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About Us

When you come to Meinhardt you get new ideas that work. It is what we call ‘Practical Imagination’. Meinhardt is a multi-disciplinary engineering and professional technical services consulting firm. Formed in Australia in 1955, our Australian business operates throughout the country and internationally with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Perth. We are part of the Meinhardt Group of more than 30 offices in 5 continents across the globe. We place great emphasis on collaboration and share and transfer knowledge, expertise and resources between offices.

Practical Imagination Practical Imagination is our brand promise to you. It’s not just about what we do. But the way in which we do it. Our clients tell us that they appreciate dealing with our personable, approachable staff who provide them with clever, practical ideas and solutions which save time, money and provide better project outcomes. So that’s what you get when you come to Meinhardt.


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The Personal Touch When we speak to clients, they tell us that it is our people that make the difference. They tell us that they are personable and enjoyable to work with. That is why we ensure our teams always have the right mix for your project; people with the technical know-how and expertise; people with creativity and imagination; and people who are approachable, friendly and responsive.


Jackson Architecture worked closely with Meinhardt to meet the needs of the stakeholders. Their collaborative design approach enabled the project to be refined through changing budgetary and timeframe requirements, while ensuring the architectural integrity of the building remained. � Peter Savva, Architect, Jackson Architecture

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Our Capabilities

Our Structural Capabilities The art of structural engineering requires an empathy with the creativity of the architect, an understanding of the pragmatism of construction, an appreciation of the economic imperatives of the client and the ability to work proactively and holistically in a design team. Structural engineers design, create, solve problems, innovate and use the physical sciences to shape the built form of our society. Structural engineers are involved at every stage of a structure’s realisation and we play a key part in design and construction teams. Working with architects, and alongside other professions, we create conceptual designs and ensure that a structure can be built and is stable and durable. But our clients also tell us they place value on effective communication, the ability to look holistically at a project, and a commitment to teamwork. That is why they come to Meinhardt. We strive to deliver innovative, creative solutions that take into consideration all of your project’s performance parameters, such as cost and commercial viability, buildability and efficient use of construction resources,


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durability and functionality, long term operating flexibility and efficiency and environmental sustainability. This includes detailed input into value management studies as well as life cycle and recurrent costing requirements.

What Will You Get? Our full service includes: ¡¡ Preparation of design briefs

¡¡ Façade engineering

¡¡ Assistance with town planning applications

¡¡ Certification services

¡¡ Masterplanning

¡¡ Peer review

¡¡ Concept design

¡¡ Proof engineering

¡¡ Detail design and documentation

¡¡ Construction phase services

¡¡ Building information modelling

¡¡ Due diligence inspections

As the project has come to its completion, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the efforts and hard works you have contributed over the past months to make the project a real success. ” William To, Senior Project Manager, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.

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Our People Rennie Darmanin Discipline Leader – Structures (AUS) p: +61 3 8676 1200

Rennie has wide ranging experience gained through his work on medium and high rise commercial developments, health and aged care facilities, recreation facilities, defence projects, education facilities, institutional, industrial and infrastructure projects. He has a proven track record in leading multidiscipline design teams to develop sound, practical and economic solutions that are responsive to the environmentally sustainable imperatives expected of modern structures. Key Projects

Residential Experience

Telstra Corporate Headquarters Building, Melbourne: Project Director for this $250M high rise office development incorporating a 50 storey office tower and a 4 level underground carpark occupying an entire city block.

Abode 318, Melbourne: The “Abode” development is a 58 storey tower, comprising ground level retail spaces, service areas and foyer space, eight podium car park levels, and 45 levels of accommodation with a total of 450 apartment suites.

Chadstone Shopping Centre – Commercial Project: Project director for this $100m development involving 3 basements and 9 office levels. La Trobe University – Bundoora Campus Institute of Molecular Sciences: Project Director for this $75M building over 6 levels. Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment: Project Director for this $447M project involving a new 9 level hospital building on the Box Hill Hospital site.


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568 Collins Street, Melbourne: This 68 level residential and office tower is on a very small site for a building of this height and required a sophisticated structural solution to create an economically viable solution. Prima Pearl, Melbourne: The project involves the development of a prestigious 72 level tower.

Denis Young State Leader – Property & Buildings (NSW) p: +61 2 9699 3088

Denis’ expertise is in the field of structural engineering design of buildings covering commercial, residential, industrial, hotels and clubs, hospitals and education facilities. He leads the team in NSW out of our Sydney office.

Key Projects

Residential Experience

WIN Stadium, Wollongong: Project Director for new stand to provide capacity for around 6,000 more spectators. The signature of the project is the unusual floating roof, which appears to hover above the stand supported only by columns with lateral stability achieved using the lift cores at each end.

Clemton Park Village - Stage 1: A 5.5 hectare site that will be progressively constructed over the next 6 years, approx 700 dwellings and 100 seniors residences. Over 9,000 square metres of retail and commercial space.

Griffith Regional Aquatic Centre, Campbelltown: The facility consists of a 25m swimming pool, a 12 meter program pool, Gymnasium, Aerobics, spinning, dance rooms, Lifestyle Centre, Child Minding, Cafe, Administration and Plant & Equipment. SITA Alternative Waste Facility, Eastern Creek: Project Director for large high-span warehouse structures.

“Morton Reach” Development, 2 Morton Street, Parramatta: The five hectare site, will comprise 774 high-end apartments across 10 towers, ranging from two to 12 storeys. Rosebery Park (Formerly Overland Gardens), Rosebery, Sydney: 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments, some with studies and parking, will form a landmark development to launch the Rosebery Park precinct.

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Our People Luke Taylor State Leader – Property & Buildings (QLD) p: + 61 7 3018 5030

Luke is State Leader for the Property & Buildings team in Queensland. He has been a project team leader, responsible for managing engineering teams for Meinhardt for over 16 years, and he has worked in all sectors from office and residential towers to education and healthcare projects. Luke’s dedication to follow projects through to completion has taken him to many Meinhardt offices throughout both Australia & Asia and he brings with him both local expertise and global knowledge and experience. Key Projects

Residential Experience

Icon Place, Brisbane: Project leader, providing integrated engineering services for iconic 19-storey office tower in the Brisbane CBD.

Glenora Street, Wynnum – Mixed Use Development: Project Director for this mixed use development including 1 inground basement carpark below ground level retail & apartments at street level, a recreational podium at level 1 and 3 levels of residential apartments over.

Helensvale Mixed Use Development, Gold Coast: Project leader for 2 multilevel residential towers over car park and commercial podiums with perimeter walk up apartments. Apartment Towers, Brisbane: Project leader for Mona Vie Apartments – 10 storey Residential Apartment building in Redcliffe; and Point Plaza Apartments – 10 Storey Residential Apartment building in Woody Pointplant.


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Australian Head of Mission Residence – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Project Director for this project consisting of the demolition of the existing residence & construction of the new luxury Head Of Mission Residence. Mona Vie Apartments; 10 Story Residential Apawrtment Building – Redcliffe, QLD: Project Director for this luxurious 8 level apartment building overlooking Moreton Bay incorporating 2 basement car parking levels.

Hamish Bills Structural Manager (SA) p: + 61 7 3018 5030 Hamish’s experience is in the field of structural engineering, from the areas of concept design to detailed design of building structures. He has over ten years experience across the educational and commercial sectors and an interest in architectural structural engineering. He has a proven track record leading multi disciplinary teams and providing a single point of contact for the client. This has worked effectively to build strong relationships between all parties and ultimately deliver successful projects. Key Projects

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Oriental, Gilbert, Waikerie, Warradale and Benjamin on Franklin Hotel Refurbishments: Structural and Civil Project Leader for the new refurbishments at the above hotels.

Whitmore Square Development: Structural and Civil engineer for a new 4-storey apartment block with three separate towers and underground car park. Construction consisted of rammed earth walls, suspended slab, steel frame and load bearing block and precast panels.

Shell and Coles Express developments: Structural and Civil engineering Project Leader responsible for national rollout of Shell and Coles express retail outlets. Role included coordination of teams and ultimate responsibility for delivery of projects on time and on budget. Mt Barker Hospital, including Helipad, Maternity and Chemotherapy Development: Meinhardt Project leader responsible for $6m redevelopment project at the hospital including upgrade of existing maternity wing, creation of new helipad, and new chemotherapy unit.

Puvi Residence: Project Leader responsible for design and delivery of documentation and supervision of construction phase for a multi-level expansive single dwelling building consisting of cellar and roof top deck. Kings Park Residence: Project Leader responsible for design and delivery of documentation and supervision of construction phase for a multi-level expansive single dwelling building consisting of tennis court, pool, pool wing and cellar.

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Our Projects

Abode318 Melbourne, Victoria

Client: PDG Corporation & Schiavello Architects: Disegno Australia w/Elenberg Fraser Services Provided: Structural, Civil and Facade Engineering

6.5 Green Star Rating

Computer Modeling Optimisation

Abode318 is a 55 level tower comprising 430 apartments of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom design.

energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the development.

This is an extremely slender building with a height to depth ratio of 9. Wind tunnel testing indicated that a tuned mass damper may be required to prevent unacceptable horizontal accelerations (associated with extreme wind events). By optimising all of the building elements, including car park ramps, in the computer model, we were able to stiffen the building adequately to avoid that scenario.

These include the specification of high performance glazing throughout the building, naturally ventilated car parking, installation of a rain water harvesting system and inclusion of the highest rated appliances and fittings for water and power efficiency.

A thermally efficient building envelope in conjunction with environmental design features will substantially reduce


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On completion, Abode318 will achieve a 6.5 star energy rating.

Prima Pearl Melbourne, Victoria

Client: PDG Corporation & Schiavallo Architects: Disegno Australia Services Provided: Structural & Civil Engineering

High Speed Construction

72-storey, 260m high residential-led tower providing 35,000sqm of occupiable space. Close collaboration with the builder has helped optimise the tower floor and core wall design for maximum speed of construction, helping to achieve an unprecedented four day turnaround on the tower levels.

Efficiency to Reduce Costs

¡¡ Consideration of small internal core walls on the overall building stiffness reduced the required reinforcement and wall thickness of the main external core walls ¡¡ Reduction of load-bearing walls on the tower levels forced the slabs to work more efficiently and reduced the amount of precast panels required

Programme-Saving Solutions have included: ¡¡ Two-way finite-analysis floor plate design resulted in minimal traditional steel reinforcement and posttensioning cables at maximum allowable centres

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Our Projects

Pacific Bondi Sydney, New South Wales

Client: Pacific Bondi Pty Ltd Architects: PTW Services Provided: Structural & Civil Engineering

Total Upgrade

Occupying almost an entire block, Pacific Bondi incorporates residential, boutique hotel and retail spaces as well as underground parking in a world class development. Formerly the historic Swiss Grand Hotel, the revisitalised Pacific Bondi will offer 95 premium apartments including 19 stunning 2 level ‘lighthouse penthouses’, 69 boutique hotel apartments as well as a fashion and dining precinct combining restaurants, cafes and wine bars and 294 car spaces over 2 basement levels.


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Structural challenges included addition of a new floor, strengthening of existing support structures; significant alterations to the existing slabs, walls and columns; major extensions to the front of the building whilst maintaining slender profiles; installation of new lifts and stairs through existing structure; unique penthouse roof shapes and total upgrade of façade features

Carlton Wellbeing Carlton, Victoria

Client: Australian Unity Architects: Jackson Architects with dwp/Suters Services Provided: Structural Engineering, Building Services Engineering & ESD Services

Strict Timeframes

The Carlton Wellbeing Precinct Project in Melbourne will provide three standalone buildings arranged around a new central public park, and will consist of retirement living, aged and assisted care accommodation and community services. Building 5, which is nearing completion, is an example of how vertical aged care can work successfully. The consultant team was given the challenge to provide large open spaces common to traditional aged care community rooms and common living spaces, but with additional retail opportunities, future proof the development and ensure significant amounts of natural light to give it a homely feel. The design team worked together to eliminate transfer structures and create a flat plate situation for the slab, thus reducing formwork and manual labour costs. As the most

Significant Cost-savings

expensive part of a building is labour, having thicker slabs and higher material quantities but a simple build is more cost effective. By reducing steps and changes in geometry in the slabs it speeds up the cycle time to build suspended floors. This process has reduced costs and allowed more architectural features to remain part of the building post tender, creating a more attractive end product. To create the open spaces needed, by allowing the core to do the work maximises space on the floor plate that would otherwise be taken up with shear walls and larger columns. It also gives freedom to the architect on the appearance of the faรงade, amount of light and space at the building edge.

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Our Projects

Waterbrook Retirement Village

Client: Parkview Constructions Architects: Marchese + Partners Services Provided: Structural Engineering

Sydney, New South Wales

Collaborative Problem Solving

Exclusive Retirement Village 5km from Sydney city centre set on 1.3 hectares of landscaped gardens. The development is a mixture of 79 spacious two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses and includes a car park, restaurants, recreation facilities and medical facilities. Meinhardt provided structural engineering services with Marchese to produce D&C tender documents. Meinhardt were then novated to the builder and completed the Detail Design and Construction Phase services. The major challenge on the site was to accommodate the development on a sloping site. The buildings were


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Detailed Documentation

all on different levels with linked underground carparks. Meinhardt needed to establish a construction technique that allowed for temporary stability of the site and permanent retaining structure. Another challenge was to minimise costly transfer structure over the carpark. Meinhardt worked closely with Marchese + Partners to determine the structural system and to locate columns to minimise the transfers demonstrating our collaborative problem solving capabilities with Baptcare’s architects

Adventist Retirement Care Facility

Client: Paytner Dixon QLD Architects: MPS Architects Services Provided: Structural & Civil Engineering

Victoria Point, Queensland

Met Council Requirements

This project consists of a 3 storey extension involving partial demolition & integration with the existing building. The project also involved both re-arrangement & additional internal access roads to re-locate existing car parks to make way for the new extension as well as provide adequate access to the new loading dock & back of house area.

Operational Facility During Construction

A storm water modelling exercise was also carried out to ensure storm water detention & treatment requirements for the new works satisfied Council’s requirements. Careful planning was required to ensure existing facilities remained operational at all times which required staged construction & demolition so that residents could be relocated to the new section prior to any demolition.

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Our Projects

Marina Bay Financial Centre Singapore

Client: Consortium of Hongkong Land, Keppel Land and Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong/Hutchison Whampoa Architect: KPF

Multi-Award Winning

Located at the waterfront in Marina Bay, the new epicenter of Singapore’s financial and banking activity for the 21st century comprises five high rise towers with associated retail and extensive underground parking. The total space measures around 6 million square feet and encompasses two residential towers of 66 and 55 storeys and three commercial office towers up to 50 storeys. The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) towers are equipped with environmentally-smart building and design features. Both of the commercial towers have projecting horizontal louvers to shade occupants from Singapore’s tropical sun. Horizontal fins and continuous balconies serve as shading devices on the residential buildings and ensure formal continuity with the commercial towers.


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Green Mark Gold & Gold Plus

A key identifiable sustainability effort includes having a District Cooing System (DCS), currently housed at One Raffles Quay. The chilled water is also supplied to Marina Bay Residences, Marina Bay Suites and other neighbouring developments. It greatly reduces the need for a chiller plant, which enables significant space savings, eliminates the need for cooling towers for individual towers, lowered construction risks and enables a higher service and energy reliability. Meinhardt has provided integrated engineering for the mega development which has won awards for Design and Engineering Safety Excellence (Merit), Construction Productivity and Green Mark Gold.

Ocean Heights Dubai, UAE

Client: Damac Properties Co. LLC Services Provided: Structural & Fire Engineering

Multi-Award Winning

Ocean Heights, a 308m, 82-storey residential tower, features a dynamic design consisting of 82 storeys, 680 units, with 3 levels of basement car park facilities. Other features include:

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Ocean Heights has won awards for best architecture with Bentley International Property and the Arabian Property Awards

¡¡ Luxury swimming pool ¡¡ Children’s play room ¡¡ Resident’s lounge ¡¡ Luxurious spa with sauna and steam room ¡¡ State-of-the-art gym ¡¡ Barbecue area

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Our Projects

The River Bangkok, Thailand

Multi-Award Winning

Architect: Hans Brouwer Services Provided: Structural Engineering

Green Mark Gold & Gold Plus

“The River”, a 258m, 74-storey residential tower, is a freehold condominium project consisting of two towers linked by a common podium located directly opposite the Shangri La Hotel. The taller of the two towers, 74 storeys when completed, will be Thailand’s second tallest building (258 m). This landmark development will have extensive recreational facilities that will take full advantage of its premier location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Meinhardt’s commission includes the Civil and Structural design for the two towers, podium and magnificent sales office – an 8.2 m cantilever structure constructed from steel overlooking the river. In the structural design of the two towers,


Client: Raimon Land Public Company Ltd

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Meinhardt has had to make extensive use of wind tunnel tests and dynamic analysis. The foundation design was especially challenging for the tall tower. The final solution

Avic Plaza Shenzhen, China

Mixed-use development

Client: Hutchison Whampoa Limited Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP Services Provided: Structural & Building Services Engineering


Meinhardt is provided building services, structural, geotechnical engineering and façade and building maintenance unit (Gondola) consultancy design for this project.

underground connection to MTR station. The total GFA of the development is around 240,000m².

The development is composed of a 49-storey 245m high office building and a 47-storey, 170m high service apartment building. It sits on top of 6-levels of retail podium and 4-levels of basement carpark, with

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