Meinhardt Australia

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Cover photo Irving Street Brewery

Meinhardt is a multi-disciplinary engineering and technical services consultancy with over 60 years’ experience. Formed in Melbourne in 1955, we now work nationally out of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Our Capabilities Civil & Infrastructure Façade Engineering Fire Performance Engineering Integrated Design Management Lead Consultancy MEP Engineering

We are part of the Meinhardt Group globally, with over 48 international offices.

Mission Critical Facility Design

We pride ourselves on collaboration of knowledge, expertise and resources between offices to service our clients’ needs.

Project Management

Planning & Urban Development

Specialist & Architectural Lighting Structural Engineering Sustainable Design Value Engineering Water & Environment

The Heights, Pimpana Civil Engineering The Heights is a master planned residential community. It has over 1000 homes and parklands located on a 105ha site in northern Gold Coast. Meinhardt has been involved with conceptual earthworks modelling to detailed bulk earthworks, roadworks and services design and documentation. The existing site was steeply graded with a 60m level increase and significant drainage paths across the site. Bulk earthworks were undertaken in a staged construction to create level building sites. Weathered rock has required the use of ripping, and drill and blast operations, with multiple blasting events of 5,000 to 10,000 cubic metres required. Specialist geotechnical controls for rockfill placement and compaction were part of Level One earthworks testing and compliance. Erosion and sediment controls have been implemented across the site by utilising future stormwater bioretention and detention devices as temporary sediment basins during construction.

Hervey Bay Aged Care, Hervey Bay Structural, civil and engineering Hervey Bay Aged Care is a 145bed aged care complex in Hervey Bay, Queensland. The development included 3 internal courtyards with cantilever balconies, a feature skylight over a central dining area, a canopy covering the main entry and drop off area, a bowling green, sports bar, theatre, function and training rooms, barbeque areas, pergolas and gazebos. Plant platforms were recessed into the roof, while still being readily accessible from an in-roof walkway. The tiedown of the roof structure was meticulously designed for high wind conditions, while both services and structure considered the critical fire compartmentation of the building.

Charles Darwin Centre, Darwin Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Fire Engineering, Façade Engineering This 21m lens-shaped tower is Darwin’s tallest commercial building. It is designed to withstand cyclones and to meet NABERS 5-Star requirements.

— Accolades AIA NT Commercial Architecture: Winner AIA NT, QLD Brisbane Region, Interior Architecture: Commended

Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne Civil & Infrastructure Engineering Meinhardt, along with JV partners, are delivering a world-class racing facility for MVRC. It features a state-of-the-art grandstand alongside community, business, recreation and leisure facilities. It will be a key tourism destination for Australian and international visitors, and provide community and commercial partnership opportunities.

BAC ITB Northern Concourse Expansion Project, Brisbane Building Services Engineering, Aviation Services This development is a $100M expansion of the International Terminal Building (ITB) and apron to provide increased aircraft docking and parking space, as well as improved passenger experience and processing efficiency to cater for future growth. The expansion added 11,000m2 across three levels, two fixed links and four aerobridges. It included the provision for future expansion of the Emirates Lounge through a 2-storey fixed link. The expansion has increased efficiency for both arrivals and departures, adding capacity for airlines to increase scheduled services.

PFAS Management at Airport and Fire-Fighting Sites Site assessment, waste categorisation, risk assessment and management The Environment team worked closely with Australian key clients to complete multiple site assessments, waste categorisation, risk assessment and management in accordance with evolving guidance for soils, surface water and groundwater impacted by PFAS from historical airport and firefighting activities. We have provided clients with detailed advice on the appropriate management, mitigation and remediation of PFAS impacted media at these sites. We generated site specific CSMs, designed permanent/temporary soil repositories, provided EMPs for both ongoing site use and construction activities. These works have helped our clients manage PFAS risk in an appropriate and proportionate manner while determining the value of the land previously affected by PFAS impacts.

Environmental Audit Overlay Assessment, Victoria Environmental auditing The Environment team provided initial advisory services followed by completion of PSI and DSI assessments for a private residential site. This was subject to an EAO in the planning scheme, due to its proximity to a former industrial site. We produced a remediation plan and specification for the removal of contaminated soil and supervised validation works on completion of the investigations. Working closely with the client, the Environmental Auditor and incorporating other adjacent client-owned properties in the Audit, we minimised the duration of the Audit process and provided the client with an economical and efficient outcome.

Premier Tower, Melbourne Building Services Engineering In the heart of Melbourne, Premier Tower – inspired by Beyonce’s Ghost music clip – blurs the boundary between art & design.

Irving Street Brewery, Sydney Structural, Civil and Facade Engineering Meinhardt was appointed to convert this heritage-listed brewery into a boutique hotel. The regeneration involved restoring a 62m heritage-listed chimney that will be used as the exhaust flue for the new tri-generation plant. We designed an efficient clear-span portal frame solution and limited deflections to reduce cracking risks with extensive computer modelling of all loading situations. The design complements the heritage steel hoppers and concrete grain silos. The space reactivates the Brewery Buildings for the new uses, maximises internal spaces and reinvigorates existing heritage items.

— Accolades UNESCO Heritage Award, Heritage Contexts: New Design Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award: Winner AIA (National) Lachlan Macquarie Award, Heritage: Winner AIA (NSW) Heritage Award: Creative Adaptation

Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast Civil Engineering Varsity Lakes Estate is an awardwinning master planned community on the Gold Coast. 190 residential allotments sit on the manmade Azzurra Island, surrounded by a lake. Advanced water run-off management practices were implemented through the use of Proprietary Stormwater Improvement Devices, filter strips, bio-retention filters and creek-like channels. On completion, Meinhardt handed over a water management strategy to the Council.

— Accolade UDIA QLD Masterplanned Development: Winner

Victoria University Precinct, Melbourne Concept, Town Planning and Schematic Design, Detailed Design - Building Services, ESD A 32-storey vertical campus in the heart of Melbourne CBD will lead ISPT’s educational development. Leased to Victoria University, the tower consists of 10 upper levels of academic and support offices and work spaces. It is designed to be flexible for future repurposing of floor spaces.

Pacific Bondi, Sydney Structural & Civil Engineering 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 Swiss Grand Hotel, now known as the Pacific Bondi, offers 95 premium apartments including 19 stunning 2-storey ‘lighthouse penthouses’, 69 boutique hotel apartments, as well as a fashion and dining precinct and a basement carpark. — Accolades Property Council of Australia: Mixed-use Development of the Year

KIOSC Swinburne University, Melbourne Civil & Structural Engineering, ESD Two storey training hub centre/ facility, including labs, for Swinburne University. Its design incorporates the concept of sustainable building practice, which in itself will facilitate students learning and understanding of environmental sustainability. The main feature of the building is the front facade and roof. The first structural design challenge was to design the thin sun blades of no more than 75mm structural thickness throughout the front north facade. These blades will then taper to visually create a thin line at the edge of the roof. Furthermore, the brief also called for no visual obstructions (i.e.. columns) from behind the glass facade.

— Accolades World Architecture Award Education Category: Shortlisted

Queens Square Law Courts, Sydney Electrical, Hydraulic, Communications & Fire Engineering, Security, Specialist Lighting The Queens Square Law Courts refurbishment project has involved the improvement of the building’s services, as well as the quality, amenity and efficiency of the internal spaces in the 27-storey tower. The objective has been to provide a solid foundation on which a proper maintenance program can be implemented to effectively prolong the building’s life span for the next 30 years. The result showcases a suite of high-efficiency building features, all presented within a design framework of institutional dignity and legal authority.

University of Notre Dame Medical School, Sydney Structural engineering The University of Notre Dame built their Medical School within the existing Sacred Heart Church and ancillary buildings. The Church and School Building date back to the early 1900’s, and the Presbytery was built in 1970. Meinhardt undertook the structural engineering to cut, lift and move a 92T mosaic wall. Months of careful planning were critical to preserve the heritage icon, comprising of some 750,000 tiles. In addition to primary lifting steelwork, we devised a secondary steelwork bracing frame grouted tight to the walls and the floor slab, to avoid twisting or cracking of the arched wall. The internal and external steelwork were bolted together through the concrete wall, creating a lifted framework.

­­— Accolades Institute of Engineers, Sydney •

Heritage and Environment: Engineering Excellence

President’s Award: Winner

Prima Pearl, Melbourne Structural & Civil Engineering Prima Pearl is a 72-storey, 260m residential tower with 35,000m2 of occupiable space. Meinhardt worked closely with the builder for 4-day turnarounds on each tower level. The structural design minimised the precast panels required and reduced the thickness of the main external core walls.

LaTrobe Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS), Melbourne Structural, Civil & Façade Engineering LIMS is world-class facility for molecular science, biotechnology and nanotechnology research, teaching and learning. The project comprises approximately 11,000m2 of teaching and research laboratories over six levels, including associated support spaces, and a ground level lecture theatre and ‘equipment barn’. The upper three levels comprises of research laboratories and associated academic and general staff office spaces. The building features two-storey high raking columns, a single line of vision stair rising through the six levels. The façade design takes inspiration from the molecular symbolism of carbon-based life and the X & Y chromosomes.

Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne Structural & Civil Engineering This 50,000m2 hospital redevelopment consists of new facilities over 11 floors. Alternative civil infrastructure designs were produced, and we assisted the hospital to balance cost and risk mitigation.

Melbourne +61 3 8676 1200 Level 11, 501 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000 Victoria

Sydney +61 2 9699 3088 Level 4, 66 Clarence Street Sydney 2000 New South Wales

Adelaide +61 8 8227 1544 60-70 Queen Street Adelaide 5000 South Australia

Gold Coast +61 7 5528 6411 Level 1, 34 Thomas Drive Chevron Island Queensland, 4217

Brisbane t: (61-7) 3018 5000 Level 2, 135 Wickham Terrace Spring Hill 4000 Queensland

Sunshine Coast +61 7 5451 1994 8 Pikki Street, Maroochydore QLD 4558


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