities than any other developer in Australia, after the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certified six new communities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Stockland has achieved 6 Star Green Star – Communities ratings, representing ‘world leadership’ in the design and delivery of sustainable precincts, for three projects at Willowdale at Denham Court in south west Sydney; Cloverton at Kalkallo in north Melbourne;

and Calleya at Banjup in Perth’s south. These certifications follow Stockland’s 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating for the Aura residential community on the Sunshine Coast, the largest mixed-use development ever undertaken under single ownership in Australia. Aura will eventually be home to 50,000 people.

WTP are an award-winning international Cost Management and Consultancy organisation with over 1260 staff and 52 offices globally. Their Australian publication has been circulated since 2010 and has a distribution of over 8,000 clients and organisations nationally and overseas. WTP Australia Managing Director, Nick Deeks said “WTP are experiencing unprecedented national and international client enquiries which has resulted in the highest level of staff numbers and revenue for 2015/16 in our 67-year history.”

“Stockland is leading the charge in its commitment to sustainable communities – and this leadership will transform the shape of Australia’s cities,” says the GBCA’s CEO, Romilly Madew. ANCR CONSTRUCTION NEWS


comment Brenden Parker Managing Director Urbanline

Australia's increasing demand for fire-resistant materials Australia’s building industry faces unique challenges in meeting tougher fire rating standards, which is driving up demand for fire-resistant materials such as native hardwoods for architectural features. Following the 2015 Docklands apartment fire in Melbourne, the Building Code of Australia has tightened fire rating requirements. The natural fire-resistant properties of Australian hardwoods is just one reason for their unwavering popularity. Looks are another. We intuitively know that wood lends warmth to interiors, particularly in commercial applications which can by their very nature feel impersonal. But a 2014 study by Planet Arc concluded that, “exposure to wood products and interiors has measurable health benefits, similar to those created by spending time in nature.” When used in commercial applications such as shopping centres, lift lobbies and multi residential apartments, Australian hardwoods lend a calm and relaxing atmosphere to busy pedestrian thoroughfares. Queensland Spotted Gum is probably the bestknown and loved native, for its rich grain and stability. But blonde species are gaining ground. The pale tones of Blackbutt and Tallowood are trending today, and these species are also on the list of approved hardwoods for fire zones. When it comes to how hardwoods are applied, flat lines are taking a back seat, while stepped timber and custom architectural profiles add 3D appeal to cladding and panelling. We can’t talk about wood without mentioning sustainability. As Planet Arc stated when releasing its study, “the use of responsibly sourced, certified wood can have significant positive environmental outcomes and help reduce climate change.”



Highly respected South Australian businessman, the new face of FAÇADES His family-owned steel engineering company helped build many of South Australia’s iconic structures, now 10 months after that business closed, Vince Manuele is back to lead a new company which is set to change the face of façades across Australia. Mr. Manuele has been appointed General Manager of SYNERGY FAÇADES, an expansion of local construction company SYNERGY CONSTRUCT. He turned down offers to stay in steel, instead choosing to forge a new direction with SYNERGY CONSTRUCT Directors Michael Gramazio and Craig Weaver. “Michael and Craig have a fire in their bellies, they’re extraordinarily passionate about what they’re trying to do with façades. When I saw that level of passion I thought, they’re on a mission, they’re going to achieve their mission

be. I started to think that some of my historical thoughts of Chinese products were incorrect.” Established in 2013, SYNERGY CONSTRUCT has made a name for itself as General Builder for its commercial high rise building at 115 King William Street, Adelaide’s 4th tallest building, as well as façade and structural works at Vue on King William and Whitehorse Towers at Box Hill in Melbourne. Director Michael Gramazio said as builders, they saw a gap in the market for a façade contractor offering a complete design and construction service, particularly for larger and more complex projects. “Every Australian capital city is screaming out for façade contractors that can deliver big, complicated projects. There really is only a handful of contractors that can meet the demands of the market in that space,” said Mr Gramazio.

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and I want to play a role in that process,” he said. “I am extraordinarily excited about this because in the near future this will be the go to business in Australia. We’ll be considered the best at what we do by a country mile and I’m going to champion that.”

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“Having a building background has given us a huge advantage. We understand the technical requirements of building façades and how to integrate them with the building itself, while having the foresight to identify any risks or issues. We offer something that I don’t think the industry has really ever had before.

The 52 year old father of three has 30 years experience in steel fabrication and previously managed a state-of-the-art production facility along with 150 staff. He said the shift from running his family-owned steel business to working within a larger company has already been a rewarding learning curve.

While noting a difficult time in the South Australian economy, Director Craig Weaver said moves to diversify the business has been the right one and will ensure they meet their target for an annual turnover of $80 million by 2018.

“My perceptions of China have changed completely, when I saw what they were doing there. The level of sophistication, was significantly higher than what I’d perceived it to

“The SYNERGY brand is firmly entrenched in South Australia, but we are well and truly open for business across Australia and New Zealand,” said Mr Weaver.

HDR | Rice Daubney wins four architecture awards in a week The 'Novartis' Building

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The future property set to be more diverse A ground-breaking report into women’s careers in the property industry finds we can grow the talent pool and strengthen our industry with new recruitment and workplace policies.

HDR | Rice Daubney has won four architecture awards in the past week from both Australian and international juries. The ‘Novartis’ building has received the 2016 Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award from the Australian Institute of Architects (New South Wales Chapter), the most prestigious commercial architecture award in New South Wales. “We are honoured to receive this award against such strong competition. Novartis has a tradition of investing in great architecture around the world. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Novartis on their latest building. At HDR | Rice Daubney we believe that good design adds value and we seek to

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realise social, environmental and economic value through our work.” The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) ‘New Indoor Sports Centre’ and ‘Auditorium’ buildings, have both received a 2016 Educational Architecture Award from the Australian Institute of Architects (Australian Capital Territry Chapter), for excellence in the design of Educational Architecture. HDR | Rice Daubney’s work was also recognised internationally, with the ‘Al Maha Centre for Children and Young Adults’, winning a 2016 Future Healthcare Design prize at the European Global Healthcare Design awards in London.

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Grow the Talent Pool, a new report from the Property Council and EY, examines women’s pathways into – and through – the property industry. Importantly, it finds leaders in our industry tend to be promoted from within. This disadvantages women who tend to “fall into” property – and it also disadvantages the entire industry. A raft of evidence has found that diversity leads better decision-making, and can deliver more profitable companies. Embracing diversity means building the best business and the strongest team. The Property Council is leading a number of diversity initiatives to increase the number of women in leadership roles in our industry. Our 100 Women in Property sponsorship program, in its pilot year, has attracted 250 participants. Our 40:40:20 campaign is encouraging more women to nominate for Property Council committees, and a target of 40% female representation is on track to be achieved. And the 21 Property Male Champions of Change are driving real change throughout our industry. In many Australian states and territories, property is the biggest industry and the largest employer. As an economic leader, it’s important we take a leadership position on diversity. The result will be a stronger, more prosper industry, and better communities for all Australians. For more information and to download Grow the Talent Pool from the Property Council website go to



comment Robert Puflett Studio Leader & Partner Thomson Adsett

The future of seniors living It is well known that the world’s population is ageing rapidly. The pressure to meet the demand for appropriate accommodation and care for seniors is increasing. It’s a very real prospect that supply will not meet demand. The way we design for seniors is also changing rapidly, and a number of key factors are influencing this shift. Traditionally, the economy has been based on capital and physical possessions. A new type of economy has emerged – one that is digital, social and human, based on joy and experience. Seniors are becoming increasingly concerned with access (location), as opposed to ownership, and are no longer willing to compromise lifestyle when moving into aged care facilities. Moreover, social connectivity and networks are now understood to be major factors in our wellbeing and happiness. Some forward thinking aged-care providers are responding to this concept and planning seniors’ friendly communities in inner-city and suburban hubs that facilitate connections. Our aim is to provide care delivery that is centred on the person, and create places for meaningful experiences – where care can be delivered and a fulfilling life lived. The concept of high rise retirement living is relatively new to Australia, but has been fundamental in Asia Pacific for many years. These villages are designed around the specific needs of seniors, but are still closely connected to the metropolitan community.

Dincel introduces a new 155mm profile Dincel Construction System, Australia’s leading polymer formwork system, has introduced a new 155mm profile to its growing range of products. The company offers a fast, cost-effective, waterproof, fully BCA compliant structural solution for projects of every size, from basements to skyscrapers up to 60-storeys. The 155mm profile is engineered for buildings up to 20 storeys, giving specifiers another Dincel option in addition to its 110mm profile for internal party and corridor walls, and a cost effective alternative to traditional precast concrete and tilt-up panels. What sets the Dincel system apart from other polymer formwork is its unique patented ‘snap together’ joints that lock the panels together. When Dincel formwork is filled with ready mixed concrete, it creates a waterproof structural wall that has been extensively tested and verified by the CSIRO. Dincel reduces the need for expensive cranes and its lightweight composition creates a safer building site and reduces waste. Australian invented and manufactured, the 155mm profile bridges the gap between



Dincel’s existing 110mm and 200mm profiles, and the soon to launch 275mm profile. The range provides developers with a complete solution for above and below ground applications. For further information contact Dincel Construction System, phone 02 9670 1633, website

BUCHAN MASTERPLAN GUIDES SHELLHARBOUR WORKERS CLUB DEVELOPMENT Work has begun on a $74 million development masterplan for the Shellharbour Workers Club that will not only transform the long-standing clubhouse, but also deliver an extensive range of new community facilities, from aquatic and fitness centres to a hotel. Established in 1956, the Club moved in 1983 to its current location on an 8ha site on Wattle Road, Shellharbour. Keen to create additional revenue streams and strengthen its core clubhouse asset, the Shellharbour Workers Club engaged acclaimed Australasian

Our recent high-end retirement village in Melbourne, Streeton Park, indicates the growing need to design for varied lifestyles and interests. The development is one of Australia’s most progressive and forward thinking aged care facilities, and combines our learnings from 30 years of working in Australia and Asia Pacific. The elderly no longer need to compromise lifestyle when leaving their homes – it’s an exciting time to be designing for seniors living!

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design firm The Buchan Group to develop a masterplan for the site that would guide development during the next 20 years. As part of this process, a number of complementary uses were identified, including a childcare centre ($4.7m), hotel ($32m), aquatic and fitness centres ($8m), function centre ($4m), commercial and medical facilities ($10m) and associated multi-deck car parking facilities ($15m). Parallel to the overall site planning and new building works, Buchan has begun refurbishing the clubhouse. This has included the completion of a new VIP gaming area, with the redevelopment of the auditorium, billiards and sports bars due to begin shortly. In addition, Buchan has also developed a rolling three-year furniture, fittings and equipment audit and refurbishment program for the clubhouse, as well as a 10-year expansion strategy for its gaming, and food and beverage offering.

Cundall expands Australian Acoustics department with key appointment International multi-disciplinary consultancy Cundall has appointed Patrick Carpenter to lead their Australian acoustics team. Based in Melbourne, Patrick’s appointment enables Cundall to deliver further projects from Victoria. Cundall has been delivering acoustics globally since 2010 and established an Australian presence in 2014, first starting in Sydney. Following a number of confirmed

appointments in Melbourne, Patrick has been tasked to deliver these projects while expanding the business further throughout the region. “Acoustic services compliments our building services engineering and sustainable design team offerings,” comments Garrit Schot, Director at Cundall. “We have seen a number of clients value this added service so have made the decision to appoint Patrick here in Melbourne.”

A.G. Coombs Trainees and Apprentices recognised at AMCA Industry Awards

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Movable temporary structures: Westside, Acton Park, canberra The Westside temporary structure at Acton Park departs from the conventional notion of permanence in architecture, which has to date been avidly applied to most buildings erected in Canberra’s National Capital Zone. Unlike the grand buildings nearby, Westside is liberated from a specific program and its associated aesthetic baggage. Instead, Westside is quite literally dynamic, changing its composition depending on the needs of the day.

A.G. Coombs is celebrating multiple wins from this year’s Air-Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) Victorian Training Achievement Awards, taking out the overall Training Achievement Award, the Category Award for Drafting and the Category Award for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning along with a Presidents Encouragement Award in the Category for Mechanical Plumbing.

of the industry gathered to honour its young trainees and apprentices. AMCA Victoria President Peter Keating said the winners had been selected from particularly strong fields.

Jackson Taylor, A.G. Coombs (Projects) Drafting Trainee has been recognised by the AMCA with the prestigious AMCA Victorian Training Achievement Award together with the Category Award for Drafting.

A.G. Coombs’ Managing Director, Mr Russell Telford, said, “Our long history in apprenticeship training and development continues to be further strengthened with our Apprenticeship Program, helping to ensure that apprentices make the most of their training opportunities and become effective and capable tradespeople with a great future in the industry,” he added.

Michael Lithotomos, A.G. Coombs Service Refrigeration Apprentice received the Category Award for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, and Aimee Stanton, A.G. Coombs (Projects) Mechanical Plumbing Apprentice was presented with a Presidents Encouragement Award in the Category for Mechanical Plumbing. The awards were bestowed at this year’s AMCA Industry Dinner, held on 13 August at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne where members

The A.G. Coombs Group strongly supports Australian apprenticeships, recognising that they are the best way to combine training and entry point employment, often leading to a nationally recognised qualification and career path.

“We combine professional mentoring and active engagement with partner educational facilities to continually track training progress and to help ensure the educational curriculum is appropriate to the workplace and apprentice needs.” A.G. Coombs congratulates the award winners and finalists for their hard work and dedication to their trade.

Designed as a temporary structure, the facility is completely demountable and impermanent. Components consist of prefabricated steel which can be unbolted then deconstructed, stored, transported and re-erected in any form required. Westside is a structure that can be recycled in its entirety. As an approach, it turns its back on the now well exhausted dictum of ‘form follows function’ because it has no specific function. Sited on a disused futsal slab located between Commonwealth Avenue and the West-Basin of Lake Burley Griffin, the four-storey mass is easily visible from key approaches and provides an opportunity to promote the future vision of the city. The elevated deck on the top floor affords the public with elevated views of the city which are typically reserved for privately owned ‘high-rise’ buildings, thus bringing Canberra’s public space beyond the natural ground. Moveable temporary structures are nothing new. The Westside project continues this heritage, proving once again architecture’s capacity to re-invigorate an otherwise underutilised, if not forgotten, part of the city. Westside was recently awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s (Australian Capital Territory) Sustainability Award.




NAWIC APPLAUDS EXCELLENCE AT ANNUAL AWARDS Inspiring women and innovative companies from across the construction industry have been recognised for their achievements at the annual NAWIC Awards for Excellence. Hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter, the 2016 awards attracted a record number of entries across 11 categories. According to NAWIC’s NSW Chapter President, Sarah Hogan, more than 950 people gathered at The Star in Sydney on Thursday 25 August for the 20th anniversary event. “The NAWIC Awards for Excellence celebrate both rising female stars and recognised leaders from across our industry, as well as the companies supporting and guiding female talent,” Ms Hogan explains.


A panel of industry experts selected winners based on strict award criteria. Laura Durkan was presented with the WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Business Woman of the Year Award. Ms Durkan is Head of Human Resources at construction, refurbishment and fitout specialist Richard Crookes. “Laura has faced significant challenges as Richard Crookes evolves from a small family business to a competitive, established name. The judges were impressed with Laura’s ability to create a successful learning and development function within her company, and with the positive impact she has made on the entire business,” Ms Hogan says. The winner of the Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women


in the Construction Industry is Hilti Australia, a manufacturer of specialised tools for the construction industry. Hilti has established a dedicated diversity and inclusion team focused on four key areas: flexible work arrangements; developing women for leadership roles; recruitment practices; and establishing external partnerships to raise awareness. These strategies have driven an increase in female applications for employment with Hilti from 10% to 15% in the last 12 months alone. “Hilti’s commitment to advancing the careers of women is bearing fruit, and 30% of its executive management team is female. Hilti is showing the industry how diversity can be delivered,” Ms Hogan explains.


CATEGORY AND MERIT WINNERS Probuild Tradesperson Scholarship Winner: Bonnie Marcus, Ferris Building Merit: Sonia Morgenweck, Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen Master Builders Association & Clinton Recruitment Award for Team Innovation Winner: Jacobs, for consistent team work on multiple health infrastructure projects Merit: Telstra Property, Davenport Campbell & Partners and Lendlease, for the 400 George Street project Brookfield Scholarship for Future Leaders Winner: Rodanthe-Marie Butler, Brookfield Multiplex Merit: Jane Moran, Aurecon Merit: Penny Campbell, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

CBRE University Scholarship Winner: Natalie Galea, a PhD student at the University of New South Wales Merit: Vanessa Yee Lu, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering student at the University of New South Wales HASSELL Award for Contribution to a Project’s Development Winner: Kimberley Jackson, Lendlease, for Tower Three at Barangaroo South

Stockland Award for Innovation in Design Winner: Emma Favretto, Probuild Constructions

Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability Winner: Davina Rooney, National Sustainability Manager, Stockland Merit: Lucy Sharman, Eco-concierge at Barangaroo South, Lendlease


About NAWIC NSW Chapter

Established in 1995, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) champions and empowers women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential. NAWIC hosts networking events and education seminars, runs annual awards programs, funds scholarships, and works with both government and industry to advance opportunities for women in Australia’s construction industry. See

The NAWIC NSW Chapter is a passionate group of women who volunteer their time and expertise to host and deliver a range of events aimed at furthering women in the construction industry. The committee and NAWIC members work in a variety of fields within the construction industry and the Chapter’s activities are designed to address the diversity of these

MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fit Out Winner: Joanna Lees, Lendlease, for her work on Lendlease’s new workplace at Barangaroo Built Project Manager Award Winner: Samantha McWilliam, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, for Sydney Metro City and Southwest Merit: Shivani Naidoo, APP, for the Westpac national retail rollout Entertainment Fifty-four children from the Moorambilla Voices, an arts development program engaging rural and remote children from the North West Region of NSW, provided the entertainment for the 2016 NAWIC awards.

groups. NAWIC NSW’s goal is to celebrate the achievements of female colleagues in the construction industry as well as to inform, educate and provide networking opportunities.

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UMOW Lai celebrates 25 years of business Dominic Lai has notched an incredible array of achievements in his 25 years at the helm of Umow Lai, a mechanical, electrical and hydraulics engineering consulting business employing 140 people with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It also offers expertise in information communication technology, master planning and consults on designs to proven operational performance on new and existing buildings. As a leader in fire engineering in Australia, its fire engineers have scooped awards and completed many fire-engineering studies for major projects. Dominic, Umow Lai’s Managing Director, is a registered fire safety, mechanical, and electrical engineer. He was one of the first graduates of Victoria University’s Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering, then the first registered fire engineer in Australia. He went on to pioneer what’s become a very necessary profession in the design and construction industry. 20


“It was seen as an odd ball discipline, not totally trusted, but over 20 years this has now become a mainstream discipline and fire engineers are involved in every building project,” said Dominic. “However, fire engineers are not magicians. We often hear at design stage, ‘we can fire engineer that out’, but fire engineering is very precise, it requires calculations and analysis. We can’t just engineer it out.” His passion for engineering was sparked by its logic. “It’s not emotive. As a young person working in the field, everything was quantitative and that fits in well with my character and personality.” “Once I got into the design industry, though, I found that engineering can be creative and innovative. That’s what has drawn me into this industry for 38 years,” said Dominic. A niche Umow Lai has carved is working collaboratively with architects, clients and design teams to deliver high-performance buildings that set the benchmark for sustainability. It’s completed an amazing 25,000 projects. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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The company celebrated its milestone with a who’s who of people associated with the engineering, architecture, property and building industry at the Jim Stynes’ Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in September. Dominic co-founded the company with George Umow. At the event, which 350 people attended, Dominic said, “I think much of our success lies in the fact that we strive to keep abreast of trends, do not shirk from the challenges facing the industry, happily embrace innovation and technology and most importantly, are committed to providing personalised services.” “We are at the forefront of technology investing in our staff and regular study tours overseas, learning and adopting where applicable in Australia,” added Dominic. When Umow Lai opened for business in 1991, its first projects were for Ansett Airlines, AMP and the Victorian State Coroners Court. Now their clients include health care, education, laboratories, government and civic, sport and recreation, justice and commercial buildings such as the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sir Samuel Griffith Centre in Brisbane and the first-class, sustainability world leading building, Legion House in Sydney and Pixel in Melbourne. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU


A major change he’s seen in the industry is the transfer of design risk from the client to the constructor, so the builder takes the design and construction risk. As well, more people in the industry hold university degrees, which has further professionalised it. Computer software REIVIT 3D and Building Information Modelling have transformed the industry as well as communication. A three-day turn around for information won’t do these days – it’s next hour. Dominic acknowledges that while there have been some low points over the years they have invariably lead to finding more effective or efficient ways to solve the problems and overall, we have achieved excellent outcomes for our clients. Images: 1. Ken Loh, Director of Umow Lai; 2. Gwen Welshman, National Business Manager has worked with Dominic Lai for 25 years; 3. George Umow, Co-Founder speaks; 4. Weston Lewis, Sustainability Consultant, played guitar and spoke about his journey from the USA to Umow Lai; 5. Dominic Lai, Managing Director & Co-Founder.

For more information contact Umow Lai, Level 4, 10 Yarra Street, South Yarra VIC 3141, phone 03 9249 0388, email melbourne@, website ANCR IN FOCUS – UMOW LAI


Executive Interview Scentre Group

What keeps you so passionate about working in the construction sector? I’ve been in the construction industry for nearly 30 years and I still enjoy going to work each day. At Scentre Group we develop, design, construct and own – sometimes with joint venture partners – the assets we operate. It allows me to apply my accumulated skills and experience in a totally different context. Our developments provide an essential part of that community’s social and economic infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand.

Scentre Group is a retail property listed entity and is one of Australia’s top five commercial construction companies. Ian was appointed Director of Design & Construction of Scentre Group in June 2014, when the company de-merged from Westfield Australia. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group he was Director of Design & Construction of Westfield Australia since 2009. Ian joined Westfield in 2004 as a General Manager of Design & Construction, responsible for the delivery of a number of major Westfield Centre Projects throughout Australia including the management of the Westfield Sydney Project. 22

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Have you always worked in construction? No, on leaving school I went into mechanical engineering, working for BHP at Port Kembla for four years before switching to a building degree. I then joined Concrete Constructions. I made the change because construction just always interested me. What’s your ‘legacy’ development that you’ve been involved with at Scentre Group? I talk about Westfield and Scentre Group in the same breath. The legacy project is the Westfield Sydney project in the CBD on Pitt Street Mall, which we started in 2008 during the GFC and completed in 2012. It was a $1 billion development and then Australia’s biggest. We consolidated under our ownership three adjoining retail properties. It was a complex development and our design and construction team delivered that project in its entirety. It was a genuine world-class mixed use development unlike anything we’d seen in Australia – retail AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

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component, refurbishing the existing CentrePoint office, building and doing the fitout for a 30-floor office tower above the shopping centre – retail operations continued throughout. The project won several awards from the Master Builders Association and for engineering excellence. At that time we were the first 6 Star Green Star Commercial Building Completed. Briefly, explain the scale of your design and construction department, which operates as a business within a business. Why is this such a major selling point to your clients? We’re a retail property business however within this we run a design and construction (D&C) business that employs over 550 professionals nationally with an enormous amount of intellectual property accumulated. With its D&C business, Scentre Group offers a tailored service, with a speed to market and construction pricing formula unmatched in Australia, as we don’t have the problem of trying to procure work. Our development pipeline is in excess of $3 billion in planned developments over the next 5-7 years. We’re responsible for managing all Scentre Group’s infrastructure works from a reception desk through to the largest of our projects anywhere. What’s a typical work day for you at Scentre Design & Construction? I have executive responsibilities as a director. I am on the Scentre Group executive committee and chair the diversity and inclusion committee. I aim to focus on our business priorities and the real issues that make a difference in our day-to-day business. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

What’s the average person not know about your company? We’re one of the largest commercial construction companies in Australia – most industry observers would be taken aback by the scale of projects and outcomes we achieve. Most people associate Scentre Group or the Westfield brand with shopping centres, but we have one of the largest multi-disciplined design operations in Australia from engineers to architects. How has the de-merger from Westfield in 2014 along geographical lines potentially changed the company operationally and culturally? For some people, it was an emotional departure. However, it was a great opportunity to redefine what the Australian and New Zealand business looks like as a cleanskin. A new company but with the benefit of 50 years of heritage through Westfield. It’s allowed us to be more nimble and more responsive to market opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. What’s the value of Scentre Group’s developments in the pipeline? The pipeline fluctuates between $3 billion and $5 billion year-to-year, never lower than $3 billion in my 12 years here. We’re currently focusing on projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Perth, South Australia and New Zealand.

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REst Interiors 30 years of excellence With a 30 year history, Rest Interiors have successfully become one of Australia’s premiere joinery companies. Ali Hashem, General Manager of the very vibrant company, is passionate about facilitating ongoing growth and success for Rest Interiors. How did Rest Interiors begin? Rest Interiors was created in 1986 by my father, Hashem Mahmoud. He came to this country with nothing but a trade background and a desire to succeed. He started off manufacturing and installing kitchens from an old 150m2 factory before targeting commercial joinery works. We are very proud to say that we still consistently work with the first commercial client we ever had, holding a close working relationship for over 30 years.

Rest Interiors has been around for almost 30 years. How and why do you think you’ve remained so successful? I think our success is attributed to three factors. i. Our dedication to the ethos “the project is paramount.” ii. Our experience in the industry has afforded us the ability to have a clear vision of the market landscape and thus steer our business toward more dynamic market segments. iii. Our staff are our greatest asset.

We understand that Rest Interiors recognises the importance of having great staff. Can you tell me a little about your team? The majority of our team has been part of our family for many years. We have an extremely low staff turnover and that is something we are very proud of. Our management team alone has over 150 years combined experience in the industry. Some key members come from differing backgrounds such as accounting, I.T & engineering. Their input in shaping the business has proven invaluable.

As Managing Director, what changes are you hoping to see at Rest Interiors over the next five years? Our five year plan is based around greater systemisation in production to achieve greater efficiency levels. Regardless of where our business model currently lies, we must be in constant pursuit of greater efficiency. I believe it is our duty in this industry to maintain a high quality product at a reasonable price.


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What did you do prior to taking over as Managing Director from your father? I undertook a Bachelor of Commerce Economics and worked in the banking industry just long enough to realise how much I did not enjoy it. An opportunity arose for me to experience the family business and I was hooked. It’s vibrant, fast paced, innovative, collaborative and tangible. Each project we undertake has its own unique character and constraints, the chance to be part of a growing and thriving business in such a challenging industry has kept me on my toes and at the forefront of seeking modernisation for what is essentially one of the worlds oldest trades, woodworking. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.

What do you consider Rest Interiors proudest achievements and most notable projects? We make it our aim to target a notable project whenever the opportunity arises, it is always exciting to be part of something visionary or renowned no matter how large or small a part we play. I can go as far back as the late 80s where we undertook works in one of the worlds architectural wonders, the Sydney opera house. I recently took my five year old son to a show there and I was proud to show him the grand concert hall doors his grandfather had constructed were still in use in such an iconic venue. Since then we have partnered in completing works to other iconic structures and projects such as the Sydney Tower, Google head office, P&O Cruise ships, 20 floor office fitouts for NSW government headquarters. From a retail perspective we are proud to have completed national rollouts for Westfields, Telstra, Vodafone, and the Williams Sonoma International group of brands. With a commitment to innovation, Ali and his father recently toured Europe’s best joinery manufacturers and machinery plants. They also attended the world’s largest expo for the joinery industry. Their travels covered Germany, Italy, France and Britain. Together they brought back a wealth of knowledge to share with the team at Rest Interiors. For more information contact Rest Interiors, 20 Clements Avenue, Bankstown NSW 2200, phone 02 9708 0633, fax 02 9793 9133, email, website


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St. Collins Lane: a Shopping Temple of the New Century Developer: LaSalle Investment Management Architect: ARM Architecture Contractor: Built Completed: May 2016 Melbourne’s CBD is famous for its laneways and elegant 19th-Century shopping arcades. The new St. Collins Lane is a contemporary incarnation of the arcade – a luxury retail precinct between Melbourne’s Collins and Little Collins Streets. Designed by ARM Architecture, it comprises 9,186m2 of shopping and dining over four floors. ARM design interiors for their own buildings, which include the Melbourne Recital Centre, Perth Arena and Barak Building. Their high-profile interior redevelopments include Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and Hamer Hall. They have won dozens of interior awards, most recently the 2016 Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture for their Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. St. Collins Lane replaces the old Australia on Collins shopping centre, whose interior ARM has completely demolished. Above it is the Novotel WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

on Collins Hotel. The Novotel’s courtyard shape creates a vast atrium above St. Collins Lane with natural light filtering down from the transparent roof nine storeys above. To separate the Lane from the Hotel atrium, ARM created a theatrical canopy of 5,000 glass tubes in a suspended cascade. The tubes are a kaleidoscope of greens interspersed with LED pin lights. The effect changes from an airy glistening in the daytime to a dazzling emerald glow in the evening. St. Collins Lane’s floors have over-scaled identicon-generated patterning constructed using state-of-the-art ceramic sheet technology. It was laser cut from massive 3m x 1m sheets to form the name ‘St. Collins Lane’ over the length of the walkways. The 3.5m-high backlit Barrisol® ceilings have a pop-art interpretive pattern taken from an image of folded silk. There is also mirror-polish bronze stainless steel cladding. “It’s a collision of patterns that evoke comparisons to such places as the Vatican,” says ARM’s Andrea Wilson, who led the interior design on the project. ARM Architecture Melbourne 03 8613 1888 Perth 08 6102 4030

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Bigway Interiors – ICC Sydney Theatre Sydney will soon welcome its latest superlative attraction. The new ICC Sydney Theatre is part of the world-class International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, due to open in December 2016. As an international venue, the appearance and functionality of the interiors was paramount. Lendlease Building selected Bigway Interiors Pty Ltd to ensure delivery of the fitout to the highest possible standard befitting the importance of the theatre. Sydney-based Bigway Interiors, which has had an association with Lendlease Building for over 20 years, is a leading provider of interior project delivery services. It was established by a team of construction professionals with many years industry experience to provide efficient, cost effective and personalised service in the interior fitout and refurbishment sectors. Managing Director, Joe Matic said that the ICC Sydney Theatre contract presented a great opportunity for Bigway Interiors to again reinforce its reputation for delivering high quality fitouts. “We installed ceilings, partitions including acoustic partitions and panelling, some metal


finishes, shrouds to the escalators, stairways and hand-rails in the theatre. Basically our work covered anything the theatre guest can see!” “We commenced at the Centre in September 2015 and worked solidly for 10 months. At some stages we had 100 people on the project, often keeping the work progressing seven days per week,” Joe said. “The Bigway Interiors team included our own architect designer, experienced fitout supervisors and joinery specialists. I was also on site as often as possible to ensure our usual high standards of detailing and finish were being delivered, right down to the smallest item. This is what we are known for in the trade.” One of the challenges in the project was making sure every part of the interior fitout was approved. “The ICC Sydney Theatre is an extremely high profile public venue so everything had to be just right for both Lendlease Building and ourselves,” Joe said. “We fine-tuned every item to ensure we delivered the highest quality.” Bigway Interiors is a one-stop-shop, able to construct working environments for clients, ranging

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from commercial office fitouts and refurbishments, to specialised temporary displays, retail spaces, bespoke domestic joinery projects and all types of interior construction needs. It can design packages to suit individual client requirements and provide a complete package of services. The company has its own joinery-manufacturing factory with full-time staff and specialised equipment including three-dimensional CNC routers, fully modulated heated spraying oven for oven-baked polyurethane, two pack and other specific coatings. This in-house facility plays a key role in the capacity of Bigway Interiors to deliver tightly-controlled quality to meet client specifications.

Joe Matic said that he was very confident that visitors to the new ICC Sydney Theatre will be highly impressed. “The facility’s 8,000 seat theatre, designed for both large plenary sessions and entertainment acts, features innovative fan-shaped seating, ensuring a good view from every seat. It is very spacious, the acoustics are wonderful and the public areas are striking. The Bigway Interiors team is very proud to have their work on prominent display alongside Lendlease Building in this landmark building.”

Bigway Interiors has worked with Lendlease Building in recent times on a new fitout for the Telstra building at 400 George Street Sydney and the Wallace Wurth medical building at the University of NSW. Currently it is engaged with Lendlease Building on the podium-level of the new Sofitel Hotel at Darling Harbour. “We value the relationships we develop over time with all our clients,” Joe said. “We achieve this through being responsive to their needs, understanding their requirements and meeting their objectives.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Bigway Interiors Pty Ltd, 12 Elizabeth Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, Phone 02 9757 1177, fax 02 9757 2838 email, website

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Bigway Interiors, ICC Sydney Theatre (Lendlease)

Godfrey Hirst AustraliA – The Vibe hotel, Canberra Godfrey Hirst is Australasia’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential carpets and the ultimate one-stop-shop for high quality flooring solutions. Since recently adding hard flooring ranges to its existing offering of broadloom and modular carpet tiles, Godfrey Hirst has commercial flooring covered. Commercial clients can select from a wide range of hard flooring types including timber, luxury vinyl plank, laminate and commercial vinyl sheet. “Our extensive product portfolio gives us a great market advantage – for every area of a project we can supply a suitable floor covering,” explains Ian Chadwick, National Commercial Sales Manager, Godfrey Hirst Australia. “And, being a large Australian company with 150 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution is an enormous strength.” Across all sectors of the commercial market, Godfrey Hirst remains the industry leader in the manufacture and supply of broadloom, carpet tiles, specialised healthcare carpets and woven Axminster under the Feltex brand. From retail, hospitality, education, office, multi-residential and


public space to healthcare facilities, Godfrey Hirst carpet products feature in many of Australia’s largest commercial developments. The $50 million Vibe Hotel Canberra, one of Godfrey Hirst’s latest high profile projects, is a noteworthy addition to the company’s already impressive portfolio. Opened late 2015, the 4.5 star Hotel, designed by architectural firm Bates Smart, comprises 191 rooms over 7-storeys, including 12 suites and 9 apartments. Reception, conference facilities, restaurant, bar and lounges are situated on the lower level of the hotel’s fullheight circular atrium. A custom Feltex Woven Axminster was designed and supplied to the guestrooms throughout the hotel, while beautiful handcrafted rugs were produced for use in the lobby. The custom woven carpets complement the hotel’s circular and axial geometries and highlight the expertise in custom manufacturing to meet the requirements of any interior design. “Particularly in hospitality, there are some exciting interiors to work with and we can custom design the carpet to suit any décor or theme,” Ian explains.

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The in-house design studio excels in producing any design or combination of colours and makes the whole process easy for the client. Starting with the pattern, colours and specifications of a client’s brief, the design studio utilise the latest in textile design technology to create a custom carpet with unrivalled quality. Quality is one of the cornerstones on which Godfrey Hirst has built its reputation since 1865. “Quality checks are extremely important to us,” Ian says. “We take pride in supplying products that are fit-for-purpose, particularly in the commercial market with high levels of foot traffic.” The only Australian carpet manufacturer to completely integrate its operations from polymer to delivery of the finished product, Godfrey Hirst guarantees consistent quality control throughout the manufacturing process. From the company’s Geelong facility, Australia’s most advanced carpet production plant, Godfrey Hirst boasts the added advantage of quick and easy delivery to the local market. Committed to investing in world-class technologies, Godfrey Hirst is the only manufacturer in Australia that offers broadloom and carpet tile products in both tufted and printed formats across a range of fibre types. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

As well as custom design, Godfrey Hirst offers a vast range of standard products featuring a wide selection of fibres, colours and patterns under the Godfrey Hirst and Feltex brands. Whatever the application, Godfrey Hirst has the style and texture to suit the needs of every commercial project. Godfrey Hirst is dedicated to sustainable design solutions with strong commitments to minimise pollution and waste. All commercial broadloom and carpet tile products are also 100% PVC and BPA free and are accredited through the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Framework. Some other notable projects completed by the Godfrey Hirst include the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Epworth Hospital Richmond, Adelaide Festival Centre, NAB Office in Melbourne, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Medibank, Bourke Street.

For more information contact Godfrey Hirst Australia, PO Box 93, South Geelong VIC 3220, phone 1300 444 778, email general.enquiries@, website or

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GEBERIT – stylish small spaces Maximising bathroom space and not compromising on aesthetics is one of the challengers for builders and designers in new high density multi-residential buildings. In Sydney’s new ADVANXeast development in Rushcutters Bay, interior designer Interni was able to achieve functionality and style by choosing Geberit’s concealed cisterns and flush buttons. Interni Director, Louise Bell was confident that Geberit’s streamlined concealed cisterns would work as they allowed the inclusion of a number of design features at the front of the wall. “We have used Geberit for many years in our designs as they offer a reliable combination of design and functionality, along with high-quality products that last for years,” she said. “They also work with a range of pans, including the stylish European pans that we used in Rushcutters Bay.” “Geberit’s concealed cisterns have opened up the options for a range of bathroom finishes including wall hung pans. By hanging a pan it allows for design elements such as continuous floor tiling giving the impression of a larger space in smaller apartment bathroom,” she said.

Pairing the concealed cistern with the functionality and style of the flush button means designing a visually appealing look – such as seamless wall tiling. Traditional close coupled cisterns mean the cistern protrudes from the wall and the tiles need to be cut around the cistern often giving the impression of a cluttered look. At ADVANXeast, Bell selected the Kappa 50 in-wall cisterns accompanied with the bright chrome flush button. The contemporary finish of the button provided a stylish and modern look that complemented not only the bathroom but also the overall look of the apartment. ADVANXeast contains almost 500 Geberit concealed cisterns and flush buttons in more than 130 one, two and three bedrooms and penthouses. The project’s Senior Development Manager, Leigh Manser says the use of Geberit concealed cisterns is a significant part of the overall appeal of the bathrooms. “Each apartment is open, inviting and warm,” he said. “The modern bathroom fixtures and fittings that we’re able to install as a result of the cistern and button meant we could blend everyday functionality with high quality design.”




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The benefits of Geberit concealed cisterns to plumbers – concealed cisterns are the future. According to owner of Powell Plumbing, Adam Powell, Geberit’s high quality products provide peace of mind and assurance that the client will be happy with the end result.

There are more than 60 million Geberit concealed cisterns installed worldwide providing design flexibility and finishes that deliver a timeless result.

“I’ve been installing Geberit concealed cisterns for more than 13 years because they are easy to install, the components are long lasting and the warranty ensures my craftsmanship and company reputation are protected because of the high quality of the products,” he said. “I’m often asked about what looks good at the front of the wall, above the pan. Geberit’s range of contemporary button finishes allow me to show a range of button options that complement the tapware and overall look of the bathroom.” Geberit offers free industry training and also now has a free iPhone and Android App with videos showing how easy it is to install a Geberit concealed cistern, step-by-step. Geberit has an Australian sales and support team which means plumbers are supported by knowledgeable staff, many of whom are former plumbers. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ADVANXeast Geberit Kappa50 chrome plates and under counter cisterns Architect : Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Interior design : Interni Photography : Jonathan Miller 0449 030 331

For more information contact Geberit, 8a, 6-8 Byfield Street, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, phone 1800 Geberit

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Premis Solutions Premis Solutions provides innovative solutions to align with and enhance the client’s brief and designer’s vision. We work closely with the client to ensure the outcome of the designer’s interpretation of the functional and aesthetic requirements expressed by the client are met, before applying this understanding to paper. It is our job, as a construction manager, not only to manage the process, but to ensure the nuts and bolts, bricks and mortar that ultimately deliver the project, are provided in full. We understand that the design process is not static and that a project may change due to potential buildability, functionality and cost issues that often arise during both the design and construction process. Our focus is on delivering the optimum result to the client. Where certain amendments need to be made, the contractor collaborates with the design team so that the essence of the project’s design intent remains. Just as a designer endeavours to interpret and understand the needs of the client in order to design their project, we commit to

interpreting and understanding the objectives of the client’s brief and the designer’s vision in order to build and deliver the project to the complete satisfaction of the client. At Premis we engage with a collective and consultative team approach to achieve a successful assignment. This ensures the ability to rapidly adapt and scale deliverables in accordance with the changes that commonly occur during the construction phase. This is often the foundation of an accomplished project. We collaborate with the right people, and by doing so a common goal is achieved. We aim to maintain ongoing communication and partnership with designers and architects alike. Our role and experience as a specialist business partner to the design industry has resulted in the successful delivery of over one thousand projects nationwide. Our expertise in mitigating potential risks and challenges in delivery, lies in our ability to provide solutions. Measures such as the implementation of staged programs may be crucial in live environments. When Premis completed a

Murphy Pipe and Civil at Newstead, Brisbane

Hopgood Ganim at Eagle Street, Brisbane


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BlueSky Investments at Eagle Street, Brisbane

project for the Murphy Pipe and Civil head office in Newstead they relocated staff and front-of-house facilities across 2-storeys in a two-stage program that resulted in entirely undisturbed business operations.

In determining who would deliver a premium refurbishment over 3-floors at their inner-city location, they consulted with our Operations Director who delivered their original environment 15 years ago.

Tight deadlines are no obstacle to us, as we believe that a job can still be successfully achieved. In order to overcome time constraints split shifts and night work may be necessary. Premis satisfied a tight deadline in the delivery of a brand new environment for BlueSky Alternative Investments in a premium building in Brisbane’s CBD. Builders worked in and around staffed hours to ensure that the client could occupy the venue immediately following the expiration of their previous tenancy.

With an emphasis on maintaining their traditional aesthetic – a timeless modern look, their updated facility remains true to brand as well as providing for current and future demands.

Premis Solutions delivers high-end retrofit, premium fitout, renovation and refurbishment, and new build environments to clients nationally. We can engage with a project at a stage that suits the client, and as such have worked closely with designers and architects since our establishment in 2006. Premis is particularly interested in maintaining and enhancing the company brand in these partnerships, and testament to this is an environment we completed for Brisbane law firm Hopgood Ganim in 2015. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Call us today to discuss how Premis can transform your client’s vision into a reality.

For more information contact Premis Solutions, 611 Coronation Drive, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 1300 773 647

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Texture Panels

When it comes to incredibly realistic and natural finishes, Texture Panels are industry leaders in the façade Industry. Their eye catching panels come in a variety of designs including wood, stone, brick, fake bamboo and metal. There are over 200 designs to choose from and Texture Panels can also produce custom colours and prototypes for unique projects.

install. There is a choice of interlocking and non interlocking panels available depending on the design choice. The panels are specifically engineered to be saw or CNC cut, drilled, routed, glued and fastened with ordinary tools, so you don’t need specialised masons or tradespeople to complete the installation.

The environmetally sound panels can be seamlessly arranged vertically or horizontally to enhance designs and creativity. Since Texture Panels are so easy to handle, lightweight and cost less, they can be used in place of many traditional building materials at a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time, and come with a 25 year limited warranty.

The versatile products have been used across an array of project types including retail, commercial and domestic. With a 25 year history, these products are becoming increasingly popular for both indoor and outdoor building applications.

Texture Panels are very durable and come in 15-45mm thicknesses depending on the design and won’t rot, crack or warp. Unlike natural materials, texture panels are impervious to insect attacks and moisture. The panels provide insulation and sound proofing (with a 5R rating), with waterproofing able to withstand extreme weather and are UV protected.

For more information contact Texture 2 Wesley Place, Geelong VIC (by appointment only), phone 03 5378 mobile 0414 746 345, fax 03 5278 website

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GHDWoodhead have been at the forefront of dynamic change within the design and Residential Aged Care Facilities, with two recently completed projects shortlisted as Finalists, in Property Council of Australia’s 2016 Innovation & Excellence Awards

community hub area with a hair salon, medical and beauty consultant room as well as main communal facilities. Furthermore, two flexible, multipurpose rooms can be opened up for large functions, or closed off to provide several functions, maximising the use of space.

Located within Peninsula Grange Retirement Village in Mornington, this is the first facility purpose-designed to operate Australian Unity’s new ‘Better Together’ Care Model, which breaks down the large institutional feel by splitting the facility into clusters of ‘Houses’ (34 residents), split into two ‘Households’ (17 residents), within which are smaller groupings of nine and eight bedrooms.

The facility is designed to enable an expansion of Memory Support Care to a full capacity of 102 residents. Memory support areas have been designed to incorporate calming colours, tranquil artwork, appropriate furniture and fittings, while access to a large, secure garden provides a space for sensory and visual engagement with nature.

The Household functions as a ‘family’ unit, providing a domestic residential environment. ‘Back of House’ facilities have been designed to be unobtrusive and functional.

“GHDWoodhead’s talented retirement living architect has delivered an exceptional design

response in accordance with our Care Model, creating a facility which evokes a sense of the family homestead. Arguably, this building has set the benchmark for future aged care facilities.” said Karlis Kambala, Australian Unity Development Manager.

For more information contact GHDWoodhead, Level 8, 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 8687 8000, fax 03 8687 8111, website

The advancement of wireless technology presented the opportunity to develop a model of care where staff are not confined to an institutional nurse’s station, but are encouraged to move freely and interact with the residents. The clustered layout creates a community feel to both the outdoor and indoor spaces, echoing a residential neighbourhood that includes a WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Locker group – Icon apartments Only the best of the best could be relied upon to produce the expanded metal façade panels that give The Icon St Kilda its unique character. Locker Group Pty Ltd, industry leaders in the manufacture of expanded and perforated metal products, demonstrated its exceptional capabilities to deliver perfect panels within a challenging time frame. A bold, avant-garde apartment building, The Icon features a dazzling multi-coloured façade across 17 levels. Working closely with the architect and builder, Locker Group manufactured to specification the aluminium façade panels using expanded metal product Sun 919A. Locker Group also manufactured and supplied products for the building’s soffits, eaves, ceilings and sliding doors. Manufacturing the expanded metal façade panels was a complex undertaking. The unique architectural design demanded every panel be a precise replica of the master sample. “All of the profiles of the panels needed to line up exactly vertically and horizontally – all the waves needed to line up,” explains Ian Dunstan, Southern Regional Manager at Locker Group. “Every panel needed to be exactly the same.” Equally challenging was producing the panels to showcase the 40 different colour hues as designed by Melbourne artist Matthew Johnston. “For the powder-coating, the panels had to be made without any scratches, flaws or blemishes,” says Ian. Not only did Locker Group successfully deliver flawless panels, they achieved their manufacture and supply within an exceptionally tight time frame. “There was an extremely short lead time due to the nature of the project,” Ian explains. Managing the challenging time frame required a combination of technical expertise and a collaborative approach to installation. Joe Berkelmans, Architectural/Commercial Representative at Locker Group, describes the first step as “having the master sample made and ticked off.” Once the panels were able to be perfectly replicated, Locker Group maintained, as Ian describes, “absolute close contact with the installation company and worked closely with the engineer, who was able to negotiate the quickest possible outcome to keep installing them.”


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For over 55 years, Locker Group has continuously expanded through acquisition and amalgamation to become Australia’s leading manufacturer of high quality metal products. Working out of several manufacturing facilities and branch offices across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Locker Group supplies the architectural and construction industries with expanded and perforated metal panels, handrails, screening and grating, wire mesh curtains, stainless steel mesh products, woven wire products, mesh fittings and conveyor belts. Suited to both industrial and architectural applications, Locker Group’s products are commonly utilised in the construction of façades, balustrades and screenings as well as interior decoration. “The key to our success is we can design, manufacture and install in some projects,” explains Ian. “We design for cost-efficiency and install-efficiency.” Locker Group’s market reaches beyond the architectural to the engineering and infrastructure sectors where its extensive range of industrial flooring products and systems aid in the provision of safer workplaces. Developed by in-house design teams, Locker Group’s industrial flooring products cater for a diversity of situations and structures including walkways, platforms and stairways. Workplaces advantaging from Locker Group’s industrial flooring solutions include mining and gas, quarries, food processing, water treatment facilities and theatres. A recent focus for Locker Group has been on creating solar shading systems. Designed to increase energy efficiency, Locker Group’s range of screening media reduces the impact of solar heat gain which significantly lowers the initial and ongoing costs of HVAC. Used extensively throughout the resource sector, Locker Group’s new range of poly modular screening systems have recently been launched into the mining market. Currently, Locker Group is involved with a number of large-scale projects including Riverside Quay for Mirvac, Warragul Aquatic Centre and Parkville Freeway Apartments.

For more information contact Locker Group, 2 Cojo Place, Dandenong VIC 3175, phone 1800 635 947, fax 03 8791 1099, email, website

Project : The Icon Architect : Jackson Clements Burrows Product : Locker Group Sun 919A

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While railway station lighting and energy requirements with new stations have changed with the times, Sydney’s Museum and St. James Stations have not undergone significant lighting upgrades since the mid-1950s. PJ O’Connor Electrical Pty Ltd, specialists in electrical design and construct for the rail sector, has improved the lighting and energy saving levels at these stations to bring them in line with current standards. With both Museum and St. James Stations requiring lighting 24 hours a day, PJ O’Connor Electrical was engaged to complete LED lighting upgrades that will provide ongoing energy and cost savings. “Our process is an energy level record prior to commencement of work and post completion to indicate reduced power usage and light level testing also shows significant lighting improvement providing a safe customer experience,” explains Peter O’Connor, Director of PJ O’Connor Electrical. “Also, as part of the works we complete a full dilapidation survey – to test the quality of the power and lighting installation within the station.” The dilapidation survey indicated where PJ O’Connor Electrical needed to undertake rewiring to ensure the installation meets Sydney Trains and Australian standards. As active railway stations of historical significance, PJ O’Connor Electrical faced access challenges throughout the lighting upgrades. Both St. James and Museum Stations remain historically important as some of Australia’s first underground railway stations. Since opening in 1926, St. James Station has continued in operation with little alteration to its original interior and exterior. “There are areas and façades that are under the heritage register and signage used during World War 2. Access and the type of the work we can do is restricted,” says Peter. “To resolve the issue, there was consultation with all involved – Sydney Trains, Transport for NSW and NSW Environment and Heritage.” While PJ O’Connor Electrical converted the majority of lighting fixtures to LED, some light fittings were historically significant and received an internal LED fitting as a one-off creating challenges to site staff. PJ O’Connor Electrical was also restricted by the presence of the public in the operational railway stations. “There was planning and programming to carry out the majority of the works as night works,” Peter explains. “We had

people on site every night for four months.” When trains were stopped on the weekends, PJ O’Connor Electrical flooded the site with up to 30 staff to change in excess of 2,000 light fittings. “Time was crucial,” Peter says. “We had during the tender preparation plans in place to minimise risk and to achieve the required outcome at the end of the project.” In addition to the lighting improvements, PJ O’Connor Electrical performed other electrical upgrade works to St. James and Museum Stations. “During the out-of-hours upgrades and possession weekend works we did the fire rated mains, submains and switchboards,” says Peter. “As a result of other works within at Museum Station, we replaced submains and the majority of the distribution boards.” Following 10 years experience in the electrical industry, PJ O’Connor Electrical was established in 1988 to provide breakdown and maintenance for commercial clients. “The senior management team has combined industry experience of over 200 years,” Peter notes. “This is all within infrastructure work, civil and/or specialised commercial works.” Specialising in the rail infrastructure sector, the team from PJ O’Connor Electrical are experts in power supply upgrades, switchboard upgrades, lighting improvements and energy management based upon design and construct work. Renowned as rail industry leaders, PJ O’Connor Electrical has successfully completed over 20 easy access station projects of which eight were design and construct. The company also operates within the civil, parks and gardens sector and performs infrastructure works associated with substations, bridges and roadways. “We extensively undertake design and construct to the more unusual commercial and civil projects,” Peter says. Currently, PJ O’Connor Electrical is engaged in power supply upgrades and lift installations to numerous railway stations with projects within the Sydney Greater Metro, Hunter, Blue Mountains and Country area.

For more information contact PJ O’Connor Electrical Pty Ltd, Unit 13, Milperra Business Park, 244 Horsley Road, Milperra NSW 2214, phone 02 9774 3900, fax 02 9774 3977, email ANCR Special Focus










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Taking Control Southwest Traffic Control Pty Ltd is a locally owned, family based business since 2010 covering the Southwest Region of Victoria. Southwest Traffic Control has a large resource pool of staff and equipment, Southwest Traffic Control specialises in road works and event management for both the corporate and private sectors. Southwest Traffic Control manages all aspects of a project from planning and designs right through to the on site control. Southwest Traffic Control has recently opened a depot in Warrnambool. Operations Manager, Anna Moloney says, “We pride ourselves on our reliable, punctual and fully trained controllers to do every job, every day, home safe.”


When asked if technology and automated electronic traffic control systems might affect Southwest Traffic Control in the future, Anna was not fazed, “we are always looking for new and innovative ways to reduce the risk and improve the safety for our staff.” For more information contact Southwest Traffic Control, 129 Curdivale Road, Timboon VIC 3268, phone 03 5598 3429, fax 03 5598 3429, mobile 0458 844 191, email, website

Southwest Traffic Control has worked on projects such as “Peter’s Project” Southwest Regional Cancer Centre in Warrnambool alongside Construction Engineering Australia. The team at Southwest Traffic Control have worked with Local contractors, Kavanagh Plumbing and Excavation, and McKinnon Quarry and Civil, on a number of projects including the Halladale Blackwatch project – a large drilling pipeline 30km southeast of Warrnambool; and the Twelve Apostles car park tender in Parks (Victoria) where they won our first tender for the traffic management. Many Clients have found that by hiring Southwest Traffic Control to take care of the traffic management has worked out safer and more time and cost efficient than taking a person off their job to do the same thing.


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DINCEL INTRODUCES A NEW 155MM PROFILE IN ADDITION TO ITS 110MM FOR ABOVE GROUND USE The market leader in permanent formwork systems

• Suitable for FAÇADE and PARTY WALLS up to 20 storeys • A COST EFFECTIVE alternative to traditional pre-cast concrete and tilt-up panels • Reduces the need for cranes • Waterproof Dincel ELIMINATES RISK of concrete cancer, corrosion, mould and mildew • Significantly LESS SITE WASTAGE, resulting in a cleaner, safer and cost effective project.

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Is Dincel Construction System the answer to building innovation in Australia? Construction methods have changed little in recent times with many builders and developers still relying on traditional bricks and blocks. The increase in the use of concrete pre-cast and tilt-up panels, which due to their weight rely on expensive cranes and machinery to be positioned, also add significantly to a project’s overall cost. Today’s fast-paced construction industry demands greater speed, cost efficiency, site safety and a building structure that lasts longer with fewer defects. The Australian construction industry needs to rethink the way it builds. Dincel Construction System is delivering genuine innovation beyond its formwork function. The lightweight polymer formwork system, developed and manufactured in Australia, provides a completely impervious encapsulation of the concrete that remains in place permanently to deliver ongoing benefits to the building occupants once the building is finished. The benefits include a substantial reduction in costs that can lead to more affordable housing; increased longevity of the building structure that can improve long-term property values; greater building strength that protects the building against natural disasters; as well as delivering superior fire, insulation and acoustic capabilities of the highest rating.

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panel webs alsoWASTAGE, provide crackresulting control joints eliminate the • Significantly LESS SITE in which a need for crack control reinforcement, as certified by the University cleaner, safer and cost effective project. of New South Wales.

The Dincel system is emerging as a smarter building solution for the construction of the entire building including above ground façades, corridor and party walls. The different Dincel Construction System profiles include: • 110mm profile appropriate for above ground load bearing walls up to 12-storeys • 155mm profile designed as an alternative to the 110mm for Lightweight Dincel panels with floor slabs can be constructed above ground load bearing walls up to 20-storeys simultaneously by one trade only without any interruptions. • 200mm profile for building core applications including fire and lift shafts and basements Australian invented, manufactured and owned. • 275mm profile is suitable for high rise building applications up to 60-storeys


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One Out Of The Box New integrated system boosts safety during façade installation With the rapid increase in the number of tall building developments around the world, it has also been an increased focus placed on the safety of building façade installation methods. Installation of highrise façades are subject to a wide range of challenges during handling, lifting and installation. Together with the issues associated with high wind loads and inclement weather - and the impact they have on handling and installing what are often large, flat and heavy façade elements. This can be particularly problematic when it comes to façade elements being installed at significant heights. The size and shape of many façade elements means that at great heights it is generally not possible to work from scaffolding. This results in the elements having to be installed from inside the building, either with a crane planed on a storey above or using an external crane. Unfortunately, in nearly all cases, façade installation at height generally requires workers to be exposed to significant risks - working at height, with open edges and no protection. Another challenge with many modern high rise façades is that they are often designed as fully unitised systems - prefabricated at the ground level and then delivered to central storage position in the building ready for installation. In short, whether the façade elements are glass, concrete, polymer, composite or any other material, until now, façade installation on high rise buildings has often been a challenging process carrying significant risks. With that in mind, formwork and safety specialists Doka Formwork Australia set about designing a system which would overcome many of the safety and handling issues associated with high rise façade installation. The result: a high performance monorail system which is available ‘out of the box’ and ready to use with Doka’s innovative Protection Screen Xclimb 60 system. The new monorail system builds on the success of Doka’s Protection Screen Xclimb 60 system, and provides a fully enclosed, safe and efficient solution for the installation of façade elements at any height. The Doka monorail system incorporates a purpose-designed trolley and rail system, attached via special


high-strength brackets to the Protection Screen Xclimb 60. With the rail and trolley installed, the façade elements are loaded onto the monorail system and easily moved to the desired location. This innovative system not only allows the elements to be positioned and installed in a very precise manner, it also significantly reduces the risk of accidents, as workers are not exposed to open building edges. Instead, workers install the façade elements from within the Protection Screen Xclimb 60, thereby minimising exposure to the elements while also minimising the risk of serious injuries or fatalities that can be associated with working in exposed areas at height. The Xclimb 60 screens provide the ideal combination of strength and safety, whilst still allowing a good level of daylight to pass through - providing a safer working environment with minimal need for artificial lighting. Speaking about the new monorail system, Elliza Orate, Senior Project Engineer, Doka Australia, said “When it came to developing the new system, one of the biggest challenges was working out a method of fixing the monorail to our Protection Screen Xclimb 60. Importantly, once we had engineered a solution, we needed to test it and ensure that it worked as designed.” With that in mind, Doka built a full-scale mock up of the system to make sure all the connectors, brackets and the monorail would fit to the protection screens without impeding the safety or performance of either the monorail or Protection Screen Xclimb 60. “Needless to say, we’re extremely pleased with the results. We believe that the new monorail system can provide a significant boost in both safety and productivity for high rise façade installations across Australia,” Elliza Orate added. “As an ‘out of the box’ solution, the monorail system is quick to install and easy to use. What’s more, it eliminates the need for a crawler crane to install glass panels and can be used for most types of façade elements. Most importantly, it enables workers to be protected by our safety screens while installing the façade,” she said. For more information contact Doka Formwork Australia Pty Ltd, 52 Airds Road, Minto NSW 2566, phone 02 8796 0500, email, website

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EFBS is Australia’s leading supplier of SMART GREEN building materials. Enabling architects, builders and owner builders to expand the horizon of modern design, increase quality, time efficiency and energy performance. We take a holistic view to the design, implementation and on-going support of our products through construction. Our technologically advanced and exceptionally engineered materials meet or exceed Australian standards and are economical and easy to use and have been proven in residential and commercial structures worldwide. We believe that the integration of green materials and components, building packages, comprehensive training and on site assistance is what sets us apart. We specialise in remedial works such as crack injection, basements, slabs, rooftops, bathrooms, tunnel works, rising damp in brickwork and most waterproofing and remedial needs. We also sell tile adhesives and accessories, acrylic renders, mesh, angles and textures, waterproofings, polyurethanes and tools.







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Composite cladding: High impact for high-rise When it comes to high-rise apartments, Urbanline’s Euro Selekta Clad makes an instant impression: ideal for entrances, perfect for penthouse balconies and suited to pool deck soffits. Even more appealing than its natural timber looks? It’s endlessly practical. That means easy installation, appropriate fire rating, and no maintenance.

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The timber look you love, plus the ease you’ll appreciate even more. Urbanline’s Euro Selekta Clad is a stunning pre-finished composite cladding façade that’s incredibly easy to install, eco-friendly, maintenance-free and durable.

High exposure, difficult access? Euro Selekta Clad rises to the occasion: no rotting, splitting, warping or checking.

Other high points include: • Lightweight with a tongue and groove profile and machined screw slots making installation a breeze • Seven natural wood colours • High Rw acoustic rating available • Large coverage width of 155mm • Complementary aluminium powder-coated trims available • Proven within extreme endurance tests • Compliant with the BCA’s fire hazard properties and fire resistance. Quest Apartments – Woolloongabba, Queensland

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A stylish finish Working alongside Crone Partners Sydney, SGI Architectural supplied the aluminium composite panelling, Alpolic/fr, for the Daisho 180 Brisbane development. 180 Brisbane is a stylish, 34-storey development and sets a new benchmark for the city. The building boasts a striking façade along with premium commercial space, smart technology and environmentally sustainable design. The Alpolic/fr was installed in a variety of applications in order to produce an eye catching result. These areas include:

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White Alpolic/fr fabricated panels curved around the columns Teak Alpolic/fr on the soffit Anthracite Grey Alpolic/fr on the 34-storey blade wall

One distinct feature of this project is the dry joint rainscreen system. This system allows air to circulate behind the Alpolic/fr panels to provide pressure equalisation. This equalisation of pressure prevents water from being drawn into the wall cavity. The ventilated rainscreen system keeps the building dry and protected from the worst weather conditions without the use of caulking or sealants, thus removing the inevitable need for caulking maintenance. 54

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This innovative system provides immediate and ongoing cost saving benefits, and easily handles positive and negative wind loads, seismic, thermal, and normal building movement. SGI Architectural is a major distributor of premium quality building façades to the Australian building and construction industry with a strong focus on providing market leading façade products. The team at SGI Architectural supply eco-friendly aluminium façades, timber composite panels, clay tiles, non combustible rockwool cored sandwich panels and architectural glass. Each of these products has the capabilities to allow architects and designers to achieve levels of design previously thought impossible. With the use of these products, modern structures can now be built with fire-resistant, sustainable, lightweight and rigid materials while providing stylish and contemporary designs. For more information contact SGI Architectural, Unit 31/5-7 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, phone 02 9620 7988, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


Knights in structural armour Sydney-based engineering design consultancy, Xavier Knight Consulting Engineers apply technical excellence, value engineering and quality management to deliver a client focused service. Current projects include engineering concept, feasibility and risk assessment studies for the proposed $400 million Middleton Grange Town Centre development in Western Sydney featuring 1000+ dwellings and 35,000m2 of commercial/retail space and structural engineering services for the proposed $85 million Bankstown RSL and Hotel Redevelopment in South-West Sydney.

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Feris Chehade, Director at Xavier Knight thrives on the challenges of landmark building design and the Bankstown RSL club redevelopment is shaping up to be just that. “All floors up to the hotel podium are in the order of 4,500m2 we have used post tensioned banded slabs as an efficient way of constructing the large floor plates. PT floors allow us to economically achieve up to 14m spans to meet the RSL clubs column free zone requirements,” explains Feris. The new RSL club features a 265-room hotel spread across two wings above the club component of the building. Phase-1 wing consists of approximately 120 rooms and will be built as part of the main development. Phase-2, will be built at a later date. “There are a number of local and international prefabricated module construction techniques that we are investigating to achieve a balance between speed and cost, whilst maintaining harmony between Phase-2 construction and the clubs operations,” explains Feris. The site of the new RSL Club is flanked by a Telstra Exchange building, which presents its own set of challenges. “There is a major telecommunications easement passing through the site and diversion has been out of the question for some time now. We have collaborated with the project architect to model the easement and conduit banks in 3D form using Revit structures. This has enabled us to literally, re-plan and design the club around the easement,” explains Feris.

Bankstown RSL club and hotel.

Senior Management at Xavier Knight centred with Director, Feris Chehade.

Structural revit model of the Bankstown RSL club and hotel.

Xavier Knight is an advocate of using BIM technologies as a modelling and collaborative tool on their projects to ensure fluid communication and coordination between the consultant team and client. Xavier Knight’s internal design processes are streamlined as they exchange 3D models into their engineering software for analysis and design. For more information contact Xavier Knight Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd, 33/70 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, phone 02 8810 5800, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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DON’T PLACE THE PUBLIC AT RISK! BY ALLOWING OR USING OUTDATED METHODS OF HOARDING 16 cannot CONSTRUCTION. Engineers confirm: A formtific ation cer be used for structural

BEWARE OF CONTRACTORS CLAIMING CERTIFICATION In recent months there have been several hoarding collapses in retail shopping centres. Fortunately with zero harm to the public and in each case there was only rumoured certification. Protect YOUR public and engage a qualified Structural Engineer to inspect and report on all hoarding construction and more importantly the structural connection points to the mall ceilings.

Outdated, flawed and dangerous hoarding construction is still in use by 95% of the industry


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Going with the flow Coldflow Mechanical Services is a market leader in commercial air conditioning in Victoria with well over 1,000 projects to its name in its 50 year history. It is currently installing comprehensive air systems at the Campbell Place Retirement Village in Glen Waverley, a new aged care project by Australian Unity. With over 100 years experience amongst its management team and a skilled workforce of 60, Coldflow Mechanical Services has successfully undertaken projects in the residential apartment market, commercial and retail buildings, aged care facilities and educational institutions. In the case of the Campbell Place development, Coldflow Mechanical Services installed a Mitsubishi VRV air conditioning system to all common areas and 101 bedsits in the nursing home, commercial kitchen exhaust, various exhaust systems, gas log fire flues, hydronic heating system and radiator heating panels to the bedsits. In addition Mitsubishi multihead ducted air conditioning units, exhaust ventilation systems and a carpark exhaust were installed to the 65 apartments. All aspects of the air conditioning and ventilation processes are controlled and monitored by a building management system.

requirements. We have achieved this through our complete inhouse design and construct capability for mechanical services.” John said that the company’s employees all took great pride in delivering a quality result from design through to commissioning. “Once our installations are complete and handed over, we have a dedicated service and maintenance department to ensure maximum performance of all systems on a year-round basis.” Other current major projects being undertaken by Coldflow Mechanical include a 35-storey apartment complex at 661 Chapel Street, South Yarra and the 22-storey ‘Only Flemington’ apartment development. For more information contact Coldflow Mechanical Services, 6 Torteval Place, Clayton VIC 3168, phone 03 8572 1250, email cfmadmin@, website

Coldflow Mechanical Services’ Project Manager, John Joughin, said that the company started work on the project in May 2016 and will be completed by November. “We have had 20 plumbers and apprentices engaged on site. Our principal challenge has been to ensure that the project engineering and design met the client’s


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Specialists in their Fields Faraday Pty Ltd design, install and test electromagnetic shielding systems for major medical, commercial, industrial, and defence projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. One facility to benefit from Faraday’s expertise was the New Royal Adelaide Hospital. “Faraday completed a suite of 5 MRI suites for the Imaging Departments’.” said Managing Director, Kingsley McRae. Faraday profiles and delivers solutions for problematic sites. In one case it was a large magnetic field generated by Melbourne’s trams, 50m from the proposed site of Peter Doherty Institute’s sensitive electron microscope. Faraday calculated the electromagnetic field from the tram’s electrical supply to determine the required solution “We installed a complete shielding solution, incorporating a Magnetic Active Magnetic Compensation System (MACS) which produces a counter-veiling magnetic field, in addition to an EMF shielded enclosure, which enabled the microscope to work in an environment it otherwise would not” said Kingsley.

The Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville, Victoria was another project which highlighted Faraday’s expertise. From a bespoke engineered steel structure to support 20 + tonnes of magnetic shielding, through to a high performance copper radio frequency (RF) shield, Faraday successfully designed and constructed the first 7 Tesla MRI suite in Australia. Faraday invested considerable time working with everyone from the head contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, to the electrician, mechanical services contractor, fire services contractor, MRI supplier and end users to produce a complex design solution. From Faraday’s humble beginnings in 2002, the Directors were determined to have a national focus. By employing full-time Australian staff, we maintain quality control and timely customer service. Faraday Pty Ltd is proudly Australian owned and operated.

For more information contact Faraday Pty Ltd, PO Box 555, Bayswater VIC 3153, phone 03 9729 5000, website


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Thinking outside the box Lubeca has its origins in Australia but has since expanded, becoming an international company with offices in Australia, UAE and India. They specialise in the supply of advanced self climbing formwork systems for both commercial and residential buildings, each providing unique challenges, which the Lubeca system is well suited to. The company has been operating since the 1980’s and is now part of the world’s largest formwork company, Doka. They employ over 20 people and have projects across Australia, UAE, Singapore and India. Lubeca pride themselves on their Jumpform systems that meet all the complex needs of today’s construction companies in a safe, economical and efficient manner. They help their clients to build tall, smart and safe buildings by customising the concrete formwork based on case-by-case personalised designs and solutions for each individual building. Lubeca are proud to see their system designs and new initiatives become a reality and see the buildings progress on site in a safe and


fast manner. Lubeca partner with contracting companies to achieve their goals and visions by providing a high level of prefessional and flexible service. Major projects they have completed recently are Barangaroo, New South Wales, The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Victoria and 480 Queens Street, Queensland which is a 153m premium grade office tower. They were also worked on the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi and World One project in India which will be India’s tallest tower, over 442m which has an estimated completion date of 2018. Over the next five years, Lubeca plan to continually evolve their system to stay at the front of the self climbing formwork industry and to increase their exposure within the industry to form stronger partnerships with existing and new clients.

For more information contact Lubeca, 75-135 Maygar Boulevard Broadmeadows VIC 3047, P.O. Box 346, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 02 8796 0500, email, web

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Architects: T&Z Architects | Builder: FIRM Construction Pty Limited

Wirtgen’s state-of-the-art facility in WA called for exceptional design, function and aesthetics. The building had to demonstrate high levels of thermal and fire performance, as well as durability. It needed to be efficient to construct and commission, and allow maximum design flexibility. Kingspan Insulated Panels provided a single source, high performing building envelope where the insulated roof and wall panels and unique insulated gutters are all integrated to offer a holistic building solution that not only looks good, but also performs exceptionally well.

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Making noise in architecture Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) is a vibrant architectural practice that seeks to inspire and enable a better future through creating and delivering visionary outcomes. dB(A)’s ensemble of architects, designers and creatives has a long history producing some extraordinary buildings and remarkable places across Australia and throughout South East Asia. We deliver projects across a range of scales and technologies, from the civic and urban scale of our 800 lot 114ha master-planned community in Melton, to our 8-level CLT residential tower in Windsor, which explores new propositions in working and living, and through to our current design proposals underway in Hanoi and Malaysia, for iconic cultural facilities and reimagined sustainable urban design propositions. We specialise in finding new perspectives on existing problems, and delivering imaginative solutions that push boundaries. dB(A) recently designed a Timber Tower for the FWPA to highlight the changes to the NCC regarding mid-rise timber construction. The project was developed as a nationwide competition brief for a pre-fabricated timber framed tower that is demountable, transportable and designed to maximise construction speed and minimise site disturbance. Our investigations into the use of CLT structure and Hybrid timber technologies has revealed integrated sustainable environmental outcomes through the use of renewable materials and significant savings in cost and construction time. Our approach and process is feeding into our re-visioning work and more broadly into enabling dB(A) to challenge the supposedly risk averse Business-As-Usual model that fails to anticipate new risks and adapt to a changing future. We seek to harness inevitable change, to create outcomes that are considered and directed. Our drive is to work with people to create places that are sustainable and meaningful. Our purpose is to define a better future by inspiring people to embrace radical change. For more information contact Decibel Architecture (dB(A)), Level 3 Pixel Building, 205 Queensberry Street, Melbourne 3053, phone 03 8648 8484, email, website

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JOINERY EXCELLENCE In August 2015, IJF Australia commenced on site to undertake its largest high rise residential project to date for Brookfield Multiplex. The Upper West Side project saw the development of 641 apartments spread over 52-levels. A highly experienced team of up to 20 site staff worked on this comprehensive project. Joinery used on the site was manufactured both locally and offshore. The entry foyer and floor lobbies required large areas of wall and ceiling paneling with specialised finishes including acyclic, high gloss and timber veneer. Additionally glass sliding doors and room dividers were installed in the apartments. In total, IJF installed joinery to approximately 870 apartments in Towers 3 and 4 of the four Upper West Side towers, which is one of Australia’s largest inner city developments, with the capacity to house about 4,000 people. IJF Australia offers comprehensive interior joinery and fitout installation services across Australia, with joinery manufactured from its Adelaide factory and from long established local and offshore associated partners. For more information contact IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, Peter Liebmann email, website

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The Perfect Match Constructive Workforce is a leading provider of contract staff, labour hire and tailored recruitment solutions for the Australian Construction industry. Established in 2013, Constructive Workforce understands the importance of delivering a tailored, flexible and safe workforce for every project.

They have a fantastic track record of attracting quality candidates across the Sydney area and a distinct reputation for retaining them. “We have built a wonderful reputation with both our clients and workers alike. Our extensive network resembles a close knit family and we benefit from the word of mouth from our happy clients.� Millie Booth, Director.

When you work with Constructive Workforce, you will find a strong focus on positive customer relationships. The team strive to provide a seamless service with open and continuous communication with both their clients and workers alike. When considering workers for a new project, Constructive Workforce look at more than just experience. They evaluate the needs of the client, the scope of the project and the personality of all involved. This process is undertaken whether its a single worker for a small job or the entire team for a large project.

Constructive Workforce can provide their clients with cost savings and increased productivity. They are able to do this by retaining previous staff within their network, and in turn, removing the need to induct new contractors at a later date. By understanding the industry, they understand that staffing requirements go through peaks and troughs. A client may have certain contractors on site for one particular project and upon completion may not require them until a much later date. Constructive Workforce can retain these contractors by moving them through their network. They can keep the staff busy on other projects until they are required again. It certainly makes sense to hold onto good workers.

When it comes to quick turnaround, Constructive Workforce can gear up quickly. The team have immediate access to a diverse range of tradespeople and are backed by extensive resources which allow them to provide great candidates in a short time frame.

The team at Constructive Workforce is dedicated to providing more than just a set of hands. They understand that above and beyond professional experience, characteristics such as integrity, motivation, flexibility and commitment make a great employee.


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 o ensure that the project has enough tradespeople T or labourers on site to finish the project in a timely and effective manner. Reduce staff induction costs and divert resources to other areas of the business. This allows management to not only save money by reducing recruitment costs, but also save time by focussing on other areas of the business. Provide cover for permanent staff on annual and sick leave. Constructive Workforce can provide staff on a temporary basis to ensure there is limited downtime. Bring in additional, specialist trade skills for a project that are not part of the current crew such as a cerified boilermaker. Constructive Workforce can supply specialist tradespeople without the need to commit to a new employee. Some companies need a flexible workforce that can cope with constant changes in demand. By using staff from Constructive Workforce they can expand or reduce their workforce to suit the demands of each project.


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Building Personnel Suite 2, 544 Hampton Street Hampton VIC 3188 phone 03 9598 3868 website



Building Personnel are a boutique white collar recruitment agency in Melbourne specialising in the construction and property sectors. They are 100% Australian owned and operated, and offer both permanent and contract staffing solutions. Building Personnel operate across multiple sectors including Commercial and Residential Building Contractors, Civil Infrastructure and Water, Architecture and Property. The business services clients nationally with a dual focus in providing clients with industry and company specific employees as well as providing key job opportunities to industry professionals seeking to develop their career. Building Personnel have over 20 years combined experience and are known for their commitment to providing the best people for the right job. Director Grant Bethune says, “It is about quality not quantity when it comes to dealing with our clients and candidates.� The business would prefer to discuss two key individuals or job opportunities that fit a brief perfectly than provide a volume of options that are not suitable. All members of the business are hands on working specifically in their specialist industry and are transient, trustworthy and understand the existing building industry, its growth and culture. Their clients respect their ability to get the right people for the job and detailed advice surrounding each and every appointment. Building Personnel offer extensive services including exit interviews, resignation preparation, interview preparation, comprehensive industry advice, career mapping, client searches and detailed company briefings for industry professionals. Engaging with white collar professionals from undergraduate level through to Directorship, the company also provide services to clients across HR, Administration and Accounting.


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Generating global hubs Redefining North Sydney’s skyline, 177 Pacific Highway is a $413M, 31-storey landmark development set to become CIMIC Group’s new global hub. Constructed by CPB Contractors, the construction subsidiary of CIMIC Group, and developed by Leighton Properties, CIMIC’s development subsidiary, it includes state-of-the-art design elements and environmentally sustainable features such as low temperature air conditioning systems, rainwater harvesting, and high performance glass façades. CPB Contractors is a leading Australian construction contractor that employs over 18,000 people working at operations across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Asia and India. As the CIMIC Group’s construction company, CPB Contractors has constructed a number of large scale office developments across Australia, from Westpac Place in Sydney to 567 Collins Street in Melbourne and 111 Eagle Street in Brisbane, and internationally. With development experience spanning over 40 years, Leighton Properties has developed some of the country’s most notable landmarks including 567 Collins Street in Melbourne, Eclipse Tower in Parramatta and Kings Square in Perth. With this in mind, Leighton Properties and CPB Contractors collaborated closely, to deliver the first major commercial office project in North Sydney for the past six years. The landmark development, set to become one of Sydney’s most significant projects, features around 40,000m2 of commercial space across its 31-levels and has redefined the North Sydney skyline with its unique look. Featuring state-of-the-art design elements, the building features a unique ground floor podium with a 15m high glass façade that creates a light filled and inviting entrance to a Garden Plaza and commercial foyer. The highly successful Naked Duck restaurant and café chain will be expanding from its two locations in the Sydney CBD, into 177 Pacific Highway’s Garden Plaza. The Naked Duck as well as Sushi Jones, will create a vibrant town square atmosphere within the Garden Plaza, providing on-site retail amenity for the 3,000 or so employees who will be based in the tower during the working week. Tenants will also have access to a wealth of retail and service amenities nearby including Northpoint retail centre, Greenwood Plaza, gyms and childcare centres. Large floor plates (1,198m2 – 1,565m2), a PCA A grade office quality rating and harbour 74

views ensure that tenants’ needs are catered for, with most of the commercial tenancies already pre-leased by major corporates such as Cisco, Vodafone, CBRE, Jacobs Engineering, Objective Corporation and Pepper Property. The international headquarters of CIMIC Group and its subsidiaries CPB Contractors (corporate office, plus its New South Wales and Tunneling business units), EIC Activities, Pacific Partnerships and Leighton Properties will also be located at 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney.

towers and generate a significant value uplift for its international client, Suntec REIT, to which the building has been sold.

A number of environmentally sustainable features have been incorporated into the building design, and as a result it has earnt a 5 Star Green Star v3 rating, and a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating. Low temperature air conditioning systems for reduced energy consumption, rainwater harvesting and high performance glass façades all feature in this state-of-the-art building.

For more information contact CIMIC Group, phone 02 9925 6666, website

Australian owned CIMIC Group, provides construction, mining, engineering, concessions, operation and maintenance services to the infrastructure, resources and property markets. Operating in more than 20 countries throughout the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America, it is one of the world’s leading international contractors.

Not only is 177 Pacific Highway situated in a prominent location in North Sydney, it can also be easily accessed via car, train and bus. The newly upgraded North Sydney rail and bus interchange is located within approximately 400m and to further cater for its tenants, full end of trip facilities have been incorporated into the building design. This project did not come without its challenges, however, with CPB Contractors relocating a major stormwater pipe and easement before construction of the building’s basement could commence. The easement had previously flowed directly through the site and its relocation displayed the engineering prowess of CPB Contractors. When it comes to 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, CIMIC Group has displayed its ability to leverage the skills of two of its subsidiaries, and offer clients a unique vertically integrated service offering. Through close collaboration between Leighton Properties and CPB Contractors, CIMIC Group has been able to deliver one of North Sydney’s largest commercial office

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LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD Working with some of the most established and respected names in the construction industry, Brighton Australia has gained a reputation for its expertise in interior and exterior architectural finishes. With a portfolio that includes the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Royal North Shore Acute Hospital and the International Convention and Exhibition Centres at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the company continues to deliver on some of the largest and most exciting projects in the country. Boasting a solid track record in delivering quality results, the 177 Pacific Highway North Sydney project represents another notch in Brighton Australia’s construction belt. With a challenging scope that included construction of the podium façade, base building ceilings and partitions and office fit-out on the 30-storey building, the company

had its work cut out. Having completed the Bates Smart designed Clayton Utz fit-out at 1 Bligh Street Sydney several years earlier, the company knew what to expect and again delivered what was required on yet another challenging design by the award winning architects. Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the 177 Pacific Highway development was the 13m high public garden plaza nestled behind the podium façade. This showcased the company’s ever growing skills and expertise in delivering on complex and intricate projects. Installing a range of finishes from the façade steelwork and curtain wall, to the aluminium composite panels, glazed panels, balustrades, aluminium doors and windows that make up the fit-out, the plaza is destined to become the heart and soul of the building, and a valuable addition to the street life of the North Sydney CBD. Working with their experienced Contract Managers, Simon Malam (façades) and Azra Avdic (ceilings and partitions), the Brighton Australia site team of Sasa Matuzovic, Bobby Boroja, Marinko Stojic and Fudo Budimlic managed the construction of this intricate project with a minimum of fuss. The established team managed the construction process smoothly, ensuring the project was delivered on time to the highest possible standards. For more information contact Brighton Australia, 65 The Grand Parade, Brighton Le Sands NSW 2216, phone 02 9599 6230, fax 02 9599 1766, email, website


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COORDINATING detailed SOLUTIONS Boutique consulting engineering firm LP Consulting Australia Pty Ltd provided all Hydraulic Services Design Documentation for the “Workplace in the Sky”, 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney. “LP Consulting Australia has worked closely with the Leighton Group of Companies and Axis Plumbing NSW to produce leading edge, 3D Revit Documentation including Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) to produce a 100% clash free model,” explains Louis Panagopoulos, Project Director and Principal Engineer of LP Consulting Australia. “We also provided detailed services coordination with all other disciplines including architectural, structural, mechanical and wet fire services, participating in detailed service design meetings over a period of a year,” says Louis. During this time, LP Consulting Australia solved complex coordination challenges in areas of interface with structural, mechanical, fire and electrical services. “Faced with tight headroom tolerances in the basement of the building, most of the early planning was focused on detailed coordination within the basement and lower ground level of the building,” Louis recalls. “Further detailed coordination hurdles were faced on level three and the rooftop plant room areas.” Expert solutions were similarly required to construct a model containing WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

graded gravity pipework. “The hydraulic design was located around the lift core area of the building,” Louis explains. “The lift core was offset in three locations which made transfer of gravity and pressure pipework detailed and complex.” LP Consulting Australia is a leading provider of civil engineering, hydraulic and fire services, Sydney Water Servicing Coordination, Design and Project Management services, particularly for high-end and complex projects. Established in 2013, the team of seven professionals headed by Louis has an extensive track record in delivering research and experience based consultation. LP Consulting Australia’s design solutions are innovative, cost effective and meet clients’ needs. LP Consulting Australia’s key clients include, NSW Government (Trade and Investment), PAYCE Properties, University of NSW, Leighton Contractors, NSW Rural Fire Service, Axis Plumbing, Dasco, M Projects, Toga, Metro Property Group, Citta Property Group and a host of other major and minor private entities. For more information contact LP Consulting Australia Pty Ltd, Suite 2, Level 8, 15 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9223 4444, mobile 0416 256 955, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 177 pacific highway


ACCESS MADE EASY Specialising in the manufacture, distribution and installation of raised access floors across Australia and other countries, ASP Access Floors continues to deliver effective solutions and products to the market. The company’s ongoing dedication to technology and innovation can be seen through its many international patents and designs – including its own flooring systems. An example of these flooring systems can be seen through ASP Access Floors work on the 177 Pacific Highway development. ASP Access Floors supplied and installed 40,000m² of raised access flooring throughout the building, using its Steel Cementitious Medium Grade Ultrafix System at 80mm finished floor height.

floor was precisely cut around. To achieve a perfect finish at these points, ASP Access Floors made use of our specialty size panels of 800mm and 300mm.” In addition to undertaking projects throughout Australia, ASP Access Floors works on projects in the Middle East, United Kingdom, New Zealand and South East Asia. A couple of the company’s recent major projects include Barangaroo International Towers (300,000m²) and Medibank in Victoria (40,000m²).

“The system used allowed for entire floor areas of approximately 1,500m² to be completed within four days,” explains ASP Access Floors Angela Zlatar.

“ASP Access Floors is a family owned company, ensuring that we complete projects for our clients with quick and precise installation using a market-leading high quality product with special patented features,” adds Angela.

“The ASP Access Floors Ultrafix System has special patented features that allow speed of installation, benefiting both the builder and the client in terms of project timeframe and cost.

“ASP Access Floors pride ourselves on sustainability both in product and organisation by development of an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) and yearly auditing and targets on reducing carbon emissions.”

“80mm finished floor height is quite a low height which requires more careful attention to areas where there are inconsistencies in the slab. Also, there were large circular columns on every floor which the access

For more information contact ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd, 32 Prime Drive, Seven Hills NSW 2147, phone 02 9620 9915, fax 02 9620 9918, email, website


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AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH With a large team of professionals ensuring a safe and quality service, formwork specialists BKH Group not only offer formwork solutions, but can complete full concrete structure works. This includes concrete placement, reinforcement, post tensioning, perimeter screens, jump forms and scaffolding works. Contracted by Leightons (CPB Contractors) on the 177 Pacific Highway development, BKH Group completed all the formwork and perimeter edge protection. This involved the design and installation of formwork to the main concrete structure, installation and management of the hydraulic jump form system to main core works and the design, installation and management of the hydraulic screen system. The company also designed and installed a high strutting shoring system for the building’s pop out floors. “The project involved the use of an updated hydraulic perimeter screen system for all the edge protection to slabs,” explains BKH Director, Ben Geisker. This system was collaboratively designed with Peri Australia and BKH, and allowed for a self-climbing edge protection system for coverage over 4-floors to the project. “We also used a modular shoring system called Rosset from Peri with supply, design and installation by BKH. This allowed for a safe and secure way to support the large slab pop outs that occur at different floors up the building with shoring up to 20m in height while also providing edge protection. We also incorporated our aluminum Wexdek panel systems to parts of the slabs for fast easy installation and removal of formwork,” adds Ben. Positive outcomes for BKH included their overall formwork design and success for the installation of the hydraulic screens and Rosset system. Contributing to their success was BKH’s ability to work on a tight program due to earlier delays on the project and to help complete the project structure on time with Leightons. BKH recently completed the Darling Harbour Live precinct with Lendlease, Four Points by Sheridan in Sydney for Brookfield Multiplex, and Shores Building 8 – 10 Wolli Creek for Probuild. For more information contact BKH Group, 32 Tattersall Road, Kings Park NSW 2148, phone 02 9671 8700, fax 02 9671 2981, email, website


Premier fire protection The Premier Fire Group of Companies specialises in the design, supply, installation, commissioning and servicing of Fire Protection Systems. The Company provides fire protection services to clients within New South Wales and Queensland for its offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Mackay and Airlie Beach. All installation and service work is carried out by the company’s trained and licensed employees and specialist sub-contractors. “Since 1987, Premier Fire has grown in size and reputation to be one of the most successful and reliable fire protection companies in Australia,” said a company spokesperson. “We believe that we provide a high level of service to all our clients and this is supported by the relationships that we have developed and maintained over the 30 years that we have been in business.” “Premier Fire is proud to have been granted the design and construct contract for the fire services at the 177 Pacific Highway project. This was the latest project in a long standing and close working relationship between CPB Contractors and Premier Fire over many years.” For more information contact Premier Fire Services Pty Limited, 3 Gibbes Street, Chatswood NSW 2067 (P.O. Box, 682 Willoughby NSW 2068), phone 02 8422 6888, email, website


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ABSOLUTE FREDON Working on the design and construction of heating, ventilation and air conditioning for 177 Pacific Highway saw Fredon HVAC bring its trademark project management and design expertise to deliver the building’s energy targets. Encompassing low temperature supply air techniques, careful consideration was given to every facet of the engineering processes. This included the selection of highly efficient central plant and selection of induction type supply air terminals for final air delivery. On site, Fredon adopted an innovative approach whereby office levels were progressively commissioned using temporary modular fan assemblies. “This enabled the balancing and commissioning of floors to be undertaken prior to the main plantrooms being operational, which increased construction program flexibility and shortened overall commissioning time at the back end of the project,” explains Hesam Nikpour, Fredon HVAC NSW Design Engineer.

CO2 output from the boilers to dilute it to acceptable levels and discharge it on Level 3. This is necessary for the Level 3 plant room, because discharging undiluted CO2 at height from the top of the building is not an option.” The podium area utilises a semi-natural ventilation system with the assistance of Whirlybird-style fans. “When wind levels are either too high or low, automated systems kick in to supplement the natural ventilation,” adds Hesam. Teamwork between Fredon’s staff, builder and subcontractors was critical to the project’s success. “It’s been a great experience to work with CPB Contractors on a large-scale building, the first in North Sydney for a number of years,” said Zois Kotsis, Construction Manager of Fredon Air.

Another unique challenge in the building were large-size shafts at the back of the building. “Fredon proposed a concrete strip solution in collaboration with CPB Contractors which maximised the available riser size and ensured the highest level of safety was maintained,” says Hesam. The project also used some non-typical products, including dilution fans for hot water generator flues. “The system mixes fresh air with WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Fredon, 123 Wetherill Street, Silverwater NSW 2128 (PO Box 6006), phone 02 9475 9400, fax 02 9748 0040, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE 177 pacific highway


On Point Luxury The $250M Four Points by Sheraton Redevelopment features a 26-level office and hotel tower cantilevered over the Western Distributor. Accommodating convention and meeting spaces along with 892 hotel rooms, the unique pillar-less design perfectly frames Sydney's spectacular harbour views. DEVELOPER : M&L Hospitality Main construction company : Brookfield Multiplex Architect : Cox Richardson Architects & Planners Structural engineer: Aurecon project value : $250 million

The ethos of M&L Hospitality is the ability to recognise and unlock potential in its assets and create a clear project vision. The company exemplified this in boosting Sydney’s high quality event, convention and meeting spaces with the redevelopment of 161 Sussex Street, Sydney – Australia’s largest hotel. As an international real estate investment platform with offices in Singapore, Sydney and Amsterdam, M&L Hospitality specialises in hotel investment, particularly across the Asia-Pacific and Europe. The Sussex Street project added a new tower and 222 new hotel rooms to the existing hotel bringing the total to 892 rooms. Significantly 3,450m2 of new event space was also created, including two ballrooms each with capacity for 1,000+ delegates, spanning the north and southbound carriages of the Western Distributor Freeway – that’s right over a major feeder road from the CBD to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. That’s where this project gets interesting.

Western Distributor daily or to the 600-700 hotel guests who stayed in the hotel each night, that’s 87% capacity. As well, there were four buildings of State heritage significance on the site. “The two-year project’s success is a testament to the extensive design and planning initiatives that were implemented. This was a complex project driven by an overarching stakeholder management plan,” said Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality. Before work started, acoustic engineers did a raft of tests measuring vibration and airborne noise impacts with jack hammers throughout the building. Their measurements and analysis allowed pinpointing of noise heard floor-by-floor within the hotel. While the hotel rooms had been refurbished 18 months before the redevelopment work started, the hotel’s front-of-house areas were still the original 1980s design. The project needed to upgrade and integrate those areas with the convention centre and hotel arrival areas.

“M&L Hospitality identified very early in the concept stage that the project presented significant construction challenges including building almost entirely in the air over an operating freeway and in a live hotel environment,” said Jenny Watt, M&L Hospitality’s Project Manager.

“This involved chopping holes through the building to provide that visual connectivity. We removed ten very large concrete beams 2m deep and 4-5m wide. So you can imagine the jack hammering that was happening during very specific hours we discussed and agreed with the hotel,” said Jenny.

“In order to de-risk the design and construction process, we engaged Brookfield Multiplex in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract arrangement to work with M&L and the design team to optimise the design, identify the risks and develop construction methodologies in conjunction with key stakeholders including RMS, SHFA and City of Sydney.”

How the team managed this was through weekly Disruption Shutdown Advice (DSA) meetings between M&L Hospitality, Brookfield Multiplex and key hotel staff.

The works were undertaken with minimal disruption to the 80,000 vehicles using the 82

“It was a very detailed and interactive process with the hotel, but they were aware every step of the way the works that were being untaken at any time in the hotel and usually several weeks in advance. They managed room allocations to quarantine rooms that would be significantly impacted,” said Jenny.

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Below Four Points by Sheraton utilised the open spaces with the use of pillar-less designs.

The hotel only closed for four nights during a quiet period in January 2015 to do the major demolition work.

Safety screens were placed on the road boundary to allow works to happen without impacting road users.

“The demolition happened almost around the clock for those nights and they were limited in what they could demolish by floor loading. This had to be carefully calculated by the engineers to make sure the floors were capable of handling both the load of the excavating equipment and the load of the debris that was coming down,” said Jenny.

Brookfield Multiplex staged plank delivery to the tight RMS permit schedule, negotiated to ensure night works were over before the Western Distributor became operational in the morning. The planks were fabricated in the Hunter Valley, stored at a Port Botany holding yard, then called in as needed and lifted directly off semitrailers for installation.

To build the new convention centre’s foundation, 78 concrete elements weighing up to 30 tonnes were needed. The challenge was that the beams were suspended over the busy Western Distributor Freeway. Mobile cranes wouldn’t work as there was just a 4-5 hour window for each road closure with much time lost in set up and pack up.

Men from Marr’s were hired to install two of the world’s largest tower cranes, an M860D and M1280D, to work on the limited space on the CBD hotel rooftop. The first crane went on a steel grillage structure on one of the building’s lift cores and was used to erect the larger crane onto the adjacent lift core.

More than 150 lineal metres of off site prefabricated precast beams had to be installed over four months. Each precast plank was between 12m to 25m long and weighed up to 26 tonnes. They were designed to meet stringent RMS bridge code as no code for constructing building structures over RMS assets existed. There were a number of road closures that needed to be arranged that required RMS approval, to assist construction works. These occurred over 250 nights and included 207 full lane closures on the north-bound Western Distributor, 111 full lane closures and 139 partial lane closures on the south-bound Western Distributor. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The two most southerly precast planks were actually over the lifting capacity of the single tower crane. Practice runs using both tower cranes installed over the existing hotel lift cores beforehand with the site team helped fine tune this. Crane work means working with height issues. These challenges were managed through workshops with structural steel and roofing subcontractors. The convention centre’s saw tooth roof had large structural steel truss members and a layered roof system to meet the high acoustic rating of the function rooms below. The longest truss was over 23m and weighed 16.5 tonnes. The solution was to install trusses on a mezzanine slab using a steel jig that fitted

all the trusses. The roofer then could access the truss on the slab instead of 8m up in the air. As well, a certified temporary handrail system was installed around the roof truss perimeter before they were raised, so future work there won’t need harnesses. The total volume of concrete poured for the project was just over 11,500m3, some 635 tonnes of steel was used, the tower’s façade comprises 1,388 panels, plus during construction, 132 precast planks were placed over the road. According to Brookfield Multiplex, 3,712 people were inducted onto the site. At the project’s peak, there were 539 workers on site, and on average 212 people worked on the site per day. M&L Hospitality recently won the Urban Taskforce Development Award for Best Hospitality Development. The Urban Taskforce Awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations, as well as time, cost and quality. “The project was an enormous leap of faith for M&L Hospitality to take it on. It was quite visionary… a gutsy move and it paid off for them,” said Jenny.

For more information contact M&L Hospitality, Suite 1501, 14 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9223 0350, fax 02 9223 0260, email info@mandlinvestments., website



DEVELOPER : Greenland Group Main Construction Company : Richard Crookes Constructions Architects : Turner Studio STRUCTURAL Engineer : M+G Consulting CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $67 million

A lucent lifestyle The $67M Lucent North Sydney apartments are comprised of stunning features and resort style facilities. Residents enjoy state-of-the-art interiors and panoramic views, a gym, rooftop garden and infinity edge pool. The $67 million Lucent North Sydney complex is comprised of 211 light-filled apartments with extraordinary interiors and panoramic views with resort-style facilities including a gym, rooftop garden and a stunning infinity edge pool. Inside the apartments, residents will find contemporary materials and finishes that create a home that’s warm and opulent, with timeless appeal. The Greenland Group developed and constructed the apartments with their in-house construction department providing full construction management and superintendent services. The property group faced a number of challenges on this project, but intense planning and execution ensured a positive outcome. Challenges included the deep excavation with six levels to be dug in rock. They also worked next door to another live construction site, which made safety a high priority and consideration. Another challenge was the lack of open space on site for storage of materials or delivery. So staging of work needed to be carefully considered throughout the project. The building looked onto the busy Pacific Highway, so all deliveries had to be coordinated through a small laneway shared with the neighbouring construction site. In Australia, the Greenland Group has a total of 65 staff. 300 people were working on Lucent North Sydney at the peak of construction. The stunning complex was


possible, and completed six-weeks early, thanks to the skilled team of planners, designers, engineers and builders. Three exciting projects that Greenland Group are also driving in Sydney are the flagship development, Greenland Centre Sydney, which will also be Sydney’s tallest residential tower once complete. The Leichhardt Green apartments are also under construction, with 287 low-rise apartments spread across five buildings. The Omnia project at Potts Point is a 135 premium apartment building that will include a supermarket and specialty retail. Established in 1992, Greenland Group is a pioneer in China’s integrated real estate market. It currently ranks 311 globally in 2016’s Fortune 500 and is the fastest growing company in China and third-fastest in the world. The company’s foundations are in the real estate industry, where it employs an innovative approach and positive vision for the future. Their real estate projects are spread throughout more than 90 cities in 29 Chinese provinces, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Chongqing and Guangzhou. Whilst there has been much success in China, in the past two years, Greenland Group have begun moving into international markets, making full use of their resources in China and globally. They now have a significant presence in 13 cities in nine countries and four continents, including Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom,

Germany, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. Globally, Greenland Group have invested $8 billion AUD in new overseas projects and up to $2.6 billion AUD in Australian real estate projects, with more in the pipeline. In 2013, Greenland Group recorded $54US billion in income and business revenue, and total assets worth $58US billion at the end of that year. This performance can be attributed to the company’s real estate interests and development supported by its interests in related industries such as energy and finance. Integrating the latest advances in technology, Greenland Group excels in product quality and variety. It is a leader in the development of super high-rise buildings, large urban complexes and residential developments, with an ongoing total construction area of 52 million square metres. Greenland Group is heavily committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities. It has donated in excess of $32US million to set up the “Greenland Charity Fund” and have launched a public welfare initiative called the “Greenland Project.” The company has donated an accumulated total of $160US million to charity and public services. For more information contact Greenland Group Australia, Suite 201, Level 2, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8262 1400, website w w w. g r e e n l a n d a u s t r a l i a . c o m . a u / e n / australia-greenland






Below Orion Mechanical Services provided design and construct air conditioning and mechanical ventilation services.

Orion Mechanical Services (OMS) specialise in the design and installation of air conditioning and ventilation systems for commercial, industrial and residential projects in NSW. They have extensive experience in high-end residential projects and luxury homes. They have expertise in reviewing existing complex mechanical designs and refining, improving and simplifying to the best outcome for the builder/client and long term end user. Orion Mechanical delivers high quality results that adhere to project specifications and exceed customer expectations, resulting in a high percentage of repeat business. They pride themselves on maintaining strong relationships with some of Australia’s best developers, architects and builders. Orion Mechanical is based in the southern Sydney suburb of Alexandria. The company was established in 1999 after the company’s founder, Justin Phillips identified a need and a desire to create and grow a sustainable, well-funded, experienced and professionally managed specialist air conditioning business. Priding itself on its goal of long term sustainability Orion Mechanical invests heavily in the education and development of its direct labour force. Orion Mechanical treats its subcontractors and their employees with the same values and respect that it does its own staff and clients. This has resulted in Orion Mechanical having at its disposal an army of dependable, loyal, long term specialist sub-contractor and suppliers. Justin has over 25 years experience in the Australian building and construction sector, and has 20 years experience in HVAC contract services. He holds a Bachelor of Building/ Science (Honours) from the University of NSW. His partner and co-founder, Louise Thurgood has over 25 years experience in large scale infrastructure projects and has held senior executive and non-executive roles in the infrastructure and finance industry. Orion Mechanical designed and installed the air conditioning and ventilation systems for the Lucent North Sydney project. This included the water cooled air conditioning units and ventilation requirements within each apartment, the car park ventilation systems, the stair pressurisation systems, the garbage exhausts, entry lobby, concierge, gym and all other communal areas. The design WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

includes a large open circuit condenser water system with roof mounted cooling towers; a cyclonic water filtration system; VSD driven condenser water pumps; and primary hot water plant serving all apartments. In addition, horizontal water cooled packaged air conditioning units are located above the bathroom ceilings of each apartment. To ensure that they uphold their high standards, they sourced the highest quality equipment from each product category to assemble and deliver the best system possible. Orion Mechanical sourced and used the following: Temperzone water cooled package air conditioning units; Leasum air conditioning controls with on-board zoning; Tour and Anderson Compact-P pressure independent motorised balancing valves; BAC Cooling Towers with low noise fans; Rheem outdoor boilers; Masterflow condenser water and heating water pumps and buffer tanks; Pacific HVAC ventilation fans and attenuators; along with Elicent bathroom ventilation fans; PVC round and flat pack duct for their apartment ventilation systems; and Airfoil for all grilles and insulated plenum boxes. Orion Mechanical used some innovative products on this project which included PVC flat pack duct for apartment horizontal discharge toilet and kitchen exhausts where there was limited ceiling space. They also designed and installed a mini BMS System to control and monitor the central condensor water plant. The company recently finished works on the Australia Towers Stage II project for Parkview Constructions at Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush) which included 610 apartments. Current jobs include the completion of nine separate building projects at Breakfast Point also for Richard Crookes Constructions. Other current projects include Macquarie Park Village, Travelodge Mascot and Mezzo Apartments Glebe for Parkview Constructions. “Orion Mechanical Services are proud to be associated with this project and we value our on-going relationship with quality builders like Richard Crookes Construction,” Justin Phillips commented. For more information contact Orion Mechanical Services Pty Ltd, Unit 40, 34-36 Ralph Street, Alexandria NSW 2015, phone 02 9669 1404, fax 02 9669 2404, email, website



Below Calibre Consulting provided structural and civil engineering services to the Lucent North Sydney development.

Calibre Consulting is a professional infrastructure services firm dedicated to providing client-focused design solutions within the built environment space. Calibre Consulting provided structural and civil engineering services for this prestigious $67 million residential development in North Sydney. Calibre worked closely with the developer Greenland Group and the contractor Richard Crookes Constructions to optimise the structure design within the overall building layout. A cost effective structure was achieved by establishing column positions to achieve efficient floor designs for structure and unit layouts, and minimise or eliminate column transfers within the tower and basement. Prefabricated wall systems using OZM walls, Dincel walls and precast walls were adopted to eliminate wall formwork and reduce construction time. The site has a fall along both street frontages requiring close attention to coordinating the structure steps and levels with the ground floor functional layout and street levels. Calibre were involved in all stages of the project from initial concept design thru to construction and are proud to have been involved in this significant project. With 600 staff in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore they are a ‘right size’ business – not too big, and not too small. Calibre businesses 90


provide a diverse range of services across engineering, consulting, project delivery, construction and asset management services to the resources, infrastructure and built environment sectors. They have an established platform for growth both locally and international and are a growing consultancy with offices across the Asia-Pacific region. Their portfolio of works include a full range of civil, structural and environmental engineering solutions (in all offices) as well as town planning and surveying from their Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand offices. Calibre Consulting also offer specialist services supporting the mining and resources sector. Exceptional performance, client satisfaction and value for money are Calibre’s main business priorities. They believe the views of their clients provide insight into their service standards. They encourage their clients to tell them how they can improve. Calibre’s main goal is to become a trusted advisor and leading provider of professional infrastructure services. Current works for Calibre Consulting include the York & George residential project, B1 Square and the Bay Park project. For more information contact Calibre Consulting, Level 7, 601 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065, phone 02 9004 8855, fax 02 9004 8858, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below AMIA provided glazed façade balustrades to the Lucent North Sydney project.

Advance Metal Industries Australia (AMIA) have assisted their clients in Design Development of balustrades and other architectural metal works and created a niche in helping the client’s vision become a tangible reality. Builders and architects can rely on the experience of the team at AMIA to create value to their project and address complex design issues.

Lead by Director Chris Hall, six employees worked on the Lucent North Sydney Project where AMIA provided glazed façade balustrades including the 55m glazed steel awning at street level. Decorative ceramic frit coatings are included on much of the balustrade and street awning glazing. This reflected the graphic detailing required by the client and consultant team.

AMIA has powder coated its manufactured products for some 30 years and offers a 15 year powder coating warranty on aluminium and was one of the first accredited through Interpon Powder Coatings to offer 10 year Steelplex and Metaplex Warranty coatings on carbon steel. These coatings were applied to another RCC Project, Building 7 University of Technology Sydney UTS.

Stainless steel and mild steel balustrades were supplied to the numerous stairwells throughout the project. Other metalwork supplied included steel sign frames and aluminium screens around the rooftop.

AMIA are a family owned business, commencing operation in 1984 with two employees. Today they have 60 on their team and operate at six different sites, transporting its products and services to all parts of Australia. Their major commercial projects extend through Queensland and New South Wales, with fabricated products being exported to Hong Kong, Suzhou and Beijing in China. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

AMIA has created a long standing and successful relationship with Richard Crookes Constructions for more than ten years. Norwest International Hotel (Baulkham Hills) was their first project together completed 16 years ago. This is testament to the long and strong relationship developed with Richard Crookes Constructions. For more information contact Advanced Metal Industries Australia (AMIA), 183 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, phone 02 6652 6955, fax 02 6652 3676, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUCENT NORTH SYDNEY


Below Austral Precast provided concrete precast façade services to the Lucent North Sydney project.

Austral Precast is Australia’s leading provider of structure precast concrete building solutions. All product solutions and services are available nationwide with factories located in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA. With a staff base of around 210, Austral Precast offers a one-stop shop; from estimating services and drafting through to detailing, panel bracing, grouting, caulking and welding. Austral Precast also have a department that specialise in manufacturing and offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to their clients. When achieving the goal of fitting within a tight installation schedule, precast concrete is an ideal choice. Because precast concrete is manufactured off site and made to client specifications, manufacture and site preparation can occur simultaneously with quick and straight forward installation. This ensures faster enclosure of the structure, minimal delay to work being carried out by other trades, and limited site congestion with no delays resulting from external weather conditions. For the Lucent North Sydney project this meant installation on time and with minimal fuss, all under the meticulous gaze of Austral Precast’s installation team. Easy and fast installation is just one of many benefits that makes precast concrete an ideal construction material and which 92


has seen its increased use in high rise residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Along with outstanding durability resulting from the use of concrete in various densities and compositions, precast concrete is a strong, low maintenance, cost-effective material that will endure the ravages of weather, time, pollution, and other external forces with minimal degradation or damage. Soaring elegantly skyward, with spectacular panoramic harbour and city views, Lucent is North Sydney’s unique destination for luxurious residential living. These extraordinary light-filled apartments set a new standard for inspired design. With lavish resort-style facilities, a lush rooftop garden and opulent interiors and features, it’s the perfect place to indulge, entertain and unwind. Austral Precast was contracted to provide the external precast concrete façade elements to Lucent Apartments eye-catching façade. Other projects Austral Precast have supplied their world-class precast concrete solutions to include Eve Apartments in Erskinville, Westfield Garden City in Brisbane, Patrick Port Botany Development, and Barangaroo Apartments. For more information contact Austral Precast Pty Ltd, 33-41 Cowpasture Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2164, phone 1300 778 668, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below OC Energy provided an Electrical Embedded Network to the Lucent North Sydney project.

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OC Energy specialises in the implementation of Embedded Networks. Specifically, OC Energy focuses on establishing Electrical Embedded Networks along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. The implementation of an embedded network allows OC Energy to consistently deliver discounted electricity to customers in a way unparalleled in the market place. Their innovative business model has also been developed to encapsulate the supply and management of Hot Water Plants and Hot Water Meters. Further to that, OC Energy also offers VLife to their clients which is an innovative unified technology platform developed for high-rise residential and commercial markets. VLife combines in-building Wi-Fi management, utility management, unified communications and connected community features. They are also capable of providing Fiber to the Property (FTTP) mandated by the NBN Rollout. OC Energy is privately owned with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and their head office is in Melbourne. Their management team collectively boast over 100 years of experience in the provision and management of Embedded Networks with experiences in a variety of fields covering IT, legal, finance, property and engineering. The Victorian company has been in business for approximately eight years and their WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

portfolio of work is expanding rapidly. On the recent $67 million Lucent North Sydney project, OC Energy’s National Implementation Manager, Steve Hazelwood, worked closely with the projects key stakeholders – Hugh Davidson, the Construction Manager with Greenland Group alongside the building team at Richard Crookes Construction lead by Gregg Armstrong. They were able to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the site and subsequently establish an Electrical Embedded Network. The Energy Company manages infrastructure in excess of 100 sites across Australia. One of their recent signature projects is the Greenland Centre, which is the highest residential tower in Sydney’s CBD. OC Energy pride themselves on the capacity to provide a ‘big business’ service while remaining focused on providing a bespoke solution to each individual Client and Developer.

For more information contact OC Energy, 636 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 1300 494 080, fax 03 8888 7978, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUCENT NORTH SYDNEY


Below MBM PL provided quantity surveying services to the Lucent North Sydney project.

“No surprises” is how Executive Quantity Surveyor, Gary Tayfield described the Greenland project at Lucent North Sydney. MBM worked closely with the developers, Greenland Group delivering a full quantity surveying service, including pre-contract cost advising, cost planning, value engineering, bill of quantities, tender review and post contract services with assessments of progress payments and variations. Gary believes the project’s success of the resulting quality development is due to the collaborative working relationship between Greenland and MBM. “We were really part of the team. Being included in all stages of the development meant there was a deep understanding of the client’s needs. Together with our strong industry knowledge and expertise, we were able to provide tailored solutions that required little variation,” Gary said. With regular meetings and briefings at each stage from its inception to its construction, it has run very smoothly which MBM attributes to the risk management and quality assurance approach and the detailed documentation during the design phase. 94


Gary believes that the success of the project can also be attributed to the Greenland Group’s understanding of the importance of Bill of Quantities (BOQ). A BOQ ensures that the pricing and tender process is consistent and accurate and avoids potential issues during the construction phase. The Lucent North Sydney project was led by Project Director/ Managing Director, David Madden and Executive Quantity Surveyor, Gary Tayfield and Senior Quantity Surveyor, Tony Chow and supported by a national multi-disciplinary team. MBM is an award winning and accredited practice, originally established in 2002, as a quantity surveying firm, and has grown into a national advisory practice with over 100 staff. A values-driven business based on Precision, Integrity and Reliability, the multidisciplinary team provides innovative, tailored and optimal solutions to its public, corporate and private sector clients across Australia, PNG, New Zealand, China and Japan. For more information MBM PL Pty Ltd, Level 7, 68 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9270 1000, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ABC Boral Group provided tiling and floor services to the Lucent North Sydney apartments.

The team at ABC Boral Group have extensive knowledge and experience in sealing of all major flooring, tiling, grinding, polishing and buffing. The specialists work with all types of flooring, including marble, concrete, tiles, terrazzo, granite, sandstone and travertine along with natural stone. The Sydney based company started trading 15 years ago and now consists of around 130 dedicated staff including; truck drivers; tilers who focus on ongoing maintenance; restorations; and refurbishments. Being a family owned and operated business, their directors take a ‘hands on’ approach and often travel overseas numerous times a year to handpick their products and import them at a much cheaper rate than their competitors. Thirty of ABC Boral’s experienced staff were seconded to work on the Lucent North Sydney project, where they co-ordinated the floor and wall tiling for the bespoke luxury apartments. Their ongoing team work and professionalism ensured the best outcome for the development. ABC Boral Group pride themselves on not only offering great service at a competitive price, but also getting the job completed on time. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Their quality workmanship combined with their detailed and dedicated customer service will assist future and current clients to make the right choice for any home or company. ABC Boral don’t just specialise within the commercial sector, but the residential sector as well. All of ABC Boral’s work is covered by Public Liability and Workers Compensation, providing relief for clients. Their work also meets the requirements of the OH&S and Work Cover NSW and all of their employees have completed the OH&S Green Card course as required by NSW legislation. ABC Boral Group are currently working on a number of projects around Sydney, including the Oran Park Shopping Centre, Bupa Clemton Park and Bupa Queens Park, Cardinal Freeman Retirement Village (Ashfield), along with the Pullman Hotel (Mascot).

For more information contact ABC Boral Group Pty Ltd, 445-449 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131, phone 02 9799 9930, fax 02 9799 7231, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUCENT NORTH SYDNEY





Below AMA Windows + Glass Faรงades provided the faรงade on the Lucent North Sydney project.

AMA Windows + Glass Faรงades started back in 2005, although their industry experience dates back to the 1980s and is born of Micos Aluminium which commenced in 1958. Over the last year, they have embarked on a phase of expansion and have been awarded a number of prestigious projects in Sydney. They are specialists in the design and manufacture of architectural commercial grade aluminium windows, doors, curtain walls, and frameless glass entries. They have a highly experienced team who are committed to producing vast products of the highest standard, and have a combined knowledge base that varies from managing multi-density/high rises to complex commercial buildings.

All AMA products are their own proprietary systems that are designed for Australian markets and are independently tested by NATA approved laboratories, with regards to wind, water, air, operating forces, acoustics and WERS. Their in-house team tailor each project from beginning to end without any compromise to lead-time or quality. With full time QA staff overseeing the production, packing and loading of their product all the way through to its final destination, clients can be assured that they are dealing with a supplier that believes in getting it right first.

Fifteen skilled staff members provided both direct and indirect work on the Lucent North Sydney project where AMA Windows designed and tested a new suite specifically within a very short timeframe. The result was an exceptional looking faรงade that met the requirements of both the client and architect. With over 35 full time employees, AMA Windows are one of the few manufacturers who still have a full scale operational facility in Botany, New South Wales with them importing the bulk of their products from Asia. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact AMA Windows + Glass Faรงades, 9 Byrnes Street, Botany NSW 2019, phone 02 9666 9992, fax 02 9666 9994, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE LUCENT NORTH SYDNEY





a princely appointment DEVELOPER : Health Infrastructure Main Construction Company : A.W. Edwards Architects : hdr Rice Daubney STRUCTURAL Engineer : Jacobs CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $70 million

The Prince Of Wales Hospital is a $70M facility that houses the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (NCCC) and the Australian Advanced Treatment Centre (AATC), known as ‘The Bright Alliance’ project. The NCCC will provide ambulatory, outpatient and radiotherapy services and the AATC will be the first purpose-built early phase clinical trial facility in New South Wales which will provide an environment specifically for clinical trial activities. A.W. Edwards is a leading, privately owned Australian construction and fitout business, established more than 95 years ago.

and construction of service linkages with the Prince of Wales Hospital, Royal Hospital for Women and the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Their iconic projects span many business sectors and include the MA Noble, Don Bradman and Dally Messenger Stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground, The Concourse at Chatswood, Epping to Chatswood Rail Line Stations, the Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong and the Queen Victoria Building.

Health services that are currently spread across eight sites on the Randwick Hospital Campus will be consolidated into one centralised building. The new building will house a new health and research centre bringing together cancer and blood disorder researchers, clinicians and patients in a unique and innovative environment.

A multiple-award winner, A.W. Edwards most recently received the Master Builders Association’s 2015 MBA Excellence in Building Awards for the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead, and for the Victoria Avenue Community Precinct Project in Concord West, both located in New South Wales.

Currently 230 people work for A.W. Edwards of which 25 were employed on The Bright Alliance project. The contract was awarded in October 2014 with demolition being completed in March 2015.

A.W. Edwards was engaged to provide design and construction services for ‘The Bright Alliance’ project which involved the construction of a 10-storey concrete structure incorporating detailed fitout to specialist treatment areas, consultation rooms, clinical facilities and sterile areas.

Of the many challenges that faced Senior Project Manager, Kyle Sweeney, the most exacting was that the project consisted of four separate stages. As each stage is completed detailed documentation, certification and procedures are required to be carried out, effectively quadrupling the effort that would be required for a single stage handover.

The works also included the demolition of the existing Radiation Oncology building

Another was that the bulk excavation extended more than two floors below the


footpath level. All construction work was undertaken in a fully operational live hospital environment. This required a tremendous amount of planning for the staging and design of the building so that there was minimal impact to hospital operations. “Close proximity to an adjacent building created additional complications for the location of our jump forms and materials handling,” Kyle said. The new buildings façade is complex, comprising of several different elements such as glazed curtain wall panels, poly composite cladding and a terracotta cladding rain screen, together with many changes in projection and direction. “Whilst creating many issues during construction the façade will present a wonderful exterior to the building,” Kyle added. This project is one more example of A.W. Edwards’ ability to enhance their customer’s investments through their high quality, predictability and strong building performance. For more information contact A.W. Edwards, 131 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge NSW 2063, phone 02 8036 7200, email nsw@awedwards., website



Below Matt Dalley Demolition removed and recycled over 5,000 tonnes of concrete from the job site.

Matt Dalley Demolition specialises in industrial and commercial demolition services and The Prince of Wales Hospital – The Bright Alliance project highlights its expertise of demolishing in sensitive environments. “We demolished and recycled over 5,000 tonnes of concrete, most of it over a six week period at the old radiological department. The heavily reinforced concrete walls were up to 1.5m thick with 300mm thick steel shielding plates embedded and they had to be removed with no disruption to the hospital,” said General Manager, Glen Felstead. They used a combination of high pressure concrete hydraulic splitting and concrete pulverisers to do the job, this ensured that the work could be carried out in normal working hours and the construction program could be maintained. Matt Dalley Demolition is a SafeWork NSW Licensed Unrestricted Demolition Contractor and AS1 Friable Asbestos Remover. They employ a team of experienced demolishers and its management systems are independently certified to ISO9001, AS4801 and ISO14001. For more information contact Matt Dalley Demolition Pty Ltd, website

Below Arctic Combined dismantled the previous air conditioning system and enhanced the new system.

Arctic Combined Services specialises in installing and maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The company was founded in 1992 and the current owners bought it four years later. “Since then the company continues to grow and make a valuable contribution to the industry,” says Co-Owner, Pat Schuberg. Three of the company’s staff worked on The Prince of Wales Hospital – The Bright Alliance project and accounts for most of Arctic Combined Services work. For the hospital’s latest expansion – to build an $80 million facility to house two centres – Arctic Combined Services dismantled the old air conditioning and modified the new system. Arctic’s Jackson Schuberg said they “disconnected the old system, shut the air vents and ducting and once the new system had been installed in the new building they checked the chill water noise and made adjustments ensuring it all worked smoothly.” For more information contact Arctic Combined Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 1256, Sutherland NSW 1499, phone 02 9311 2202, fax 02 9576 6690, email



Below Shev Constructions installed and provided exterior cladding solutions for the project.

When it comes to providing superior results and expertise in building and façade solutions, Shev Constructions have what it takes.

Shev Constructions is committed to remaining at the forefront of their industry when it comes to new design, new materials and new installation methods.

The diverse team have more than 15 years experience providing quality solutions for major industrial and commercial projects.

The scope of works covered by Shev Constructions range from small shop front shop solutions through to major industrial cladding. They focus on understanding their customers needs for innovative, cost efficient and durable solutions which are delivered on time and to budget.

With their head office, and manufacturing division, based in South West Sydney, the highly qualified and talented staff have the expertise to undertake extensive works including project management, factory production and site install. Here is a snapshot of what Shev Constructions do best: • Implement creative and technical discussions with architects, designers and engineers • Interpretation of drawings or ‘from design idea to practical implementation’ • Provide direction and advice on the most suitable implementation solutions for each client • Manufacturing of cladding such as cutting, grooving, curving and assembly • Seamless installation of cladding on site WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Some of the notable projects undertaken by Shev Constructions include: Air Apartments, St. Leonards; Narellan Town Centre; Prince of Wales Hospital NCCC and AATC; Aqua Bondi Junction; 8 Parramatta Road, Strathfield; University of Western Sydney, Rydalmere; and Watersedge Apartments, Rhodes;

For more information contact Shev Constructions, 20 Mount Erin Road, Campbelltown NSW 2560, phone 02 4626 2000, email, website


The Prince of Wales Hospital – The Bright Alliance, New South Wales



Below Bimserve provided 3D and BIM coordination, detailing and management services to the project.

BIMSERVE is a BIM coordination, management and consultancy company that offer a range of services in 3-dimensional (3D) and BIM (Building Information Modelling) coordination, detailing and management to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection industries. The coordination approach and workflow used saves time, money and importantly pinpoints any services clashes well before the ground is broken. Much like virtual reality, the building can projected onto a large screen, providing a 3D and 360-degree-explorable walkthrough of a development. “It’s like looking at the project 18 months ahead. We can see if there are any issues with a design straight away and provide a solution to contractors – it saves time and money and reduces surprises,” said BIMSERVE Managing Director, Pan Davarias. BIMSERVE’s staff have more than 100 years experience collectively in services coordination documentation, while four of the senior staff are design drafters well-versed in creating engineering and fabrication documentation. “We work predominantly in the commercial sector on hospitals, laboratories and office spaces and are currently working on a couple of large residential projects,” he said. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Pan and four staff worked on the Prince of Wales Hospital – The Bright Alliance project in the eight months to mid-April this year. It was a two-part process involving reviewing consultant’s 3D documentation, then checking the coordinating for services reticulation, buildability and installation. BIMSERVE then submitted its report to main contractor, A.W. Edwards. “We also managed the coordination of the services of subcontractors’ 3D documentation. We use the BIM to review models, run clash detection for all building elements and provide resolution, so where we found services clashing, we marked up the area for each trade that needed to move to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently,” said Pan. “BIM isn’t one piece of software from a particular company. It’s a concept which brings together design, manufacturing and installation in a collaborative environment,” explains Pan. For the Prince of Wales Hospital project the only challenge was guiding subcontractors to ensure the project was BIM compliant with the requirements of the client. For more information contact BIMSERVE Pty Ltd, Suite 601, 32 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9262 2965, fax 02 9299 9666, email, website


built to deliver Developer/Builder : Deicorp Architect : Architecture & Building Works Structural Engineer : Bonacci Group

The 9-storey mixed-used Charles Apartments, features stunning one, two and three bedroom apartments within the vibrant suburban space of central Canterbury. Set within walking distance of parks and public transport, the development offers 3 levels of underground carpark, 8 retail suites and 229 apartments. Beginning as a commercial developer and builder in 1999, Deicorp has grown extensively to become an expert in construction and project management, as well as provide exceptional and sophisticated design and construction services. Deicorp is changing the way we live by creating, developing and delivering comprehensive, visually striking, high quality designs in residential and commercial precincts. The Charles Apartments comprises five buildings, the highest being 9-storeys, and includes 229 apartments, a Woolworths supermarket, eight retail suites and 3 levels of underground parking for 353 cars. The development offers one, two and three bedroom apartments of superb quality in central Canterbury – just near the railway station, the Cooks River and parklands. 104 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments

Work started on the 6,430m2 site the day after development approval came through in June 2014. The Charles Apartments used 19,000m3 of concrete, 1,900 tonnes of steel reinforcement, about 300,000 tonnes of regular bricks and 110,000 tonnes of masonry concrete blocks. As a leading property developer, Deicorp is dedicated to providing strategic solutions that are innovative while maintaining their superb quality finishes. “We use a lot of processes which have been tried and tested over the years,” explains Richard Edmonds, Project Manager for The Charles Apartments. “Each apartment has a lot of components, but you keep the detailing simple. You may have to tweak the design here and there.” Deicorp’s team are equipped to explore all possible solutions and exercise the necessary flexibility to meet changing requirements within each stage AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

of development. A significant consideration during development was the site’s close proximity to the railway line. Deicorp was required to liaise with Rail Corp to sign off for the works. Another challenge was that rock anchors were not able to be used to stabilise the foundations of the building, so the development team opted for the use of whaling beams and steel struts, located 14m underground. “That’s a bit out of the ordinary,” said Richard. There was also a high pressure ethylene pipeline that had to be diverted during construction, that added to the challenging foundation works for the apartments. Deicorp’s ability to provide high quality and diverse projects shows their understanding of the multifaceted and complex nature of the building process. They work with clients to ensure the end result delivers the desired results and provide an exceptional product at every stage of the process. Deicorp are currently developing a number of sites including, South Village in Kirrawee, Endeavour Apartments in Arncliffe, North Village in the Hills District, and Crowle Estate in Meadowbank. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Deicorp, Level 3, 161 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW 2016, phone 02 8665 4100, fax 02 8665 4111, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments 105

The Charles Apartments involved a combination of residential and retail development across five blocks each of 8-storeys above ground with three underground levels, bringing with it a level of complexity when it came to installing all plumbing services. With an enviable record of achievement in commercial, industrial, retail and high-rise residential projects, Rab’s Plumbing was involved from the earliest planning stages. Owner Director, Rabi Malass said that one particular strength of his business is the design of all hydraulic systems and plumbing lay-out on large construction projects. “We have in-house consultants who can provide essential design work and in the case of Charles Apartments, we were involved from late 2014.” Rab’s Plumbing delivered all required services from the large-scale water, storm water drainage and sewage management systems right down to the supply and installation of the tap ware in the 230 apartments. “Another advantage we offer builders and developers is that we are one of the few firms to have accreditation from Sydney Water 106 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments

to carry out major infrastructure works including upgrades and connections to storm water installations and sewer and water mains,” Rabi said. “This enables us to provide the total plumbing service including connection to mains.” Providing for the disbursement of storm water off the roofs of five towers was one challenge on the project. A syphonic system was utilised, with storm water collected and used for irrigation. Coordinating all the piping through the retail part of the project provided another challenge as there was often only millimetres to spare in the ceilings alongside fire services, air-conditioning and normal plumbing services. The size of the Charles Apartments required Rab’s Plumbing to have an average of 20 employees on site, with up to 30 at times. “We are very proud of the fact that most of our employees have been with us for over five years and have gained a high level of expertise in the areas in which we work. We strive for a family relationship amongst our team as they have made a great contribution to the success of the business,” Rabi said. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Rabs Plumbing provided large-scale water services for the Charles Apartments.

Rab’s Plumbing utilises any proven new techniques or products to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. However when it comes to basic plumbing practices, Rabi prefers to stick with tried and tested methods. “We use the latest in clipping and bracketing in all our work for example, but the basics of sound plumbing have not changed a great deal and our goal is always to deliver excellence so we continue to use some of the more traditional techniques and systems.”

that they can all have total confidence in our services from design to completion,” Rabi said.

Woolworths is the anchor in the retail part of the development and Rab’s Plumbing also completed the plumbing fitout for the store. This involved hot and cold water supply, drainage for trade waste and from food preparation areas, cool room plumbing and amenities services. Regularly engaged by major developers including Deicorp and Icon Co NSW, as well as local councils and government bodies, Rab’s Plumbing values long-term partnerships and close working relationships with all clients. “We always strive for excellence in delivery for our clients. Our technical expertise and thorough quality assurance system means WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Rab’s Plumbing Pty Ltd, 3/22 Mavis Street, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9791 2111, email admin@, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments 107

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Below The Lefand Group provides building and facility management as well as other property solutions for The Charles Apartments.

Lefand Group is a building and facility management company that offers property solutions. Managing Director Philip Iacovou set up the company more than 25 years ago. The end-to-end solutions the group offers spans from asset and building management to service maintenance and management programs. They also offer cleaning, gardening and building maintenance solutions to sites across New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Melbourne and Queensland and work very closely with a variety of developers and strata companies. “Lefand Group and Lefand Services are experts in serving all sectors, from strata and residential to commercial and government. From the ground up and with no hidden costs, we’ll tailor a package to meet your every need,” he said. The group has about 50 direct employees, but access to 1,200 qualified and certified contractors who help maintain and manage properties for Lefand throughout Australia. Their management systems provide communication and transparency to all relevant parties with one click of a button. It’s a customisable portal with both desktop and app functionality that enables better, smarter and faster building management. Our solution is relied upon by over 3,000 buildings and projects worldwide, and saves builders, developers, managing agents, owners and occupiers both time and money. Lefand has expertise at bridging the gap between developers, strata and managing agents, owners, occupiers and service contractors. Showcase developments they maintain include The Broadway (Punchbowl), AIR Apartments (St. Leonards), The Pelican (Surry Hills), Crowle Estate (Meadowbank) and Wolli Creek (Orchard Park). For the Charles Apartments in Canterbury, Lefand has about a dozen staff working at the “back end” entering all the information about the site in the last three to five months before project completion. These include sites plans, service agreements, electrical and gas meter serial numbers, details about individual WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

units such as floor plans, colour schemes, instruction manuals, warranties, owners, agents and tenants details – all the fine details. This work helps with the transition of the project from the development on completion, to the purchasers, to the strata managers, who then leave it to Lefand for day-to-day facilities and building management. “We coordinate information on all the maintenance concerns just before completion and deal with them, so the developer can go onto their next project a lot quicker. It makes for a seamless transition,” said Philip. “In the past, developers used to give a welcome pack to each purchaser and a handover pack to the strata company, which was very costly. Now we just give purchasers an A4 sheet of paper and the keys. It’s a much more cost-effective solution for the developers, particularly when you have tenants move in. They don’t need hard copies of the operational manuals or warranties, for example, but those details are all on our system, so they can be accessed.” “Tenants and purchasers also can choose in what language they want to receive information from us and the strata management. Nothing gets lost in translation. Our clients are very satisfied.” “During their occupancy, residents and tenants don’t go to developer or strata; they come to us with their issues or concerns as we are the face of the buildings we manage. We have that one-on-one contact with the foreman or project manager and deal with them directly so we can attack issues head on, create solutions and keep on building relationships.” As well, Lefand supports the emergency services and many charities such as Camp Quality, Make a Wish, Down Syndrome and Autism. “For every site we attain above 100 lots, 10% of whatever the contract is worth goes to Camp Quality. We’re not all about the business. It’s about giving back.” For more information contact Lefand Group, Unit 2, 56 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria Sydney NSW 2015, phone 1800 533 263, fax 02 9667 0845, email, website

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Below Daw & Walton Consulting Surveyors established and prepared all of the subdivision plans, survey plans, titling plans and documentation.

Land and engineering surveying consultancy, Daw & Walton Consulting Surveyors, have been in business for over a decade and employs 11 staff in its Sydney office. “We’re a surveying consultancy working predominantly on large residential and mixed-use developments in the greater Sydney area, said Director of Daw & Walton, John Walton. “We focus on providing our clients with the necessary advice and services from the conception to completion of a project to ensure that the project is not only delivered on time, but the subdivision solution adopted for any development is the most suited solution not only for our client but all future owners within a development.” His company came on board with The Charles Apartments on acquisition of the site. “For most developments we are currently involved with specifically the larger sites we are preparing draft subdivisions plans and associated documentation to form part of the sales contracts prior to DA approval allowing for clients to commence marketing immediately upon approval.” 110 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments

For the project, Daw & Walton established and prepared all of the subdivision plans, survey plans, titling plans and documentation. That also involved a boundary redefinition consolidation plan, a road widening and railway easement plan and, plans to relocate a major gas pipeline under the pipelines act. The Charles Apartments is comprised of a 3-Lot Stratum subdivision plan providing for a Woolworths supermarket, 20-Lot Retail Strata subdivision and a 230-Lot Residential Strata Subdivision all built over a 3-storey basement structure. “We’re the first ones in, with the detailed survey which the architect uses to design off, and the last ones out, with our stratum subdivision and strata plans. We’re the link between, Lands and Property Information, the developer, council and other parties to ensure we get from initial concept through to registration of subdivisions and to and ensure this is an efficient streamlined process,” said John.

For more information, contact Daw & Walton Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd, PO Box 3222, Redfern NSW 2016, phone 02 8065 1156, email AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Executive Joinery & Design installed the 229 kitchens for the Charles Apartments.

Executive Joinery & Design (NSW) is a family business, which started in 1999 initially with small kitchen jobs. Growing with developers, Executive now specialises in custom designs, quotes, manufacturing and installation of cabinet joinery, with extensive experience with kitchens, cabinet manufacturing and installation on a large residential and commercial scale. “The first big job we had was installing kitchens in an Ashfield block of 20 apartments. At that early stage, we’d be doing 20 or 30 units a year. Now we’re putting in more than 300 a year,” said Founder and Managing Director, Sam Kassem. Executive’s team worked fulltime installing the 229 kitchens for the Charles Apartments in Canterbury. “The foreman was very helpful and the team at Deicorp are good to deal with. This job was well organised, an easy job for us,” Sam said. “We’re also doing another project for Deicorp, installing 63 kitchens including the appliances,” said Sam, whose company has also done three projects in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, for Meriton Apartments. “We’ve been in this business for a long time so have the experience and the latest technology to do everything in house and in our factory. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

With our large machinery we can cut up to 10 kitchens a day and have the capacity to fit up to 50 kitchens a week,” he said. Executive can cover all areas of the homes from kitchens, laundries, bathrooms, built-in wardrobes, ensuite fitouts, home offices, home theatres, TV cabinets as well as lamp and coffee tables. They can design your kitchen quickly, creating a 3D computerized display in a style of your choice, from modern, classic, industry, glam-chic or a mix.

For more information contact Executive Joinery & Design, 12 Lisbon Street, Fairfield East NSW 2165, phone 02 9632 1944, fax 02 9632 1844, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments 111

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Below Cosmo Wholesale provided 4,400 LED lights to the Charles Apartments.

Cosmo Wholesale Pty Ltd opened for business in 2009 and is now a major Australian lighting manufacturer, distributor and supplier. They offer exciting lighting solutions, quality products and a high level of customer service. The company supplied more than 3,000 downlights, 1,400 oyster lights and various exterior lighting to the 202 apartments. The Charles Apartments was the first totally LED lighting project with Deicorp. LED lighting uses less energy, meaning they don’t get as hot as some lighting options.

coating and the design and construction of luminaires. One of Cosmo’s recent iconic projects was Huntley Street development in Alexandra comprising of multiple offices and a childcare centre. They supply lighting for projects across Australia, New Zealand and, more recently, Papua New Guinea. The technology of lighting is changing rapidly, and Cosmo Wholesale are able to use new technologies to bring any project to life.

Whilst the lights for the Charles Apartments were imported, Cosmo Wholesale are able to manufacture lighting solutions for other jobs such as for custom made extrusion lighting. “We can change the lamp format of certain light fittings of ours, which means we can take the same fitting and make it operate differently. We can design and manufacture bespoke fittings as well,” says Ruth Briffa, State Sales Manager. Cosmo’s inhouse manufacturing capabilities are extensive in tool making, custom metal fabricating, finishing, assembly, powder WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Cosmo Wholesale Pty Ltd, phone 02 9773 1222, fax 02 9773 5825, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The Charles Apartments 113

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hitting the road developer : Roads & Maritime Services Main construction company : OHL-York Joint Venture DESIGNER : Mott MacDonald Hughes Trueman project value : $135 million

The Schofields Road Upgrade links Rouse Hill to Marsden Park for motorists traveling in North West Priority Land Release Area, and Stage 2 delivers key transit facilities through the addition of bus stations, pedestrian pathways, as well as vital link bridges and bypasses. The Schofields Road project incorporates three stages of works stretching between the current Rouse Hill, and future Marsden Park town centres. The upgrade sees the expansion of the current two lane road to a four-laned, divided road with a large central median to provide for further expansion to six-lanes. Schofields Road is part of a large program of NSW Government roadwork that is being planned and delivered in the North West Priority Land Release Area to support new residential and industrial centres, which will see more than 70,000 new homes built in the next 20 years. Stage 2 works extended Schofields Road from Railway Terrace to Veron Road to create a 3.6km tree lined transit corridor to connect residents to community centres in the area. Creating a safe shared environment, local employment hubs, and public transport facilities for pedestrians and vehicles using the roadway were key concerns for the development works. Shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians were created off-road on the southern side, with provision for a future off road shared user path on the northern side in future upgrades.


In addition to creating new pedestrian laneways, new traffic lights have been installed at five intersections along Schofields Road including Hambledon Road, Alex Avenue/Boundary Road, Junction Road, Railway Terrace and Veron Road. These upgrades include bus priority measures at approaches to these intersection to encourage greater use of public transport within the region. York Civil oversaw the construction of a number of elements on the project including: • The left-in/left-out access to the Schofields Precinct between Bridge Street and Veron Road and also at Schofields Farm Road • Temporary U-turn facilities • An underpass crossing of the Richmond rail line •  A retained connection to the new Schofields Station western car park via a new bridge overpass at Bridge Street • Two twin bridges at First Ponds Creek and the Eastern Creek tributary near Railway Terrace • Improved flood immunity for the area For more information contact York Civil, The Binary Centre, Building 1, Suite 1.04, 3 Richardson Place, North Ryde NSW 2113, phone 02 9919 0200, website

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Below PremiAir provided equipment hire solutions for the Scholfields Road Upgrade.

PremiAir is a complete service provider with multiple divisions that come together to provide a complete solution, which they call the ‘PremiAir Advantage.’

to quality workmanship, presentation and unrivalled customer service was to become the golden formula of success.

They are the equipment/solutions hire specialists of diesel and electric air compressors, dryers and filtration, skid and trailer mounted silenced generators, lighting towers, traffic management equipment and sustainable event solutions.

Following success came growth and PremiAir outgrew three facilities, progressed from a staff of 1-80, and expanded their product offering to Compressors, Generators, Lighting Towers and VMS’. This expansion also produced hire, sales and service divisions driven through the 12 branches along the East Coast of Australia.

PremiAir Fuels commissioned a brand new diesel tanker to complete their works on the Schofields Road Upgrade. They also ensured that the service vehicles were fitted with the latest dispensing equipment and technology.

Additionally, PremiAir Hire’s commitment to service has led the business to invest into a large fleet of Prime Movers, B-Double Trailers, Crane Trucks and Tilt Trays to enable efficient and timely transport to any location 24/7.

The Western Sydney based business commenced trading in 1994 (then known as PremiAir Compressor Services), operating from a milking shed in Richmond, in Sydney’s North West.

PremiAir are currently active on a number of projects, which include the Sydney Light Rail Project, WestConnex Project and the Norwest Rail Link Project.

In its humble beginnings, owner operator Peter Xiberras, an air compressor technician by qualification, took on his aspirations to go into business by investing into one truck, a box of tools and on the road he went. In the years to follow, Peter’s passion to succeed and his tireless commitment

For more information contact PremiAir Hire Pty Ltd, 26 Clay Place, Eastern Creek NSW 2766, phone 1300 WE HIRE, fax 02 8818 1122, website

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Below Greenaway Sediment Control installed woven polypropylene silt fencing for the road upgrade.

Greenaway Sediment Control is a family owned and operated business, which has grown to a dedicated team of highly experienced staff using the most recent technology and machinery to deliver fast reliable services to civil engineering projects in New South Wales. Greenaway Sediment Control supplied and installed the highest quality woven polypropylene silt fencing which meets the Australian standard ISO9001:2001 accreditation as well as current Blue Book guidelines to assist York OHL to comply with their environmental responsibilities. Using their fleet of Ditch Witch SK650 and SK755 vibrating silt fence installers and a satellite tracking system on each of their vehicles, Greenaway can ensure that all their fencing is installed on schedule and within budget. Greenaway Sediment Control specialise in the supply and installation of silt fencing and other associated erosion control products for civil construction companies throughout New South Wales as well as many housing sector builders in Sydney. “We are the most professional silt fencing installation service in operation in Australia and strive to always improve, specifically in customer service, safety and performance.” said Paul Greenaway. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Based in Sydney, Greenaway operate daily across Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the Australian Capitol Territory regions. With four individual installation units operating independently every day, Greenaway are able to provide excellent service to all their clients. Greenaway Sediment Control are currently involved in a number of large projects, including the “Bulga Optimisation Project”, Mt Thorley Mine and many large civil project throughout Sydney, the central coast and the south coast. Current Roadworks Projects include the Schofields road project for York, Bells Line of road for Downer, Richmond Road Upgrade, Great Western Road at Kelso and Werrington all for Burtons, Dungog and Port Stephens Councils, the Narellan Road Upgrade for Georgiou and the Narellan Road off-ramp for BMD.

For more information contact Greenaway Sediment Control Pty Ltd, Paul on 0414 691 276, Windsor NSW 2756, phone 02 4577 8858, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Schofields Road Upgrade 117



Back to the futra developer : Longton Main construction company : Hamilton Marino Builders Architect : Marchese Partners Architects Design Architect : MD+A Architects Structural engineer : Northrop Consulting Engineers project value : $46 million

The $46M Futra iApartments embraces the smartest and the most stylish way of modern living offering one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments with the most important piece of furniture being the iPad – controlling lighting, TV, surround sound, temperature control and fingerprint recognition. Established in 1975 in Melbourne, Hamilton Marino Builders is a dynamic, multi-level apartment and commercial construction company. They have completed projects in other states and countries including Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand. The company has distinguished itself in large-scale construction across many industries including office construction and fitout, retail fitout, hospitality and warehouse and factory construction. Hamilton Marino uses an ‘value-added’ operational model and builds its reputation on offering expertise, quality and certainty making them an innovative industry leader. At any time, it has multiple projects on the go spanning feasibility, planning, construction and post-contract phase meaning Hamilton Marino has a wealth of current market knowledge available. Hamilton Marino Builders won the design and construction contract for the iconic Futra iApartments residential apartment development in the inner Sydney suburb of Mascot. It’s the second residential development in Sydney the company has built. For the Futra development, Hamilton Marino worked for site owner/developer, Longton, with Urban Pty Ltd taking on the


superintendent or project manager role. Longton is currently undertaking a number of property developments in Sydney with two projects in Mascot and one in Roseville. The group aims to create well designed, high quality apartments and living spaces in desirable locations that also integrate modern technology. The 12-level building features three basement parking levels and 55 apartments. “We picked up the design and construct contract after the previous builder went into administration early on in the development. We even hired some of the original sub-contractors, such as the excavation company that had initially worked on it,” said Mick Café, Hamilton Marino’s NSW General Manager. One of the challenges, said Mick, was the site’s high water table. “There was massive water pressure so we had to come up with a pretty smart way to excavate. It was done very successfully.” Another challenge was the location on a main road meaning limited access for vehicles delivering, parking and storing material. A concrete slab was laid off the street to improve access. It’s now been removed and the permanent driveway installed.

Hamilton Marino also saved time by negotiating to change the cladded external façade with precast concrete walls. “It was going to be difficult in terms of scaffolding because we were right out of the building. There were also complex curves and shapes.” “The precast concrete walls were easier to put up, were cost neutral and also have better thermal properties than cladding. It was slightly quicker to put up, plus it looks a lot better and will have a nice painted finish with decorative balustrades,” said Mick. The Futra is turning heads because of its iPad-based technology. Entry will be by fingerprint recognition or a passcode on a keypad; each unit will have an iPad for residents to control the lighting, blinds, television and sound bar. Residents will be able to access the carpark and lobby with their credit card. “Technically it’s not the standard, but it was simple to install. Each apartment will have a high definition LED television and a Samsung sound bar.” As well, most apartments will have a methanol fuelled fireplace. For more information, contact Longton, Level 27, Darling Park Tower 2, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9283 8600, fax 1300 558 118, website


Below AGI Formwork laid the formwork for the Futra iApartments.

AGI Formwork offers services including foundation bored pier, formwork, steel fixing, finishing, pump hire, foundation, waffle and raft slabs, suspended slabs and retaining walls. It has helped create Australian landmarks such as the Maritime Museum in Sydney, now its made its mark on the iconic Futra iApartments development.

It’s low weight, saves time, labour and money and ideal for slabs up to 700mm deep. One man can erect up to 40m2 in an hour because it uses lightweight aluminium panels and minimal components. It weighs 30% less and has 40% fewer parts than conventional props and timber.

The company opened for business a decade ago and has won awards for the strength and quality of its work. AGI Formwork has 50 staff, 20 of them worked on the development.

“We ensure we follow the procedures because it’s signed off by an engineer. The system itself is really simple,” says David.

The company laid the formwork for about 20,000m2 of concrete starting in November 2014 and finishing in July last year. Its approach has shaved days off what it conventionally takes to lay down and remove formwork for concrete works. They used timber, plywood and aluminium ‘tables’ to lay the formwork.

The Airodek system demonstrates the company’s ethos to use the latest technologies covering all aspects of project expertise, from initial design, site preparation and planning through to construction. Their next project is formwork for a research building at Sydney’s Macquarie University.

“The Airodek system we used takes two rather than five days to lay a slab. We save time in stripping it, cleaning, de-nailing the timber and moving the jacks,” said Manager David Amorim. AGI Formwork has finessed the system having used it on projects for the past two years. 120 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The FUTRA iAPARTMENTS

For more information contact AGI Formwork, 222 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204, phone 02 9603 3388, fax 02 9603 3377, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below CF Group provided anchoring, piling, excavation and other services for the Futra iApartments.

Specialist geotechnical engineering company CF Group had the experience, skills and equipment to meet a number of challenges head-on when it undertook basement works for the Futra iApartment project at Mascot.

the excavation from the adjacent road. We were able to successfully complete all works utilising our expertise and specialist machinery, thereby delivering the builder a dry basement from which the super structure could be constructed.”

CF Group delivers turn-key basement solutions for its builder clients, with most of its work undertaken in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. A characteristic of that area is a high water table so any excavation needs the specialist equipment and knowledge that the company has built up since its formation in 2004.

Sanjeev said that CF Group works for a number of well-known major builders and developers including Meriton and Toplace. “We pride ourselves on our in-house ability to deliver all of the services necessary to provide the complete basement solution. Commencing with detailed design, our engineers develop a competitive and comprehensive certified design of the retaining walls and foundations. Shoring and propping, bulk and detailed excavation, de-watering and piled foundations are all undertaken using company equipment and personnel.”

In this particular project for the Longton Property Group, CF Group excavated the basement to three levels and provided shoring works to ensure the builder could commence construction in a dry basement. The shoring had to take account of an adjacent road, a Sydney Water easement and an adjacent building. Design and Estimating Manager for CF Group, Sanjeen Shokeen, said that over 100 piles had to be driven down approximately 12m from the excavated level. “The machinery necessary to do the job had to be small enough to both work around the internal struts and bracing installed below the water table level and to be craned into WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact CF Group, Unit 2, 13 Baker Street, Banksmeadow NSW 2019, phone 02 9316 4012, fax 02 9316 4062, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE The FUTRA iAPARTMENTS 121

Below Austlink Constructions provided steel framing for some areas on the Futra iApartments.

Austlink Construction specialise in a range of products for multi-storey apartment buildings, commercial buildings and warehouses. The company fabricates, supply and installs all types of structural steel, glazed windows, doors and louvres, aluminium privacy screens, sunshades and all types of balustrades and handrails, aluminium composite panel cladding to name a few.

Other project challenges included securing parking near the development’s busy location. The next project Austlink are doing for Hamilton Marino Builders is an apartment building in Chatswood, Day Street, Sydney and Gordon.

For Futra iApartments, Austlink supplied structural steel for two pergolas, one on the roof and another for a ground floor common area. They also supplied various metalwork such as glass privacy screen, stainless steel handrails, aluminium fence and gates, storage cages at basement carpark. “Our client select us because of competitive price yet we do not negotiate on the quality that our client desire. We always keep ourselves ahead of the construction program,” said Manager Rajib Chitrakar. “Some of the works can be complicated as it involves liaising with structural engineers, architects, builder and other trade contractors, but its not a problem as we are used to this,” said Rajib. 122 NSW PROJECT FEATURE The FUTRA iAPARTMENTS

For more information, contact Austlink Construction, Unit 79B Gow Street, Padstow NSW 2211, phone 02 8739 8498, email info@, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Tobco provided the 600 KvA substation for the Futra iApartments.

TOBCO (formerly Australian High Voltage) specialises in electrical and civil engineering works. It offers a complete service from start to finish including handling the necessary paperwork, construction and commissioning, so their clients can connect to NSW’s electrical networks. It has NSW Government accreditation (ASP1) to work on electricity networks and is authorised to work on the Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy networks providing the capability to modify or extend the LV and HV network. It also has ASP2 accreditation, enabling connection of private premises to the existing network. The combination of the above two accreditations provides a truly comprehensive, fully inclusive package for clients wishing to connect to the electrical network.

difficult areas; fitting out chamber substations complete with all metal work; and trenching and installing ducts and cables. For the Futra iApartments development, 10 of TOBCO’s 40 staff successfully installed a new 600kVA substation, also called a “kiosk.” They also moved the overhead powerlines underground, says Project Manager Ryan MacDougall. “Challenges included trying to put in new electricity services among existing services such as gas, water, Telstra, Optus and existing Ausgrid assets,” explains Ryan. “We had to redesign our trenches. It wasn’t a problem as we’d factored this into our schedule, worked with Ausgrid designers directly and got it sorted quickly.”

TOBCO’s civil engineering arm constructs all types of civil engineering projects and consultancy. Its wide variety of equipment and staff are structured to be highly mobile so can work quickly and efficiently to complete client’s projects.

Another challenge was having to do all the works at night due to the development’s location on a busy Sydney road, O’Riordan Street in Mascot. Traffic controllers were brought in to manage pedestrian and vehicular traffic for the safe and efficient execution of the works.

Typical TOBCO services include working in heavily urbanised areas such as Sydney’s CBD and North Sydney; assembling and erecting multi-function poles and streetlights; installing kiosk substations in

For more information contact TOBCO, Level 17, 40 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, phone 02 8415 9899, email, website



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ENDLESS HORIZONS Developer : Qualitas Main construction company : Richard Crookes Construction Architect : Kann Finch, DC8 Studio and Koichi Takoda Architects Structural Engineer : Northrop Project value : $54 million

The mixed use, Aqua Bondi Junction residential tower incorporates a slender 20-storey building positioned on a 4-level podium to maximise Sydney’s views. Texture, form and scale gives the apartments a natural sophistication and draws from the rich surrounds of the stylish Bondi. Aqua Bondi Junction is a 20-storey tower project with 129 apartments located in Sydney’s inner eastern suburb of Bondi Junction. It’s proximity to beaches, parks and the city, generated more than 2,000 expressions of interests from both owners and investors registered during pre-release.

investors by executing a patient and disciplined investment strategy and investing our own capital alongside our clients,” said Mark Fischer, Managing Director of Qualitas Real Estate Principle Investments. Muir and Nicole Mathison currently live across the road from Aqua and were lucky buyers who bought off the plan.

Along with the apartments and 146 bicycle spaces, selling agents Colliers International have planned the release of a range of ground floor level retail outlets aimed at local and global retail brands.

“It’s even better than I thought it would be,” Aqua Bondi Junction apartment owner, Muir says, adding that the value of the apartment has already increased since their purchase in 2014.

“There are very few prime development sites in the Bondi Junction area, and Aqua presented a unique opportunity to benefit from a demand in this location, as evidenced by the fact that it sold out in a matter of hours,” Qualitas Development Manager, Julian Lenthall said.

None of this would have been possible if it were not for a real estate investment management firm such as Qualitas. “Australian real estate markets, particularly in the private capital space, tend to be localised and relationship based,” Mark says.

Established at the height of the GFC in 2008, the firm is now a major player in capital cities across Australia, providing institutional and high-net worth investment capital, as well as investing in their own principal balance sheet.

Qualitas currently operate two flagship funds, each with its own features and benefits.

“Since 2008, Qualitas has invested in or financed assets valued at over $3.1 billion across a range of real estate sectors, where we aim to generate attractive returns for


The Private Debt Fund, with a target of $200 million, is a closed-end vehicle that invests in secured real estate loans that provides returns targeting IRR (internal rate of return) of 8% – 10% net of fees. All loans are secured by either a first or second ranking mortgage over the relevant properties.

Qualitas’ Opportunity Fund is another closed-end vehicle that invests in equity, and mezzanine debt. It is focused on value-added, development and repositioning projects across retail, commercial and residential, with a target of $200 – $300 million and offering IRR of 17% net of fees. Qualitas also work with the major trading banks to provide senior and mezzanine financing to developers or asset owners, with the debt being secured by first or second mortgage. “We currently have a number of private and institutional investors both locally and offshore who are attracted to our investment style and returns,” Mark says. As Qualitas’ Development Manager for Aqua Bondi Junction, Julian has been involved in the project from inception and was instrumental in the day to day running of the project, whilst also ensuring that the end product exceeded Purchasers expectations.

For more information Qualitas, Level 25, 363 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8073 0000, fax 02 9223 5042, email info@, website

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Below Raines Commercial Flooring supplied and installed luxury plush pile wool carpet and utilised bespoke jet design technology for Aqua’s flooring.

It’s rare to find an industry leader that provides the personalised service reminiscent of a small family owned business, but that is exactly what sets Raines Commercial Flooring ahead of the competition.

or break people’s perception of a space. “It sets different tones for different buildings so the flooring makes all the difference,” says David. “If the wrong carpet is installed for example, it could have a negative effect on the surrounding environment.”

A wholly independent company, Raines have prided themselves on partnering with their clients to provide advice on the best flooring options to suit their specific needs for the past 35 years. “Other companies are restricted by their suppliers and what they will allow,” says David Raines, Executive Director of Raines Commercial Flooring. “Our independence allows us to search for the best possible solutions.”

Raines began as a small family operated business working in the residential market in 1980 and have held onto those values as they expanded into the large scale residential and commercial projects they are known for today.

For Bondi Junction’s Aqua Bondi Junction, Raines supplied and installed luxury plush pile wool carpet into the building’s 129 residences and utilised bespoke jet design technology for the high traffic area of the lobby’s carpet.

“We understand what people are looking for. It’s not just about practicality, it’s about beauty and being aware of the environment and the impact it can have on the flooring.”

Having recently incorporated timber flooring into their services, Raines also supplied and installed engineered oak flooring to parts of the premises. “We are very excited to be able to incorporate wooden floors into our range. The end result in this building is stunning. The mixture of wood and plush carpet helps sets the building apart,” says David. Having gone from strength to strength since entering the commercial market six years ago, Raines were entrusted with the Aqua Bondi Junction contract not only based on tender, but from the high quality work they had provided Qualitas and other industry leaders in the past. With an extensive range including carpet, timber, laminate, vinyl and carpet tiles, Raines are trusted specialists in advising clients on which floor coverings are best suited to different environments, taking into careful consideration factors such as level of foot traffic and amount of direct sunlight the area receives. This critical advice stage ensures the flooring is fit for purpose and durable, keeping its good looks long after the building’s occupants have moved in. While it may be one of the final fit-outs, Raines understand that flooring can make

“The experience we gained from dealing with people who were personally invested in the property taught us how to take the same attitude to our commercial clients,” says David.

Offering a complete end-to-end flooring solution, Raines manage their projects in-house using their team of 50 employees instead of outsourcing to subcontractors, another point of difference learnt from their humble beginnings in the residential market. It was a practice they resolved to keep to ensure rigorous quality control. “We work with the client from initial concept design to supply and installation so they’re really getting what they want,” says David. “The whole process is designed to make life easier for them.” Before partnering with Richard Crookes Constructions, Raines Commercial Flooring have worked across the east coast on other large scale projects with Billbergia, Icon Constructions and Morris Property Group. The company is responsible for the revamped flooring of Sydney Airport’s International Terminal 1 departure gates and the refurbishment of the major bank headquarters including CBA, Westpac and St. George. For more information contact Raines Commercial Flooring Pty Ltd, Unit 7, 17 Willfox Street, Condell Park NSW 2200, phone 02 9316 8030, fax 02 9666 6170, email, website

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Below DLA Environmental completed soil testing classification on the potentially contaminated site prior to construction.

Specialists in contaminated land assessment and management, DLA Environmental have been delivering technically superior environmental solutions whilst prioritising cost-saving opportunities for their clients for over 25 years. “Our objective is always to deliver the best outcome for the client, and to maximise savings opportunities where possible in the remediation and development of a site,” says Josh Crawford, Deputy Manager for DLA Environmental in Victoria. Before construction on the Aqua Apartments could begin, DLA Environmental had to carefully manage the remediation and validation of a number of historically contaminated areas that had been identified beneath the pre-existing site structures. “Given the variable profile of fill materials beneath the slab, Aqua was also a great opportunity to utilise a staged approach to material classification and segregation. This allowed us to maximise the volume of fill material suitable for beneficial re-use, whilst strategically minimising the volume of material that had to be diverted to landfill. While this process added slightly to the site’s remediation and excavation timeframe, it resulted in significant off site disposal cost savings for the client,” says Josh. 128 NSW PROJECT FEATURE Aqua Bondi Junction

With a proven track record across greenfield and brownfield sites, it is the company’s persistence and ability to identify the best approach to managing contamination problems that makes DLA’s services so highly sought after for large scale residential and commercial projects like Aqua Apartments. DLA Environmental currently have a number of high-profile projects in the pipeline including Crown Group’s Infinity at Green Square, Australia YMCI’s Olympic Garden City project in Sydney’s Homebush, Ecove’s Sydney Olympic Parks development and JQZ’s Emblem project in Waterloo. Operating primarily out of Sydney and the Hunter region, the company has 25 staff members in New South Wales and has recently expanded operations by opening up offices in Brisbane and Melbourne.

For more information DLA Environmental Services, 3/38 Leighton Place, Hornsby NSW 2077, phone 02 9476 1765, fax 02 9870 0999, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Purge 1 created seamless connectivity between city living and nature through their frameless glass balustrade.

Purge 1 provided 900m, of frameless faceted glass balustrade to create the Aqua Apartments sophisticated and sculptural style. Celebrating their 21st year, founder Peter Weir is proudly celebrating his business’ contribution to the Aqua Apartments. According to Weir, one of the keys to the beauty of the Aqua building is its seamless connectivity between city living and nature, particularly the ocean, green spaces like Centennial Park and Sydney’s fabulous clear blue skies. The frameless faceted glass balustrades enabled the design and layout of the Aqua building to achieve that connection from every balcony and every open space. Aqua inhabitants will be able to see out across the spectacular, dynamic city skyline and nature will be able to reach in through metre after metre of glass, thanks to the handy work of Peter Weir and the Purge team.

“Our difference is that we deliver personalised service,” says Weir. “I own the business but I am also still working there on site, overseeing all the work for every client.” When Weir decided to branch out on his own, he had been working as a boiler maker in the food industry. “That’s where the name Purge came from,” he explains. “We were working on pipes for the food industry and that’s what we did, purge the pipes to ensure maximum hygiene. Then we branched out into general building.” Now Purge is a name sought after to supply major projects across New South Wales and Weir said he was proud to make a major aesthetic and design contribution to a landmark like the Aqua Apartments.

While only a medium-sized project for Purge, the main challenge of the Aqua project was custom-shaping all the stainless steel railings for the balustrading. Weir says the finished product speaks for itself in terms of the quality, craftsmanship and the service Purge can deliver. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Purge 1, Unit 1/50 Plasser Crescent, St. Marys NSW 2760, phone 02 9833 2332, mobile 0418 604 993, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE Aqua Bondi Junction 129

Below Johnstaff Projects were the project managers for all aspects of the Epworth Richmond Redevelopment.

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Below Manooga installed unique solid surface benchtops within the Aqua Bondi Junction kitchens and bathrooms.

Kitchens and bathrooms are often the most used areas of apartments and their appeal and function can make or break a sale. Sydney kitchen, bathroom and bench top manufacturers Manooga, have been in business for over 50 years, managing to stay at the top of their game by constant investment in their staff, materials and processes. Aqua Bondi Junction has 129 kitchens and 203 bathrooms over the 20-floors. The team at Manooga supplied custom kitchen bench tops and bathroom vanities for the apartments, installing them over a six to seven month period. “The material specified for Aqua is the Solid Surface brand, Marblo Opal Series, with all the materials for Aqua, it was specifically made to order in Marblo’s Australian factory,” Manooga Director, David Page says.

sink/cooktop counter curves down in height as well as depth to a lower entertainment counter as one seamless bench. This bench consists of four components being seamlessly joined to create the one bench on site. “The success to efficient installation was very much in the early planning, establishing all the criticals such as sink cutouts, overhangs etc,” David says. Once these were locked in, production and installation could be continuous. “One of the great properties of Solid Surface is that it can be seamlessly joined, and it is non porous, thus stain resistant and hygienic and easily repaired,” David says.

With each bench top being made individually, a volume mentality was required to gain efficiencies. “Our factory set up utilising digital measuring equipment and computer numeric control (CNC) make this possible,” David says. Some of the apartments include a unique seamless bench design running from the kitchen through to the lounge room. The kitchen WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Manooga, 13 Rhodes Street, West Ryde NSW 2114, phone 02 9807 3511, fax 02 9808 1837, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Aqua Bondi Junction 131

a winning trifecta Developer : Mirvac Architect : Mirvac Design and Smart Design Studio (Maxwell Place) Combined Construction Value : $117 million


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Maxwell Place


Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo are the newest additions to the Harold Park Collection. The three apartment blocks pull their architectural design from the suburbs rich historic architecture, such as the heritage Tramsheds, the raw and edgy sandstone cliffs and the terraces of Glebe. Mirvac has an enviable reputation for creating highly desirable places in which to live, work and invest. No where is this more evident than the latest buildings to be completed in Mirvac’s Harold Park Development. Named Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo, these three buildings are the epitome of style, function and quality workmanship. Maxwell Place features 49 dwellings in a unique cliff setting, enveloped by sweeping sandstone. Chevalier’s 111 dwellings, including terrace homes, are an elegant addition to the development with a modern, dynamic and sharp edged building. Altivolo comprises 82 dwellings located in a prominent gateway position and rises just 3-storeys from The Crescent, creating a seamless transition from the established terrace homes of Annandale, Forest Lodge and Glebe. The three buildings are located in the highly desirable area of inner Sydney combining both open spaces and inner city lifestyles. Mirvac’s Development Director, Adrian Checchin, said that the Harold Park site is outstanding because of its position within extensive parklands flowing to the Sydney Harbour foreshores with views of Anzac Bridge, proximity to cycleways, transport options and the city. “The development is located just 2.5kms from Sydney’s Central Business District and the light rail station at Jubilee Park is directly adjoining. Buses are nearby for Broadway and the city or, in the other direction, for Newtown, Randwick and the eastern suburbs beaches,” said Mr Checchin.


transitions from living areas to external balconies and Miele kitchen appliances. A highlight of the Harold Park Development is the refurbishment and re-use of the heritage listed Rozelle Tramsheds which create a distinctive retail and leisure destination, whilst retaining the iconic character and industrial proportions including the saw-tooth roof. Construction completed in September and Mr Checchin said the end result will be a food lover’s paradise inspired by the food halls of Europe. “Mirvac has secured some of Sydney’s most exciting food purveyors and the revived building will be home to a community scale supermarket, a market food hall, boutique retailers, cafés, restaurants and a gymnasium as well as a community space dedicated to the City of Sydney Council.” Established in 1972, Mirvac is a publicly listed company and a leading brand in Australian property, consistently delivering innovative and high quality products in the residential, retail, office and industrial sectors. Stringent project control is Mirvac’s key to delivering outstanding places to live and work. “We manage everything from acquisition, design and construction to marketing, sales and customer service. With a focus on both style and function, Mirvac has a fundamental understanding of how to create value through uncompromising levels of comfort and quality while creating great investments for the future,” said Mr Checchin.

Sophisticated design, high quality finishes and top-end brand appliances make the Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo apartments amongst the finest to be constructed in Sydney.

A very limited number of apartments remain for sale in Vance, the final stage at Harold Park. “Vance is the perfect finale to Harold Park,” Mr Checchin said. “Mirvac is very proud of the outcome of this quality development in such an iconic setting.”

Mirvac has a commitment to understanding their clients’ needs and preferences in their residential developments. Harold Park includes desirable features such as seamless

For more information contact Mirvac Limited, Level 28, 200 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9080 8000, fax 02 9080 8111, website

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Below Poles and Underground completed the substation contract on the Maxwell Place, Chevalier & Altivolo.

Electrical infrastructure company Poles and Underground Pty Ltd has successfully installed major substations in Mirvac’s Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo apartment developments at Harold Park in Sydney.

underground electrical infrastructure up to 132kV in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. Its customer base includes energy authorities, government bodies, construction companies and mining operations.

Business Development Manager for Poles and Underground, Richard Twentyman, said that the company was delighted to gain Mirvac’s contract for the full project after initially installing one substation. “Our Project Manager Max Eggert and his team of seven delivered the substation with great proficiency and as a result a further contract for four substations was awarded. The final outcome saw the installation of two padmount and three chamber substations.”

The company is well-resourced to undertake major underground and Overhead Electrical Infrastructure, utilising its own workforce, excavation machinery and cabling equipment. It is authorised for work up to 132kV on Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid and Essential Energy Networks.

Richard said that the Poles and Underground team developed a constructive relationship with Mirvac on the project which ensured a positive outcome for both parties. “We take pride in our technical excellence, quality service delivery, cost efficiency and our safe working practices. Securing the respect of clients through our professional commitment to every contract is very important to Poles and Underground.”

Other major projects for Poles and Underground include Green Square and York & George, two of Sydney’s iconic construction developments. “The opportunity to work with Mirvac on its prestigious development at Harold Park has been valued by Poles and Underground,” Richard Twentyman said.

Poles and Underground, established in 2007, is a medium-sized electrical contractor accredited to design and construct overhead and

For more information contact Poles and Underground Pty Ltd, 55 Vore Street, Silverwater NSW 2128, phone 02 9748 2242, email, website

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Below G. James Glass created custom designed doors and windows for the Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo.

G.James Glass & Aluminium is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of aluminium windows and doors, supplying to the residential, commercial, high-rise and monumental building and construction markets. Established in 1917, G.James is an Australian family owned business in its 99th year of trading and offers an extensive range of Australian produced Glass and Aluminium based products Australia-wide. The Maxwell Place, Chevalier and Altivolo apartment buildings are now complete and include sliding doors and windows by G. James Windows and doors. Mark Sandblom, G. James Glass Sydney Branch Manager said that a particular challenge on this project was to custom-design the sliding balcony doors with some over 3.1m high with the requirement of a flush transition from inside to outside without compromising the performance and compliance of the doors. “The design required close attention to factors like wind loadings, acoustics and weather proofing. Before these products were used on the Harold Park buildings in this configuration we tested these to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

AS2047 requirements in our NATA approved test facilities. We also produced special colour-backed glass to meet Mirvac’s colour palate.” G.James is vertically integrated and has extensive capacity to extrude aluminium with follow up surface finishing of powder coating or anodising. It has extensive glass processing capability with laminating, toughening, edge grinding and polishing, ceramic printing and double glazing services available. “We are therefore in a strong position to control quality of all our products,” Mark said. G. James Glass has a national footprint with 32 locations and 2,100 employees. Its glass and aluminium-based products have enhanced many iconic buildings, including No.1 Bligh Street Sydney. The company is currently supplying glazing to the substantial Central Park and York & George developments in Sydney. Their products also grace countless Australian homes.

For further information contact G. James Glass and Aluminium Pty Ltd, 26 Long Street, Smithfield NSW 2164, phone 02 9732 2135, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE Maxwell Place, Chevalier & Altivolo 135

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Ahead of the trends developer : Charter Hall Main construction company : Watpac Architect : Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners structural engineer : Enstruct Group Pty Ltd project value : $300 million

333 George Street is one of Sydney’s largest and most unique outdoor office spaces, designed to allow for collaborative meeting spaces and social interaction. With 15-levels of A-Grade offices and 5-levels of cascading rooftop terraces, 333 George Street provides an inspiring and innovative environment, that creates a dynamic, productive and healthy workspace. Accurate market analysis and expert foresight powered Charter Hall’s successful decision to develop 333 George Street on a speculative basis. Predicting increased tenancy demand and the re-emergence of Martin Place as the hub of Sydney’s CBD, Charter Hall undertook the redevelopment of the ageing commercial property into a new, iconic, innovatively designed office building. “When we made the decision in 2013 to go ahead and build on a speculative basis, it was the vision of the Board that saw the market would tighten up with increased demand and lessened supply,” explains Simon Hulett, Development Director, Charter Hall. “They empowered our highly capable and skilled development team in partnership with our office leasing team to deliver this project based on our property smarts.” 333 George Street is a flagship development for property funds management company Charter Hall. “The Charter Hall Prime Office Fund acquired the building and we have used our development and leasing skills to deliver all aspects of the redevelopment,” Simon describes. “Our office property management

team will continue to manage the asset once completed this year.” Charter Hall’s capacity to deliver all aspects of the property lifecycle including the acquisition, planning, construction, leasing and facilities management of 333 George Street highlights the company’s strategic ability to work through from acquisition to the delivery of new assets. “333 George Street is the Group’s first new building in Sydney for a number of years,” says Simon. “It is a really great example of how we can leverage the capabilities across our business to deliver projects of this size.” What Charter Hall has delivered is a unique new building that revolutionises the traditional office space. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners, 333 George Street “blurs the lines between the indoor and outdoor working environment,” explains Simon. The development includes 15-levels of office spaces totalling 12,500m2 with a striking cascade of rooftop terraces across levels 12-16. The terraces overlook Martin Place, the city’s business and lifestyle epicenter, from within a glazed veil and are designed to provide unique meeting spaces for the buildings’ occupants. “It is an exciting, innovative design,” Simon describes. In addition, the development’s 3-levels of statement retail across 2,100m2, boasting extensive frontage to George Street, are perfectly positioned to create a new flagship retail destination. While 333 George Street stands testament to Charter Hall’s extensive capabilities, developing a core CBD building was never going to be easy. “Leasing, planning and delivery – each core phase has faced significant challenges,” reports Simon.


Charter Hall worked collaboratively with Council to overcome the challenges of the planning and building phases, particularly around access issues in the constrained site. Similarly, impending construction of a light rail required liaising with Transport for NSW to determine how it would impact the delivery of the building. The design of 333 George Street was also impacted by its prominent location. “There was the challenge of overshadowing onto Martin Place,” says Simon. “We overcame this by working with Council, remodeling and refining the design in intricate detail.” As to the challenges of leasing, Charter Hall’s decision to deliver the project on a speculative basis – with no pre-committed tenants – has proved successful. “We managed a strong leasing campaign that has seen us secure high quality long-term retail covenants for the retail space that have de-risked the project significantly. We have now agreed terms on the retail and office space that accounts for more than 90% of the development ahead of completion.” Charter Hall Group is one of Australia’s leading property groups with a total managed property portfolio of $17.5 billion. Specialising in the retail, office and industrial sectors, Charter Hall owns and manages 295 commercial properties nation wide on behalf of institutional, wholesale and retail investors. Charter Hall recently delivered new office buildings in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and recently secured the rights to deliver Aurizon’s new headquarters in Brisbane. “Our target is to have active new projects in all major cities next year,” says Simon For more information contact Charter Hall, Level 20, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8651 9000, fax 02 9221 4655, website

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Project focused project management Since 2009, project management consultancy CPM Consulting Services Pty Ltd has supplied specialist project management, planning and programming services to the construction industry. Focused on delivering optimal outcomes for clients, CPM Consulting Services most recently demonstrated its expert approach to project management on the 333 George Street project.

necessary to assist Charter Hall redevelop the Sydney CBD address into an iconic new office building.

CPM Consulting Services was involved with the 333 George Street project from its commencement and remained an important contributor right through to delivery. Engaged by client Charter Hall, CPM Consulting Services provided the professional expertise

“We headed up as project manager during the design development process and were responsible for the tender and award of the contract,” Chris continues. “We worked with both the client and contractor during the preferred contractor phase. We worked with them up to the final contract award in December 2013 and right through the delivery phase of the project.”

“We were the superintendent for the project,” explains Chris Peter, CPM Consulting Services. “We worked in conjunction with the client and the builder to get the best possible outcome.”

Chris cites CPM Consulting Services’ project focused approach as the key to navigating the challenges of the project. Currently, CPM Consulting Services is working on Brookfield’s Wynyard Place, a dynamic new business and lifestyle precinct that promises to cater to the future of Sydney. CPM Consulting Services is also engaged on Parramatta Square, a 3ha mixed-use redevelopment precinct located in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD. For more information contact CPM Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Suite 414, Level 4 Henry Lawson Building, 19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047, phone 02 9181 1566, email

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Green Innovation De Martin & Gasparini Pty Ltd (DMG), were engaged by Watpac to deliver concrete supply, pumping and placement to the 333 George Street project. Watpac had high performance targets with regards to sustainability, wanting to achieve the lowest carbon footprint on the project as possible. Working with Boral Concrete, DMG provided 9,000m3 concrete to a Green Star 5 Star Design & As Built target, without compromising concrete performance using Boral’s Envisia® concrete. This is the first Sydney CBD building to use Boral’s Envisia® concrete. Watpac worked extensively with Boral before the project kicked off and were satisfied that Envisia® would meet the required cement reduction, to achieve maximum Green Star points while still delivering the high early strength required for post tensioned concrete slabs.

Envisia® allowed us to achieve the full 3 points without any performance issues” said Atena Malamiri, Watpac’s Design Manager. With over 60 years in business, DMG has played an important role in the construction of many of New South Wales’ most iconic buildings and structures including Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium), Barangaroo, Sydney Aquatic Centre, One Central Park, Chris O’brien Lifehouse and Randwick Racecourse.

“Envisia® concrete delivers market leading reduction in embodied carbon along with high-early strength, excellent durability and low drying shrinkage and creep. This combination of properties allows our customers to significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with concrete construction while improving the speed of construction, durability and engineering performance of concrete buildings” said Redmond Lloyd, Boral’s General Manager Innovation.

DMG’s services range from supply and placement of concrete to the full structure package including concrete, formwork, reinforcement, post tensioning and scaffolding to the commercial, industrial, civil, residential, health and entertainment sectors. They also specialise in super flat floors. DMG pride themselves on safety, quality and professionalism and delivering for the clients. Louie Mazzarolo, DMG’s General Manager says, “DMG maintains lasting relationships with our clients because we have earned their trust through years of getting the job done and finding innovative solutions to our client’s needs.”

“Envisia® allowed Watpac to achieve full 3 points under the materials concrete credit for Green Star. Typically we can’t achieve full 3 points under concrete due to performance issues relating to shrinkage and program and we don’t target the full 3 points because of these issues.

For more information contact De Martin & Gasparini Pty Ltd, 16 Hill Road, Homebush Bay NSW 2127, phone 02 9748 5100, fax 02 9748 0041, email, DMG website www.demartinandgasparini., Boral website


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Living the high life MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Urban Apartments Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Urban Link Pty Ltd and Olsson & Associates Architects Pty Ltd PROJECT VALUE : $65 million

In the perfect location for a contemporary lifestyle and with stunning views of the Sydney skyline, the $65M GM Tower is the tallest CFC clad mixed-use commercial and residential tower in New South Wales. Spread over 25-levels the building encompasses retail shops, large commercial floor plates as well as a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments with elegant finishes throughout. Construction is about people working together, relationships and building, and this is exactly what Urban Apartments Pty Ltd is about. Founded in 1987 by George Elias, Urban Apartments (Urban) is a vibrant construction and property development company. Based in Sydney they specialise in high quality residential and mixed-use property development in strategic and prosperous locations around New South Wales. Today, Urban has grown to become a significant contributor to the Australian property market. Their 60 permanent staff continue to build on a wide ranging portfolio of apartments, commercial buildings and retail facilities, upholding an esteemed reputation and prominence in the construction industry. “On the GM Tower project in Burwood we had a team of around 15 permanent staff and worked with numerous subcontractors. This is how we structure the majority of our projects now,” advised David Kamel, Urban’s Senior Project Manager. “Our strong management focuses on driving the processes that we have developed to run our business. It’s assisting us to expand, build and strengthen our position within the industry.” Urban goes to great lengths to select prime locations, give each building the highest


quality construction and remarkable internal finishes to appeal to today’s buyers. They’ve also invested heavily in systems, processes and experienced staff from the industry to safely manage the growth that has been achieved to date. “We’ve developed a robust management and cost control system across the business as a part of this continual investment,” added David. The relationships Urban have built is an important aspect for them and their business. “Cooperating with stakeholders and business consultants enables us to reach optimal solutions and a quality end product for all development projects,” said David. “We’ve worked closely with our team of architects, designers, planners, interior designers, project engineers, development managers and project coordinators to create this magnificent modern iconic building that will create prominence in the area.” The $65 million GM Tower project is the tallest CFC clad residential tower in the inner western Sydney suburb of Burwood, New South Wales. Urban liaised heavily with James Hardie to ensure the CFC system was not only capable but also would surpass the requirements for acoustic and thermal ratings. Each modern apartment is strategically positioned providing vast uninterrupted views across Sydney. It’s a single tower with

cost efficient corporate levies, energy efficient usage and first class architectural design and has been a popular choice amongst buyers and commercial tenants. “GM Tower is a landmark residential tower in the central heart Burwood. It’s design and location is unrivalled. The one, two and three bedroom modern, luxury residential apartments start at Level 11,” stated David. Amongst the many luxury features at GM Tower you’ll find: • All high level apartments with expansive open plan living area, full height glass walls, European made appliances, timber flooring • Stunning city skyline and Harbour Bridge views • Access to great facilities within the building such as externally run Childcare and state of the art 24 hour Gymnasium • Walking distance to amenities including Burwood Railway Station, Westfield Shopping Centre and local schools “GM Tower project have been truly magnificent and in time we are sure it will be recognised through many building and construction awards.” For more information contact Urban Apartments Pty Ltd, Level 10, 11 – 15 Deane Street, Burwood NSW 2134, phone 02 9744 3333, fax 02 9744 3331, email, website


Below K Kanaan Engineering provided the structural steel roofing for GM Tower.

It’s rare to find a metal fabricator that specialises in all types of metal fabrication from structural works, balustrading, louvres, façades, awnings, pergolas, motorised gates and fences in aluminium, steel, wrought iron, stainless steel and glass. But K Kanaan Engineering Pty Ltd specialises in all this and more, following strict guidelines set by the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards, and the reason Urban Apartments chose them to complete a multitude of work on the 27-storey GM Tower on Deane and Elva Street in the heart of Burwood. The $55 million GM Tower is the tallest residential tower ever planned in the inner west suburb of Burwood. The landmark building comprises one, two and three bedroom modern four-cornered positioned apartments with undisturbed views across Sydney. The first-class architecturally designed single high-rise building includes energy efficient usage with residential apartments starting from level 11. “Our work on GM Tower began in September 2014, with many contractors on-site at any one time,” stated Khaled Kanaan, Director at K Kanaan Engineering Pty Ltd. “We’ve provided all the structural 142 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower

steel roofing, aluminium glass balustrading, aluminium louvres and steel façades on this project.” K Kanaan Engineering Pty Ltd has an outstanding reputation and has operated for over 10 years in the Middle East and 20 years in Australia. “Like most large projects, the biggest challenge is always meeting deadlines and working around and fitting in with other contractors,” said Khaled. “But I can proudly say our team achieved every deadline successfully.” K Kanaan Engineering Pty Ltd are currently working on a variety of residential and commercial projects around Sydney.

For more information contact K Kanaan Engineering Pty Ltd, 10/71A Milperra Road, Revesby NSW 2212, phone 02 9771 2222, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below The Air Conditioning Guys provided the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation for GM Tower.

Since opening in 2006 the Air Conditioning Guys have been continually growing. As an innovative young team and company it’s not surprising, as they supply and install only quality, efficient and contemporary Air Conditioning and Heating Systems. ACG Air Conditioning strives to provide friendly helpful service to the community and presents the highest quality of Air Conditioning in Sydney. They believe in offering only the highest quality product and reliable service at a competitive price to all customers. ACG Air Conditioning was founded in 2006 with the goal to provide exceptional air conditioning to all of Sydney and eventually Australia Wide. “Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, home or business we offer everyone a tailored solution to meet their needs and requirements,” informed Project Manager Raffi Zakarian. “Our specialised team design the most economical, efficient and energy friendly solution.” The Air Conditioning Guys have teams for both Commercial and Residential projects with only the expertise. They have successfully completed installations in factories, offices, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, apartments and even churches. Now their design WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

ability and know-how has created outstanding efficient and energy friendly air conditioning and mechanical ventilation solutions for GM Tower at Burwood. “After assessing plans and meeting with architects and builders onsite we were able to find the most environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing solution and one that had a cost effective outcome for future owners too,” said Raffi. “In this case we chose the new III pipe VRV by Daikin for GM Tower.” The Air Conditioning Guys expertise is currently being utilised on a variety of new projects around Sydney including 52 Apartments for Aland in Ashfield, 97 Apartments for Trinity Constructions Bankstown, with another 203 Apartments in Newtown for Omaya. Please refer to our Company Portfolio on their website for more work by their Commercial team.

For more information contact Air Conditioning Guys Pty Ltd, 180-182 Canterbury Road, Canterbury NSW 2193, phone 02 8021 3735, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower 143

Below Tomark provided the interior and exterior façade and cladding for GM Tower.

Sydney based Tomark Group is Australia’s leading composite architectural cladding systems supplier and installer. Their reputation for excellence in supply and delivery of specialist aluminium composite panels, other forms of cladding for building façades and interior feature works made them a natural choice for the cladding systems on Burwood’s tallest residential building, GM Tower.

On GM Tower, Tomark supplied and installed one of the best exterior products available today — Alfrex non-combustible aluminium composite panels. Alfrex is an aluminium composite panel (ACP) that uses non-halogen material as the core material. As such, it is an environmentally friendly construction material that does not generate toxic gas in the event of a fire.

With consistent performance throughout the building and construction industry, Tomark’s determination, approach and reputation is evident in their past and present projects.

“Working in stages we started on the base of GM Tower in August,” informed Zvonimir. “The project is very detailed architecturally and extremely high. At the top our installers worked from a box held by the crane. The client and architect were so happy with the outcome, they have added more composite material to the project.”

“Our main success over the past 15 years has been delivering nothing short of satisfaction for all our clients,” said Tomark’s General Manager, Zvonimir Kurtovic. “We use approved installers and deliver high quality external and internal wall cladding product, guaranteeing 100% quality installation of all our cladding systems. Completing both fabrication and installation allows us to provide very unique and customisable solutions.” Tomark are an industry-leading organisation specialising in consultancy, project management, design, installation and fabrication of aluminium composites and façades. 144 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower

Tomark relish in detailed and architecturally complicated projects where they can assist architects and clients to get top finishes. Over the years they have proudly worked with some of the biggest construction names and projects. For more information contact Tomark Group Pty Ltd, Suite OB, Ground Floor, 9 Blaxland Road, Rhodes NSW 2138, phone 02 8815 5585, fax 02 8815 5559, mobile 0402 797 499, email website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below B-Seal provided the joint sealing and caulking for GM Tower.

For over 10 years B-SEAL has been specialising in waterproofing and joint sealing, and proudly completing some of Sydney’s finest projects. Many of their employees have more than 20 years extensive experience in the waterproofing and joint sealing trade.

Along with their specialised waterproofing and joint sealing, B-Seal are also experts in applying Crack Injection Waterproofing. B-SEAL is currently working on a variety of other projects with Urban Apartments, Dasco Australia Pty Ltd and ICON Construction Group.

On the GM Tower project B-Seal provided the necessary waterproofing for all internal and external areas from bathrooms, laundries, balconies, planter boxes and the rooftop. GM Tower at 11 Deane Street is the newest and tallest residential tower in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Burwood. The 27-storey tower comprises 3 retail levels, 9 commercial and 15 residential. “Eight of our employees contributed to completing the works at GM Tower project,” advised John-Paul Boutros, Director of Operations at B-Seal. “We’ve completed all the joint sealing and caulking for all internal wet areas, kitchens, laundries, balcony tiling, planter boxes and the rooftop and external expansion joints and façades - wherever a joint sealing application was required.” B-Seal guarantee quality by only using top-of-the-range products supplied from SIKA Australia and Durotech Industries. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact B-Seal Pty Ltd, phone 0404 834 140, email NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower 145

Below Extinguished Fire (NSW) provided the sprinkler and hydrant for GM Tower.

A Corporate Gold Member of the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA) Extinguished Fire (NSW) Pty Ltd was established in 2007 to develop and provide expertise with the capability to design, install, maintain, modify and certify of all types of fixed and portable fire protection systems in accordance with standards and statutory requirements. “On GM Tower at Burwood 6 of our 35 employees began work in January 2015 and will complete the installation of a combined sprinkler and fire hydrant system throughout by April 2016,” said Greg Hunter, Director of Extinguished Fire Pty Ltd. “We provide fire protection services in a fast and effective manner at a time that suits the customers’ individual needs.” Extinguished Fire provides fire protection, supply and installation of fire sprinklers, fire hose reels, fire hydrants, and fire detection and evacuation systems at competitive rates. They have an extensive range of project experience in all major industries and project types such as; infrastructure, health, mining, retail, food processing, pharmaceutical, commercial, government, defence and residential. 146 NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower

“During the past decade we’ve worked on many mining projects throughout New South Wales for the coal industry,” added Greg. “Currently we’re working on a variety of residential projects and are finishing Dubbo Hospital for New South Wales Health.” Extinguished Fire is capable of undertaking any size project from a shop fit out to a high-rise office tower. They provide design and installation services ranging from a conceptual design through to a complete turnkey solution. Including Automatic Sprinkler Systems, Hydrants/Hose Reel Systems, Gas Suppression Systems, Restaurant, Suppression Systems, Water Deluge Systems, Fire Detection, Occupant Warning & Evacuation System, All Technical and Material Safety Data Sheets, Residential Sprinkler Systems, Testing and Maintenance, Supply and Installation of Extinguishers and Complete Design of all Fire Systems.

For more information contact Extinguished Fire Pty Ltd, 18 Mary Parade, Rydalmere NSW 2116, PO Box 1037 Dundas NSW 2117, phone 02 9638 4135, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Multiform Group provided the formwork component for GM Tower.

Leading the formwork industry in New South Wales is Multiform Group. Their highly competent, experienced and multi-disciplined team of experts have recently completed the 24-storey GM Tower on Deane and Elva Street in the heart of Burwood for Urban Apartments. Multiform not only delivered their formwork component seven weeks ahead of the agreed construction timeline, they also received a 100% safety audit result from Urban Apartments. “This is a normal expectation for delivery to our clients,” confessed Project Manager Hasan Mearbany. “The work conducted by our team at GM Tower demonstrates our ability and professional services. The high level of specialist formwork skill and the discipline of our team, together with the leadership of our management staff is the basis of the excellent culture that is Multiform from control safety, environment and productivity to industrial relations.” Multiform is a professional company, fully equipped and highly capable of undertaking large-scale projects. They offer a range of services across the building, civil and infrastructure sectors including formwork and falsework design and construction, reinforcement fixing, concrete placement, project management and programming and logistics. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Multiform specialise in the use of formwork such as Shutter System, Stairmaster System, Jump Form System and Conventional Formwork. They are at the forefront of the building industry: a commitment to quality and construction safety management systems are constantly assessed and improved upon. In addition Multiform ensures that their safety systems are placed at the highest levels of quality management. Multiform has been involved in a number of first class building structures around New South Wales and as well as successfully promoting teamwork, commitment and community spirit, they recognise that employees are their greatest asset.

For more information contact Multiform Group, C6, 101 Rookwood Road, Yagoona NSW 2199, phone 02 9113 0412, email, website NSW PROJECT FEATURE GM Tower 147



Project Features



colour of living Developer : Grocon Main Construction Company : Probuild Constructions Architects: Apartment Tower & Facades : Studio505 Wintergarden : ARM Architecture Landscaping : Rush Wright Associates Heritage Fabric : Lovell Chen Project Value : $110 Million

The $110M Bouverie Street Apartment's cascading waterfall inspired façade houses 225 apartments across 22-levels. Featuring a colourful finned facade, Bouverie Street has five boutique retail outlets, a rooftop garden with outdoor cinema and shared entertaining areas providing expansive views. Bouverie Street Apartments is the second consecutive project completed by national tier-one builder Probuild at Grocon’s Swanston Square Precinct in Melbourne. Located in the former Carlton United Brewery site at the top end of Swanston Street, this unique project has quickly become an iconic addition to the city’s landscape. Retaining and refurbishing the historical bluestone walls of the former Ale Store on Bouverie Street, the apartments have been built to enhance city lifestyle for the newest residents to the precinct. The 22-level apartment building is a mixed-use development comprising of 225 one, two, three bedroom apartments, two large townhouse apartments and five retail tenancies across Levels 1 and 3.

two buildings. The Winter Garden is a feature of the precinct and pointed with nine architectural glazed steel portals that interconnect to create a cellular like structure covering the hidden yet active space below. The recent completion of this project further solidifies Probuild’s continued relationship with the site’s developer Grocon and provides another dramatically striking addition to Melbourne’s skyline. For more information contact Probuild, Level 10, 580 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9539 5063, fax 03 9693 8233, email, website

The architecturally daring façades of the building touch each individual apartment providing them all with their own identity. The west-facing apartments sit behind a cascading waterfall-inspired façade, made up of coloured aluminum fins affording shade and a refuge from the hot afternoon sun to the residents inside. The east-facing apartments are delivered with a bright and playful selection of colours and patterns to animate the façade while also providing stretching views down Swanston Street to the Shrine of Remembrance. A rooftop garden with outdoor cinema and a shared pavilion allows for a functional and entertaining lifestyle, while also providing expansive views to the Docklands and across the west of Melbourne. Finally in order to appropriately integrate the Bouverie Street Apartments into the wider Swanston Square precinct, Probuild built a bespoke glazed steel Winter Garden to connect into the previously constructed Swanston Square building and provide a beautiful hidden garden between the 150 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Bouverie Street Apartments


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Uniquely visioned

one seamless piece with no visible joins. It measures 14m high and 12m wide and butts up between the two buildings.

Steelvision is a Victorian business offering a whole solution from design-to-install architectural metalwork and glazing, secure architecture for prisons and structural steel.

Steelvision manufactured the steel, sourced the glass and used their labour and expertise to install the structure. Challenges included the patience and logistics to bring in the pieces and fit them together using a crane.

“We specialise in the impossible, very unique designs in steel and glass,” said David Gooley, who co-founded the company five years ago with John Chaponnel. Steelvision was responsible for the large structure over the Winter Garden section of the Bouverie Street Apartments in Carlton, inner Melbourne. It is a large glass canopy flanking a steel structure that links the two buildings beautifully.

David said it’s one of the most iconic projects Steelvision has created to date. “The Winter Garden was our third project for Probuild. We’re moving onto our fourth project with them now, they are an excellent client,” David said.

The company began working with the designers early in 2015 and installed the work last year.

Steelvision also offers services for the prison system including prefabricated prison cells, blast-proof doors and windows, and cell doors and windows.

The structure is made up of individual portals that are in effect welded steel boxes and each portal weighs 10 tonne. “We made each form in segments with effective spigot and socket connections. All the fixings were countersunk, covered and the base bogged and grounded smooth,” David says. The effect is a smooth structure that looks like

For more information, contact Steelvision, Unit 3, 270 Lower Dandenong Road, Mordialloc VIC 3195, phone 03 9580 8700, email, website


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Thinking Outside the square Squarecon Pty Ltd specialises in all type of acrylic render/solid plaster and polished plaster. Having worked in construction for 20 years their knowledge and hands on attitude made them take charge of rendering works on the heritage listed Carlton & United Breweries Bluestone façade on Bouverie Street and 22-level high-rise apartment building with 225 apartments.

persistence and checking in with the architect and the builder ensured a great results. “The builder was very organised and that helped us achieve the results for the job on time and on budget,” said Vukan.

“Eight of its 13 staff worked on Bouverie Street Apartments in the six months to January 2016,” said Squarecon Director, Vukan Jarcevic.

Squarecon also recently completed rendering works on a neighbouring building at Swanston Square and, at Docklands, the Tower 6 project. It’s now working on Tower 10.

His staff repaired and replaced render, intricate cornicing and mouldings, up to 15m long x 300mm wide, on the heritage façade and interiors to match the profiles and colours. That was tricky, but

For more information, contact Squarecon Pty Ltd, 22 Myross Avenue, Ascot Vale VIC 3032, phone 03 9326 0995, mobile 0409 937 831 email

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Joining the pieces together Continuing its long relationship with Probuild Construction, Tier One Interior Joinery manufacturer IJF Australia collaborated on Bouverie Street Apartments comprising 225 units over 20 levels.

IJF recently completed manufacturing and installing extensive joinery for Royal Adelaide Hospital for HYLC and is currently working with Mirvac Group in Melbourne and Sydney and numerous projects for Probuild Constructions and Lend Lease in Melbourne.

Established in 1964, IJF is privately owned and operated and concentrates on large scale apartments, hotels, hospitals, aged-care, student accommodation and office fitouts nationwide. Ten installers and support team were engaged on Bouverie Street which included kitchen cabinetry, shaving cabinets and vanities, front-framed wardrobes as well as feature joinery to lift lobbies and roof-top BBQ areas manufactured from IJF’s factory in Adelaide and associated overseas manufacturing partners.


For more information contact IJF Australia Pty Ltd, 41-43 Cormack Road, Wingfield SA 5013, phone 08 8349 7400, Peter Liebmann email, website


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a Regional Remedy

developer : Bendigo Health Care Group Main construction company : Kane Constructions project value : $41 million

The $41M St. John of God Bendigo Hospital consists of a new 4-level building adjacent to the existing hospital. Featuring a new medical ward, rehabilitation wards (with kitchen, bathroom, laundry, dining and gym facilities), along with various upgrades to the existing hospital and refurbishment of the existing external façade, the hospital provides key medical resources to the region. Commencing operations in Melbourne in 1973 Kane Constructions have become renowned for their professional and quality works in a wide variety of projects across many sectors from commercial, community and residential to heritage and refurbishment, with a particular focus on health, education and defence with multi-award winning results – exactly why they were appointed the Lump Sum contractor for the new $41 million St. John of God Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment.

the new Bendigo Hospital and reduce the need for patients to travel to Melbourne for specialist care,” advised Kane’s Project Manager Josh Delahunty.

“The redevelopment of the St. John of God Bendigo Hospital will provide additional services for the community, that will complement

Features of the redevelopment include: • Lower ground floor (Lily Street) – car parking, ambulance bay and new lift and stair access to the hospital • Ground floor – updated front entrance and space for future ward development • First floor – 28 new beds, ancillary space and full theatre refurbishment including two additional theatres • Second floor – 24 new beds for rehabilitation gym and therapy spaces • Refurbishment of all existing patient areas • A 4-storey building of high quality architectural design projecting outwards and is partially constructed over Lily Street at the upper floor levels • There also is a 3-level glazed walkway between the existing building and the new building and the existing car park is

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Initially working from an office located above an antiques shop in High Street, Armadale, early projects included a number of Catholic Primary Schools, a range of facilities for local councils, work for the CSIRO, a private residence in Toorak and a wastewater treatment plant in Kensington. Today Kane operates down the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, employing in excess of 300 people.

formilised, with new pedestrian links and landscaping resulting in better parking arrangements and more than 50 additional parking bays.

“On this project we currently have seven Kane staff, consisting of a Project Manager, Site Manager, Foreman, Contract Manager, Contract Administrator, and two labourers,” said Josh. “We also have approximately 100 subcontractors on site, which fluctuates depending on the stage of the project.” The project consists of a new 4-level building that is adjacent to the existing hospital and connected via two link ways, as well as upgrades to a number of areas within the existing hospital and surrounds. Separable Portion One (the new building) commenced in May 2015. Separable Portion Two and Three comprises the works inside the existing hospital, and commences after the handover of SP1 and is due to be completed by February 2017. “The main obstacles that we’ve had to overcome are the difficult site conditions and the tight program,” added Josh. “The new building is constructed on the side of a hill which is predominately made up of sand from the mining days, and is therefore contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic. The project had a large number of bored piers that were drilled on the side of the hill, through the sand and 1m into rock.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“The lift shaft and stair cores also involved significant excavations and blinding to achieve the required bearing capacity. A large gabion retaining wall was constructed and a large amount of the excavated contaminated material was backfilled and compacted behind the wall. The remaining material was transported to a car park across the road where it was compacted, capped and sealed for the new asphalt car park.” The redeveloped Bendigo private hospital will complement the newly refurbished Bendigo Health, attracting more specialists to Bendigo and resulting in fewer patients having to travel to Melbourne for treatment. It will offer central Victorians more health care options close to home with 40% more beds and two new operating theatres. Kane complete many projects in Melbourne however also have a strong presence in regional Victoria, having recently completed redevelopments at both the St. John of God Hospital and University Hospitals in Geelong, Swan Hill District Health Residential Aged Care Facility and Horsham Performing Arts Centre & Regional Arts Gallery.

For more information contact Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, PO Box 185, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 8420 1200, fax 03 8420 1201, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE SJOG Bendigo hospital Redevelopment 157

Below DTAC Pty Ltd provided tactile ground surface indicators , stair treads and edging for the SJOG Bendigo Hospital.

When it comes to the design, supply and installation of tactile indicators, stair treads and edging, DTAC Pty Ltd is a world leading innovator and has been the trusted name in the industry for almost 15 years with growing markets nationally and internationally. The company pioneered the architectural floor tactile industry in Australia, taking a utilitarian product and transforming it into a feature that compliments the structure. As a member of the Raven Group, DTAC’s specialist team of professionals design and craft their own superior quality products to meet the challenges of Australia's tactile and stair tread compliance requirements. All products are crafted to DTAC design certification as well as Australian standards. The products also conform to the National Construction Code and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements. DTAC now deliver the most aesthetic NCC compliant solutions available. “It’s our technical support staff and highly trained contract installers unequalled attention to detail and their specialist knowledge that ensures architects; designers and builders can make the right choice for aesthetic and functional compliance in every project,” explains DTAC Operations Manager Michael Moulding. “In addition to meeting the mandatory compliance, DTAC’s products also offer visual appeal.” At St. John of God Bendigo Hospital, DTAC firstly delivered an extensive pre-tender process demonstrating the benefits of their products and to ensure compliance. This continued with ongoing communication with the builder, certifiers and other contractors from the design phase and throughout the life of the project ensuring a seamlessly delivered job. The St. John of God Bendigo Hospital Project is the largest regional hospital development in Victoria. It will deliver a world-class regional hospital over a 4-storey building of high quality architectural design and will incorporate the latest design and technology solutions, in a tranquil and caring environment.

The main entrance of the hospital has a unique and impressive curved shaped pad of DTAC tactiles showcasing their superior installation methods. Products used internally and externally throughout the hospital include DT0120 Stainless Steel Ecotac, DEO410C Stitch Edging in Natural Finish and DTAC’s new DEO700B Urban Edging in Black. The uniqueness in these products is that DTAC’s Ecotac is an environmentally friendly alternative to the classic solid tactile. Whilst it appears identical when installed, the Ecotac features a cupped underside that uses less stainless steel therefore putting less demand on resources and is slip resistant. DTAC’s new Urban Edging is made from hard wearing silicon carbide inserted into an aluminium extrusion. Specially designed by DTAC in Australia, the Urban Edging range is available in a variety of angles and profiles suitable for all stable substrates including carpet. The Urban Edging range complies with slip resistance requirements achieving R13 as well as luminance and fire testing. “Our DTAC accredited installers will take only three weeks to install the large amount of DTAC tactiles as well as the many stair edges throughout the hospital project,” Michael added. “All our installers go through an 18-step accreditation process before going onsite, therefore our clients can be assured that our DTAC trained contractors have the expertise and knowledge when it comes to the compliance and overall aesthetics of tactile and edging installation.” DTAC’s work can be seen throughout a number of iconic sites across Australia, including the new NAB building on Bourke Street, Melbourne, Hawthorn Town Hall, the Melbourne Fire Board Complex and Yarra Valley Water Headquarters to name a few.

For more information contact DTAC Pty Ltd, Unit 4/11-12 Phillip Court, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, PO BOX 5059, South Melbourne VIC 3205, phone 1300 793 478, fax 1300 780 628, email, website

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Below Bernie Leen & Sons provided demolition services for St. John of God Bendigo Hospial.

Third generation family owned and operated Bernie Leen & Sons specialise in all facets of demolition, project management and coordination, asbestos removal and full site remediation. “For over 55 years our dedicated and passionate team have been making a name for their efficiency, impeccable standards, safety record, ability to cater to clients varying needs and consistently delivering high quality and cost effective projects,” stated Director Trent Leen. “We manage both small and large projects, long term and short term. We’re renowned for our facilitation and safe removal of asbestos and below ground hazardous materials – a major reason for our contract on the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment.” Bernie Leen & Sons recycle 75-90% of all onsite waste; meet, if not exceed, all safety guidelines and requirements; work within the designated space without causing damage to surrounding surfaces, buildings and trees or create mess; and always have the necessary equipment on hand to complete the job quickly and safely. “Where possible materials are salvaged and recycled to minimise waste and disposal costs,” added Trent. “This helps our clients with their green star requirements.” 160 VIC PROJECT FEATURE SJOG Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment

With a fleet of modern demolition and access equipment Bernie Leen can also eliminate the need for excessive hire fees. Their demolition requirements at the Bendigo Hospital were for entry theatres and general ward areas that would later be refurbished. “Doing demolition in an operating hospital has its challenges, especially when you’re removing structural concrete elements for these works,” said Trent. “We used a concrete cracker fitted to excavators for near silent and vibration free demolition. Early on we had to remove a precast stair case from the side of the hospital. Being on a hillside we worked from a benched out section some 12m below and 30m away by using one of the largest boom lifts in the country. It was able to reach out and up to safely dismantle the 4-storey stairwell from the working hospital.” Other projects Bernie Leen & Sons are a part of include: Deakin University Burwood, Habourtown Docklands, Simonds Stadium Geelong, Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre and ABC Redevelopment Melbourne CBD. For more information contact Bernie Leen & Sons Pty Ltd, 9-15 Riversdale Road, Newtown VIC 3220, phone 03 5222 2675, fax 03 5222 4889, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Techniblock designed and constructed the board piers for St. John of God Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment.

Since 1989 Techniblock has firmly established themselves as foundation specialists. With extensive experience in the Melbourne building industry, their professional services are the benchmark of quality and value in all reblocking, restumping, underpinning and piling requirements. As winners of the nationally recognised Australian Achiever Customer Service Award 2015 in the category for Building Repair, Restoration and Carpentry Services, and being awarded by Kane Constructions VIC for ‘Most Valuable Player’ Award 2015 for works at the Austin Hospital, Kane Constructions were quick to utilise Techniblock again on the Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment project. The Bendigo Hospital redevelopment is a $630 million Victorian State Government project and the largest regional health works to be undertaken in Victoria. It will provide the people of Bendigo and surrounding areas with one of the best regional hospitals in Australia. “We were contracted to design and construct bored piers for the project,” explained Techniblock Managing Director Chris Bell. “Of course there were plenty of the usual challenges, excavation works have a habit of exposing unknowns, but nothing we couldn’t overcome.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Techniblock are Melbourne’s foundation construction and repair experts. Prior to beginning any work one of their expert team will do a site visit and quotation. In some cases a consultation service, as well as Geotechnical and Structural engineers may be required. Techniblock also obtain all relevant Building Permits and Inspections where required, as well as project specific warranty policies on applicable projects. “Our range of drill rigs are versatile enough to install bored piers for many applications, from domestic, commercial and industrial sites; over easements; telecommunication tower foundations; surveillance camera pole foundations, various footings, including signage and design and construct projects,” said Chris. Techniblock is a solutions based company striving to assist its clients’ work and achieve the desired outcome. Techniblock’s expertise has been utilised at St. Leonards College Arts Centre, 260 Williams Road Toorak, Ballan Court House and the Richmond Town Hall just to name a few. For more information contact Techniblock Pty Ltd, 2/981 Mountain Highway, Boronia VIC 3155, phone 03 9720 7700, fax 03 9720 7600, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE SJOG Bendigo hospital Redevelopment 161

Below Helioscreen provided the retractable sunroof for St. John of God Bendigo Hospital.

Helioscreen is Australasia’s most reputable manufacturer of architectural sun screening systems, with the most comprehensive range of adjustable indoor and outdoor blinds and awnings. Created by Claudette Shakespeare in the late 80’s and proudly independently Australian owned, they grew from being a successful distributer of imported fabrics for the window furnishing industry, into a manufacturer focused on building the world’s best external sun control systems. Helioscreen’s professional team service both domestic and commercial applications, providing luxurious and architectural solutions that are custom designed for each client.

box sections that fitted over the window frames and braced them away from the frames. This ensured there was no penetration or possible leaks later while maintaining their structural integrity. The Retractable Varioscreens were then fitted to the frame, and are controlled by a 16-channel hand-held remote control in the administration area.”

“Our work for the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment is a joint venture between us and our agent, Interior Solutions,” informed Elizabeth Damcevski, Helioscreen’s Business Development Manager for VIC and TAS. “We’re the manufacturer, Interior Solutions is a major supplier and installer of Helioscreen products. At Bendigo Hospital they supplied and installed the Varioscreen Retractable Sunroof. Altogether there are 14 Varioscreens in Helio 100 Aura fabric at this project. Installation took a week to complete in November 2015.

Interior Solutions has installed Helioscreen products in other projects such as The Garden House Apartments (Carlton), St Kilda Town Hall, Rex Gorell Volkswagen and St. Joseph’s College (Geelong), The Palms (Maidstone), Leica Biosystems (Mt Waverley), Cherry Apartments (Fitzroy), The Loop Bar (Melbourne CBD) and Silverwater Resort (Philip Island). Helioscreen boasts a complete range of dynamic internal and external shading solutions, with re sellers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Helioscreen, Interior Solutions and ClarkeHopkinsClarke architects worked closely with Kane Constructions and the Bendigo Hospital administration to ensure all parties were clear on the overall process from specification through to installation.

“The biggest challenge was fitting to the old skylight window frames. We weren’t sure of their strength or stability. We designed aluminium

For more information contact Helioscreen Australia Pty Ltd, 32 Wattle Road, Brookvale NSW 2100, phone 1300 766 319, fax 02 9453 0744, email, website

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Below CPE Landscaping installed pathways, provided mass plantings and other landscaping services.

CPE Landscaping has been operating for the last 14 years, as an expert in hard and soft landscape construction, commercial irrigation and landscape maintenance in the commercial construction industry. A proven and progressive company, they offer innovative hard and soft landscaping solutions to government, local Council, commercial and civil projects. CPE have a proficient management team, consisting of skilled project managers, a confident estimating department and talented landscape personnel capable and committed to delivering each project within set time frames. They work collaboratively with their clients to achieve a result, which is second to none. The company based in Bendigo, manages and delivers large complex landscape projects, throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales. CPE prides themselves on their commitment to safety across all of their work sites. “We have been excited to work on the St. John of God project with Kane since January this year. Now completed, it will be a great space for people to use for many years to come,” says Director Cameron Polsen. In this project CPE installed exposed aggregate concrete pathways in the main courtyards and reception areas and created a large labyrinth maze using cobblestones, following a design from India. The large WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

internal courtyard was built for rehabilitation purposes, with steps, ramps, different concrete surfaces and synthetic grass. “We also planted large feature trees, mass plantings to the car park and courtyard areas. Other landscape items were timber fencing, steel balustrade works, street furniture, stabilised turf and fully automated irrigation systems throughout the project.” The main challenge on this project was access to internal courtyards while the hospital was operational. CPE had to use a crane at times to maneuver material into certain areas while still being aware that the hospital was fully functional. CPE’s current projects are the Bendigo Hospital, RACV Cobram and Margoneet Prison Geelong, with each project having its own obstacles to over come.

For more information contact CPE Landscaping, PO Box 2769, DC Bendigo VIC 3554, phone 0427 840 933, email admin@ or website VIC PROJECT FEATURE SJOG Bendigo hospital Redevelopment 163

developer : Riverlee Main construction company : Hacer Group Architect : Fender Katsalidis Architects project value : $270 million 164 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Jaques RICHMOND


urban connection

The second stage of Jaques Richmond continues to transform an industrial relic into a contemporary example of urban architecture. As major cities are rebuilt to meet the ever increasing demand for accommodation near city centres, there is also an expectation that history will be respected and preserved for future generations. Riverside Group have done this in Richmond with the latest stage of Jaques. Riverside, part of the Riverlee Group, purchased the historic Jaques site in 1997 with a grand vision to transform an industrial relic into a contemporary example of urban architecture. It was back in 1885 that Edward Jaques and his partner Edward Phillips started small engineering works on the site, specialising in rock crushers that filled a void in the Australian market for the huge machines that were vital to the development of the economy in that era. A major part of the appeal of the site’s development across all stages has been Riverside’s commitment to enhancing the architectural history of the original Jaques buildings. In Stage 1, the original brick façade was restored and maintained to form the perimeter walls. Stage 2 continues to follow this same brick scale and character and also features throughout the building the original Jaques Bros drawings and blueprints for the manufacture of the rock crushing machinery, some of which date back to 1915. The original brick tower entrance to the Jaques foundry has been retained and restored at the Griffiths and Palmer Street corner entry. Riverside Group commissioned etched steel history panels which pay homage to the site’s history, with dedicated panels on the Jaques machinery and family. In addition, the laneway

that separates Stage 2 and Stage 3 has officially been named ‘Dyer Street’ by the council after the famous football player, coach and active Richmond community member, Jack Dyer. Jaques Richmond Stage 2 comprises 213 apartments and was designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects with interiors by the acclaimed Hecker Guthrie. Building amenities include a gym, courtyard, rooftop terrace retreat and residents’ lounge. The Level 4 courtyard is a shared communal space at the heart of Jaques Richmond, and features decking over slab with complex geometry and soft landscaping elements. Riverside Group Sales and Marketing Director, Kristine Lee said that the expansive apartments on offer was just one of the building’s point of difference in a suburb where buyers demand larger living options. “Richmond is emerging as a top market for empty nesters and downsizers who require luxurious, quality, larger format apartments when they sell the family home and want to move closer to the city,” she said. Stage 3, Palmer Street, is the final building in the Jaques Richmond development and features 56 luxury apartments across a 6-level wedge-shaped boutique building and will be completed in late 2016. Riverside has recognised that people who live in the inner city are relying less on cars and opting instead to use public transport, bikes and car share. In a Victorian first, LCD screens to display live ‘Tram Tracker’ information have been installed in the ground floor lobbies of Stages 2 and 3 and will operate 24 hours a day showing tram information for the Coppin Street and Bridge Road tram stop which is less than 100m away from Jaques. Riverside Group has established itself as one of Victoria’s leading property development companies. The Jaques Richmond project has enhanced its reputation as a quality developer with a sensitive approach to culture, history and the environment. For more information contact Riverlee, Level 11, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, phone 03 9620 3888, fax 03 9620 4988, website



Joining it all together Cazam Kitchens, as an Australian owned and family operated business, has been successfully designing and manufacturing custom made cabinetry for Australian residences for over 25 years.

a project of this size. As most cabinet doors had a profile design which had to be handmade, one can appreciate the challenges such intricacies presented.

Producing over 50 kitchens a week, Cazam Kitchens are not only specialists in Kitchens & Bathrooms, but Commercial Fitouts and Architectural Joinery also. With their team of experts, Cazam Kitchens is committed to creating high quality innovative, contemporary and classic cabinetry to suit any home and lifestyle.

“There was also a large number of custom made furniture and joinery for this project which was challenging for a job of this scale as most of the work and detail could only be achieved by hand. Therefor we decided to treat each apartment as an individual, boutique style job as opposed to a mass produced project” adds Chris.

Having experienced significant growth in the last several years, Cazam has become the preferred cabinetmaker to many leading Melbourne residential & commercial builders and developers.

Although these aspects of the job were demanding, they were welcomed challenges for the Cazam team, as it is projects such as the Jaques Richmond that allow Cazam Kitchens to hone their skills and demonstrate their diverse capabilities, skillset and knowledge in the joinery industry.

Cazam Kitchens had a dedicated team of 20 people committed to the Jaques Project, ranging from Estimators to Project Managers, Cabinetmakers, Site Supervisors & Installers as well as Fitters and Labourers. With over 400 apartments, Cazam Kitchens was contracted to coordinate all the joinery on the project, which included the kitchens in over 40 different styles, bathrooms, laundries, storage & feature cabinets, wardrobes and studies. They also manufactured the joinery in all the common areas and lobby.

For more information contact Cazam Kitchens, 7 Waigani Avenue, Ravenhall VIC 3023, phone 03 8390 0562, email info@cazamkitchens., website

A large portion of the job consisted of custom made designs, and as Cazam Kitchens’ Chris Obeid explains, this is not typical for



URBAN RENEWAL BREATHES NEW LIFE Tract Consultants in collaboration with Fender Katsalidis Architects and the Riverside Group, have designed and delivered an outstanding urban renewal project in Richmond, inner Melbourne. Jaques Richmond at 1 Palmer Street has seen the conversion of an historic engineering factory, circa 1885, into a vibrant apartment and retail development. The project has been a success in its own right, but also as a catalyst for other high quality, contemporary building conversions in this pocket of Richmond. The $270 million Jaques development comprises over 400 apartments, delivered in three stages, with a strong emphasis on community, a high quality built environment, and retention of the character of the former factory. As project Landscape Architects, Tract were responsible for the design of all external areas, including communal podium landscapes, private balconies and the streetscape interfaces to the site curtilage. The main roof garden in stage one is entirely on structure and uses the most current construction techniques for the waterproofing and planting medium. The garden area is traversed by a series of decks created for outdoor living and relaxation. Stage two contains a second roof top garden together with a laneway that links Palmer and Griffiths Streets. This laneway comprises retail, bicycle stores and entries to the apartments, whilst retaining the old brick gateway to the Jaques Factory, forming a dramatic entry to the building. Paving to WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

the laneway will incorporate the materials from the original factory building and surrounds, including brick and coloured concrete, adding to the richness of this space. Tract Consultants have grown to their present level of prominence through a commitment to design and technical excellence, together with an understanding of the construction and development processes. The diverse but complimentary skills of the Directors are supported by a staff of around 140 qualified and experience professional in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Geelong Canberra and Adelaide offices. The national company specialises in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design Town Planning and Media 3D services. Tract’s ethos is to work with clients to produce site sensitive, high quality designs that express a unique sense of place, and strive to improve quality of life by improving built environments. They are committed to improving the natural and cultural environments through their planning, design and community-building expertise.

For more information contact Tract Consultants Pty Ltd, 195 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 6133, email Melbourne@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Jaques RICHMOND 167

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Radiating Tranquility The Radius Apartments offers the best in stylish contemporary living with the façade inspired by raindrops on water with rippling circular-patterned screens that generate ever-changing shadows and subtle reflections. Taking full advantage of panoramic views and natural light, every space is configured to feel calm, creating a luxurious sanctuary. developer : Linc Development Management Main construction company : Harris HMC Architect : Orbit Solutions project value : $15.8 million

Sitting majestically in the centre of urban Box Hill the 9-storey, Radius Apartments complex comprises both hotel accommodation and residential units, surrounded by beautiful green parklands and a huge range of shops, restaurants and cafés. Melbourne construction company, Harris HMC, were commissioned to the $15.8 million project which was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, with five weeks of early access made available to the client. Designed by Melbourne based architects, Orbit Solutions, the complex comprises of 49 apartments within its lower three floors for hotel accommodation, and 35 residential apartments in the five upper levels, plus a mezzanine level for storage and servicing the building, along with an innovative basement car parking solution containing three car shuffle stackers providing for 41 cars. Carefully crafted to take full advantage of views and light, every space is configured to feel generous and calm, the materials were selected to create a luxurious sanctuary, within kilometers of the CBD. The interiors are styled to create apartments that are sophisticated and relaxing. Utilising contemporary detailing, open kitchens combine generous storage and

robust materials with quality features including white stone benchtops, mirror splash backs, and superbly engineered joinery. The Radius features rippling circular patterned screens, inspired by the tranquility of raindrops on water. Forged from laser cut aluminium panels, the screens generate everchanging shadows and subtle reflections across the apartments façade. With as many as 100 construction workers on site at any one time, the overall site work saw more than 600 employed on the project. Project manager for Harris HMC, Sam Clarke, said there were times site access was problematic with three other projects being constructed simultaneously within the vicinity. But sensible traffic management in liaison with local council enabled an overall working relationship to overcome any major issues. Mr Clarke went on to say that close liaison with both the client project manager, Mr Daniel Verrico (of Linc Development Management), and the serviced apartment lessee, City Edge Apartments, facilitated the smooth running of construction and was instrumental in an effective completion of the Radius Apartments.

Harris HMC have set their sights on being a Top 1% company in the Australian building industry. To them this means being a construction company that clients can rely on. A company known for getting things done cost effectively and efficiently. Known for delivering on their promises to clients, consultants, subcontractors, banks, end users, and all other stakeholders. They recognise it is not always what they do, but how they do it, that separates Harris HMC from the rest. As with the Radius Apartments project, they are often engaged early in the conception stage of a project to reduce overall construction costs through value engineering, building smarter and efficiently to ensure that more projects get off the ground. Managing Director of the Harris HMC Group, Dale Kennedy, believes the key to gaining repeat business is through building relationships and working collaboratively with our clients and consultant teams. “When you’re doing a good job for your clients, there are ample opportunities put in front of you” said Mr Kennedy. “We made a decision to grow our business by demand, focusing on constantly improving what we do, which ultimately leads to growth.” Harris HMC provides Construction, Interiors, Maintenance and Electrics services to both private and public sector clients. They are live environment experts and drive creative approaches and excellence in all aspects of project management to a range of clients in the residential, health, aged care, education, hospitality, commercial and government sectors.

For more information contact Harris HMC, 52 Henderson Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051, phone 03 9328 8900, email, website WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Painted perfection APR creatively apply the classic and modern arts they have mastered to transform ordinary exteriors into inviting, expressive spaces that reflect individual tastes. Local Melbourne based APR Painting and Rendering gave special care to the Radius Apartments exterior providing affordable painting and rendering solutions. APR used the QT®EcoSeries Wall Panel system that accommodates a solid substrate and offers a wide range of finishes. It has sound abatement, fire resistance and high thermal insulation that ensures the Radius Apartments remain cool during summer yet retain warmth in winter months.

their innovated approach to projects such as the Radius Apartments and employ skilled tradesmen to deliver a product they stand by. APR’s portfolio of work has been nationally recognised completing interiors and exterior works in Melbourne, Tasmania, greater Victoria, and Sydney. Recent work includes the 80 apartment building, Drummond Rise in Oakleigh. Owner operator of APR, Petrin Rusu, has made it his life’s work to specialise in designing and creating innovative and exquisite surface treatments for walls, ceilings, floors, and interior surfaces and confirms no job is small enough or big enough for APR.

To give a stylish and bright presence three coats of Wattyl Solarguard were applied to both ceilings and balconies whilst the exterior panelling was coated with Unitex painted texture. With careful crafting by hand trowel to a membrane finish gave surfaces not just waterproofing but that sophisticated expression of elegance. APR completed their on the Radius Apartments on time engaging the skills of carpenters, renderers, and painters. APR pride themselves with

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For more information contact APR Painting, 18 Lawson Street, Oakleigh East VIC 3166, phone 03 8524 4059, email, website


All Fired Up Alfie Fire has a solid reputation for completing projects to the required mandatory standards for building fire safety compliance and used their experience thats enabled them to provide consultation and performance based solutions for fire prevention at the Radius Apartments. The Radius Apartments covers 6,536m2 across 9-levels (including the ground floor and an underground basement with a mezzanine level and car stackers). With 84 apartments in total, with varying apartment sizes, meeting stringent fire safety standards was compulsory for verifying the design of the Radius Apartments. Without this process being completed to satisfy regulations the building cannot be occupied or handed over and the expertise of Alfie Fire ensured a problem free installation. Their work began in September 2015 and by engaging the expertise of two skilled engineers took just ten months before signing off on their part of the project. Alfie Fire supplied and installed 700 sprinklers and strategically installed 25 fire extinguishers to meet fire protection regulations. Methodical planning eliminated any of the usual problems associated with installing steel piping, particularly in the tight and confined spaces in and around other services. Alfie’s Project Manager for the installation, Alan Harridge, said that aside from working in small confined areas and around other contractors, building the project was basically straight forward. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The Radius Apartments is not Alfie Fire’s first project from Harris HMC. They have been contracted by Harris HMC to install fire protection systems in many parts of Melbourne’s growing apartment construction sites.

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Main construction company : John Holland project value : $530 million

On Track with John Holland The $530M Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project involves the removal of four level crossings at Burke Road, North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road. Removing the crossings will allow more trains to run, improve safety and travel around Melbourne and will revitalise local communities with many areas benefiting from station rebuilds. In May 2015, the Victorian Government announced a $524 million package to remove the level crossings at Burke Road in Glen Iris, Centre Road in Bentleigh, North Road in Ormond and McKinnon Road in McKinnon.

With the simultaneous removal of the North, McKinnon and Centre roads level crossings, the works required the biggest rail disruption in Melbourne since the City Loop was built in the 1980s – a rail shutdown of 37 days between Caulfield and Moorabbin on the Frankston Line.

This project was awarded to John Holland in an Alliance with KBR, VicRoads, the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Metro Trains Melbourne and Public Transport Victoria.

“Around 1,000 workers on rotational shifts worked 24/7 for the full 37 days, with more than 750,000 man hours recorded and no major incidents,” Alliance Manager, Stephen Litterick said.

The project forms part of the Victorian Government’s $2.4 billion plan to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018. There is a strategic longer-term plan to remove 50 level crossings by 2022.

“It was the first time three level crossings have been removed concurrently in Victoria. Such a scale had never been attempted before, with the excavation volume being almost four times the previous maximum,” said Mr Litterick.

The project will see the removal of four road/rail level crossings, the rail line lowered below Burke, North, McKinnon and Centre roads, and the Gardiner, Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations reconstructed. It also results in numerous improvements to road and public transport connections. 172 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals

Mr Litterick added that constant innovation is required to successfully deliver the project. “Our approach is a blend between using a tried and tested ‘kit of parts’ and identifying new innovations which addressed particular conditions at each site.” AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

An example of innovation on this project is the use of Giken piling rigs to install steel sheet piles which formed the retaining walls for the rail cuttings. “The Giken machine uses an innovative ‘press-in’ method which reduces the levels of noise and vibration experienced near residential and adjoining properties. This method can be used in the very narrow space between the rail and property boundary to reduce rail disruption.” Up to 70 buses replaced trains on part of the Frankston rail line during the works, with more than 800,000 customers travelling on the replacement bus service. As part of the occupation, more than one million items of communication were distributed. Weekly information sessions were held during the major works program for residents, traders and the community, and project staff were stationed at each of the bridge decks at set times to take questions from members of the public, keen to see the historical works for themselves. To support local businesses during the works, an Open for Business campaign was rolled out. The campaign included promoting the open WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

for business message via a dedicated website, brochures/letterbox drops, social media, and press and radio advertising. Open for Business advocates were also strategically located at train replacement bus stops to remind commuters that the local shopping strips were still trading, and to spruik offers from local businesses. The project also offered professional marketing workshops and business mentoring services to traders requiring additional support. John Holland has recently been awarded a $324 million contract to deliver an early works package with Melbourne Metro, excavating massive shafts in Swanston Street for a tunnel and five new underground stations. It has also been awarded contracts for the Sydney Metro Northwest project as part of a consortium. This includes the construction of twin 15km tunnels (the longest rail tunnels ever built in Australia) and excavation and civil works for five new stations and two service facilities.

For more information contact John Holland, Level 5, 380 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 8698 9400, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals 173

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Below Jelmac provided directional drilling services for Melbourne Levels Crossing Removals

Jelmac Directional Drilling has a reputation for going where other companies won’t when it comes to trickier jobs – and their work on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project was no exception. Where other drilling companies were concerned about the possibility of getting stuck with a large diameter bore in the sandy, wet ground, Jelmac Directional Drilling tackled the job head on. “We were involved with installing the cable services route,” explains Jelmac Directional Drilling Managing Director, Brad Boote. “Where the ground was unable to be open cut – for example on roads or for difficult areas to get to, we directionally drilled.” Brad says the lengths and the depths of drilling required on the project were varied. “We did a couple around the 8m or 9m mark and a couple up towards 11m deep. We actually completed some quite large bores for the equipment we had. One bore in particular was 230m and we pulled three 180mm conduits through.” “It is our experience, really, that got all that done,” he adds. Starting work on site in late October last year, Jelmac Directional Drilling finished in early to mid-February. Up to six of Jelmac’s guys worked on the job, with three on site most of the time. “For us the biggest challenge was the interference of the rail network with our tracking equipment,” Brad says. “That’s what challenged us at depths upwards of 6m or


7m. It really tested us. We had to purchase a larger range sonde to combat that, which allowed us more depth.” As its name suggests, directional drilling is the company’s main area of expertise, with Brad and the team skilled in installing varying conduits under a range of landscapes. This includes environmental areas, roadways, footpaths, driveways, sewerage and drainage systems, and water courses and river crossings. The company also has two 8,000L vacuum trucks, for removal of non-solid, non-biological liquids and mud, including during the directional drilling process.

the industry certifications as per site and industry requirements. The experience and ability of Jelmac Directional Drilling to get the job done has seen it regularly contracted to work with major clients across the construction industry. This includes working on other level crossing removal projects in Melbourne. The company started works on the Bayswater Level Crossing Removal project in June. This has seen Jelmac complete lengthy bores of 130m under Scoresby Road and 220m under Bungalook Creek (a highly sensitive environmental area).

The impressive track record of the company on big projects, combined with the reputation of its Managing Director, has seen Jelmac Directional Drilling become a key player in the directional drilling industry.

Again pulling through multiple conduits in the one bore. This included six 180mm power conduits which required them to open up a 700mm in diameter bore hole, again, a very impressive achievement for the size of their machinery.

Brad was introduced to directional drilling at 16 years old when he was employed by his father Bill at All States Directional Drilling Pty Ltd in 1996.

Jelmac Directional Drilling is also in the early stages of negotiation for directional drilling works on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removals project.

After working his way up to crew leader, he was involved in the installation of major optic fibre lines and extensive pipe installation along the east coast of Australia. Brad has also operated directional drills throughout the country and in parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Central to the services Jelmac Directional Drilling delivers to its valued clients, is the ongoing skills training of its staff – all hold

For more information contact Jelmac Directional Drilling Pty Ltd, 2 Jeanette Maree Court, Kilsyth VIC 3137, mobile Brad 0417 351 908, email, website

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Phone: 03 9242 1500

Address: Level 25, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Website: Fax: 03 9242 1599

As a major supplier of sheet piles to infrastructure projects across Australia and throughout Oceania Marubeni-Itochu Steel Oceania (MISO) is a trusted provider of quality steel solutions. With an ability to deliver high-quality steel at a competitive price for its clients, MISO was contracted by John Holland Group (JHG) to provide cold-formed sheet piles for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project. “As one of Australia’s premier contractors working on essential infrastructure projects, particularly in Victoria, JHG have more than demonstrated their capabilities as a contractor of choice,” says MISO’s Business Development Manager. “MISO is pleased to be associated with JHG and the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project. As one of the world’s largest steel trading companies with access to multiple steel mills and products, MISO were able to source over 130 tonnes of cold-formed sheet piles from its world class associates.” “The sheet piles were used as temporary retaining structures and were delivered to suit exact requirements and ahead of schedule to the satisfaction of JHG.” As a 100% owned subsidiary company in Australia, the group has offices strategically located in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Auckland. This ensures the group is able to effectively deal with the growing demands of the Oceania steel market. The company’s sheet pile product range covers both traditional forms and the most recent technically advanced ‘Hat’ type sheet piles. Other products that MISO can supply include pipe sheet piles, pipe piles, high modulus piling systems, tie rods and accessories. This makes the company a complete piling materials supplier – available either from stock or new mill rollings. MISO’s other capabilities include rail and accessories, large structural sections ‘Hyper beam’, extra-large and standard hollow sections, special profiles and specialised civil engineering products.


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Below Austral Construction provided sheet pile installation for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project.

Since it was founded in 1979, Austral Construction has evolved to become a leading national contractor with capabilities in piling, marine construction, civil construction and mining infrastructure. With wide-ranging construction capabilities, Austral was a natural fit to work on Victoria’s largest dedicated Level Crossing Removal Project, completing sheet pile installation for the project’s retaining wall structures. Around 30 of Austral’s 100+ employees worked on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project, which also marked the first time Resonance Technology has been used in Australia. “Resonance Vibration is a very new technology that utilises ultra-high frequency vibration for pile installation, minimising the potential for damage to sensitive adjacent structures and footings. The technology hasn’t been used in the Southern Hemisphere before, and was integral in achieving the low ground vibration targets demanded by the project,” explains Austral Construction Managing Director, Craig Allen. He adds that the use of the Resonance Technology on the project was a success. “We will definitely use this technology again. The feedback we’ve had from the industry indicates a very real need for vibration sensitive alternatives to conventional piling methods.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Guided by its six key core values – leadership, safety, environment and sustainability, integrity, innovation and continuous improvement, Austral continues to work on multi-million-dollar projects throughout Australia. The company’s piling and marine projects range from sub-$1 million piling subcontracts to $60 million marine infrastructure projects, whilst mining infrastructure projects include large-scale maintenance upgrades and oil and gas expansion developments. Additionally, Austral’s civil infrastructure arm has a long history of delivering quality projects for clients nationally. Craig adds there were a number of good outcomes for Austral in working on the Level Crossing Removal Project. “The main benefit to come out of this project was being able to realise our innovation objective by using Resonance Technology,” he says. “To contribute towards such a significant piece of Victorian Infrastructure was also a highlight.” For more information contact Austral Construction, 126 Hallam Valley Road Dandenong, VIC 3175, phone 03 9797 2700, email ac@, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals 177

Below Prebuilt have prefabricated modular buildings for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project and other various commercial projects.

Gardiner Station

Salesian Catholic Regional College, Sunbury

Catholic Regional College, Sydenham

Gardiner Station

Prefabricated modular building has received significant exposure from the successes achieved by Prebuilt Commercial, in the delivery of seven new railway stations across Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project. Prebuilt is a market leader in modular buildings and offers clients creative and innovative solutions to complex commercial construction challenges. The Level Crossing Removal Project is currently Victoria’s largest infrastructure project intending to remove 50 dangerous level crossings over the next eight years, with 20 to be completed by 2018. Prebuilt was responsible for project managing and constructing the new station buildings for Bentleigh, McKinnon, Ormond, Gardiner, St Alban’s, Ginifer and Heatherdale. Delivering the project within a limited timeframe is one of the projects major challenges. Prebuilt Managing Director, Rob Colquhoun, said that the Level Crossing Removal Authority needed to roll out this extensive project with minimal disruption to commuters and the general public. “Prebuilt’s ability to deliver within an extremely tight time-frame enabled this objective to be achieved. The off site construction of the buildings proceeded at our Kilsyth factory while on site works including the 178 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals

excavation of 250,000 metric tonnes of soil to lower the rail corridor were undertaken. Over the span of one week, Prebuilt had a window to deliver four train stations to four separate sites across Melbourne.” A highlight for Prebuilt Commercial was the amount of positive feedback it received. Business Development Manager for Prebuilt, Jason Sceberras, said that the Premier, the Minister for Public Transport, the Authority and the general public were all impressed by the streamlined and time-efficient process of off site construction. “A great amount of awareness for modular building has come out of this project, modular building techniques have allowed architecturally designed buildings to be built off site and delivered in a cost and time effective manner.” Prebuilt Commercial, in addition to delivering the above train stations, are currently working on the Wesley College boarding house development and several display suites for Lendlease, Mirvac and Stockland as well as numerous high end residential homes throughout Australia. For more information contact Prebuilt Pty Ltd, 33 Garden Street, Kilsyth VIC 3137, phone 03 9761 5544, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Nilsen provided light and power distribution for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals.

Celebrating 100 years in business, the family-owned Nilsen shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to providing its range of electrical services across Australia. This includes working on some of the country’s most renowned projects – the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals being just one, with Nilsen contracted to complete electrical and communication works at Ormond Railway Station. “Nilsen’s scope of works at the railway station consisted of light, power and emergency exit distribution for the concourse, platforms and carpark areas,” explains Nilsen Project Manager, Jarrod Malesevich. “This included power distribution to a sump pump station that contained multiple 30KW pumps for stormwater dispersion. The work also involved power distribution for passenger lifts. Both these services are backed up by a 220 KVA Generator with automatic switching if the railway station were to lose mains power.” Another part of the works package for Nilsen was the OCS (Operational Control Systems). “This scope included the CCTV surveillance, security and access control systems, public address, passenger information and IT communication systems,” said Jarrod. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Given the tight schedule of works, the compressed program was one of the biggest challenges faced by Nilsen on the Ormond Railway Station. “When Nilsen started on site on 11th of July, we had a live substation. That was the extent of works that had been undertaken,” says Jarrod. “Our critical path was to have power on to the pump station and all critical containment complete by 30th July so the track could be operational. “After this milestone was completed we had a further 27 days to fit out, commission and handover the fully operational railway station, all while working around live rail.” Nilsen’s ability to complete electrical and communication works at Ormond Railway Station within such a tight timeframe is no doubt another success story in the long and rich history of the company.

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Below Maguire Shotcrete provided the shotcrete for Melbourne Level Crossing Removals.

As custom concrete specialists, Maguire Shotcrete has shown it is capable of taking on any sized project – from a domestic basement, large commercial underground carpark, through to spillways on some of Australia’s largest reservoirs. The company’s latest works saw it based on the North Road section for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project, working day and night. “We were there for 10 or 11 days of the occupation and had two machines there around the clock. We had two crew on day shift and two on night shift with two people in each crew,” says Maguire Shotcrete’s Brian Maguire. He adds that the job was a fairly straight forward one. “It was a really normal sort of job – it was one of those jobs that went very well. It was done with shotcrete and steel fibre in a lot of areas, rather than steel reinforcement. Basically they excavated the ground to various depths and we would shotcrete. Essentially, it was dig, shotcrete, dig, shotcrete until they reached the bottom.” Brian adds that working around the clock was a challenge – both for staff and machine wear. “One of the things we had to be aware of was fatigue management. To help with this, we put staff who 180 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals

lived more than half an hour away from into accommodation. Fatigue management and machine management are the two biggest challenges when going into an occupation,” Brian says. “We made sure we had freshly serviced machinery with 20 to 30 hours since their last service. We also replaced all the wear parts – so we knew we had good machinery for the job.” A lot of Maguire Shotcrete’s work is in multi-level commercial basements, however, as seen by the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project, the company works on a range of developments. Maguire Shotcrete is also working for Geotech on the St Albans Level Crossing Removal and is pricing some works for other level crossing removal projects. This is the third major occupation that Maguire Shotcrete has been involved in since their last service. Other major projects they’ve worked on include Mitcham and Burke Road. For more information contact Maguire Shotcrete Pty Ltd, PO Box 253, Inverleigh VIC 3321, (Brian) mobile 0417 304 862, (Daniel) mobile 0437 680 758, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below RABS Group completed the asphalting for station platforms, carparks and roadways

While RABS Group has been around for six years, the company itself has more than 35 years of experience in the road construction industry, starting out as RABS Sweeping Services. Specialising in asphalt paving and road profiling, RABS Group now has 40 employees and is quickly becoming one of the leading independent pavement rehabilitation companies in Melbourne. Working on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project RABS Group completed the asphalting for station platforms, carparks and roadways. “We completed three of the station platforms. This was quite a logistical operation considering that for two of the platforms the asphalt equipment and the asphalt itself had to be craned onto the platform,” says RABS Group’s Justin Strunk. In order to lift the asphalt machinery on to the platform a 200-tonne crane was required. “It was a lot of coordination between ourselves and John Holland,” Justin adds. “Additionally, one of the station platforms had to be completed in the 37 day occupation. It was quite challenging because it was such a big program of works and we had to make sure we were flexible with our program.” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Safety was always a priority for the company, with all RABS Group staff on the project completing the job with no incidents. “From our point of view we didn’t have one safety issue, no lost time injuries or any medical treatment injuries or first aid injuries,” Justin says. RABS Group has built up a solid client base, supplying its asphalt and road profiling services to local government, state authorities and contractors. Using its start-of-the-art fleet of asphalt paving/profiling and compaction equipment, RABS Group’s services include asphalt re-sheeting and paving, road profiling and carparks, and civil construction and pavement sweeping. Among its many projects, RABS Group continues to successfully be awarded a number of annual asphalt re-sheet contracts with local government and is currently working on four council contracts.

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Below J Steel Australasia is the largest stockist of steel and vinyl sheet piles in Australia.

As a leading supplier of steel products to the construction and engineering industries in Australia, J Steel Australasia has a reputation for quality and value for money. Contracted to the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project, J Steel supplied sheet piles for the permanent retaining walls for the project’s excavation. “Sheet piles were the ideal solution for a number of reasons,” explains J Steel’s Phil McPherson. “Once installed, they act as a permanent wall with little to no finishing required, this meant that the program for the excavation and laying of the track could be reduced. With Giken silent piling technologies, sheet piling could be installed in confined working areas where conventional concrete piling equipment could not operate.” Phil adds that J Steel are now the agent for Giken silent piling equipment. “This equipment was used to install sheet pile around the clock without any noise or vibration impact on nearby residents. J Steel have these machines available for hire,” he says. Phil says a change in the installation equipment required a late change to the pile sections after their procurement was well underway. 182 VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals

“However J Steel were able to work with ArcelorMittal to accommodate the change and still meet the program without any additional costs.” In addition to providing sheet piles for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project, J Steel also provided design advice and services for the project in support of the head contractor’s engineers. The company’s range of services are drawn from its extensive knowledge and experience working on significant projects from all over the world. Additionally, through its world-wide partnerships with manufacturers, suppliers and fabricators, J Steel ensures it can provide the highest quality products from across the globe. J Steel also supplies rail products from ArcelorMittal and are currently supplying rail for the Northwest Rail project in Sydney, and the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project. For more information contact J Steel Australasia Pty Ltd, Level 23, 207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 8198 9500, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Victoria Asphalt laid the asphalt for the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals.

From its formation a touch over 30 years ago, Victoria Asphalt has since become a leading subcontractor for major rail corporations, local government organisations and large-scale projects. The company’s latest works can be seen on the Melbourne Level Crossing Removals project, where it laid asphalt for station platforms and pathways. Victoria Asphalt’s Vincent Crivelli says working on the project produced many positives for the company. “It is great to be part of the Level Crossing Removals project and to have our name associated with it,” he said. “It is a pretty challenging project working logistically with all the other subcontractors on site. This required organisation with other subcontractors within a timeframe.” Formed in 1985 by Claudio Centofanti, Victoria Asphalt quickly grew, winning tenders for road and footpath maintenance for local government. The past 10 years has seen the company grow even larger, carrying out asphalt works for train level crossings and station platforms. The company also continues to work on numerous contracts with local councils for asphalt repairs and maintenance of footpaths and roads. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Victoria Asphalt’s success can be attributed to its dedicated management team and its employees – all of whom are qualified and compliant with rail works for major rail industry bodies. “We are committed to safety with the foremost level of safety practices, all our operations are carried out with the highest degree of workmanship, with consideration for the environment.” Victoria Asphalt is working on a number of other projects, including work for Metro Trains on asphalt rail maintenance. This includes station platforms, level crossings, pedestrian crossings and drive pathways. It’s also working with Coleman Rail on tram track asphalt maintenance works at various locations around Melbourne, the Preston tram depot workshop reconstruction and asphalt reconstruction works. Additionally, Victoria Asphalt is working on the Furlong Main Level Crossing Removal project at Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road in Melbourne’s Blackburn and Ringwood areas, and the Glen Iris stormwater drainage improvement project. For more information contact Victoria Asphalt, 62 Chifley Drive, Preston VIC 3072, (Ivan Fong) mobile 0407 503 385, (Davide Gazzola) mobile 0499 777 894, email VIC PROJECT FEATURE Melbourne level crossing removals 183



attuned to sophistication DEVELOPER : Longriver Investments MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hickory Group Pty Ltd ARCHITECT : Rothelowman Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : Hickory Building Systems & Rincovitch Consultants Pty Ltd PROJECT MANAGER : Sinclair Brook PROJECT VALUE : $90 million

The $90M La Trobe Tower is a 43-level residential tower comprised of floor-to-ceiling windows which allow light and city views to permeate through all 206 luxury apartments. Fitted with warm timber finishes, clean modern joinery and a piano key inspired glass façade, these innovative features reflect the precincts strong musical heritage. This year marks Hickory’s quarter century in business. Since 1991 when fourth generation builders, Michael and George Argyrou founded Hickory Group, the company has steadily evolved from a small family building business to one of Australia’s largest apartment construction groups. Hickory has forged a reputation as an innovative and dynamic company that has grown into a nationwide group of construction, structures, façades, manufacturing, fitout and crane logistics specialists. “We have also made significant advances in developing prefabricated construction technology over the last eight years and are now recognised as leaders in this space, particularly in the area of volumetric, prefabricated construction for high-rise projects,” informed Hickory’s Alistair Taylor. The latest project setting new records for tall building construction using the innovative Hickory delivery model is La Trobe Tower. A 43-level residential tower at 323 La Trobe Street in central Melbourne by developers Longriver Group and designed by Rothelowman Architects. “On La Trobe Tower, Hickory is the principal contractor for the prefabricated structure including manufacture, installation façade procurement and installation, plus the manufacture of fully fitted modular bathrooms,” said Alistair. Of Hickory’s 600 employees, approximately 22 worked in the factory manufacturing the panels and bathrooms for the project, while another 120 were involved on site and in the project management team. “This is the first project that Hickory Building Systems (HBS) Integrated Structural WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

System has been used,” added Alistair. “Due to the size of the prefabricated structural units this required oversized deliveries to take place in the evening when trams ceased operation on La Trobe Street. It also required an Extended Hours Construction Traffic Management Plan that we negotiated with the Melbourne City Council and stakeholders in the immediate vicinity. It’s now one of the first city projects to successfully implement extensive after hours works.” La Trobe Tower is the world’s tallest project to date to use prefabricated structural construction and Hickory’s patented structural building system and Sync Bathroom Pods. The building’s aesthetics pay homage to the precinct’s musical heritage, with the glass façade punctuated by fin details inspired by a tuning fork and piano keys. A common area on Level 15 provides spaces for resident interaction and features a lounge, outdoor terrace, kitchenette and gymnasium. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow light and city views to permeate the 206 luxury, one and two bedroom apartments, which are fitted with warm timber finishes and clean, modern joinery. “We used shotcrete for the vertical concrete elements, in conjunction with precast elements. All 206 apartment bathrooms are fitted with Hickory’s Sync prefabricated bathroom pods. This assisted to minimise the number of workers on site, reduce the number of crane lifts and to expedite the apartment fitout process.” Hickory’s construction and delivery methodology model means projects can be delivered 30% – 60% faster. Their integrated structural prefabrication, proprietary façade

system and bathroom pods compress construction time and Hickory’s patented interlocking façade system is engineered to enable fitting of the curtain wall façade to the structure off site. This ensures greater site safety and results in a quality end product that is delivered on time. In recent years Hickory has been recognised by both the construction and manufacturing industry. They have twice been named ‘Australia’s Most Innovative Construction Company’ by BRW, and were also awarded the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame ‘Large Manufacturer of the Year Award’ in 2015. Other current Hickory projects using the same building methodology as La Trobe Tower now include Collins House, Melbourne (60-levels, 271 apartments); Peppers Kings Square, Perth Western Australia (17-levels, 120 room hotel). Other projects bearing the quality Hickory workmanship name include Parque Apartments, St Kilda Road (332 apartments over two glass towers); Opera Melbourne, St Kilda Road (19-levels, 228 apartments); Claremont Manor, South Yarra (19-levels, 318 apartments); New Quay Promenade, Docklands (437 apartments over two towers); The Fifth Apartments, Lonsdale Street  Melbourne (51-levels, 402 apartments); Lakeside Apartments, Albert Park (12-levels, 159 apartments); and Banksia Apartments, Docklands (18-levels, 108 apartments).

For more information contact Hickory Group Pty Ltd, 101 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121, phone 03 9429 7411, fax 03 9428 73, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE TOWER 185



Engineering new heights Rincovitch Consultants Pty Ltd was founded in 1986 by Angelo Rincovitch and has established a reputation for excellence in high rise structural engineering. With a passion for efficiency and constructability, Angelo was a key figure in the renaissance of load bearing precast building construction and post-tensioned floor slabs in Melbourne in the 90s, which was a major influence in the design and construction of multi-storey apartment buildings. Over the years Rincovitch Consultants has developed a reputation for its unique, pragmatic and constructability minded approach, which has won them many industry awards as well as the successful structural design and construction of over 80 buildings between 15 and 70-storeys. Having established good working relationships with many major developers and builders, Rincovitch’s main ethos is ‘treat the client’s money as if it is our own’, in their drive for innovation and creativity to deliver cost effective building design. This continuing dedicated, passionate approach to structural engineering is now led by the Managing Director, Rocco Carinci, and Directors, Harry Lambis and Charbel Nasr. Highly experienced, skilled and hands-on, they

ensure that every project achieves the high benchmark expected on Rincovitch projects. They pride themselves on their friendly, personalised service, meeting deadlines, prompt response times and most importantly, delivering high quality documentation, which is continually honed and improved by practical experience and feedback. With the Head Office in Melbourne and now a similar sized office in Sydney, the management team are ably supported by a talented team of structural engineers and design draftspersons, committed to satisfying client needs, proud of the high quality documentation they create and the professional service they provide. For the La Trobe Tower project, Rincovitch Consultants were responsible for the design of conventional structure up to Level 2, as well as the complete and critical review of the structural adequacy of the Hickory Building Module System. “The key structural component of the system involved the module steel posts and load transmission to high strength shotcrete wall elements,” said Charbel. Another innovative feature was a ground floor slab, ring beam, which then allowed excavation, foundation and basement works without the need for ground anchors to soldier piles. The project is a magnificent 43-storey residential development offering an inner city lifestyle complete with innovative, state-of-theart living spaces and world class architecture influenced by Melbourne’s jazz precinct. The majority of Rincovitch’s clients are builders and developers and their project list is extensive and varied. “Our clients value our special capability to see beyond the pure structural engineering problem and utilise our experience and lateral thinking to devise creative and cost effective design solutions for them,” said Charbel. “Our construction knowledge ensures that our designs are practical, buildable and economical.” For more information contact Rincovitch Consultants Pty Ltd, (Melbourne Office) Suite 28, 20 Commercial Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 9820 2858, (Sydney Office) Suite 2C, 140 William Street, East Sydney NSW 2011, phone 02 8007 4881, email rocco@rincovitch.,, harry@,, website





MITCHCON taking shotcrete to new heights Mitchcon was approached by Hickory in early 2014 to discuss the possibilities of using shotcrete as an alternative to insitu concrete in the core and shear walls of their 43-level La Trobe Tower project. Hickory not only required structural shotcrete sprayed up to 43-levels, but they required up to 70m3 per day (which is the volume in one level), of 50, 65 and 80mpa shotcrete (for overhead spraying), and the shotcrete needed to reach a high early strength of 40mpa at day three. Hickory Director, George Argyrou and Shan Kumar (Principal Engineer) knew this was a challenging request, as this had not been done anywhere in the world. Managing Director of the family business, Mitchcon Pty Ltd, Andrew Mitchell, Manager of Operations Jake Mitchell, and Project Manager Lewis Mitchell saw this as an opportunity to use the experience gained over almost 30 years of concrete pumping and spraying, and began workshopping with Hickory over the next 18 months to satisfy the project brief. Mitchcon needed to be creative in meeting the challenge of the volumes of shotcrete required per floor per day to keep up to the demanding project timelines. Another challenge was to ensure that the concrete pump had the capacity to spray the shotcrete up to 43-levels, and still achieve the penetration required to ensure the walls were structurally sound. After seeking much advice from manufacturers all over the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

world, Mitchcon decided to purchase a high pressure Putzmeister concrete pump through David Bond from CPE Machinery. Mitchcon and Hickory then looked to the shotcrete mix itself, and with a long relationship with Holcim, began to work with them to design and test the shotcrete so that it could firstly meet the high levels that Hickory demanded, but also withstand the pressure that would be applied to the mix when being sprayed up to Level 43 of the tower. Timely deliveries to site, correct slumping of the mix, a careful eye on the pressures on the pump, certified and experienced nozzlemen, cutters and finishers were all required to maintain the quality of the end product of the structural walls. Mitchcon would like to congratulate Hickory on the innovative project design, and can see this method of construction becoming a familiar seen not only over Melbourne, but many city skylines throughout the world. It has been a pleasure to be involved in such a challenging project, and Mitchcon thanks Hickory for the opportunity to be part it. For more information contact Mitchcon Pty Ltd, 23B Westside Drive, Laverton North VIC 3026, phone 03 9316 5222, email, website VIC PROJECT FEATURE LA TROBE TOWER 189



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mAIN Construction Company : Hutchinson Builders Architects : Arkhefield STRUCTURAL Engineer : ADG Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $110 million 192 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 363 ADELAIDE STREET STUDENT ONE


A class of its own Converting an existing 14-storey office tower into a new $110M student accommodation facility and retail block, 363 Adelaide Street Student One consists of a mix of studio, twin share, multi-share, executive and accessible apartments. Student One 363 Adelaide Street is the first of three premium student accommodation projects under development in Brisbane by Singapore based capital investment firm Valparaiso Capital Partners. After purchasing the old Boeing Building at 363 Adelaide Street, ValCorp set about engaging local architects Arkhefield and constructors Hutchinson Builders to repurpose the 1987 building from an office tower into a $110 million, 687-bed premium student accommodation and retail block. “The building had extensive building service upgrades to support the new development,” Hutchinson Builders project manager, Jamie Washington says. Situated over four street frontages in Brisbane’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the building was well suited to the project with its central service core opening onto column free spaces, 14 upper levels of offices, ground level retail and office accommodation and three levels of basement parking. The old Boeing Building was zoned a multi purpose MP1 with a site size of 2,486m2 and an estimated 14,962m2 of lettable floor space. The contract called for Hutchinson Builders to deliver in two stages, with three months for strip out in Stage 1 and 40 weeks for construction in Stage 2. “Over the life of the project it employed 1,031 people and involved over 287,450 man hours,” Jamie says. Ambitious programs for both phases was the hallmark of the project. The façade was subject to prior spontaneous breakage issues with glass blowing out. An engineered solution was installed some 10 years ago, but now it was imperative that the junction between the new party walls and existing façade wasn’t compromised. The final design relied on a non invasive solution that maintained fire and acoustic separation while allowing for the façade to maintain movement tolerances. Coordination between the trades was central to the success of the project, with the joinery install team being responsible for receiving and distributing in excess of 20,000 joinery items that saw the project operating for WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

24 hour shifts during key times. “Getting materials onto the site was a huge challenge due to the sheer quantity of materials,” Jamie says. Over 800 tonnes of plaster, service materials and joinery had to be delivered onto the floors while the lifts were decommissioned and refurbished. A ‘just in time’ approach to limit the amount of unfixed materials and allow for free and open work fronts was implemented. With more than 50 tonne of board required per floor Hutchinson Builders identified that a problem could arise moving the material from the basement up to the various levels and onto the floors. In consultation with the partitions contractor and their in-house material hoist team, Hutchinson Builders derived at an innovative solution to make the procedure both time-saving and safer. By pre-loading the floors prior to building the party walls they could minimise the workers exposure to difficult handling procedures. The packs of board were moved across the floor using an electric pallet jack, and once in position, the partitions contractor was then able to build the walls around the pre-positioned packs. In this way over 700 tonnes of boards were delivered from truck to fixing with minimal handling from workers. Student One has also seen innovations with the installation of an unwanted fire alarms strategy to reduce false alarms and access control to monitor the security of younger students. The whole project has also been cabled for high speed internet. Hutchinson Builders currently has approximately 200 projects under construction to the value of around $2 billion. This includes the second Student One project on the opposite CBD corner of Wharf and Adelaide Streets. For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 07 3335 5000, fax 07 3335 5005, email, website


Below Environmental & Laboratory Solutions provided laboratory analysis and quality management systems to remove asbestos.

Providing a variety of health, safety and environmental services, Environmental & Laboratory Solutions (ELS) are the experts when it comes to support to solve environmental health issues. It was this expertise that was called upon for the Student One accommodation building at 363 Adelaide Street, where the company completed a survey of various plant rooms and service risers. ELS Managing Consultant Martyn Andrew says the survey identified asbestos in gaskets and fire retardants. “A licensed asbestos removal contractor was engaged to safely remove Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) to allow other scheduled works to proceed without risk of exposure,” he explains. “They use methods to reduce the risk of fibre release from the material during removal and decontaminate their work area with asbestos-rated vacuum equipment and wet-wiping techniques.” “We completed air monitoring during asbestos removal work to verify that controls were satisfactory and the work did not result in an increased airborne asbestos fibre level,” Martyn adds. “We use air sample pumps to draw air through a filter membrane. Any fibres within the air are collected on the filter. We then analyse the filter in our laboratory and calculate a fibre concentration.” “On completion of the asbestos removal work, we completed a visual inspection of the work area to verify that all traces of asbestos had been removed, the area had

been effectively decontaminated and was safe to reoccupy.” ELS currently has 10 full time employees based out of its Albion office/laboratory – a mixture of laboratory technicians, asbestos assessors, consultants and support staff. “We are small enough to be flexible and able to easily adapt to the specific requirements of our clients,” says Martyn. “We are vastly experienced and focus on providing quality data and impartial advice. We have our own NATA-accredited laboratory that enables us to complete analysis with a short turn-around and at a reasonable price.” NATA provides independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts for customers requiring confidence in the delivery of products and services. The authority provides assessment, accreditation and training services to laboratories and technical facilities. “In short, our NATA accreditation gives our clients assurance that our systems are quality focused and analysis is accurate and traceable,” adds Martyn. Martyn says that ensuring there is an up-to-date asbestos register in place is a crucial first step for anybody looking to repurpose an old building. “The first step should always be to ensure there is an up-to-date, accurate asbestos register in place that clearly outlines all ACMs in the work area, including their associated extent, condition and risk,” he explains.


“Without a register there is a great risk that asbestos will be disturbed and workers unnecessarily exposed.” “It is a requirement under the Work Health and Safety regulations that any commercial building built before 1990 has an asbestos register. Trades people can consult the register prior to work commencing to ensure their work will not disturb ACMs. If their work does have the potential to disturb an ACM then an alternative work method can be arranged, suitable controls put in place or the ACM can first be removed by a licensed contractor.” In addition to Hutchinson Builders, some of ELS’s larger clients include Queensland Rail, Queensland Health, various regional and city councils, Shape Group, CPB contractors and QGC. “We always have a variety of projects on the go. This includes air monitoring during large-scale contaminated soil removal, investigating the extent of contamination and required remediation works at a fire-damaged commercial property.” “Overseeing extensive friable and non-friable asbestos removal works at a public hospital and a multitude of commercial and residential asbestos surveys, registers and clearances,” adds Martyn. For more information contact Environmental & Laboratory Solutions Pty Ltd, Suite 31, 14 Argyle Street, Albion QLD 4010, phone 07 3256 2302, fax 07 3256 2980, email, website




Below High Performance Window Films re-installed clear safety film with edge sealed silicon to many of the window panels.

High Performance Window Films (HPWF) has ensured the safety of windows at 363 Adelaide Street since 2004. Prior to HPWF applying a US-made clear safety film, many windows in the building had exploded with panes landing on the footpath. The company’s Manager, Vicky Francis, says all glass windows, float or toughened glass, may contain nickle sulphide inclusions, which are contaminants that are impossible to detect. “Since installing the safety film in 2004, there has not been another incident of glass falling from the building. Safety film is the best option, even changing all the old glass to new would not guarantee the glass safety as it is an inherent problem in the manufacture,” Vicky says. HPWF has re-installed clear safety film with edge sealed silicon to many panels. “The film is designed to stop the glass from falling out of the frame if the glass explodes. The edge sealant keeps the shattered piece of glass in the frame,” Vicky adds. HPWF has specialised in window film installations for over 30 years in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For more information contact High Performance Window Films Pty Ltd, 1/14 Palmer Place, Murarrie QLD 4172, phone 07 3393 9100, email, website 196 QLD PROJECT FEATURE 363 ADELAIDE STREET STUDENT ONE


Below TLPC provided a smooth transition across the multiple stages of development from inception to completion.

Modern property developments consists of a complex web of finance, legal, engineering, and construction problems before the handover to a new owner can be completed. This is where the nimble and highly qualified project and development management team at TLPC comes into its own by working with all partners on projects from inception to completion, and if needed, even longer term, by managing tenancy handovers. The Brisbane based TLPC team have recently spent two years working with development partners on Student One on Adelaide Street and have gone on to work on the Student One Stage 2 project at the Wharf. “TLPC were introduced by Marquette Properties to Valparaiso Capital upon identifying the opportunity to convert the building from office space to student housing,” Director and Project Manager, TLPC, Tom Low says. “TLPC have been involved from start to finish,” Tom adds. The Student One project involved the conversion of the 1980s Boeing Building on Brisbane’s Adelaide Street from offices to 687 beds of affordable student accommodation catering to over 75,000 international students in the Brisbane area. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

The $110 million redevelopment planned on welcoming its first student residents by July 2016, meaning that a tight handover deadline applied. “In order to achieve the semester intake we had a very challenging procurement design and construction program, with TLPC introducing a 2-stage contract that made a June 2016 completion possible,” Tom says. Moving onto Student One Stage 2 project at Wharf Street, TLPC managed the project front end design and DA approval process through to appointment of the Contractor, where then Student One’s in house Project Management took over. TLPC are becoming something of experts in the student accommodation field, having previously completed contract administration for Reed Property Group on the 90 purpose built four bedroom units for students at Uni Central at Sippy Downs on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. For more information contact TLPC, Level 15, 215 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, mobile 0434 044 754, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE 363 ADELAIDE STREET STUDENT ONE 197

Developer : Pradella Developments and Constructions Main construction company : Pradella Developments and Constructions Architect : Nettleton Tribe project value : $132 million

Riverside Oasis The $132M Arbor and Parc Apartments are the final stages of the prestigious Gardens Riverside West End Development. Featuring 111 and 126 apartments respectively, the development maximises views and are designed to capture natural light and gentle river breezes with access to waterdscaped gardens and resort-style amenities. Leading Queensland property company The Pradella Group has completed all stages of the outstanding West End Gardens development in Brisbane with the finalisation of the Arbor and Parc Apartments. This was the final chapter in the overall project, with the two earlier developments, View and Rise, finished in October 2015. The end value of Pradella’s highly popular Gardens venture surpassed $255 million. Arbor and Parc proved to be as well received by owner-occupiers and investors as View and Rise were. Strong sales were concluded in the early days of the public release with only a few apartments remaining. Arbor is a 12-storey tower featuring 111 contemporary one and two bedroom apartments, while Parc boasts 126 apartments in a one, two or three bedroom configuration. Lee-Anne Kielar, Pradella’s Sales and Marketing Director, said the Gardens development represented a significant milestone for the 198 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Arbor & Parc Apartments

area given its unique proposition for owners and investors alike. “Arbor and Parc residents will enjoy a meticulously master planned neighbourhood with around 5,500m2 of private green space serving as an urban retreat only 3km from the city,” Lee-Anne said. Pradella’s developments generally feature custom-designed landscaped areas to enhance lifestyle and liveability for residents. The waterscaped gardens and sub-tropical greenery at the heart of Gardens surrounds a stunning resort-style pool that adjoins a 25m lap pool to which residents will have exclusive access. A private function and recreation residents’ lounge along with a state-of-the-art Health Oasis gymnasium and health zone also form part of this stunning development. Lee-Anne said that the main challenge in designing the layout of the expansive Gardens precinct was to ensure that the four buildings, View, Rise, Arbor and Parc, all had view corridors to AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

take in the natural surroundings plus the landscaped green space. “The buildings were spread around the circumference of the site and the outcome speaks for itself, with local and interstate buyers being highly impressed by the views and sub-tropical setting of the buildings, with their accompanying lifestyle options. A number of previous Pradella investors secured second properties at Gardens, highlighting their popularity as premium yet attainable developments. With the completion of Arbor and Parc, there are a total of 469 apartments at Gardens with a selection of city, river and parkland views.” Gardens was the 12th West End venture for the Brisbane-based developer, which is one of Queensland’s most awarded property groups. Pradella has an impressive record of designing and developing specialised residential, industrial and commercial property reflected in a variety of outstanding developments and awards from industry bodies such as HIA, QMBA and UDIA. Lee-Anne said that Pradella has earned a reputation for quality, innovation and service, reflecting the valuable experience gained in over 55 years of operation. “Being both a developer and a builder means the company has seamless control over every aspect of a project and can ensure the application of only the highest standards of quality. Each development is rigorously researched and designed to enhance its location and the lifestyle of its residents, as exemplified in Arbor and Parc. Every team member is WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

dedicated to upholding Pradella’s standards and reputation so the best possible outcome for our clients is always achieved.” For more information contact Pradella Developments and Constructions Pty Ltd, PO Box 3301, South Brisbane QLD 4101, phone 07 3115 0300, fax 07 3115 0399, email (developments) developments@, email (constructions), website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Arbor & Parc Apartments 199

A Panel of experts After successfully completing the precast concrete construction at the View and Rise apartment blocks in the first phase of Pradella’s outstanding Gardens Riverside project, Brisbane Pre-Cast Pty Ltd was contracted to the Arbor and Parc second phase development.

all commercial, industrial and residential projects including offices, apartments, factories, shops, shopping centres, mines, houses, elevator shafts, basements and retainer walls,” Percy said. “We also have expertise in tilt-up construction and the fabrication of tilt-up concrete panels.”

Both are 12-storey buildings and Brisbane Pre-Cast began the manufacture and installation of concrete wall panels in mid-2015. All panels were manufactured off site, then delivered, installed and jointed by the company, with an average of eight employees engaged on site as required. Percy Dacruz, General Manager of Brisbane Pre-Cast said that the big advantage of the precast method is that the clients can undertake other vital building preparation tasks without being hampered by casting beds and panels taking up room on site. “We can have the panels delivered and craned into position as required by the client with a minimum of disruption to other activities.”

Brisbane Pre-Cast offers consulting engineers and a design engineering service to help with major projects. Based in Deception Bay, the company works on projects throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales, with the $1 billion Jewel development on the Gold Coast being one of its largest current contracts. For more information contact Brisbane Pre-Cast, Factory 2, 94 Lipscombe Road, Deception Bay QLD 4508, phone 07 3204 7181, fax 07 3204 7182, email, website

Established in 1988 as a family business in Victoria, Owner, Arthur Taborsky then established Brisbane Pre-Cast Pty Ltd in 2007 with his two sons Luke and Callan. In keeping with the hands on approach by the company, Luke Taborsky was one of the panel installers on the Arbor and Parc project along with Jordan Walker. “With 28 years of experience in off site manufacture of precast concrete products, we have the capacity to provide precast panels for

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Landscaping the way Delivering the vision of superb sub-tropical gardens amidst resort-style facilities at Pradella’s latest apartment developments, Arbor and Parc at Riverside West End in Brisbane was the charter for The Landscape Construction Company (tlcc). Not only did tlcc meet that challenge, it did so within a tight time frame to meet the requirements of the client. Andrew Bottomley, tlcc Director and master landscaper, said that around 25 employees were engaged on the project at any one time completing the hard and soft landscaping tasks. “We built shade structures around the pool and barbecue areas, constructed seating, laid pathways and fixed decorative stone cladding to the building façades. Gardens were laid out and planted with appropriate sub-tropical species.” Pradella chose composite timber for external structures including seating. Andrew said that this product has the advantage of minimal upkeep whilst maintaining an attractive overall appearance. He expects it will be used more widely in landscaping projects for external structures in the future. One of the prime objectives on any of tlcc’s projects is to ensure the environment is protected, reflected in the conservation WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

techniques used during construction and in the finished works. “We are committed to creating sustainable outdoor spaces that exceed the expectations of our clients,” Andrew said. tlcc is a project management specialist delivering high quality landscape services across Queensland and northern New South Wales. Based at Red Hill in Brisbane, the company is experienced at providing landscape solutions for public and private spaces for boutique development companies through to publicly listed international companies. Andrew commented that an important point of difference to competitors is tlcc’s detailed knowledge and experience of the whole development process from project conception through design, approvals, construction and maintenance. “We are very proud that Pradella has selected tlcc as its landscape contractor and value the relationship we have developed,” Andrew said.

For further information contact The Landscape Construction Company Pty Ltd, 35 Fulcher Road, Red Hill QLD 4059, phone 1300 131 353, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Arbor & Parc Apartments 201

the Sky's the limit developer : Silverstone DevelopmentsPty Ltd Main construction company : Blackwatch Projects Architect : Rothelowman Architects project value : $43.5 million

The $43.5M Alto Apartments project is one of the highest residential buildings in the sought after suburb of Toowong. It features 154 spacious luxury one and two bedroom apartments with high quality design fittings and finishes. The $43.5 million Alto Apartments have justly secured themselves the title of Brisbane’s newest iconic building. Blackwatch Projects Pty Ltd, one of Brisbane’s leading mid-tier construction companies, ensured this stately addition to the urban landscape was delivered to the highest standards. Situated in Toowong, on the western shores of the Brisbane River, the 20-level Alto Apartments are distinguished as one of the highest buildings in Brisbane. Renowned national architectural firm Rothelowman Architects took into consideration the development’s elevated position at High Street to produce a design that incorporates the benefits of this position while remaining in harmony with the greater landscape. Following analysis of the site locale and its surrounding areas, particularly its connection with Mt Coot-Tha National Park and the Taylor Range – Rothelowman Architects sought a singular approach to managing the Alto Apartments’ high visibility. Each of the tower elements are designed to be read as elegant slender structures when viewed from a distance and so take their place gracefully in the Toowong landscape. Comprising 154 spacious one and two bedroom residences, the Alto Apartments capitalise on their landmark position by offering residents an enviable rooftop pool deck and barbeque area on Level 19. The apartments themselves are enhanced by abundant natural light and ventilation while showcasing the highest quality design fittings and finishes. Completing the complex is 308m2 of ground floor retail and restaurant tenancy. Founded by Managing Director Darren Lucey, privately owned Blackwatch Projects prides itself on delivering innovative and high quality mid-sized commercial and 202 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Alto Apartments

residential projects. Counting state and local governments, property developers, community organisations and commercial developers amongst its clients, Blackwatch Projects has built its success on a commitment to customer satisfaction. Blackwatch Projects focuses on maintaining an optimal level of client satisfaction through what it describes as “timely construction of the highest standard.” Completing all projects on time and in budget, Blackwatch Projects has access to a large network of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants to guarantee the realisation of innovative and appropriate solutions to all of its clients. Whatever the project’s size or its location, Blackwatch Projects applies a Quality Assurance System to ensure consistent professionalism throughout its works and procedures. From the highest to the lowest level of complexity, every project and every client can expect the same attention to detail that produces exceptional results. Blackwatch Projects specialises in a range of delivery methods including design and construct, fixed price construction and construction management. Undertaking a large volume of design and construct projects, the Blackwatch team has the experience to negotiate town planning, building regulations and authority requirements and achieve the most efficient delivery. Crafting specialist teams for every design and construct project, Blackwatch Projects ensures leading architects are matched with only the best interior designers, consultants, planners and construction crews.

design, town planning, architectural design, construction documentation, construction and project delivery. Also experts in fixed price construction, Blackwatch Projects has successfully delivered a variety of construction projects for both the private and Government sectors. Its experience encompasses new builds on greenfield sites through to extensions, refurbishments and fit-out works. On these types of projects, Blackwatch Projects ensure minimal disruption to a client’s ongoing activities by providing teams that are especially adept at working within operating or trading environments. Blackwatch Projects is currently completing a number of residential developments around Brisbane. They include Sorrento Apartments in West End as well as Verona Apartments and Vinci Apartments, both in Kangaroo Point. For more information contact Blackwatch Projects, 18 Maud Street, Newstead QLD 4006, phone 07 3216 0533, fax 07 3216 0558, website

To suit the versatility and viability of its projects, Blackwatch Projects tailor packages of comprehensive services that encompass innovative building design through to construction. Blackwatch Project’s design and construct services include conceptual AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Below Napier & Blakeley provided risk assessment, advice and property tax reports for the Alto Apartments.

Napier & Blakeley are independent property, development and sustainability consultants, who provided expert development risk assessment and property tax advice to the Alto Apartments project. “On this project we acted predominantly as the financier’s quantity surveyor,” explains Chris Page of Napier & Blakeley. “Our services generally are geared from project inception, whether that be a development or an acquisition, and follow a property's lifecycle throughout ownership to disposal.” Napier & Blakeley’s Paul Cosker lead the team on the Alto Apartments project, providing a complete risk assessment of the project and also a cost assessment of the planned development for the project financier. “We carried out a full assessment of the development based on the project documentation and presented our findings to the financiers for consideration,” Chris explains. "One of the major construction challenges identified from our risk assessment related to the site’s tight location which created excavation issues, potential noise and vibration problems from the site's proximity to a railway line. We discussed these specific issues with the design team and provided advice to the financier on what we considered the best options to take”. 204 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Alto Apartments

Napier & Blakeley provided other services to the developer and the future Owners’ Corporation including a Sinking Fund and Reinstatement Cost Assessment. “We also provided property tax depreciation estimates at the beginning of the project to assist potential investors with their investment decision and depreciation reports at the end of the project,” Chris says. Napier & Blakeley has provided clients with pragmatic and commercially oriented advice for over 30 years and are one of Australia’s independent advisors associated with all major financiers, operating across the Asia Pacific region. Current projects include the Colombo City Centre, a 50-storey mixed-use development in Sri Lanka, Newstead Central in Brisbane and New Quay Promenade in Melbourne, as well as many other high profile developments across the country.

For more information contact Napier & Blakeley, 20 Hunter Steet, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 02 9299 1899, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Brisbane Pre-Cast provided and installed the precast panels, columns and lids for the Alto Apartments.

Brisbane Pre-Cast Pty Ltd boasts over 33 years experience in the off site manufacture of precast concrete panels and products. Experts in all aspects of precast concrete, from design to installation, Brisbane Pre-Cast deliver high quality solutions for even the most challenging projects. Brisbane Pre-Cast manufactured, delivered and installed precast panels, columns and lids for the Alto Apartments. The shape and architectural features of the panels added a level of complexity to the manufacturing and installation processes. “Due to their irregular shape it was a challenge to install,” explains Percy Dacruz, Brisbane Pre-Cast. Equipped with “years of experience and a great install crew,” as Percy describes, this challenge is just the kind Brisbane Pre-Cast can be relied upon to overcome. Servicing Queensland and northern New South Wales, Brisbane Pre-Cast specialises in manufacturing and supplying precast panels, walls, columns and footings to the commercial, industrial, high-rise and residential construction industries. The company also manufactures concrete retaining walls, lift shafts and lids, beams, signage panels and anything you want out of concrete. Typical applications include apartments, house, offices, factories, mines, basements, shops and shopping centres. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“We use the same products and services providers since we set up in Brisbane.” says Percy. The long-term, quality alliance partnerships established by Brisbane Pre-Cast guarantees an unbeatable product every time. Matched with Brisbane Pre-Cast’s high quality products is a focus on providing outstanding service to all clients. No matter the size of a project, Brisbane Pre-Cast works to find the best solutions to deliver on time and on budget. “We have economies of scale, we are a one stop shop and we handle the whole process from start to end, including shop drawings, engineering, build, delivery, erection and post erection works,” Percy explains. Brisbane Pre-Cast is currently completing the Gardens Rivers West End and Light+Co Apartments for Pradella, Robina Shopping Centre for ADCO Constructions, Nile Street for CKP Constructions including other projects. For more information contact Brisbane Pre-Cast, Factory 2, 94 Lipscombe Road, Deception Bay QLD 4508, phone 07 3204 7181, fax 07 3204 7182, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Alto Apartments 205

Below Project Lighting & Electrical provided specialty lighting throughout Alto Apartments.

From Coffs Harbour to Brisbane, Project Lighting & Electrical Pty Ltd (PLEQLD) specialises in delivering a full range of electrical and data services to multi-residential and commercial developments. Most recently, PLEQLD was responsible for installing all the electrical, lighting, MATV (Master Antenna Television), CCTV, communications, access controls and security services to the Alto Apartments. “There was some speciality lighting,” reports Trent Ridings, Director of PLEQLD. “The sensor battens throughout the car park used custom LED strips.” PLEQLD experienced no particular challenges during the project’s duration and benefitted from a strong, ongoing working relationship with Blackwatch Projects. “Stephen O’Connor from Blackwatch Projects did such a great job project managing the job that it was all very smooth,” says Trent. Providing high quality electrical works across the multi-residential, commercial, retail and industrial markets, PLEQLD has the experience and capabilities to deliver every project on time and within budget. No matter the size of the job, PLEQLD is committed 206 QLD PROJECT FEATURE Alto Apartments

to ensuring its clients remain the focus throughout the process. “We put the project together so it’s trouble-free for the builder,” Trent explains. “And we put together solutions that work in their budget. We try to make their life as easy as possible.” To guarantee a smooth delivery, a principal member of the firm supervises and maintains a hands-on approach on each project. PLEQLD also operates to strict OHS&E standards to ensure a safe workplace is maintained for all involved. PLEQLD’s dedication to client satisfaction is matched with a pride in providing only the finest quality workmanship. This includes supplying the best products available on the market to ensure the ongoing reliability of amenities and services. PLEQLD’s current projects include the multi-residential developments Oxley & Stirling for Icon Constructions, Eden Lane Stages 3 and 4 for CMF Projects as well as 15 Duncan Street for Silverstone and Blackwatch Projects. For more information contact Project Lighting & Electrical Pty Ltd, Level 18, 333 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, mobile 0430 103 107, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below ASI JD MacDonald supplied and installed garbage chutes for Alto Apartments.

ASI JD MacDonald’s exciting new rubbish compactor, the RotoBin 4400, has been installed in the Alto Apartments. Designed to automate the bin collection process and to compact rubbish to save bin allocation space requirements in high to medium density residential situations, the RotoBin 4400 boasts low maintenance and serviceability, reduced ongoing operational costs and ease of use. Waste management experts ASI JD MacDonald supplied and installed the Envirotube garbage chute, made from fully recyclable linear low-density polyethylene, to transport residents’ rubbish for compacting in the RotoBin 4400. Deposited directly into four standard four-wheel ‘wheelie bins’, the fully automated unit features high compaction to maximise the amount of rubbish held in each bin. As each bin is filled, the automatically rotating compactor base positions an empty bin underneath the chute.

with or without compaction and to suit four bin sizes; 240L, 360L, 660L or 1,100L. The RotoBin 4400 has a low overall unit height that fits through standard doorways and, for efficient incorporation into tight waste rooms, a compactor arm that can be positioned in seven varying positions in relation to the Control Pod, plus retrofit ability. The control system for the RotoBin 4400 is conveniently operated by touch screen. In addition to displaying operating instructions, machine diagnostics are easily performed via the user interface. The unit complies with Australian and New Zealand safety requirements for general and low voltage electrical equipment. The RotoBin is fully engineered for the Australian market, ensuring product quality and consistency. Service and parts are readily available through local suppliers in addition to unsurpassed sales support offered by ASI JD MacDonald.

“It was developed in 2015, and this is one of the first projects we’ve put it into,” explains Jessica Watkins, ASI JD MacDonald’s National Business Development Manager. Designed and manufactured in Australia, the RotoBin was re-engineered in 2015 to be faster and more compact and is available WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact ASI JD MacDonald, 48 Smith Road, Springvale VIC 3171, phone 1800 023 441, fax 03 9548 1141, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE Alto Apartments 207

The spice of life MAIN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY : Hutchinson Builders ARCHITECT : Rothelowman Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : ADG Engineers CONSTRUCTION VALUE : $70 million

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Offering absolute river frontage, the $70M residential Spice Apartments consists of two distinct towers above a Level 2 podium. Features include high quality fixtures, designer finishes and European appliances, plus expansive rooftop retreats in each tower with luxurious pools, outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces. South Brisbane has become one of the city’s hot spots and it is therefore no surprise that it has attracted the attention of major residential developers and builders. The latest project to hit the market is the Spice Apartments built by Hutchinson Builders for developers KPG Capital. Positioned on a prominent riverfront site less than 1km from the Brisbane CBD and within easy walking distance to the Southbank cultural, theatre, education and entertainment precinct, Spice has sparked great interest from buyers vying to take a part of the action. Hutchinson Builders has brought the project to fruition, with Site Manager, Dave Warner expressing confidence that all the residents will be delighted with the quality of the 274 stylish apartments with their unparalleled views of the river, city and Mt Cootha. “Spice Apartments represents another successful collaboration between ourselves as builders, the developer, clients and the architects. Hutchinson Builders places great store on these sound open relationships which go a long way to ensuring a successful outcome on any project,” Dave said. “Hutchinson Builders had about 25 of its own employees on the site at any one time during construction.” No extraordinary challenges were thrown up during the building of the apartments which were in two towers of 14-storeys each with the podium integrating both towers into one articulated built form. The towers feature expansive rooftop retreats for the residents including a luxurious pool, outdoor kitchen and entertainment spaces which enjoy panoramic views. Apartments sold include air conditioning to all bedrooms and living areas, flooring of either tiles, carpet or oak timber, quality ILVE stainless steel appliances, gas cooktops and an integrated dishwasher. As well as the 274 apartments, there are four retail shops and four parking levels, two below ground and two above. Dave said one particular feature of the project was the installation of all Australian, locally fabricated kitchens. “It is often the case that the kitchens are imported so it was satisfying to have the Australian product installed in every apartment. At one stage we had WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

274 kitchens stored in the basement waiting for each unit to become available! They all fitted to the exact specifications which was a credit to the local contractor.” Hutchinson Builders is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned building and construction companies. Established in 1912 it has over a century of service to the construction industry. It currently employs around 1,400 people and turned over $1.6 billion in 2015. Projects undertaken by the company include commercial and residential high-rise, mining and resources industry infrastructure projects, industrial, sporting, health, government, retail, education, hotels, clubs, tourism, civil works and modular construction, particularly student and resource sectors accommodation. With its headquarters in Brisbane, Hutchinson Builders now has a network of offices throughout Australia that reaches from Cairns to Hobart, the Bowen Basin to the Pilbara, Sydney to Perth and Darwin. The company’s goal is to take Hutchinson’s into its second century as a vibrant, contemporary and innovative construction company that maintains a healthy respect for traditional values and the proud heritage that has been meticulously crafted over a century. While Hutchinson’s primary focus has been in Australia with the establishment of a presence on a national scale, it has also undertaken projects in New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Dave said that Hutchinson Builders continues to grow and develop to suit the ever-changing economic and construction industry landscapes. “The company has many projects underway, but at a local level, we now turn our attention to the next big apartment project just down the road from Spice Apartments, namely the West Village development in West End. That will involve 1,300 apartments.” For more information contact Hutchinson Builders, 584 Milton Road, Toowong QLD 4066, phone 07 3335 5000, fax 07 3335 5005, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE spice apartments 209

fax 07 3501 4404 phone 07 3501 4405 email website address 31 Bishop Street, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

Landscaping | Construction | Design | Maintenance

Landscaping legends Quality landscaping is an essential input to creating a stylish apartment development. Penfold Projects is a progressive landscape design and construction company. It has a well earned reputation for delivering impressive landscapes and is producing landscapes that developers and potential buyers demand. Spice Apartments South Brisbane, a newly completed development neighbouring the Brisbane River, is a fine example in which Penfold Projects can add to their portfolio. Penfold Projects focused on soft landscaping elements to Spice Apartments’ external podium gardens, rooftop gardens, external surrounds and streetscape. The lush planting of trees and understory plantings soften the buildings tiled courtyards, frame vistas towards the Brisbane CBD and Brisbane River, and most importantly create a sense of place where the occupants of the building will be able relax and enjoy Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle of alfresco dinning, entertaining and relaxation. Project Manager, Robert Moates said that the elevated rooftop position held no constraints for the Penfold landscaping team who are experienced in working on high-rise developments. “The majority of the project was installed by tower cranes and bags, telescopic belt conveyer and machines with bulk procedures.” At Spice Apartments the Penfold Projects team, consisting of horticulturists, designers and construction professionals have clearly collaborated to create a drought and wind tolerant landscape that is low maintenance, yet stylish. “We can transform any outdoor area into an urban sanctuary, a green space to work, relax, reflect and play,” said Robert. For 20 years, Penfold Projects has been involved in many of Australias most spectacular and innovative landscaping projects, for a client base that includes large public companies, private enterprises, as well as state and federal governments. The Penfold Projects team of 120 skilled employees are committed to providing quality outcomes and offer a diverse range of landscape services.


Painting perfection Spice Apartments required a first-class professional finish to match the high-quality construction. None better to undertake this task than Sarri Painters, one of Queensland’s most respected and reputable painting and decorating contractors. The high-profile Spice Apartments situated prominently in South Brisbane on the riverfront, was painted on all external and internal surfaces by Sarri Painters, with some designer wallpaper application inside the apartments. Owner and Director, Aaron Sarri said that only top quality Dulux paints were used throughout to ensure a durable, long-lasting finish. “We commenced work in January 2016 and finished in September, painting and decorating 274 apartments, the public spaces and the exterior of the building. We had an average of 24 tradespeople on site throughout that period.” With Spice being a 15-storey building, safety was also a priority. “All our staff receive appropriate work-safety training, including working at heights,” Aaron said. “We have 100 employees who are vital to the success of Sarri Painters and managing their safety is a number one objective for the company.” Sarri Painters has an impressive record of quality painting and workmanship across multi-storey residential, commercial and public buildings, including the Brisbane Supreme Court, the Brisbane WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

International Airport and the Gallery of Modern Art. Current projects include the Southpoint Office Tower, the Gold Coast Private Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital which at the present time is one of the largest construction projects in the southern hemisphere. With experience gained over 65 years since humble beginnings as a family enterprise, the Sarri name is synonymous with excellence, quality painting and workmanship. Sarri Painters has a commitment to the painting industry and is a longstanding and active member of the Master Painters, Decorators Association of Queensland. “We have a very proud history and we continue to deliver the highest expectations of our clients through our professional team of employees,” Aaron said.

For more information contact Sarri Painters, Unit 12, Windsor Business Park, 104 Newmarket Road, Windsor QLD 4030, phone 07 3861 1166, fax 07 3357 3155, email, website QLD PROJECT FEATURE spice apartments 211

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Here comes the sun Developer : Sundrop Farms Main construction company : John Holland Project value : $175 million

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The Sundrop Farms Project is a world first cutting-edge, sustainable farming solution, that is leading the way to meet future food demands. A 20ha greenhouse uses solar-thermal technology to sustainably generate fresh produce all year round. Port Augusta in South Australia enjoys 300 days of sunshine every year and this energy is now being harnessed and concentrated to produce 16,000 tonnes of tomatoes annually for Coles. The $175 million world-first 20ha solar greenhouse operated by Sundrop Farms was built by John Holland, who designed and constructed the facilities and utilities. The Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouse is a showcase of John Holland’s integrated engineering expertise. The project saw the construction of a world-first state-of-theart facility that uses concentrated solarthermal technology to sustainably generate fresh produce all year round in a semi-arid environment. It does this by harnessing and concentrating the sun’s energy to desalinate seawater to produce fresh water for irrigation, heat in the form of stored hot water for crop temperature control and to produce electricity to power the facility. This cutting-edge, sustainable farming solution is geared to meet future food demands and would be transferable to many other world locations where conventional farming is not possible because of low rainfall and poor electricity infrastructure. There were plenty of challenges involved in the project according to John Holland’s Project Director, Mark Burnett. “Given the ground-breaking nature of the solar greenhouse construction, which involved companies from the northern hemisphere as well as local contractors, it was a great exercise in coordination and cooperation. The remote location, climatic conditions and the limited physical area in which everyone was operating at once added to the complexity.” “We have a reputation for delivering technically complex and challenging projects with skill and innovation,” Mark said. “One of the key points of differentiation from our peers is the extent, depth and breadth of our service offering. Coupled with the strength of our internal collaboration model, our service offering allows us to effectively and efficiently deliver infrastructure and engineering solutions.” “We advocate for principals to adopt the ‘early contractor involvement’ model,” Mark

explained. “Our early involvement in projects can reduce risk exposure and maximise the rate of return for projects. Embracing the ECI model means that our services extend across the project life-cycle spectrum. We work collaboratively with our customers to define and develop concepts, validate and fund projects and deliver the full range of engineering construction and operations services required to realise projects.” John Holland has a number of other environmental projects to its credit, including a number of desalination plants around Australia. One of the largest international projects they have been involved in was the iconic Hong Kong Sludge Treatment Facility for the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department which it constructed in a joint venture. Located in the western part of the New Territories, the facility is critical to the region’s wastewater treatment capacity and at 2,000 metric wet tonnes capacity per day, the plant is the largest waste facility of its type in the world. The plant is equipped with flue gas treatment lines as well as steam-producing incinerator boiler furnaces that drive the turbines to convert the steam into electricity. Surplus energy generated from the plant is supplied to the national grid. This complex project combines proven technologies with leading innovations in receiving and treating dewatered sewage sludge from sewage treatment works. The Sundrop Farms Project utilised many of John Holland’s skillsets, which include delivering comprehensive and integrated infrastructure solutions, robust planning, integrated design, cost effective procurement, fast-track construction and seamless transition to operation. “John Holland is very proud to have played a pivotal role in the construction of Sundrop Farms which is set to provide a benchmark for innovative food production methods around the globe,” Mark said. For more information contact John Holland, Level 5, 380 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, phone 03 8698 9400, email, website

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Below CNF & Associates delivered innovative engineering solutions on the Sundrop Farms Project.

“The importance of the Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouse is that it is the most significant renewable energy project in the world.” This is the view of CNF & Associates Project Director, John Giannasca who, with his CNF colleagues, was involved from the earliest stage of Sundrop Farm’s Project.

“CSP has taken a back seat to wind power and photovoltaic systems in the renewable energy agenda in recent years. This is mainly due to wind and PV being almost commoditised as electricity generators and CSP is little understood, particularly the value of heat as an energy source.”

CNF is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm that designs and constructs process plants as well as providing specialist services in electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, hydraulic and compliance services. Key to CNF’s DNA is its excellence in developing designs and delivering innovative engineering solutions.

The delivery of the Sundrop Farms development presented plenty of challenges being a ground-breaking concept linking concentrated solar power to food production for the first time anywhere in the world.

CNF has enjoyed a long relationship with John Holland, Sundrop Farm’s builder, spanning over 15 years. “We have delivered many projects with John Holland, especially in regional areas,” John said. “With Sundrop Farms, CNF delivered the key role as electrical, instrument and control designers as well as acting as the process consultants for John Holland for the integration of this ‘first of a kind’ renewable energy project.” John explained that renewable energy has, up until now, been linked directly in people’s minds to the generation of electricity. This project ties renewable energy to the production of food. This development by Sundrop Farms gives greater relevance to concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) which is at the core of the energy delivery for the project.

Integrating the various key components was a major challenge. CNF was tasked with the design of the balance of plant electrical, instruments and controls as well as integrating the various control systems to enable the plant to function as an integrated unit. In this role CNF was party to most of the technical challenges faced. European technology was used in the 20ha glasshouse construction and operation, with a Danish company providing the 127m solar tower and more than 23,000 mirrors used to harvest and reflect the sun’s rays. John said that CNF was very excited to be a part of the Sundrop Farms development. “The interest amongst CNF’s engineers was intense because it represented a technology that could revolutionise food production around the world, particularly in arid countries with unreliable electricity production,” said John. “Food can be produced within the country where it is

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consumed without the need to carry food for thousands of miles. The project has lived up to all the expectations we had. It was new, interesting, challenging and will change the way food production and renewable energy are viewed.” The company had an average of five staff engaged throughout the project with a peak of 10 at different stages depending on the level of activity and technical skills required. CNF has a well-deserved reputation for innovative and collaborative project design and engineering. It undertakes project planning as either a stand-alone activity or as one of the initial phases in project delivery. Project planning defines the project activities, assesses the likely risks, estimates the costs and agrees the desired outcomes and then determines how these outcomes will be best achieved. “We work with our clients to develop the concept design and to prepare a project delivery plan. The major activities and tasks are identified along with estimates of time, cost and resources required to implement the project and deliver the required outcomes,” John said.

For more information contact CNF & Associates Pty Ltd, Level 2, 393 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000,
phone 02 8296 6500, fax 02 8296 6599, email admin@cnfa., website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW


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Sundrop Farms Greenhouse Project Port Augusta, South Australia Boral has been at the foundation of Sundrop Farms’ future, providing concrete and quarry materials for a multi-million-dollar expansion project of its custom-engineered hydroponic facility at Port Augusta. Despite operating in a harsh climate devoid of plentiful fresh water, Sundrop Farms’ pioneering agribusiness methods and successful focus on using renewable energies to operate South Australia’s largest greenhouse has resulted in the 20-hectare expansion 300 kilometres north-west of Adelaide. Sundrop’s renewable focus on using desalinated water from the Southern Ocean and solar power allows its produce including tomatoes, peppers, chilies, cucumbers and fruit to flourish. Boral supplied 29,500 tonnes of road base to York Civil for general civil works for the project site, including the entrance the facility. Boral provided 5075 cubic metres of concrete for the project – a split between 3505 for John Holland 1570 for York Civil, which included 560 and 140 placed in single mass pours for the solar tower base and pedestal.

Boral concrete was also used other applications such as slabs, paths and kerbing. Concrete supply was able to be guaranteed with primary capacity sourced from Boral’s nearby Port Augusta plant. Concrete security was further guaranteed with a fixed concrete plant in Whyalla with staff on standby to provide back-up to the Sundrop project in case of break-down. Raw material provision was also guaranteed with supply originating from Boral’s Stirling North quarry, located only 16 kilometres from the project. Safety was a priority of this project and Boral inducted drivers prior to commencing to ensure they met site requirements at all times. The greenhouse is expected to produce more than 15,000 tonnes of vegetables worth $50 million annually to be sold in Australian supermarkets. Overall construction with began in December, 2014 and was completed in 2016. Boral®, the Boral logo and Build something great are trademarks or registered trademarks of Boral Limited or one of its subsidiaries. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU SA PROJECT FEATURE BCC_14380_9/16

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Below Water & Carbon Group provided effluent and wastewater solutions on the Sundrop Farms Project.

Handling effluent and wastewater in any location requires a skilful technical and engineering approach, but when the site is in a remote area with a sensitive environment, the challenges are even greater. The Water & Carbon Group succeeded beyond measure at the Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouse project on the shores of Port Augusta, meeting Sundrop’s sustainability objectives and delivering on time and on budget. The reed bed sewage treatment plant designed and constructed by The Water & Carbon Group is a great example of wastewater management for remote sites. The treatment plant handles sewerage effluent, grey water and the wastewater from the glasshouse tomato production and chillers. CEO of The Water & Carbon Group, Jim Hunter, said that the project took 10 months from design to commissioning. “We had an internal team of 10 working on the assignment and had at least 20 local contractors supplying material and labour for the systems that we built. Our original design was modified to meet specific legislative requirements for licence approvals but apart from that, the system went in without any major obstacles.” “We utilised our experiences from a range of other projects and processes to integrate them into this system for Sundrop,” Jim said. 220 SA PROJECT FEATURE Sundrop Farms Project

“The combination of processes was unique and innovative and importantly, minimised energy dependency. We are not aware of any systems matching it in Australia.” The Water & Carbon Group integrates ecology with traditional engineering processes to deliver more sustainable, low energy and simple-to-operate wastewater treatment systems. They design and deliver both small and large-scale wastewater treatment solutions. Most recently, Water & Carbon delivered a sewage treatment system for a town of 5,000 people in Western Australia for the state’s Water Corporation. This system uses about 50% less energy than equivalent treatment systems with a lower capital and operational cost. The company has also designed and delivered an innovative leachate treatment system for Sydney Olympic Park. Based in Queensland, The Water & Carbon Group has the capability to provide sustainable low-energy solutions for wastewater treatment across Australia. For more information contact The Water & Carbon Group Pty Ltd, Level 4, 127 Creek Street, Brisbane QLD 4001, phone 07 3211 9997, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Nilsen provided on site technical assistance including the commissioning of all electrical systems.

What better way to celebrate a company’s centenary than to be a key contributor to one of the world’s most innovative solar powered projects? Founded in 1916 as Oliver J. Nilsen, the company has a national footprint specialising in a wide range of electrical engineering and contracting roles. Nilsen’s role at Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouse was pivotal in the provision of on site technical assistance including the commissioning of all electrical systems. This included the earth testing system and the related components installed for lightning protection, substation step and touch voltages testing and high voltage switchboard system testing. Division Manager for Nilsen, Damien Fischer, said that the company also performed transformer testing inclusive of frequency response of stray losses (FRSL), high voltage switchboard voltage and current transformer testing, high voltage protection relay injection and trip testing, and commissioning of the concentrated solar powered parallel generation system for compliance with the 
local supply authority witnessing approval. “Nilsen had four staff on this project, specifically an operations manager, a site engineer, a high energy technician and a salesperson,” WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

Damien said. “Standing behind the team was the experience and technical knowledge of the company’s 1,300 national staff.” Nilsen’s design, construction, contracting and service offices are located in all Australian states and the Northern Territory as well as in major mining and industrial hubs. The company specialises in the commissioning, maintenance, installation and repairs of high and low voltage distribution systems and communication systems. Offerings can be tailored to suit any installation requirements. In the last 20 years, Nilsen has been awarded some 130 National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) awards. “The projects cover a very wide range and illustrate the scope of Nilsen’s services and expertise,” Damien said. “We are very proud of our 100-year old heritage and continue to maintain the traditions on which we were built, namely service, reliability and quality.”

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Below Aggreko Australia provided on site power generators during the two years of construction.

Aggreko is a world leader in the temporary power generation marketplace, offering innovative rental solutions supported by highly qualified technical staff. It played a key role in the Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouses project through the provision of on site generators to contractor John Holland for two years during construction.

Turbines also have hydraulic pumps built-in so the power module can be kept facing into the wind and also to pitch the blades to start and stop the turbine. The hydraulic system also lubricates the main bearings and operates the turning gear to slowly move the shaft around intermittently to prevent bearing damage.

Aggreko specialise in providing turnkey power generation solutions and has the skills to handle the power generation demands of all industries, including those in remote locations like the mining industry and renewable energy projects.

Aggreko has developed systems to support the various stages of commissioning wind farms using its power generators, including methods to reduce labour, capital and fuel costs. The advantage for the wind farm operator is that once grid power is connected, revenue can be generated from day one rather than going into an extended testing and commissioning period.

A developing role for the company is supporting the renewable energy industry during construction, pre-commissioning and final commissioning. The wind power industry, as an example, requires input from other power sources for various tasks. Wind turbines have a power requirement to run the ancillary equipment within the turbines. There are heaters and dehumidifiers to keep both the windings of the main alternator and the electronic components dry. If moisture builds up in these areas, damage can occur which can be very expensive to repair and it can delay the commissioning and power generation. 222 SA PROJECT FEATURE Sundrop Farms Project

For more information contact Aggreko – Australia Pacific, 101 Woodlands Drive, Melbourne VIC 3195, phone 1300 728 324, email, website AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Below Pearce Earthmovers completed extensive civil works and ground preparation on the project.

Respected local Port Augusta firm Pearce Earthmovers conducted the heavy lifting in the civil works programme at the Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouse construction site. Initially contracted to prepare the ground for pond structures, Pearce Earthmovers was ultimately engaged to undertake other civil works at the location. Starting work in mid June 2015, major works took until October to complete, but minor projects required Pearce Earthmovers to have equipment and employees involved on-site until March 2016. Utilising its own equipment including a 15 tonne excavator, smaller excavators, bobcats, tip-trucks and concrete pumps, between 10 and 15 employees completed a number of concrete anchor beams around the ponds, the largest being the freshwater pond which had a 400 lineal metre circumference. This required trenches to be dug, formed up and concrete poured. A total of four ponds were completed in this manner facilitating the anchoring of pool liners. Pearce Earthmovers also constructed overflow pits, formed up and poured concrete thrust blocks and was involved in the site clean-up. Leon Cimarosti, Civil Supervisor at Pearce Earthmovers, said that the biggest challenges related to the impact of the weather. Rain made WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

movement around the site more difficult and in the dry season, dust from all the mobile plant was an issue. “Coordination of the different groups carrying out their particular roles was also a challenge, with plant, materials and personnel constantly moving around the construction area,” Leon said. Pearce Earthmovers has been in operation for over 30 years and has built a reputation for carrying out civil works to the highest standard and in a safe and sustainable manner. Situated in Port Augusta, Pearce Earthmovers is 100% Indigenous owned and undertakes general earthmoving and civil construction including site works, subdivisions, carparks, concrete construction and fencing. The company’s specialty is communication and electrical reticulation, delivering pits, service pillars, padmounts and pole footings. They are a preferred supplier to SA Power Networks, SA Water and Alinta Energy. For more information contact Pearce Earthmovers, 15 Yon Street, Port Augusta SA 5700, phone 08 8642 2266, email info@, website SA PROJECT FEATURE Sundrop Farms Project 223

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WorkPac has recently supplied skilled WorkPac has workers recently to supplied skilled construction a world leading, construction workers to a (CSP) world tower leading,plant concentrated solar power concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plant in Port Augusta, South Australia. in Port Augusta, South Australia. The plant will be operational in late 2016, The plant electricity, will be operational late 2016, supplying heat and in desalinated supplying to electricity, heat andindesalinated seawater grow tomatoes the desert. seawater to grow tomatoes in the desert. Operations Manager for WorkPac’s Operations Manager WorkPac’s Southern Region, Mr. for James Smart says he’s Southern Region, Mr. James Smart saysinhe’s excited about WorkPac’s involvement excited about WorkPac’s involvement in renewable energy projects. renewable energy projects. “We are pleased to be working as a “We are pleased working as ato deliver preferred suppliertotobeJohn Holland, preferred to John Holland, to as deliver innovativesupplier construction projects such this innovative construction projects such as this one.” one.” “As a specialist supply partner, with proven “As a specialist supply partner, withforward proven to capability and experience we look capability and experience look forward to our continued partnershipwe with John Holland our other continued partnership with across John Holland and renewables partners and other renewables partners across Australia.” Australia.”

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Below Aqualutions supplies and services the plant’s water treatment requirements.

Aqualutions Pty Ltd is at the leading-edge of the supply of innovative chemical products for industries utilising sustainable energy in Australia. For this reason the South Australian company was selected to not only supply chemicals to the Sundrop Farms Solar Greenhouses at the start of the project, but also has an on-going contract to supply and service the plant’s water treatment requirements. Aqualutions’ associate company Chemology Pty Ltd manufactures the chemicals at its Lonsdale site. Managing Director of Aqualutions and Chemology, Jason Ottenhoff, said that his companies have many years experience specialising in water treatment requirements for industrial boiler and cooling systems including cooling towers. “Sundrop Farms are using our biocides and scale/corrosion inhibitors which are especially crucial because of the use of desalinated water for in the steam boiler and the pipes which provide heating in the greenhouses. None of these structures can work at peak efficiency without our chemicals keeping everything in tip-top condition.” The continued growth of Aqualutions’ business has been achieved through its commitment to service and technical back up, as well as the WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

cost-effective solutions it provides to clients. “We offer a full service package from supply, installation, service of pre-treatment such as reverse osmosis to ion exchange, water softeners, cooling tower dosing systems and tailored water treatment chemical requirements for boilers and cooling tower plants,” Jason said. Aqualutions is the only company in South Australia that manufactures all of its water treatment chemicals on site at its Lonsdale manufacturing plant. Like Sundrop Farms, many of Aqualutions customers are involved in agriculture and food production, including Australian Tartaric Products, Arnott’s Biscuits, Angove Wines and Smiths Crisps. “Sundrop Farms is one of Australia’s most innovative sustainable enterprises and my firm belief is that we will see many more industries focus on ways to lessen their environmental impact through the use of ‘green’ energy production. Aqualutions is continually striving to develop products to make water treatment more efficient and to support these enterprises,” Jason said. For more information contact Aqualutions Pty Ltd, 4 Walla Street, Lonsdale SA 5160, phone 08 8326 6170, email jason@aqualutions., website SA PROJECT FEATURE Sundrop Farms Project 225

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS The $30M 115 King William Street project is a unique 24-level office building that combines premium office space with ground-floor retail. Featuring an impressive corporate entrance, a ground-level café, open plan offices and a shared rooftop function space offering idylic, panoramic views of the CBD. Set to be Adelaide’s fourth tallest building, the 24-level 115 King William Street development has added yet another grand touch to the heart of Adelaide’s central business district. The $30m state-of-the-art development combines quality commercial office space with ground-floor retail. Engaged as the Design and Construct Contractor for the building was Synergy Construct, which started work on site in November 2014. Around 20 Synergy Construct staff have been working on the development. This includes 15 site-based staff (such as a crane crew, general labour and form workers) and five office-based staff. In keeping with Synergy Constructs’ motto of “Tier 1 thinking” the company has used innovative methods during the construction, contributing to reduced project time and costs. According to Construction Manager, Andrew Cox, this includes the use of innovative upper flooring construction methods saving labour and material costs. “The KingFlor CF210 Fielders metal decking product was used for the structure which reduced the amount of concrete needed for each floor plate by approximately 40%,” explains Andrew. “This, coupled with the small footprint, enabled each pour to be completed with the Tower Crane and Kibble, and hence we did not require a static line and pump to pour the concrete.” Andrew adds that there were challenges involved in the construction of this landmark building. “A permanent driveway was not achievable due to the location of Waymouth Place and the requirement to ensure local bars and cafes were not affected,” says Andrew. “Waymouth Place was used as the driveway during the day and at night the laneway would need to be opened for the public. This

restricted our storage to a small gantry at the end of the laneway.” “The installation and removal of the tower crane, which was located within the central lift shaft of the core, was one of the largest challenges faced on this project.” An Adelaide-based commercial builder, Synergy Construct prides itself on providing innovative, faster and more cost-effective commercial construction.

21-storey bohem residential development on Whitmore Square in Adelaide. The company is operating as a design and construct subcontractor for Maxcon Constructions. For more information contact Synergy Construct, Level 5, 121 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000 (GPO Box 2970, Adelaide SA 5001), phone 1300 735 500, fax 1300 724 600, email, website

Emphasising that Synergy Construct is “simply a better way to build,” the company reduces project costs by improving construction programmes and innovating building design by being involved early in the process. Furthermore, Synergy Construct is about building relationships and its reputation – going the extra mile to ensure trust, honesty and integrity with its customers, suppliers and its own staff. Rather than just trying to be a ‘good’ construction company, Synergy Construct aims to achieve ‘great’ every time. As demonstrated by its work on 115 King William Street, the company continues to look for inventive alternatives throughout construction. Given its cutting-edge outlook, it is no surprise that Synergy Construct continues to be contracted to work on noteworthy commercial and residential projects across Adelaide and Victoria. It recently completed the substructure and façade design and construct for Adelaide’s tallest residential building VUE on King William Street for Maxcon Constructions. The building, which is now open to residents, rises 28-stories above Adelaide’s central business district. Synergy Façades, a sister company in the Synergy Group is also undertaking the design and construct of the façade for Whitehorse Towers in Box Hill in Melbourne, consisting of a 36-level and 26-level apartment towers. Additionally, Synergy Façades has been appointed as the façade contractor for the

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the core of construction Having been involved with Formwork systems for over 50 years, Graham Shaw of Sureform Systems certainly has the experience. What’s more, he’s surrounded by people who have been involved in jumpform systems for over 30 years, all of which ensures that Sureform Systems is a company that knows what it’s doing. Their work on 115 King William Street is no exception, with Sureform Systems contracted to supply its hydraulic-operated jumpform system to the project. “While there are several different jump form systems out there, this one is a fully adjustable system making it easier to operate,” explains Graham. “It’s also a user friendly system, with the top deck stable enough for the surveyor to work from. “This job was fairly straight forward as there were three cells on the lift shaft at 115 King William Street. The crane being in the centre shaft was a bit of a headache to get around as the system had to be well clear of the crane towers,” he adds. “We made thin wallforms for clearance around the crane. When the system got to Level 19, one of the end lift shafts dropped off, and due to the crane being in the centre shaft we could not relocate the jacking frames. We designed a steel framework structure to replace the concrete walls and climbed the system on this rather than modify the system, saving the client both time and money.” Inhouse staff completed the jumpform systems’ specifications for 115 King William Street, with Graham assessing and checking the design. Together with the clients’ on site labour, the supervisor assembled the system and started its operation.

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S eeking a competitive advantage through the use of modern technology to deliver structures on mid and high rise projects Tired of suffering delays due to poorly planned systems that do not accommodate structural changes to a project Focused on productive use of labour and cranage through the use of efficient formwork systems.

Sureform Systems supply hydraulic and crane lifted formwork systems for towers, perimeter protection screens, formwork for all vertical and horizontal elements, and provide a design service for clients looking to reuse their own equipment on new projects. What makes Sureform Systems different is; • The experience and the understanding to assist you with solving issues with your project • Modern, end user focused systems, providing open work spaces and ease of adjustment • Systems are pre-fabricated into easily assembled modules that are simply bolted together on the project, reducing time impacts and increasing productivity on projects • We are genuinely interested in assisting our clients across the issue on a project, we do not just deliver a system and leave the rest to you • Our in house team has a large amount of experience in the design and operation of jumpform systems, the patented system 2.

that we supply was designed internally so we have a complete knowledge of the systems capacities and capabilities. Sureform Systems is an Australian owned and operated company and to date has completed projects in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, with a view to expand across the rest of the country. Graham adds that 115 King William Street was a very successful project for Sureform Systems. “Being forward thinking with an eye for detail and a drive to deliver a result better than client expectation, Synergy Construct is the type of client we love to work with” he says. “They had some very good people on the project and we look forward to working on other projects with them in the future.” Images 1. 115 King William Street, Adelaide 2. Trillium Tower, Melbourne 3. 330 Church Street, Parramatta

For more information contact Sureform Systems, 37 Colbert Road, Campbellfield VIC 3061, phone 03 9357 9686, mobile 0435 766 550, email, website 3.

Sureform Systems works with Developers, Builders and Formworkers operating within the construction industry. They provide modern, safe and innovative formwork systems that meet project needs and assist clients in delivering successful projects on time and on budget. Clients turn to Sureform Systems when; • Needing to minimise the impact of jumpform setup on their construction programme • Planning to provide a safe working system and increasing productivity and efficiency on their projects WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

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Steely dedication from ME Reinforcing Mark Page started ME Reinforcing in July 2013 after the company he was previously working for went into receivership. Seeing this as a positive situation, Mark took this as an opportunity to create his own business that specialises in steel fixing commercial buildings throughout South Australia. Today ME Reinforcing has a dedicated team of 20 employees and is busy working on a number of major developments across the state including the 115 King William Street project. “We completed the steel fixing on the building from the basement to the rooftop,” explains Mark. Providing its clients with the best knowledge, experience and expertise – all at the best possible price, ME Reinforcing looks after its staff and clients as they would its own family. The company recognises that it is their clients and staff that help the company achieve its goals.

on the project. “Synergy gave me the opportunity to work on a multi-storey building in the city for them when ME first started – that is now complete, which put us both on the map so to speak,” says Mark. Mark is also very appreciative of all his customers that allowed ME Reinforcing to complete their steel fixing work and trusted and believed in them. ME Reinforcing is currently working on a number of projects across Adelaide and South Australia. This includes East Park Apartments in Kent Town, UniSA’s Great Hall, Mawson Lakes Central Plaza, The Arches and Hurtle Square Apartments. For more information contact ME Reinforcing Pty Ltd, Adelaide SA, mobile 0417 085 728 (Mark Page), email office@, website

“Our hard work, dedication and persistence is what makes ME Reinforcing stand out from its competitors,” says Mark. “ME Reinforcing would not exist without our hard-working team that makes us what we are today.” Additionally, ME Reinforcing sees safety as its first priority, stating “we all deserve to go home in the same condition we arrived in.” Mark adds that he is appreciative of Synergy Construct for choosing ME Reinforcing to complete the steel fixing works

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A panel of experts There is no doubt that Speedpanel’s innovative fire and acoustic-rated wall systems have brought a revolutionary product to the building industry. This is evidenced by increasing demand for the company’s products on large-scale developments across Australia. Lightweight and easy to install, Speedpanel uses aerated concrete within a metal shell. The products also feature innovative click-together technology and can be made to length. “Because it is made to length, it is extra fast to install compared with regular wall systems,” explains Speedpanel’s National Marketing Manager, Warwick Scott. “The panels are prefabricated in our factory, then they go to site for installation. This saves a lot of labour time, increases the program speed of the job and heavily reduces wastage.” Synergy Construct chose Speedpanel’s superior fire and acoustic-rated wall systems for their 115 King William Street project in scissor stair, plant room and pressurised shaft applications.

“It’s an Australian-made product made with recycled materials, and in the last few years we’ve really made inroads with prominent builders in Australia,” adds Warwick. “It’s now been accepted by all major tier-one builders across Australia, including Lendlease, Grocon, Probuild and Brookfield Multiplex.” Warwick says Speedpanel has virtually completed works on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and is working on other leading projects across the country. “Bigger developments we’re currently working on include Perth Stadium for Brookfield Multiplex, Australia 108 – which will become the tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere and the new Hoyts Cinema for Chadstone Shopping Centre (Melbourne) – which has 16m high walls.

Warwick adds that the tight footprint of 115 King William Street and limited access to the building site perfectly demonstrated the advantages of using Speedpanel products.

“Given the importance of fire and acoustics on a project, we dedicate lots of time and effort with NATA approved laboratories to develop certified solutions for our clients. “Our dedication to quality products and exceptional service is what’s driving our involvement on these projects.”

“Because our products are easy to handle they can be installed in very confined areas. You don’t need large work areas to install and there’s very little mess to clean up,” he says.

For more information contact Speedpanel, 421 Dorset Road (PO Box 145), Bayswater Victoria 3153, phone 03 9724 6888, fax 03 9724 6889, email, website


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Six-Star Luxury Main development Company : Blackburne Property Group Pty Ltd Main construction company : Probuild Architect : Hilliam Architects project value : $137 million

Aria Swanbourne Luxury Apartments offer stunning views from its prime hilltop location, in the prestigious Western suburbs in Perth. Residents of the 156 apartments have access to an infinity-edge pool, yoga room, a wine cellar, sauna, and a professional gym. Perth’s leading apartment developer, Blackburne, has recently completed its flagship residential project, Aria Swanbourne Luxury Apartments, which features six-star resort-style living never before seen in Perth over its 5-storeys and 156 apartments.

Blackburne Director of Developments, Shayne Isbister said; “The project is upmarket and its scale and volume makes it a high-end, luxury facility, setting a new benchmark for Perth. Our vision was to create a six-star luxury Balinese resort feel – with over $2 million spent on the entire common area.”

Blackburne is well known in Perth for commercial and residential property development, having started in 2003 in property and strata management. It now also offers complementary professional services such as sales and marketing, mortgage broking and investment education.

The common areas include an infinity-edge pool with views over Perth city, yoga room, massage room, spa, steam room, residents’ lounge, a private dining room residents can book, a wine cellar, sauna, state-of-the-art professional gym and of course parking.

The company has designed, built and marketed more than 1,000 apartments in and around Western Australia. Its head office is based in Perth, and it has property management offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. Last year it achieved $20 million funds under management as well managing over 4,000 strata lots.

Shayne said; “We wanted to ensure that buyers had the option to really make the apartment their own. Although the base finish was already a high specification, buyers had the option to further upgrade and choose from three different colour schemes. We had to procure the right materials, and appliances to deliver on those choices.

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As it’s a fairly big project, including one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, a lot of care went into delivering a high-end finish for every single apartment – with no detail overlooked.” The base standard finishes are already miles ahead of other projects on the market, including 3.6 pile carpets, timber floorboards with acoustic underlay, fully vitrified tiles, soft-closing cupboard doors, stone benchtops, Miele appliances and designer door handles. Buyers are mostly owner-occupiers from the surrounding upmarket suburbs, with a lot of buyers downsizing from their family homes, Isbister said. The development is opposite the renowned Cottesloe Golf Course, and not far from Swanbourne Beach and the West Coast Highway. It’s a mere 15-minute drive from the CBD. WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

“[Our builder] Probuild is experienced in apartment building and had the right supervision teams to make sure they were finished on time.” Blackburne’s approach to managing the development was to shortlist preferred quality sub-contractors first, then invite them to tender. Other current projects by Blackburne include Oracle, a DMG-designed apartment development of 22-levels in the Perth CBD precinct, Azure Beachside Apartments in Rockingham, south of Perth, and The Cove, on the picturesque Swan River in prestigious Minim Cove. All projects are currently selling off-the-plan, Oracle is under construction, and the Cove will be commencing construction in spring 2016. For more information contact Blackburne, 1050 Hay Street, West Perth WA 6005, phone 08 9429 5777, fax 08 9429 5766, email, or visit WA PROJECT FEATURE Aria Swanbourne 235

Luxury Finishes at Home Swan Group has developed into a leading Western Australian commercial interiors, construction, joinery and maintenance company over the past 15 years. Prominent projects and long-term contracts with highly prestigious Australian and international clients have shaped the business into a high-performing principal contractor with a focus on the highest levels of quality. The joinery manufacture and install package for Aria Apartments provided an exciting challenge to showcase Swan’s joinery division, Swan Architectural Finishes, and their ability to work under tight timeframes whilst achieving resort style finishes on a large scale. The Aria development has 156 apartments, including 17 Penthouses, with 87 variations of finishes throughout. Swan Group built and installed bespoke joinery for each of these apartments as well as communal and external areas. “There were a large number of variations with the finishes of the apartments depending on the decisions of each client. The result was high quality interiors with unique architectural finishes,” Swan Group General Manager, Wayne Robinson said.

Wayne added “the communal areas such as the yoga room and wine cellar have timber paneling and ceilings that would not be found anywhere else around Perth.” “We had day and night shifts working in our factory for two months to create the joinery plus 16 cabinet makers working on the installation for six months.” “The challenge we faced – and overcame – was following different drawings for each apartment and creating precision cuts before we brought the materials onto location,” said Wayne. The results are impressive interiors which convey five star luxury from the moment you step inside. For more information contact Swan Group WA Pty Ltd, 64 Distinction Road, Wangara WA 6065, phone 08 9303 2234, fax 08 9303 2235, email, website

Along with the split-level Penthouses, an outstanding feature of the development is the wine cellar located in the communal entertainment area which holds two 5.5m x 2.7m wine racks both manufactured and installed by Swan Group.

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floored by quality Woodpecker Flooring, a 15-year-old wholesaler based in Perth, specially sourced some 5,000m2 of solid French Oak flooring for the Aria Swanbourne project. “The amount of flooring would cover about five soccer fields,” Operations Manager Tyler Deane said. “There’s no apartment complex in WA that has anything close to a board of this quality and type. Engineered timber is the norm elsewhere, but the Aria developer insisted on a solid timber product.” The direction means the lifespan of the flooring will approach 50+ years, Deane said, as the 18mm thick boards can be refinished multiple times. “We sourced this exquisite hardwood from Burgundy, France, just for the project with custom lengths and widths.”

up a staining line specifically for this project in order to accommodate such long boards.” “Moving boards up to 3.5m long – almost double the standard maximum – was a challenge. They had to be manoeuvred through hallways very carefully.” Woodpecker has distinguished itself in sourcing and producing customised flooring products on a large scale. They offer native Australian timber species such as Jarrah and Marri as well as a wide range of solid and engineered European Oaks. The newest addition to their range is a line of American Oak and Black Walnut, something that is being brought in from the US to cater to recent architectural demand for such products.

“This product was finished with one of three European manufactured stains, giving the interior designers greater scope to customise the interiors to the purchaser’s wishes.” About three Woodpecker staff worked on the project, sub-contracting out the installation, which included an acoustic underlay. It took about six months to install the flooring. One of the challenges was the penthouses – Aria Swanbourne has 17 penthouses ranging from 146m2 to just under 500m2 in floor area – the developer insisted they have extremely long boards. “Our factory set WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Woodpecker Worldwide, 25 Sundercombe Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, phone 08 6142 1511, fax 08 9244 2745, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Aria Swanbourne 237

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LUXURY AIR SOLUTIONS A building site positioned on a cliffs-edge, limited ceiling space, working around plumbing, plus long distances for air conditioning pipework to run from the apartments to the roof top were challenges Needhamair successfully overcame for the Aria Swanbourne development. Needhamair designed, manufactured custom componentry, sourced and installed ducted air conditioning for each apartment, the gymnasium and common areas plus a complex ventilation car park exhaust. “A challenge was coordinating with other trades in a small ceiling space in a very tight time frame. This was because the apartments had to have maximum ceiling heights to complement the luxury finish of these high end apartments” said Managing Director, Brian Needham. “We individually measured and made all sheet metal ducting in our factory for the air conditioning and exhaust to ensure it fitted around the hydraulic plumbing in the restricted ceiling cavities.”

grilles, along with temperature control utilising movement sensors and multiple room temperature sensors. Outdoor condenser units could not be positioned on balconies, meaning refrigeration pipework and electrical runs ranged from 30m to 120m from the apartment to the roof top where the condensers were located. The best solution for this challenge was Mitsubishi Electrics comprehensive product range, which suited a one to one ducted system for single bedroom apartments right up to VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) multi-head ducted systems for the penthouses. “We pro-actively brought in a consulting engineer to work with and assist with documentation and quality control, so we could deliver on time and budget, a high quality level of engineering and customisation to meet the developments overall luxury specifications. In doing so we have created a high end domestic finish on a commercial scale.”

“We had to ensure each central ducted system provided airflows to supply generous living spaces plus two or three bedrooms from a single indoor fan coil unit.” MECHANICAL SERVICES

To add to the complexity, each access panel for future servicing of the mechanical services had to be “sympathetic to the apartments aesthetics” including working around the ceiling and lighting design. We achieved this by incorporating custom made floor and ceiling WWW.ANCR.COM.AU

For more information contact Needhamair Pty Ltd, 18/55 Salvado Road, Subiaco WA 6008, phone 1300 633 342, email, website WA PROJECT FEATURE Aria Swanbourne 239

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Coldflow Mechanical Services

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Arctic Combined Services Page 57 | 03 8572 1250

Urban Apartments Page 136 | 02 9744 3333

York Civil (NSW) Page 110 | 02 9919 0200

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Fredon Air Page 77 | 02 9475 9400

Needhamair Page 84 | 02 9669 1404

Speedpanel Page 221 | 03 9724 6888

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Sureform Systems Page 218 | 03 9357 9686

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Locker Group Page 38 | 1800 635 947


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Multiform Group Page 143 | 02 9113 0412

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Premis Solutions Page 34 | 1300 773 647

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JOINERY & KITCHENS Cazam Kitchens Page 160 | 03 8390 0562

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PAINTING APR Painting Page 164 | 03 8524 4059

Sarri Painters

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TILING ABC Boral Group

Page 212 | 1300 728 324

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Shotcrete Maguire Shotcrete


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SILT FENCING Greenaway Sediment Control

WINDOW Tinting High Performance Window Films

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SOIL SAMPLING & REGENERATION DLA Environmental Services Page 124 | 02 9476 1765

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