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Porter Novelli

Sophisticated Waterfront

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DWA Consulting

Transformation

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FHSI Architects

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From the Team

Training and Development

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Quality, Innovation and Attitude

Design Ideas 10

Elizabeth Quay’s

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We’re on Our Way to WA

Doors and Splashbacks

Products and Services

New Products

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When it comes to quality, innovation and can-do attitude, the Western Australian building industry is equal to, and can rise to surpass, the best in the world.

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rising from the

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This was amply confirmed in a recent swimming pool build in Dalkeith. While swimming pools are usually straightforward projects an article in this issue tells of something rather special: a pool

Demonstrating the Western Australian

in the shape of a Stradivarius violin. Not only is

capacity for rebounding from catastrophe,

it one of only two in the world, it is a triumph of

the town of Yarloop is rising like a phoenix

Western Australian ingenuity and expertise.

from the ashes of the tragic fires that destroyed it in January 2016. In this issue we focus on the rebuilding of the town hall. read more p. 97

CHILD’S PLAY

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Education is the keystone of our society and as such the buildings in which it takes place can have a substantial influence on educational outcomes. In this issue we look at the building and development of one of the few children’s play facilities of its kind in the country: the 114-child, high-rise Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning.

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other highlights in this issue include Probuild’s Elizabeth Quays residential and hotel projects, an upmarket residence in Attadale, the 2019 Telethon home by New Level Homes in The Hales Estate, a unique extension of a veterinary surgery in High Wycombe designed by Origami Studios, the redevelopment of Midland Gate Shopping Centre by Doric Contractors, and the construction of the South West Energy Experience - a new tourism attraction in Manjimup - by Civilcon.

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Opening the Door on Modern Scandi Style The simple and refined Scandinavian style that combines light timber tones, clean lines and subtle hues, has been a mainstay of contemporary interior design since the 1950’s. Scandi interior experts, Norsu Interiors why they chose Corinthian Doors for their latest project. “You should be able to tell a lot about a space by its doors. If it has a design

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MENTAL HEALTH

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Mental health in the workplace is one of the challenges of our time. National data indicates that as many one in five1 employees are likely to be experiencing a mental health condition, with the state’s construction industry experiencing an increase in mental health claims over the past two years. Despite the construction industry experiencing the lowest number of mental health claims compared to other industry sectors. The industry has still experienced an 80 per cent increase in mental health claims over the past two years. In 2017, there were 133 mental health claims made by employees working in the construction industry in New South Wales, with the average claimant requiring 136 days off and costing approximately $67,000.

PROFILE

Mental health claims on average cost three times more than physical claims. This is partly due to the extended time off work many claimants require, with employees experiencing mental health issues taking on average, almost four times as long to return to work compared to employees with physical injuries. Due to the nature of the work, the construction industry can be

Mental health is a growing area of concern for workplaces across the country. As New South Wales’ social insurer, icare protects more than 320,000 New South Wales businesses and their 3.2 million workers and our data shows we have experienced a 34 per cent increase in mental health claims since icare was established in 2015.

a high-risk environment, which can lead to both physical and psychological injuries. However, what is less widely acknowledged is the psychological impact of issues like job security, the transient nature of the workforce and workplace culture. In addition to this, more broadly speaking, across Australia there is increasingly less stigma associated with mental health issues and as a result, there

The rising issue of mental health in the workplace has been

has been an overall increase

further highlighted by the Productivity Commission, which

in the diagnoses of common

recently released a report revealing that mental health is costing Australia up to $18 billion a year in lost productivity.

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According to icare’s data the most common reason for mental

employers to help them identify workplace factors that

health claims in NSW is work-related harassment and workplace

impact on mental health in the workplace risks that could lead

bullying, which accounts for 43 per cent of mental health

to cases of poor mental health. The workshop aims to support

claims across the workforce and is likely to be the case for the

the creation of strategies to address the identified risks.

construction industry.

The construction industry is perfectly positioned to take

While a lot of work has been done by businesses within the

advantage of workplace mental health programs such as these,

construction industry to address bullying in the workplace, for

which create tailored solutions and help to identify risks that

some, it still forms part of the culture in this male dominated

may arise in their workplace. Businesses investing in the mental

environment. Therefore, it is vital that workplaces turn their

wellbeing of employees are making a firm commitment to their

attention to the culture within the workplace and focus on

staff and are helping to prevent avoidable incidences of low

engaging leaders and workers around behaviours that allow

productivity and absenteeism.

workers and the business to thrive.

While the data surrounding mental health is concerning,

With mental health proving to be a growing challenge in the

icare recognises the need for workplaces to adapt to meet

workplace, a primary focus for icare has been putting people

changing employee needs and is working to change the way

ahead of process to generate better outcomes and help get

we operate to better support both employees and employers.

people back to work quickly and safely.

We know that there is still more work to be done within

As a result, this positive change journey has led us to develop a range of useful mental health initiatives aimed at providing businesses with techniques to support their employees. Just last month we started a new pilot workshop with

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PROFILE

DWA specialise in six main disciplines, residential, commercial and industrial, forensic engineering, water resource management, urban development and

David Wills and Associates (DWA) are civil and structural consulting engineers who think outside of the box to create innovative engineering solutions.

project management. This variety of skill sets has seen them recognised as leaders not just in the building industry, but by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), private sector clients, land and property developers, architects, builders and individuals. Recently DWA designed and supervised the construction of a mixed-use building incorporating a two-storey office and a single storey manufacturing warehouse with a total floor area of

They provide cost-effective designs that match the client’s

4,100m2. DWA completed this project on time and under budget

needs and they go beyond what’s necessary to find unique solutions for their clients. Their engineering expertise perfectly

exceeding customer expectations.

balances environmental and aesthetic considerations with

DWA were responsible for structural design that involved wind

project economics to create engineering masterpieces.

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concrete columns, structural steel roof spanning 50m, crane beams and exterior canopies. They also undertook the civil design that included bulk earthworks, site grading, stormwater drainage and associated compensating basins, concrete hardstands, fire service including fire compartments and the sewer pump station. An impressive feature of this build is the large 8m tall precast concrete columns supporting the roof and forming two large 25 metre wide parallel runways which support two 25 tonne overhead cranes and two 10 tonne cranes at 8m above floor level. The cranes were designed to operate in tandem, adding significant loads to the structure. Enabling the structure to support concurrent loads from the four cranes without compromising the allowable deflection limits required the type of innovative thinking DWA pride themselves on. The superstructure was initially designed using steel, with the crane support columns specified as 310 Universal Columns (UCs). During construction it was found that there was a long manufacturing lead time for the specified structural steel support columns. Delays in the availability of materials which would usually result in construction delays were no problem for the engineering expertise of DWA. Their knowledgeable engineers quickly designed an alternative approach using 8m tall, 2.5m wide by 0.3m thick precast concrete panel columns with cast-in steel baseplates that fitted the existing holding down bolts that had been already cast in the foundations for the previously designed 310 UCs. This lateral thinking quickly resolved the problem in a timely and cost-effective manner. This innovative solution demonstrates that DWA are able to adapt during the project lifecycle, offering a wide array of services which is invaluable to so many clients in this current economic market. DWA are currently also working on other unique and innovative projects in the building industry. They are working with Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) to provide structural support for the design of cement block walls which are laid by a large truck mounted robot that uses adhesive to fix the blocks together. This partnership demonstrates that DWA are quick to embrace new technology and all the incredible benefits it has to offer. DWA have been operating in Western Australia for 20 years and are ingrained into the work fabric of Western Australia. This incredible team of 16 engineers and draftsmen is led by the highly respected director David Wills. Visit DWA’s website for in-depth information on services offered: dwaconsulting.com.au DECEMBER 2019 THE BUILDERS CHOICE MAGAZINE

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life, public health and sustainability of any given region. This contribution will then have a significant role to play in improving social inclusion and, in turn, healthy outcomes in our cities. This can be achieved through a public-private partnership and the resources and resourcefulness of the private sector should be fully mobilised in a joint endeavour. In this regard, government and especially the planning authority can act as the facilitator to encourage and ensure that both public and private developments will conform to a green plan and to a high standard of design and management. Unfortunately what is missing in Western Australia particularly is a collective voice for architects that should be working together to enhance and promote a profession to face significant challenges, high quality design standards and influence government policies that impacts not just the profession but future designs standards.”

How do you personalise a building? We believe the difference between good design and great design is intelligence. Great designs require greater knowledge about human

PROFILE

condition and a range of cultural, urban, political and ecological knowledge in order to stimulate relevance and creativity. Design offers one of the most powerful ways of exploring Fariborz Hatam Founder, FHSI Architects Pty Ltd

How is FHSI’s outlook different to other architects? FHSI Architects is a boutique design practice specialising in innovative and high quality design solutions for architecture, interiors and master planning.

ideas. Of course, design often starts with a perceived need by a person or groups who want more - more space, more product, more profit - and so it seems paradoxical to want less while dealing with more. Design begins with irreverence to the established order and standards, questioning traditions as well using personal experience to observe, listen, doing and thinking and vice versa. Design is now a new capitalism where creativity is separated from production. Today’s architecture is missing curiosity and

We believe the difference between good

attitude - whereas in the past real design was about rebuilding

design and ‘great’ design is ‘intelligence’. Great

the connections between consumers and producers, which has

designs require greater knowledge about

been forgotten nowadays in financial and management circles.

human condition and a range of cultural, urban, political and ecological knowledge in order to stimulate the relevance and creativity of our designs.

Unfortunately due to the growth of industrialised practices in developing cities, we now have a largely unskilled workforce that are not trained to read and understand drawings but mainly are trained to assemble buildings on site which has resulted in the

What do you consider most important? The building or the people who work/live there?

bad detailing and workmanship of architecture that we see today.

I believe what really drives the experience of architecture… is

really learned what is beautiful in its simplicity rather it is focused on

space/form – where form follows function. Through this space we

extruded plan forms of an optimised footprint which does not follow

then create life, communities, interactions and an art form that

either form or function. Perth is a young misbehaved teenager –

influences us every day within the confines of a structure. We can define this as a phenomenological experience where people become more aware of their surroundings and are more engaged. Design should not just be about pushing boundaries and style; it should make invaluable contributions to the quality of

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The challenge of designing in this region is that the industry has not

who is making mistakes but learning from them.

How do you make people feel that they want to be there? It matters how we process the information we get from the world around us. We learn from the space we’re in influences us both at an emotional and more rational level and sparks us


into one action or another. The emotional effects are important

Fariborz Hatam has a portfolio of experience

because much of our behaviour is emotionally based as it

extending to Afghanistan, Australia, Croatia, Georgia,

influences how we live our lives and control our life experiences

India, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

- places/spaces have an emotional influence. The different sensory experiences that one may have at any one time are completely intertwined and combine to create one common mood or impression.

He has expertise in urban design, master planning, mixed-use developments, high rise towers, sustainability and cultural architecture.

Knowing how people will respond psychologically to their physical

Projects include Masdar MIST neighbourhood, the

environment is important. For example, seeing fields of green

first zero carbon and zero waste community, the

and blues in the daylight, smelling wildflowers, feeling textures

master planning of the Mandalina Marina in Sibenik,

of grasses underfoot create the experience of relaxing walk in a

Croatia which earned the High Achievement Award in

spring meadow – and we respond emotionally to that walk.

Dubai Cityscape Architectural Review Award 2008.

We believe spaces built for human habitation must not only be

He won three awards in the ‘Middle East Architecture

carefully designed to fulfil the needs of the intended occupants but

Awards’ in three categories for ‘Master Planning’,

also create specific places that influence people in desired ways.

‘Sustainability’ and ‘Residential Scheme of the Year’.

Is the vista seen from your Sterling Towers in Dubai important when design is taken into consideration?

Other awards include Rottnest Island Architectural

I would not call it a vista but a sense of a place - A PLAZA.

2008 and Cityscape 2011 – Highly Commended

When designing one should always consider potential for

Master Planning Award.

Authority Award, Cityscape Commendation Award

social integration in the city depends on possibilities for social encounter and exchange among people. In this sense, the use of public space, and particularly the plaza, is an effective instrument for social cohesion. Unfortunately, Dubai’s emblematic public space is being negatively affected by

Can small architectural modifications

environmental and social factors, by problems of accessibility,

(taken alongside an engineer) improve a building’s look/

urban development pressures, causing great deterioration of

efficiency at a small cost?

the urban image, as well as civic activity.

As architects we have a responsibility to combine our creative

Landscape planning’s as an afterthought has resulted in an

design with technical knowledge, to create a physical environment

array of costly functional and aesthetic challenges. The main

in which people can live and influence the quality of life.

objectives of plaza’s are very similar to the design of a tower, a commercial space or an interior - the main difference is that space is outside, not inside. Our primary goal should be to merge architecture with its natural surroundings to create a sense of place and to avoid the feeling that the building was literally dropped out of the sky onto the ground. In Dubai especially the Business Bay district the public spaces are being destroyed by the enactment of laws and regulations.

“Design should not just be about pushing boundaries and style; it should make invaluable contributions to the quality of life, public health and sustainability of any given region. This contribution will then have a significant role to play in improving social inclusion and, in turn, healthy outcomes in our cities. Remember a good architect should have a good understanding of space, form and urbanism. A good engineer should have

The new developments are built on a fixed grid plan around a

a good understanding of structure and mechanical services.

central square with pedestrian dis-connectivity making public

Architects and engineers should work together as a team

spaces to become a space for traffic flow. In order to create new

from concept to execution of projects. With taking accurate

plazas that fulfil these social and symbolic functions we require

measurements, performing precise calculations, right tools and

essential changes. Plazas carry multiple levels of meaning,

understanding of project no architectural modification should

reflecting their complex, multi-cultural history and changing

ever be needed to improve look or efficiency of any building.

social values. It is very important to understand and respect the

Fariborz Hatam has a portfolio of experience extending to

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“I’ve always been interested in design but more so how buildings are physically created. It is such a dynamic industry with a variety of roles and projects that constantly challenge and motivate you to continue.” Having been with Contexx since their inaugural year, Adam has been working with Probuild since the two companies merged 12 years ago. He worked through the graduate program, initially as an undergraduate while at university, then moved into a coordination role. This enabled him to work on structure, services, shellworks, finishes and contract administration for a wide variety of projects during that time. He has been a project manager and, more recently, a construction manager on large-scale projects. Adam’s current role as Managing Director encompasses a wide variety of activities. While this still involves going out visiting project sites to engage with staff, his role now also includes engaging with clients and consultants on upcoming and new work, as well as liaising with the wider subcontract group. “I am focused on ensuring Probuild WA is a consistent business, which provides the same level of service to clients no matter what the project. A large portion of my role is people-

PROFILE

focused, whether that be internal or external, and fostering an environment for success.” Adam Barker Managing Director (WA)

Developing and Consolidating a Successful People-Focused Business Model Probuild has a straightforward business outlook that has enabled the 30-year-old company to become one of Australia’s premier construction and design corporations. Quite simply… “Our success is built on our people.”

Industry-Leading Ideas and Methods So, what were the key company qualities that attracted Adam to Probuild, and those that have consolidated its status over the years? The simple answer is innovation and people. “Probuild values its people and the relationships with all stakeholders. The business has several long-standing employees as well as long-term industry-wide relationships that continue to grow,” he says. “Probuild continues to evolve and some of our current ideas and construction methods are

As befits a tier one level business operation, Probuild

industry leading. The company applauds innovative thinking and

has developed a team of people who are committed to

we are constantly looking at ways to improve how we build so

professionalism, innovation and the highest standards of

we can be more efficient while maintaining our high safety and

excellence. “Not only do our clients want the best people,

quality standards.”

they want access to the best people. At Probuild we provide a dedicated point of contact for each project and hands-on involvement from our leadership team. Our culture of openness keeps us inspired and energised, and it is the reason so many graduates aspire to work with us.”

Adam Barker is well-placed to pinpoint how the industry has changed and evolved in recent decades. “Technology has and continues to advance rapidly, and will certainly be a key into the future of the industry. This has led to the incorporation of more efficient systems to assist our quality and safety processes,

In Western Australia, Probuild’s team is led by a managing

but it also includes construction techniques and more improved

director who embodies and nurtures that business philosophy.

methods. The industry in Australia is certainly setting the

Adam Barker was initially planning to opt for the design side of the industry and considered a degree in architecture. Through

benchmark from a safety perspective, although there are areas around quality and production that still have a way to go.”

his course at the University of Melbourne, he completed a mix of

And Probuild specifically? Adam says that, while they have

subjects including architecture, property and construction, before

grown significantly, they have been able to maintain their

eventually settling on the construction management stream.

impeccable culture the whole way through.

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“Probuild has grown substantially from when I first joined,

“There is a continued development of pre-fabrication that will

becoming recognised as one of the top performing construction

certainly remain and improve. However, I think technology is playing

companies in Australia. However, at the core Probuild’s culture

a larger role in our industry and will continue to provide innovations

has been maintained throughout that growth, which is the key

throughout the years to come. Whether that be in design phase,

to our success. In more recent times there has been a greater

through fabrication and logistics or from physical construction

drive towards improvements in innovative and lean thinking

techniques, there is a wide array of possible implementation and

as well as a more sustainable approach. This innovation has

this is an exciting space to watch into the future.”

seen leading construction methods being adopted in all recent

Firm Commitment to Sustainability

Probuild projects, which is setting a benchmark for the industry.” As for his own main contribution to that evolution, Adam highlights being a part of leading the culture on projects and transferring this outward to other projects and other states. “In addition, being able to foster creative thinking on projects and develop these ideas into improved construction methods is a continued target.” One of the key lessons he has learnt from his experience in the industry is that developing and maintaining relationships are extremely valuable. Whether it is with subcontractors, internally with PCA staff, or with clients, consultants and other industry stakeholders, Adam places a great deal of importance on these relationships.

In addition to ongoing innovation, sustainability is also an essential aspect of Probuild’s business philosophy. “We incorporate this through the design and procurement phase of the project, as that is when it has the greatest impact on the development. Being a part of the design process and working with the consultant team as well as the end users allows us to provide ideas on life cycle sustainability. “However, in addition to this we are constantly reviewing our construction methods and working closely with the supply chain to develop more sustainable practices (including waste management, material selection, material deliveries, etc). “There is certainly further opportunity in this space and it is

Positive Future for Industry

a key focus for our project teams to challenge the norm and

Referring to the current state of the Western Australian building

target implementation of new initiatives on each project.”

industry, Adam notes that it has been in a downturn for the

Adam Barker previously worked in Melbourne, and is aware of

last few years, but he remains confident about what lies ahead. “There is certainly positivity about the future. There are several projects that are at the design or planning stage, or currently out for tender, and seeing the commencement of these projects will really provide a boost for the industry.

the differences between building company operations from one state to another. “Western Australia’s property and construction market, particularly on the larger scale, lacks the consistency of other states. While there are a lot of similarities to other states in terms of our set-up

“There are some great things that organisations are doing to

and the way projects are established and run, Probuild WA needs to

help better the industry, such as Mates in Construction, NAWIC,

be more flexible in terms of project selection.

MBA and the Property Council to name a few, and with their continued support it will improve the perception of the Western Australian building industry. Adam feels very confident about the future, and sees technology and innovation as the biggest factors in determining success.

“We have the ability to scale up and down to suit the particular project with a wide array of experience in different sectors, which assists us in being able to compete on a range of projects of differing scales.” Probuild is currently closely involved with the transformation of

“I’m positive about the future and about the industry. While

Elizabeth Quay as developer of The Towers and The Ritz-Carlton

there are certain challenges now within Western Australia

Hotel. They are also working on Exchange, which, as Adam says

in terms of the quantum of projects under construction,

“is a significant project for Curtin University and a key focus for

there is a great positivity about the future. There are some

the Western Australian business unit.

exciting projects that are either in planning or in design and will eventuate as landmarks of the future. “The industry needs to continue to evolve by reviewing construction methods and techniques to ensure we are leading the way. There also needs to be more consistency across the industry to ensure safety and quality levels are maintained.”

“In addition, we are tendering on several upcoming projects in Perth, which we are confident will assist in ensuring a strong future presence for Probuild in Western Australia. “Nationally we are completing some major projects including Greenland in New South Wales and West Side Place in Melbourne, and we have recently finished the re-development of the Glen

Innovations and integrating new ideas and methods of

shopping centre, which really emphasises our diverse capability

construction are the keys to improving the industry, he says.

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Elizabeth Quay’s

ELIZABETH QUAYS

SOPHISTICATED WATERFRONT TRANSFORMATION

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PROBUILD TO DEVELOP THE LANDMARK RESIDENTIAL AND HOTEL PROJECT IN PERTH Back in the early 1900s, Perth’s riverfront was a popular haven for picnics and public bathing along the water’s edge. Over the years, however, the city grew apace and new development separated the river and the main metropolitan area, culminating in the construction of Riverside Drive in 1940. Fast forward to 2012, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s ambitious commitment to reconnecting the river with the city was showcased during an official ceremony (presided over by the premier) to turn the first ground of the flagship Elizabeth Quay mixed-use project. According to the MRA, “Elizabeth Quay is at the heart of our plan to revitalise the city centre and enhance Perth’s reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world. This $2.6 billion project creates a true waterfront precinct and is now part of the physical and cultural fabric of our city. “This landmark waterfront development reconnects Perth city with the Swan River to create a dynamic new entertainment and leisure precinct, set around a stunning 2.7-hectare inlet… Elizabeth Quay brings the river and the city together again, creating new

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ELIZABETH QUAYS

“Every apartment is a classic statement of superior design and creativity,” says Probuild’s Adam Barker. PANORAMIC LUXURY Two of those “new places” – the most significant to date in the

Carlton underlines Elizabeth Quay as the unchallenged destination

grand transformation of Elizabeth Quay – are The Towers and The

for gala events, launches, conferences and celebrations. It’s a

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both being developed by leading Australian

marque of time-honoured luxury. And living well.”

construction and design company Probuild (working with Cottee Parker Architects and Lombard X Jack interior designers, as well as Engineering firms WSP and Wood & Grieve).

As for The Towers, FEC said it was designed to provide apartment living with a touch of elevated elegance. “Every apartment is a classic statement of superior design and creativity. Authentic

The Towers will comprise a limited number (379) of premium one,

craftsmanship and impeccable styling abound.” Several display

two and three-bedroom residential apartments as well as top-

apartments are already available to view.”

floor penthouses, residential amenities including a pool and gym, and a prestigious 1,400 square metre ground-floor retail precinct.

The views are a cornerstone of the complex. Each apartment in the two towers offers stunning outlooks across the city lights to Kings

It has been designed as part of a mixed-use complex also

Park, or up the river to the distant Perth Hills; while floor-to-ceiling

including the The Ritz-Carlton, part of the renowned luxury chain

glass façades in the living areas enhance these panoramic views.

of hotels and resorts. With sweeping views over the Swan River, 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanical Gardens, the hotel is destined to be the centrepiece of the Elizabeth Quay development.

The apartments are designed for year-round living, taking advantage of the mild and pleasant Western Australian climate. Winter gardens blend indoor and outdoor living with specially

Guests will be able to take advantage of all the hotel and precinct’s

designed adjustable motorised windows – for fingertip control.

leisure, business and recreational amenities: a private spa, club

Limited edition multi-level penthouses come with private

lounge, function rooms and the podium rooftop bar. “The Ritz-

terraces, internal lifts and Gaggenau appliances.

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Both sites incorporate active ground floor commercial

According to Probuild’s formal presentation, the project’s built

tenancies, comprising predominantly hospitality land uses. One

form comprises three shared basement levels across two sites

site also includes a designated specialty retail tenancy at the

and accommodates vehicle parking and building services;

corner of Barrack Street and New Riverside Drive.

separate five-storey podium structures built up to the site boundaries; and a 23-storey hotel and residential tower atop one podium level and a 23-storey residential tower on the other podium level (both excluding rooftop infrastructure). The hotel component of the development is located from the ground floor to level 12 and half of each level from level 13 to level 18 of the first lot. A total of 205 hotel rooms of varying sizes are provided, including the Ritz-Carlton suite at level 18. As demonstrated by Probuild, the residential component of the proposed development includes the tower element of one site and the upper tower levels of the other site. A total of

“Ground floor tenancies are to be orientated towards the street and include dining areas to the promenade where appropriate, encouraging an active interface with the public realm.” The landscaping of the building surrounds has been carefully planned “to ensure that the proposal contributes to creating high-quality spaces for people to live, work and recreate, while integrating with the surrounding public realm”. Public art will also be incorporated within the public realm, in consultation with the MRA. “The development takes full advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by both sites’ prominent position within

379 residential apartments are proposed across both sites,

the Perth context, and seeks to create a gateway development

comprising 120 one-bedroom, 172 two-bedroom, 82 three-

for Elizabeth Quay as well as introduce a prestigious

bedroom and five four-bedroom dwellings. “This ensures a

international hotel chain into the Perth market.”

diversity of product and contributes to providing a range of price

One of the buildings at Elizabeth Quays was configured in a figure

points for prospective purchasers.”

of eight and its Building Maintenance Unit system was unable

Communal facilities for the residential component are provided

to access all areas of the structure. As specialists in this area,

at the podium roof level of both buildings, with views across the

Saferight was called in to design a system which would provide

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ELIZABETH QUAYS Specialists in working at heights and safe access, Saferight designs low profile roof systems for multi-storey buildings that provide safe

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With over 25 years of experience, Saferight is also a nationally

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WE’RE ON OUR WAY TO WA! WorldSkills National Championships for Perth in 2020

• Perth to host the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in 2020 • More than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors including local, national and international expected Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that Perth will host Australia’s premier skills showcase in August 2020 - the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.

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vocational education and training (VET) competition. The event will bring together the best and brightest apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and industry professionals to compete for the title of national champion in each skill category.

The event will also put our most talented apprentices and trainees in the national spotlight. Held from August 13-15 2020 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the free Championships will run in conjunction with the SkillsWest Career Expo, and is expected to attract more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Visitors will experience a variety of skilled trades and technology careers under the one roof and can watch the competitions, participate in Try-a-Skill demonstrations and network with hundreds of industry and educational experts. The 2020 National Championships provide a pathway for medallists to become a member of the Australian Skill Squad to compete at the next WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, in September 2021. This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014. 30

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“The McGowan Government is proud to host the Worldskills Australia National Championships which will showcase WA’s excellent and diverse vocational education and training system. “The event will also put our most talented apprentices and trainees in the national spotlight. “School students will also have the opportunity to see firsthand the enormous array of careers available in the VET sector and the skill and impact of various job roles. They will also have an opportunity to try a skill as well.” Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

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TELETHON HOME DESIGNED FOR 2019 TELETHON HOME

modern liveability

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A much anticipated major television fundraising event, the Channel Seven Perth Telethon has been helping Western Australian children since it began in 1968. Telethon usually runs around 26 hours non-stop, from 6.30pm on a Saturday night in October, broadcasting live across Western Australia on TVW7 throughout the metropolitan area of Perth and the Golden West Network (GWN7) across the rest of Western Australia. Since 2004 it has been held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Each year there are a number of worthy beneficiaries working on improving the lives of sick kids in WA. The funds raised in 2018 were distributed to 51 beneficiaries including Telethon Kids Institute and Perth Children’s Hospital. The event is the highest donating Telethon (per capita) in the world, with donations totalling in excess of $306 million. FRESH AND MODERN DESIGN The 2019 Telethon Home by New Level has been built for the second year by New Level Homes, part of the InVogue family and owned by JWH Group who have been building the Metropolitan Telethon home for the past 13 years. This year’s home brings a fresh and modern custom design to the leafy setting of the Hales Estate. Satterley and The Hales Estate, along with New Level Homes, will donate part proceeds from the sale of the home to Telethon. Designed with modern liveability in mind, The Hales Estate in Forrestfield features quality public open spaces, with all houses centred around a generous strip of parkland. Built around existing native Marri and Jarrah trees and the trickling waters of Crumpet Creek, the Hales is designed to retain the natural features of the site. Situated in Evergreen Grove, which is located adjacent from the newly landscaped parkland, the home is of double brick construction to the lower level and timber frames for the upper

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2019 TELETHON HOME

Summer nights can be spent cooking on the built-in ARTUSI BBQ on the central alfresco nestled in between the lounge, hallway and living. OASIS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

elevation incorporating strong modern elements that are

Featuring two outdoor entertaining areas, four bedrooms and two

freshened by James Hardie soft Scyon Axon Cladding and

bathrooms, the designers at New Level Homes have designed

Midland Brick’s new brick from the New York Range ‘Hudson’,

the home as a perfect oasis for the whole family. A mix of modern

both staples in the classic New Level Homes design.

open planned living and traditional private spaces create the right

Blonde oak double glass doors from Corinthian provide an

balance of family and personal space in this year’s home.

impressive entry to the expansive hallway and lounge. Inside, dark

The family that will call the 2019 Telethon by New Level home

stained Oak Metro brushed Pardor Treadtime 12 timber flooring was

their own will make a statement on their street with a bold

chosen to create a sense of warmth throughout the home.

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HUB FOR FAMILY ACTIVITY The light and fresh kitchen with top-of-the-line Italian-made appliances from ILVE, together with the dining and living areas, create the perfect hub for family activity. The doors at either side of the family room slide open to provide access to outdoor areas. Towards the back of the home there is a large alfresco connecting the children’s activity area to the family space. Summer nights can be spent cooking on the built-in ARTUSI BBQ on the central alfresco nestled in between the lounge, hallway and living. Jim Ilias, General Manager New Level Homes, says that creating central spaces that the family can enjoy together while also having a private oasis is an outstanding feature of this year’s home. “Increasing the flow of natural elements into the home, all living areas have direct access to the courtyards,” he said. “The clever use of large sliding doors gives a seamless transition through the central alfresco and living areas bringing the outdoors in.” SANCTUARY FOR CHILDREN The children can enjoy their own sanctuary at the rear of the home, with three bedrooms lining the hallway together with a bathroom and separate powder room. An activity room that can grow with the family, perfect for a children’s playroom or a study, is flooded with light from the sliding doors to the alfresco area.

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2019 TELETHON HOME A private treetop view overlooking the mature trees at The Hales

LIGHTWEIGHT HYBRID CONSTRUCTION

Estate is the focal point of the upstairs master suite. The new

The home also provided an opportunity to showcase New Level

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the master lounge onto a quiet balcony, perfect for a morning cup of coffee. A luxurious en suite features dedicated dressing vanity, free-standing bath and large open shower. The main requirements of the brief were to design and create a stunning family home that will attract buyers to donate to the Telethon cause. It was important to design a home that has all the modern amenities a family would desire, but one that would differ from the design aesthetic of the 2018 Telethon Home, which is in the same street. The design also needed to take advantage of the natural surroundings The Hales estate has to offer. The view of the treetops in the park opposite the home was a main focal point of the master suite design.

Design Manager Brad McDonald said the foothills location required a softening of some of the stronger geometric forms of the home, which allowed material selections with a high level of textural warmth. “We wanted to present a home that you otherwise couldn’t buy on the market. With the help of our suppliers and partners we were able to produce a unique home filled with new products to the market.”

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Originally opened in early 1980, the Midland Gate Shopping Centre has undergone several major developments in its 40-year history, the first being in 1995 when the centre amalgamated with the adjacent Swan City Shopping Centre.

FURTHER EXPANSION FOR

Midland Gate Shopping Centre

Recent expansion works, however, mark the next chapter in the shopping centre’s redevelopment history, providing an additional 14,237m2 of retail space and an extra 257 car parking bays, making it the largest everyday shopping destination in Perth’s expanding east. Doric Contractors were the design and construct contractor, with this project being the third major retail development delivered by Doric for Vicinity Centres. Vicinity is one of Australia’s leading retail property groups with a fully integrated asset management platform and $26 billion in retail assets under management across 66 shopping centres, making it the second largest listed manager of Australian retail property. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the Group has a direct portfolio with interests in 62 shopping centres (including the DFO Brisbane business) and manages images: Hames Sharley + F22 Photography

33 assets on behalf of strategic partners, 29 of which are coowned by the Group. SUBSTANTIAL UPGRADE The Midland Gate expansion includes the upgrade and remodelling of the centre to include a basement carpark, single level mall, rooftop carpark and upgrades to the existing malls. Specifically, these works include a relocated Coles Supermarket (4080m2) and Aldi Supermarket (1796m2); 
four mini-major stores, six kiosks and casual mall leasing locations; 
new specialty retail tenancies (7,361m2) including food and beverage outlets; 
fresh food precinct and new amenities; 
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MIDLAND GATE REDEVELOPMENT The expansion comprises five key components, including: Kmart Tyre & Auto (stand-alone building) - approximately 340m2 with 11 dedicated parking bays; basement level car park - approximately 11,000m2; single level (ground level) retail mall - approximately 17,000m2; roof deck car park - approximately

Despite the challenges that the Midland Gate expansion project presented, Doric Contractors

16,500m2; and, existing mall modifications and upgrades.

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In addition, three new fire stairs, two sets of travelators and

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one lift have been installed to satisfy legislative emergency access and egress requirements, and to facilitate safe and easy access to the new development. The areas are supplemented by four car ramps and bridges to enable vehicle access to the

and on budget and to the client’s satisfaction.

roof deck and basement parking areas. External works included

Overall, 9,492m3 of concrete, 1500t of steel reinforcement

landscaping and infrastructure diversions and upgrades.

and 220t of structural steel were used to complete the

EXTENSIVE STRUCTURAL CHANGES

structural elements.

The structural design incorporates concrete and structural steel

Like any project of this size and complexity, various challenges

elements which provide an effective and efficient structural

presented themselves during construction.

framework.

Undocumented existing in-ground services were a common

Post tension concrete slabs provide longer suspended concrete

occurrence on site, requiring service scanning in each area of

deck spans and comply with the brief’s requirements to create

excavation, ‘potholing’ and often hand digging where the depth

spaces that are more open and appealing.

of existing services was unclear.

Lightweight structural steel was utilised in areas that require

NIGHT SHIFT MINIMISED DISRUPTIONS

more intricate details or are limited by weight restrictions, critical

To minimise disruptions and meet the aggressive construction

in areas that interface between the existing and new buildings.

requirements the project team coordinated a night shift roster for approximately one-third of the overall construction program.

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Despite the challenges that the Midland Gate expansion project presented, Doric Contractors were pleased to report the project was successfully delivered on program and on budget and to the client’s satisfaction. Doric Contractors was established in 1989 and over the past three decades has grown to become one of Western Australia’s largest and most reputable privately-owned construction companies.


They have delivered more than 30 retail projects, which equates

also led the consultant team during this phase when Vicinity

to an average of more than one a year, making the company

requested changes to the design.

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In designing the project, Vicinity Centres and Hames Sharley pursued the vision of “genuine everyday charm”, celebrating

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industrial, agricultural, environmental and Aboriginal heritage,

Integrated Peel, Bond and Walk Tactiles around the exterior.

with the architecture also reflecting the geometry of the

The safety of the vision impaired was enhanced by the use of

neighbouring Swan River.

Guardian Tactile Systems’ compliant tactile indicators. Architect, interior designer and lead consultant for the Midland Gate project was Hames Sharley. The practice was involved from the masterplanning phase of the project to the opening of the extension, a period which involved over five years of concepting, drawing and development. DORIC ENGAGED AS LEAD CONTRACTOR Hames Sharley prepared the architectural drawings that were used for the development approval and went on to prepare the tender drawings, leading onto Doric being engaged as lead contractor, and then the construction documentation. They

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Recent expansion works, however, mark the next chapter in the shopping centre’s redevelopment history, providing an additional 14,237m2 of retail space and an extra 257 car parking bays, making it the largest everyday shopping destination in Perth’s expanding east.

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HERITAGE AND LOCAL ASPECTS PRESERVED Elements of local heritage and sustainability formed part of the build and customer experience was at the forefront of design and activation. For example, trees removed were repurposed in furniture pods, while excavated clay was dried and recycled into bricks that were used during construction. Other unique aspects of the project were the blending of existing structure into new structure and ensuring that the envelope is weathertight post completion, and the fact that the centre continued to trade through construction. Hames Sharley considers this project to be very significant, as not only have they designed the new extension, they also designed the new foodcourt refurbishment. The opening was an important milestone in the life of Midland Gate with other potential future extensions still possible in the future. Consistently named as one of the world’s top one hundred design practices, Hames Sharley’s portfolio of work is as diverse as it is innovative. The company has an established culture of provoking and sharing new ideas and are dedicated to exceeding client expectations in project delivery. All projects are designed to the highest standards and are consistently recognised amongst industry peers through the various awards that Hames Sharley has received.

In addition, three new fire stairs, two sets of travelators and one lift have been installed to satisfy legislative emergency access and egress requirements, and to facilitate safe and easy access to the new development.

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of the platform for greater safety and security, complete with step ladder and self-closing gate at the access point.

An outstanding example is the recently completed project at Midland Gate Shopping Centre Redevelopment that demonstrated Safemaster’s unique strength in design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of a series of PROLANE plant platforms.

With all the components constructed from strong and lightweight aluminium, the PROLANE plant platform can be adapted to any roofing profile by offering a maintenancefree and low-cost solution. With the commissioning of PROLANE plant platforms, the risk of damage caused by foot traffic can be reduced, along with providing the workers safe access during maintenance activities.

A series of PROLANE plant platforms were custom designed and installed, ranging from overall size of 5x5m to 7x7m to support the mechanical plant and equipment at Midland Gate Shopping Centre Redevelopment. The stylish platforms include non-slip aluminium grating and guardrail to all sides

In addition to the PROLANE plant platforms, Safemaster also provided the X-ERT anchorage system to protect workers in the event of a fall, along with other roof access systems such as the SPACEGATE access hatch, SKYCLIMB modular & step ladders and SLIPNOT aluminium walkway.

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As a core component of the transformation of the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park into a regional tourism precinct and central community hub, the South West Energy Experience is a multipurpose facility which incorporating new bespoke museum, café, function space and visitor servicing centre. The location and unique contemporary design of the South West Energy Experience act as a portal to the 10 hectare park, providing visitors with open access to an intergenerational adventure playground, heritage buildings, exhibits dedicated to rail, agriculture and cottage industries, indigenous flora, native bushland and the Sandra Donovan Sound Shell. Manjimup Shire President Paul Omodei said South West Energy Experience represents an important tourism and cultural asset which will expand and improve regional visitor and local experiences: “The project will deliver a high standard experience which will underpin the viability of the broader Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park and assist in driving tourism growth and

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economic diversification within the South West of WA”.

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The outside of the building consists of Urban Stone,

The project was tendered in July 2018 and the result went

the internal is standard brick and the flooring is burnished

in favour of Civilcon Construction. Civilcon offered the lowest

concrete, tiles and a small section of carpet in the foyer.

price and value-for-money with around $150k of potential

Built with brick veneers, the 1,575m² South West Energy

savings that later came to fruition.

Experience features tiles and aluminium-clad columns.

Civilcon was the builder with project management being

The roofing system is Klip-lok Colorbond, with a roof safety

performed by the Shire of Manjimup (in house) with assistance

access system and aluminium platform for the mechanical

from OP Properties as Superintendent. Holton Connor were

equipment. It is also fully designed and built to include a 40kw

responsible for the design/architecture.

solar PV system. The building’s rooms include the exhibition

This project is the most recent since Civilcon’s last build of a museum, Jewell Cave in Margaret River, in 2010. The building was

space, storage rooms, meeting room, reception, ablutions and café dining including a commercial kitchen.

architecturally designed to be interesting and visually appealing, with curved walls providing unusual aesthetics to the building.

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Manjimup Shire President Paul Omodei said South West Energy Experience represents an important tourism and cultural asset which will expand and improve regional visitor and local experiences.

MOVING EXHIBITS A CHALLENGE The main challenges of the project came from the size and shape of the objects to be housed in the museum and their movement from their original locations to the construction site. With some items weighting as much as 20 tonnes, cranes were employed to put them on low loaders for transport to their new homes where they were again lifted by cranes and put into place before the main structure was assembled around them. The clay soils also presented some difficulties in that water came through the soil making compaction very difficult to achieve. This was overcome by dewatering and removing large amounts of soil, then replacing it with clean, compactable sand.

Since its inception, Civilcon has grown into a sizeable multiaward winning company, with a reputation in the South West for professionalism, quality of work, and service. The company provides services and expertise in the following areas: commercial construction; mining and civil construction; industrial construction; concrete construction; general contracting; Class 2 demolition and restricted asbestos removal; and maintenance and support services Civilcon has proved competitive in these markets in cost, quality and performance, thereby maintaining a competitive edge. The company is committed to developing and maintaining long-term relationships by focusing on achieving their clients’

However the most important challenge presented to Civilcon

project objectives. These relationships form the cornerstone

by the Shire of Manjimup was the time frame, as completion of

of the company’s longevity and success.

the works was required within months to enable the shire time for landscaping prior to the grand opening.

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Recognised for offering competitive custom construction services, IQ Construction is a small to medium sized construction company that focuses on providing a unique and flexible offering to their clients.


This is primarily achieved through mixing construction methods of

With the country home being situated on a working farm, David

double brick, veneer and timber framed with products that clients

Shaw developed a design for the client - based around their

select or bring to the project. Indeed, incorporating clients’ ideas

requirements - that ticked all their boxes.

into their homes is a service that provides satisfaction for both the client and the company.

COUNTRY HOME FEATURES Some of the home’s more notable features include:

To this end, IQ Construction offers a custom design and 3D modelling service so their clients are able to see what their ideas will look like in the model. Sun and light studies and walk-throughs provide insight into how the home will look and perform before construction begins.

• a bar with illuminated white quartz benchtop and rough sawn timber cladding sourced and milled from the owners’ property; • feature recessed ceilings using timber floorboards from the owners’ existing home onsite which was demolished; • a sunken theatre;

SHARED COMMON ATTRIBUTES Two recent projects by IQ Construction – a ‘pole home’ and a ‘country home’ - while being unique and distinct from each other also share a number of common attributes.

• Insulroof prefabricated panels to alfresco roof with motorised louvres; • a mud room with drainage system; • motorised outdoor fly screens on bush poles;

IQ Construction’s David Shaw, who was the designer and sales

• an in-built cool room;

consultant for both houses, worked closely with the clients and

• main bedroom with gun safe, en suite overlooking a private

the owner and ticket holder of IQ Construction, John Bron, to develop a unique product specific to each client. As the designers, IQ Construction worked closely with the clients of both houses to develop their ideas and to customise the homes to suit the block of land and their living requirements. As the builders for both of these projects, the company provided advice on costings, ensured the projects lined up with the financial requirements of each client, and provided creative construction solutions for the different ideas each client wanted. CREATIVE SOLUTION SOUGHT The pole home client was looking for a creative solution to build a unique home on their sloping block. Given the location and gradient of the block, a traditional retain-and-build method

garden and recessed blinds; • a large loft storage area; • rainwater tank and septic system; • a solar PV system with battery storage; • ducted vacuum and CCTV security system; • under-floor heating to the ensuite; • reticulated termite treatment system; • honed concrete finish to verandahs; • 26 x bushpoles; and, • a custom wrought iron entry door. The pole home presented a challenge in that the block orientation was not ideal because it was required to harness the northern sun while keeping a balcony deck area facing the desired tree-top views.

would not have been a cost-effective method of building. IQ Construction provided a solution of a lightweight timber-framed pole home design enabling them to develop a very creative design that captured all the key elements of the client’s mandate. Featuring a skillion roof, dark exteriors and bold finishes, the high end of the home was situated to capture the views. Raking ceilings internally provided open spaces while stepped floor levels flow with the natural contours of the site.

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This was overcome by designing the home in two sections. Minor bedrooms, wet areas and the garage placed perpendicular to

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the street with the living/dining/kitchen and master bed/ensuite portion of the home angled at 20 degrees to allow for long clerestory windows facing the northern sun while at the same time maintaining the southern treetop views from the balcony. External areas in the country home were considered important and elements from the demolished home were included in the new one, for example, timber flooring was used as ceiling

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Over the years they have developed a strong vision and mission

Louvres, Bondor insulation products, opening windows in the alfresco roof, flyscreens and other elements were all employed to develop a comfortable, airy and spacious outdoor living area.

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beach bar built on sandhills

Built on sandhills in a beachside location, the Amberton Beach Bar and Kitchen is thought to be the only precinct in the northern corridor set on the top of a sand dune so close to the Indian Ocean. The Amberton will cater for about 200 people and is situated adjacent to a stairway with direct access to the beach and a new fully-fenced playground and a proposed park featuring an

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8.5 metre lighthouse tower.

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The location of the building provides panoramic views of the Indian Ocean with the Alkimos to the south and coastal dunes to the north. The location of the building provides panoramic views of the Indian Ocean with the Alkimos to the south and coastal dunes to the north. Its proximity to the beach allows all seasons access for the public and local residents and creates a place

INSPIRATION FROM COASTAL COLOURS MODE Architects developed the plan through to detail design at which point the project was passed to FIRM Construction to deliver under a design construct contract which included full operator services and fit out. MODE’S design took inspiration from the variety of colours along the coastline and the selection of materials was emboldened by pieces of burnt driftwood for the dark exterior cladding of the amenities building which, over time and with weathering, will fade and lighten to silver.

for the community to gather. Outdoor spaces can be closed to

The project was not without its challenges with the beachfront

protect the venue from the weather, while the building’s focal

location proving a difficult environment to build in with much

placement provides shelter and protection for those using the

consideration being given to the environmental impact of the

adjacent playground and park.

design, as 500m2 of the footprint is sitting on the dunes. IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE MODE Architects believe they have created not only a key piece

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of community infrastructure for their client, but also a place for families to meet, for the community to gather and a venue that will have a lasting impact on the growing neighbourhood. Amberton has been a four-year project for the Perth studio and they are pleased to see the work completed, utilised and appreciated by the client and local communities.

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AMBERTON BEACH BAR / CAFÉ With 10 studios and over 140 staff, MODE is an international design

FIRM was engaged to complete the design and construct base

practice delivering world-class multidisciplinary outcomes for

build and subsequent services fit out and finishes. This involved

clients and partners throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

the management of the design phase, coordinating all onsite/

The company specialises in the provision of consulting services

off site works and trades, project managing the build and all

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urban design, landscape architecture and graphic design, providing innovative and high-quality design solutions for clients in the areas of multi-residential housing, community services,

The integrated tenant fit out needed to be incorporated into the base build while the project was moving ahead, however FIRM

education facilities, law and order, health, defence, industrial,

was able to effectively manage the stakeholders by setting key

hospitality venues, commercial and retail projects, aviation and

deadlines to ensure the critical path was not delayed by the

transport and infrastructure.

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This presented a substantial challenge during the building phase in the precision required in connecting the steel superstructure

AMBERTON BEACH BAR / CAFÉ

to the pile cap base plates, which had to be located to the within a -20mm tolerance. This required a very high degree of accuracy in locating the piles in the correct position while the steel was in fabrication. The screw piles were designed, manufactured and installed by Pilewest, Pilewest is WA’s full service piling specialist able to provide solutions for any construction need from design, supply, installation and testing. Product offerings include Screw piles, Solar piles, Sheet piles and Soldier piles. AKT constructed all the steel framework and the construction steel work inside the building. The company also did most of the external cladding using Weathertex on all of the walls, Established in 2003, FIRM Construction has evolved to become a leading and trusted contractor. Their team’s expertise is spread across all phases of a project lifecycle, from initial concept through to practical completion. As a Western Australian owned

the Colorbond cladding across the roof together with gutters, flashing and downpipes, and all of the composite decking around the outside areas using silver coloured Outback decking supplied by the Big River Group.

and operated business, they pride themselves on delivering

The fitout for all the bars, benchtops, overheads and various other

client-oriented projects that transform local communities across

structures were all done by Dedicated Construction (DeCo).

the State. Currently FIRM is building the Rottnest Hotel Resort

DeCo’s Josh Tunks said that his company is normally involved with

which is due for completion mid 2020.

fitouts during the later stages of construction, however in this case

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they had to start the bar framework and other work early.

An alternative to using concrete and timber foundations was chosen

“We normally work off-site and bring it in but in this case we had

with steel piles being screwed some three metres into the sand.

to build it on site which was somewhat tricky – it was a tiled bar

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façade so there couldn’t be any cut holes anywhere,” Mr Tunks said. “We have to build things to last and as strong as possible because they cop such a beating – cleaned down nightly, and the rough and tumble of the hospitality industry - so we draw on our years of experience of what works and what doesn’t. We are focused on hospitality fitouts and not many people have enough experience to focus on that sort of thing.”

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The Champion Centre and Seville Grove Library are back in business following the successful completion of a major redevelopment. The renovation has created a vibrant cultural, social and multicultural hub within the City of Armadale, which is located 25 kilometres away from Perth. In 2017 the City of Armadale undertook a feasibility study to engage with the community to hear what they envisioned for a new centre. It was identified that the community wanted a new kitchen area to be the heart of the Champion Centre along with functional indoor and outdoor spaces. A range of hot desk areas, meeting places and outdoor spaces were designed to enhance these experiences, providing more open community access and encouraging greater collaborative use at the Champion Centre. The upgraded facility features the artwork ‘Ocean Swell’ by local Aboriginal artist Rohin Kickett, as well as a large mural depicting local Aboriginal children and the Canning River by Australian renowned artist Matt Adnate and local Aboriginal artists Rohin Kickett and Bradley Kickett. The collaborative artwork combines contemporary and traditional together, bringing the centre to life. The Seville Grove Library also received a makeover and the modern facility boasts state-of- the-art-technology and offers a traditional library service. It also has updated meeting spaces and additional computer facilities. This will increase training opportunities, improving literacy and job readiness in the community. This is going to be an important space where people come together to share their love of books, socialise and network. The City of Armadale secured a $4 million Lotterywest grant which was fundamental in ensuring this project came to fruition and can now be utilised by the 91,700 residents living in the area. It took 18 months for the work to be completed and it was worth

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Minister for Finance, Aboriginal Affairs and Lands the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA. Also Senator Patrick Dodson, Member for Burt Matt Keogh and Lotterywest Acting General Manager Grants and Community Development Lorna Pritchard.

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The Kambarang Festival was also held to recognise the redevelopment of the Champion Centre and incorporated a belated NAIDOC week celebration held on Tuesday, November 26. The Festival celebrations recognised Kambarang, as one of the six Noongar seasons symbolised by an abundance of colours and flowers. This festival transformed the City of Armadale’s Bob Blackburn reserve into a vibrant hub of excitement. City of Armadale Mayor Ruth Butterfield said it was so exciting to be a part of the festivities and officially to open our upgraded community facilities. “During the redevelopment staff from both facilities worked in temporary locations and it was challenging for both our teams and community members to be located away from their surroundings,” Mayor Butterfield said.

“It was well worth the wait - and evident by the number of our community members who attended, had the opportunity to tour the centre and enjoy Former City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said: “The City carried out research that identified what the community saw as most valuable and we have incorporated and enhanced these areas, such as the new café/kitchen area, and also increased capacity for greater community access, participation and collaboration. “The newly transformed Bob Blackburn area will become a really important community hub that is designed to be widely accessible that will enrich people’s lives and the wider local community.” The City of Armadale conducted a number of events that marked the completion of this fundamental project including the official ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling on Friday, 18 October. A number of dignitaries attended the official launch of the centre including Mayor Henry Zelones OAM JP, along with Dr Tony Buti MLA representing the WA Premier, Treasurer, Flexipole Industries are an innovative WA company providing composite, long life, and flexible bollards, fencing and tree stake products that are recyclable, resist rot, salt, termites and UV. CUSTOMER AND DISTRIBUTOR ENQUIRIES

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the celebrations.” Some festival features involved Aboriginal cultural activities, with a Welcome to Country performed by local Noongar leader Nigel Wilkes and a performance by Aboriginal dance group Mungart Yongah. A cultural hub was created for Elders to hold storytelling sessions inside and outside of the centre. The dedicated children’s space offered a variety of activities including a rock climbing wall, a bouncy castle and various activities hosted by the City’s community partner organisations.


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In today’s competitive market, apartment developers are offering an ever-growing list of resort-inspired amenities to tempt buyers looking for that holiday-at-home lifestyle. Pools, gyms and rooftop terraces have long been the norm, but in recent years features such as sunset lounge areas, outdoor cinemas, yoga decks, cabanas, alfresco kitchens, herb gardens and fire pits have started appearing on the inventory of attractions tempting buyers to Perth’s newest apartment buildings. Vantage RiversEdge Apartments, a recently completed waterfront development, Edge Visionary Living in Rivervale, is a prime example of this latest marketing approach. Built by BGC Construction, the complex has 18 levels and 212 apartments, and features a rooftop cinema and terrace, a gym, café, residents’ lounge, infinity-edge pool with river views, theatre room and barbecue cabana. There is also a sauna and steam room, plus kayak storage for residents making the most of the development’s private riverfront access. COLLABORATION BRINGS FANTASTIC OUTCOME The luxury resort-style destination is set on the banks of the picturesque Swan River and boasts state-of-the-art facilities that are comparative to a 5-star hotel. The project is a collaboration between BGC Construction and Edge Visionary Living, making it the third time the two companies have worked together. BGC Construction Senior Construction Manager Brian Marinovich said the collaboration resulted in a fantastic outcome with the project being completed ahead of schedule. Gavin Hawkins, Managing Director of Edge Visionary Living, said a wide range of apartment buyers were looking for features that

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“Many downsizers, for example, don’t just want a low-maintenance home, they are actively looking for a home that offers them ways to relax, to enjoy life, and entertain friends and family. “Then there are the young couples or the FIFO workers who can come home and enjoy a real holiday break from work,” he said. “Buyers today have lots of choice, so they’re looking for resortstyle amenities that encourage activity, engagement and a sense of community. “This includes somewhere to entertain larger groups of people, or to offer friends and family that something special when they visit, such as a movie in an outdoor cinema or a home-cooked meal under the stars.” PRIME LOCATION With a prime location on the Burswood Peninsula, Vantage RiversEdge Apartments builds on the success of other Edge Visionary Living developments, including Botanical Apartments in Subiaco. “We regularly hear stories of people using the pool or gym in their apartment building every day, or meeting on the rooftop with friends for after-work drinks on a Friday,” Mr Hawkins said. Vantage RiversEdge Apartments is only a few kilometres from the CBD and well within walking distance of Optus Stadium and Crown Perth. The riverside location provides panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows, while the superior fit-out includes stone benchtops, air-conditioning and AEG appliances.

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The ins and outs of the façade reinterpret the movement found on the river and the confluence of natural VANTAGE APARTMENTS

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Having a waterway for a backyard opens up many possibilities for a distinctly different and pleasurable lifestyle: breakfast on the balcony watching watercraft big and small parade by; dinner on the patio enhanced by crimson sunsets and cooling summer breezes; and, should it be to your taste and circumstances, an atmosphere and regime of enduring holiday. Regatta Apartments, a residential development by Raw Form Building Company, embraces all of these possibilities. The brief for this project was to design a multi-residential development in the Mandurah Ocean Marina that would create quality, contemporary apartment living, without compromising on functionality or aesthetics. SITE FRONTS MARINA The landmark site fronts the Mandurah Ocean Marina and features a pedestrian boardwalk in front with potential for a good deal of passing traffic. It was therefore important to create an iconic building within this high-density setting. The development was to provide for an external outlook to the marina to the south while at the same time taking advantage of the ocean views to the north, with a connection to the public realm but also maintaining security within the site. The brief called for consideration to a northern orientation and to maximise natural light within the apartments. High ceilings were desirable along with quality finishes in a natural palette to

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Addressing the brief, the design and consequent development contains three apartments of two bedroom, two bathroom configuration, all with an additional study/guest room. APARTMENTS CAPTURE THE VIEWS All apartments were designed to have waterfront views, and all were designed with the living space to the south to best capture these views. The ground floor apartment takes up the width of the lot and opens out to a courtyard overlooking the expansive marina. The upper floor apartments equally divide the width of the first floor and have a bonus loft space that can be utilised as a guest room or study, with its own balcony that looks out to the ocean to the north of the site. While the living areas are to the south, the open loft has been designed to capture the winter sun with the roof raking to the north and allowing the light to filter down to the living area below. DESIGNED TO BE COOL With the shape of the roof and location of openings, the cool afternoon breeze is drawn into the apartments via the southern balcony, pushing up to the northern balcony and out the rear of the apartments, thereby flushing out heat build-up from the day in just minutes. The form of the building with its raking roof and clean colour palette, allows the development to stand out amongst the other high-density buildings in the area.

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Although double brick is the traditional method of construction in the residential building industry in Western Australia, lightweight methods continue to become more popular with both builders and clients due to the many benefits that accompany the use of lightweight systems.

Benefits of lightweight DEMONSTRATED IN MUNSTER BUILD

A recent residential build in Munster using products from Panels WA has provided compelling evidence of the advantages of this form of construction. The project was designed by the owner to fulfil his growing family needs while at the same time ensuring the home would be environmentally friendly. The home was designed to have an architectural edge with a pristine interior and, as such, provided a major opportunity for Panels WA to demonstrate how their products can be utilised in any form of project. The owner had done extensive research into what he wanted in his home and knew that thermal, acoustic and ratings were the major benefits of the Panels WA System. The client was made to feel a part of the project from start to finish, thereby ensuring a strong relationship which has endured to this day. Indeed, he has become a strong advocate of Panels WA and their products.

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A negative detailed plywood ceiling to the main living

There were a number of challenges involved in the project:

area
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the large raking ceilings in the main living area meant there

polyurethane panels to external walls and 90mm internal

would need to be large panel walls. And it was critical that

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the walls were as straight as possible not only for the internal

particularly notable.

finish, but also the external cladding/texture-coat system.

Based in Malaga, Panels WA is an innovative Western Australian

These considerations meant that manufacturing and installation

company which has evolved through decades of extensive

would need to be of the highest quality.

industry experience. Their policy is to do more than just supply

The frames were some of the largest that Panels WA had

a product, they supervise the installation and quality control of

produced and extra time and care was required to make certain

all their systems, constantly providing advice and support to

each individual frame was of the highest standard of finish.

builders and trades.

Once onsite, quality of installation was ensured through regular

Panels WA’s patented High Density Polyurethane Panel

consultations with the client and management.

System (PPS) is a structural lightweight high density and fire

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resistant panel design. It has the same design capabilities as conventional materials, but with significant thermal advantages, and it reduces building time and costs.

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Panels WA has provided compelling

There are many pertinent and important advantages to using

evidence of the advantages of

PPS, some of which are as follows: • Panels are pre-built within the Panels WA factory, so there

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is no down time due to weather • Carpenters stand the walls on site, reducing installation time by up to 60% on a standard brick home • Stage claims can be accelerated due to process. For example, wall installation (and therefore plate height) can normally be achieved in four days after the slab is complete, with minimal slab cure wait time • PPS construction cleaning costs are absorbed by the manufacturer in the factory, not the builder on site • Panels WA’s system removes the traditional ‘cracking’

this form of construction. • Windows remain clean as there is no waste left behind from wet trades 
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can be applied immediately and the scaffold dropped
 • With the advantage of quick installation of PPS compared to brick, roof 
cover can go on straight away, meaning internal trades can start work 
immediately
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issues experienced with cornice and brick. This is currently

plasterers, are needed on site so there is less chance of

in focus with WA media, and is an ongoing maintenance issue

potential downtime and blow out in completion times

for builders. • Services can be chased quickly by router, eliminating traditional brick dust issues and decreasing service installer times on site • Plate height cleaning costs are reduced by up to 90% by eliminating bricklaying waste from site • No Bobcat or bin costs on site to clean up excess sand left by bricklayers or plasterers • Floor scrapes are eliminated
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protects the surrounding environment.

• Reduced structural steel is required for single storey homes due to lightweight construction. Utilising Panels WA’s patented floor system, no steels are required at all
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system, allowing a modern streamline alternative to traditional cornice.
Brick construction does not instantly offer this 
 • Tie down rods can be applied post roof erection, allowing for exact 
placement as opposed to the ‘guesswork’ required with brick construction 
 • Traditional un-tensioned hoop iron tie down straps on brickwork allows for plate movement during dynamic wind loads, and promotes further cracking. Panels WA’s tie down rods are tensioned and provide a superior
continuous tie down, doubling as part of the engineered bracing system 
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ECI AGREEMENT BENEFITS PARTIES AT

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Located some 25km south of the Perth CBD in the suburb of Treeby, Stockland’s new Calleya Display Village features 28 homes by Perth builders showcasing home designs and ideas for people at all stages of life from first home buyers to downsizers.

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Calleya will ultimately comprise almost 1,900 dwellings, and future plans include a primary school, neighbourhood shops and retirement living. As the first stage of a larger planned activity centre, the recently completed Calleya Town Square consists of a childcare centre (Nido) and specialty stores that house a café and the estate’s sales office, together with associated parking. Lanskey Constructions were appointed as lead consultant under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) framework. Lanskey has a long history of undertaking the role of lead consultant under ECI agreements and they have had great success in this role over the years.

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NIDO CHILDCARE Following the ECI stage of the project, Lanskey were appointed

ECI frameworks require all project participants to work

as principal contractor for the construction phase. Given their

collaboratively with a common goal, and while this concept is

early design involvement, Lanskey were best placed to take the

generally used for larger projects Lanskey, as lead consultant,

project forward from inception to completion.

went against industry norm in this case.

ECI PARTICIPANTS WORK COLLABORATIVELY

Mr Garces said one of the main requirements of the brief

According to Lanskey Constructions State Manager Steve

was to create a community feel that could be integrated

Garces, there was a need from the outset to understand the

into the existing neighbourhood, and there was a high level

client’s intent and, conversely, to have the ability to move with

of importance and priority in ensuring that all aspects of the

the client and its stakeholders to secure tenants and ensure the

development were both functional and aesthetically appealing.

project’s viability.

“The child care centre required consideration of specific

“Open lines of communications were essential and allowed

safety requirements, such as fences, bollards and car park

feedback on design, budgets and project vision to enable the

manoeuvrability. The functionality of the facility was also

team to be ‘on the same page’,” he said.

important as it needed to be a great place for the children.”

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The scheme needed to be future proofed in the event that further construction might take place at a later date, according to Brendan Tran of Stockland. “This meant that all services and access requirements for any

Because of the project’s proximity to Jandakot airport, permits were

future development needed to be considered,” he said.

required for crane lifts, and regular

PROGRAM, BUDGET AND DESIGN

engagement with the Jandakot airport

Three key elements needed to be identified and acted upon in

authority were high on the agenda.

order to ensure the project’s success: program, budget and design. Program: the client needed to ensure that the development was ready for the tenants’ occupation by specific dates listed in the

concrete and its appealing integration with the building

lease agreements. This is not something new in the building

envelope, together with the intricate shade structures, tying

industry however there was a great desire to ensure that the

in all of the elements of the works to an aesthetically pleasing

program was met to satisfy the greater stakeholder group.

amenity area for local residents to enjoy.

Budget: the budget was another constraint and had to be met

Mr Garces said that demand for Lanskey’s Early Contractor

to ensure the project viability. Market pricing during the ECI

Involvement services has increased over the past several years.

stage assisted in this aspect. Design: the design had to be appealing and functional in all aspects, internally and externally, to suitably work for the incoming tenants.

“This is a direct result of our commitment and dedication to ensuring our clients get best for project. “Currently, Lanskey Constructions have a number of ECI projects on the go around the country. Key factors for

As this project was engaged under an ECI agreement, there was

successful ECI frameworks include an open, collaborative

an alignment of interests between the client and the project

approach, common objectives and effective management of

team. Keeping these key attributes in mind helped deliver a

project risk.”

project with a lower risk profile to the client and to Lanskey.

Lanskey Constructions originally commenced operations in

FEW CHALLENGES

Queensland, initially focusing on the commercial and industrial

Lanskey’s Project Manager James Hanlon explained that, as

construction sector. After some 33 years of operation, Lanskey

with any such undertaking, there were a number of challenges

is now a leading, privately owned construction company with

at the Calleya project to be met and overcome.

annual revenue approaching $200 million. With headquarters

“The problem of dust suppression was managed by the use of water trucks as shade cloth could not be used on fences due to prevailing high winds, and fences might have blown over potentially placing pedestrians at risk. “Noise was another challenge as the building permit enforced noise restrictions on project activities due to the close proximity of residential homes.”

in Brisbane, and fully operating branches in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, the company can access an extensive network of industry professionals within its own organisation for project delivery anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. In Western Australia, Lanskey is currently working on a number of projects. Most recently, Lanskey has been awarded the design and construction of a new hatchery for Inghams. The upgrade of Coates Hire facility in Belmont is also underway and

Client led auditing was also a project focus. Audits enabled

fits nicely within the company’s core business. Puma Energy’s

hazards to be identified and control measures to be

new fuel terminal at Kwinana is well advanced with completion

implemented, while a culture of continuous improvements and

estimated for the third quarter 2021.

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DESIGN FOR DOWNSIZERS

With the number of baby boomers retiring increasing exponentially, many of them are reassessing their family homes and coming to the conclusion that, with their children having grown up and flown the nest, they no longer need large multiroom houses, nor do they want to expend the time and energy in maintaining them. Illustrating this trend, Raw Form Building Company recently built a residence for a couple in their sixties who were looking to downsize from their current five acre property into something much newer, much lighter and brighter, more energy efficient and without the requirement for maintenance that the had at their old place.

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Raw Form Building were recommended to the couple because of their experience and expertise in implementing passive solar design principles to residences. Raw Form developed the brief and designed the project from scratch, costed it and then constructed the project. LOW MAINTENANCE ALSO IMPORTANT The main thrust of the brief was to adhere to the passive solar design principles, with further emphasis on producing a ‘lock and leave’ home with low maintenance finishes.

Raw Form Building were recommended to the couple because of their experience and expertise in

Achieving a true northern orientation was made difficult by

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the fact that the site was at an angle to the north, and so the

principles to residences.

project took on something of a boomerang shape in order to direct the winter sun into the living areas. There were a number of large trees on the block which provided some challenges as did the necessity to provide space for an ATU waste water treatment system. Polished concrete floors were used as a method of storing heat in the winter. While concrete blocks are a robust material by their nature, it was found they need to be treated with care to obtain an optimal finish.

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for maximum crossflow ventilation. Concrete, masonry blocks, texture coat, cedar and Colorbond roofing were the major materials used in the project. Cedar cladding and a custom cedar entry door visually lifted the front elevation and provided a glamorous entry feature. The residence is very much a one-off design, according to Raw Form Building, with everything about it being unique, as with all of their houses and projects.

service for clients looking for a custom design and build. The inception of Raw Form Building brought together a team of professionals from the award winning design team from Mikasa Designs. Mikasa Designs have over a decade of trading as a reputable, multi-award winning building design company. Both directors are qualified building designers and project managers. Over the last decade they have delivered a number of large-scale, award-

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This Attadale home is a perfect blend of original design and modern functionality. The open spaces, water and city views that showcase nature’s beauty and provide a feeling of freedom in that, is unrivalled by other designers and builders. This unique home is situated in one of the best postcodes in WA. Attadale is an affluent river suburb conveniently located

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This three level contemporary house has been individually designed to maximise the potential of the site and measures at a spacious 918m2. Imperial Homes built this unique home while Adrian De Lucia Managing Director and principal designer at DW Concepts was responsible for this extraordinary design. Imperial Homes maintains a refreshing approach to the building process and they have withheld the test of time operating for over 30 years. Their experience is focused on custom luxury homes but has extended to commercial boutique office blocks, bespoke multi-residential and unit developments. Both Imperial Homes and DW Concepts are award winners and together they created something really spectacular which is so much more than a house, they have created a home. Imperial Homes really know how to build something astonishing. With their attention to detail from the initial design brief to the construction and fit out Imperial Homes created a unique and beautiful home for their clients. With the outstanding quality and craftsmanship of this home the outcome speaks for itself with extremely satisfied home owners.

The client’s brief included open and free flowing living spaces,

There were a number of features that the family requested to be

good separation and zoning between living and bedroom areas for

included in the design of the home. The orientation and available

heating, cooling and privacy. A separate guest suite with access

river and city views were the primary influences on the design

to an internal courtyard was also an important component.

intent and space planning of this home.

The client also requested a large under croft garage to ensure clear sight lines were maintained to river and city views from the floors above and to limit bulk and scale of a garage to the streetscape.

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A neutral palette, sharp lines and textured accents assist in maintaining the dynamic geometrical forms. Attention to space planning including the resolution of all room and cabinet layouts early in the working drawing process is critical for large projects like these to run smoothly. NOTABLE FEATURE Some of the notable features of this home include the interior

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courtyard which is a pivotal component of the design. This courtyard separates and embellishes the journey between the


DAVIDSON ROAD ATTADALE informal living areas and bedrooms by way of a landscaped

the importance of their clientele and is therefore customer-

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into the secondary casual living areas and bedrooms on all levels.

Imperial Homes has a refreshing approach to the building process

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The primary challenge was to fit the home into the natural sloping

Their unique selling point is their commitment to transparency

topography of the site in a way that limits the real volume of

and honesty from the onset of a project to completion and

the structure and is sympathetic to the streetscape. This was

subsequently developing an everlasting partnership.

achieved by burying the bulk and scale of the garage extent under the natural contours of the site as much as possible therefore limiting the impact to the secondary and primary street. This perfectly demonstrates that nothing is too difficult for

They have completed over 150 custom built projects, averaging 5-6 ventures each year. The company’s recent focus has been creating solutions for small lot custom homes.

Imperial Homes. If there is a challenge they will come up with a

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EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

Boutique EDUCATION

“The architects carefully created a contemporary design respectful of the adjacent historic police station” THE TEAM

Emco Building

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Sophisticated Early Learning in North Perth

“Typical bright painted walls are replaced with natural materials

Education at any level is one of the key pillars of society. When

space – laughing children, colourful toys and playful furniture.

it comes to our youngest citizens, it is especially important to

that are hard-wearing yet beautiful. Off-form concrete and plywood panels act as a backdrop for the vibrancy that fills the A connection to nature is prominent in the design with several

ensure the whole process is developed with meticulous attention

trees sensitively incorporated into the building.”

to detail – and to create an environment that meets all their

Indoor spaces have been created directly adjacent to outdoor

essential requirements and enhances their learning experience.

play areas, which reduces travel for the children and enables staff

School of Early Learning was acutely aware of these

to supervise them all seamlessly; while permanently-undercover

responsibilities when planning a new children’s centre in North

outdoor areas allow children to play comfortably all year round.

Perth, and to help develop the project to its full potential

A double-height “studio” is located at the heart of the building,

they entrusted the design work to two architecture firms in a

acting as a home for whole-of-centre performances and

joint venture, Tom Godden Architects and Matthew Crawford

gatherings; and the use of large glass windows internally

Architects; and the construction work to one of Western

encourages children to interact with, and learn from, other age

Australia’s leading specialist commercial and industrial

groups on different levels.

companies, EMCO Building.

Other high-spec features of the childcare centre include

Knowing they needed to differentiate themselves from other

balcony play areas, quiet rooms, nursing areas, a commercial

childcare centres in the area, and cater for increased demand

kitchen, administrative offices and a vehicle lift to access the

for centres in inner-city areas, the family-owned operator was

basement carpark.

keen to design a sophisticated building that raised the bar for high-quality, state-of-the-art early learning. The 114-child, high-rise Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning – one of the few child’s play facilities of its kind in the

“The Skyplay concept is a place where children have the best of both worlds”

country – fulfilled all those objectives. According to EMCO Building’s CEO, Ron Keogh, and architects Tom Godden and Matthew Crawford, “The Skyplay concept is just that – a place where children have the best of both worlds. The opportunity to play in the ‘sky’ as well as on ground level.

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“We are adept at managing the unique issues arising from working in a live school environment, ensuring the business of educating students continues without disruption” SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATING NEW AND OLD

“The elevated outdoor play areas are truly like no other, with

As for the design, the compact suburban site demanded a

tree trunks installed floor-to-ceiling ranging from four to

different approach to other childcare centres, says Keogh and

eight metres in length, plus sand pits, water play areas, grass

architects Godden and Crawford. “Where other facilities retrofit

elements, fruit trees and even a skywalk suspended over the

existing homes, the Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning

two-level void.”

has created a bespoke building designed solely for its purpose. “Externally, the building design is a deceptively simple threestorey form that sits alongside an existing 1907 heritage-listed police station. A contemporary design respectful of the historic station was created with great care.” The raw material pallet chosen by the design team includes

The former police station also underwent extensive structural strengthening to accommodate wider openings in the walls throughout, with numerous skylights allowing natural light to pour into the previously dimly-lit heritage building. Nevertheless, the project also had its fair share of challenges,

insitu concrete finished surfaces, recycled jarrah decking,

with the confines of a tight residential environment, tree

galvanized steel and glass – all brought to life with grass,

protection zones, stringent heritage regulations and insitu

sandpits, water play areas, fruit trees and mature tree trunks in

concrete finishes. “The project team worked tirelessly to ensure

the external playground.

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Community College Performing Arts Centre, Geodis Office Warehouse Perth Airport South, Tree House ApartmentsParkside Walk Jolimont, Epiroc Office and Warehouse, Glyde Street Mosman Park Apartments and AEGIS Shoreline Aged Care Facility. Development. Launched in Western Australia in 1986, EMCO Building is owned and operated by Director John Ripp in close collaboration with CEO Ron Keogh. “We have built our company on the strong foundations of quality, service, respect, integrity, pride and reputation,” they note, with significant experience in all areas of the commercial construction sector. “Our experience ensures we are uniquely positioned to offer high-quality and cost-effective building solutions through clear understanding of the client’s needs and a cooperative and proactive approach to problem solving. Very importantly, we have completed many projects in live situations with the premises remaining operational.” A highly skilled and professionally qualified management team covers the full spectrum of professions from engineering through cost management, quantity surveying, estimating, contract management and site management. The company’s successful completion of the Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning project highlighted its strong track record in the education sector, having completed numerous schools, colleges and university developments. “Our experience ranges from alterations and additions on existing campuses through to complete new build facilities, The Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning was the fifth centre opened by the operator, and was inaugurated as a key component of the School of Early Learning’s continued development of children following the progressive philosophies

and covers every aspect of the education sector from science blocks to sports and gym facilities, general purpose areas and boarding houses/student accommodation to complete new campuses.

of the Municipal Schools of Reggio Emilia, Rudolf Steiner, Maria

“Our experience means we are adept at managing the unique

Montessori and the International Baccalaureate.

issues arising from working in a live school environment,

STRONG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS EMCO Building currently has several other major projects under

ensuring the business of educating students continues without disruption.”

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QUEST JOONDALUP

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CUTTING-EDGE APARTMENT-HOTEL PROJECT CONSOLIDATES JOONDALUP’S BURGEONING GROWTH The last 20 years have been pivotal for Joondalup. As Mayor Albert Jacob notes, “The Joondalup city centre has flourished into a successful, highly liveable commercial, civic and cultural destination. Today marks another significant milestone in our journey, as work begins on this outstanding development.” He was referring to Quest Joondalup, a new apartment-hotel property developed by M/Group and built by M/Construction that is strategically positioned in the primary urban centre of Perth’s outer northern suburbs. The city centre already accommodates the Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre, Edith Cowan University and Joondalup Health campus, as well as substantial local and international office and industrial tenancies. Quest is Australia’s largest apartment-hotel operator for total properties, which are located in central business districts, and suburban and regional areas – with close proximity to head offices, business centres and key tourist destinations. The Joondalup location on Boas Avenue is seen as an excellent fit

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traffic management in advance due to council requirements and neighbours owning the right of way adjacent to the site, as they needed 24-hour access to the laneway for parking at their property.” Due to the very tight construction program, the building design was modelled using a precast wall & floor system for speed and efficiency. Hollow-core pre-cast concrete floor panels were used throughout the building to complete a floor each fortnight. This further facilitated the construction program, as the trades were able to gain access to the floor area below to commence CUTTING-EDGE FEATURES FOR CONTEMPORARY SHORT-STAY ACCOMMODATION Quest Joondalup is a 90 key hotel comprising studios and one and two-bedroom apartments. Its design concept takes advantage of the fact that studios are considered a great alternative to regular hotel rooms. They feature a comfortable king bed and kitchenette; while the one and twobedroom apartments are equipped with a full kitchen and laundry facilities, providing a home-away-from-home experience that is ideal for families, professionals and larger groups. The development is accessed off the street-front into a large entry lobby, including a central lift accessing all six levels, with commercial tenancies on the ground level (and the opportunity for a café/restaurant). The ground floor also includes a conference room, guest laundry and gym, plus on-site parking. According to M/Construction Director Michael Read, the main challenges during construction included coping with busy traffic in Joondalup city’s main street. “This involved well-planned

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their works under the main structure, which would usually be obstructed and inaccessible for a month by scaffold-props if the floor had been an in-situ suspended slab. “As the design was progressing so rapidly we had to re-think how the balcony structures would be incorporated into the build. It was decided to be a post-fix bolt-on light-weight structure which enabled the main structure to continue unimpeded. “In addition, the roof design was changed from a structural steel and sheeted roof to a flat concrete roof, which saved M/ Construction a month in program time and ensured the building was watertight ahead of schedule and avoided the wet winter months. With the concrete flat roof, it also gave us the opportunity to re-locate all the mechanical plant and equipment as well as hot water services on the roof instead of being installed elsewhere, as there was limited space available within the property.” Another challenge was the inability to lift or load goods and materials from the main street, so a designated area was created on-site to fit a tower crane and allow panel truck deliveries. “This was difficult with a limited lay-down area,” said

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Michael Read, “but was overcome by additional coordination

Minimum waste was also an important factor, according to

and scheduling to ensure no clashes with deliveries.”

Michael Read, and this was achieved by choosing specific

Also, when digging out the lift pit and crane base, rock pinnacles were discovered in the ground – slowing down the excavation

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process. Shared land with a church next door presented

products which were all accounted for during the build. “In addition, we used high-quality products and finishes to ensure the building’s longevity.”

another new challenge, which was managed by regular

The end result was recognised as a resounding success for

meetings to ensure they were aware of all ongoing works.

all parties. The project was completed on budget and on time,

Other significant features included: • Protruding balconies incorporating bold colours to create a feature on the streetscape. • A custom-designed floating deco-wood feature panel at entry, creating a delineation between the apartment-hotel and ground floor commercial tenancies. • A fully-cladded lobby with feature wall panelling using a timberlook for a seamless transition from outside to the indoors. • A landscaping design throughout the building inspired by

thanks to the implementation of construction suggestions for changes in materials aimed at building with greater speed and efficiency. Most of the changes in materials were structural components, such as the aforementioned pre-cast walls, hollow-core flooring, post-fixed balconies and concrete roof. The flat concrete roof also allowed the building team to waterproof the building faster and therefore create a safer environment for the near-finished apartments below. As a large international operator, said Michael Read, Quest had

the original site’s ground cover, which consisted of grass

strict briefs and guidelines in place. “We navigated these and

trees and other native Australian plants.

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As always with their projects, M/Group were focused on a

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firm commitment to sustainability. The landscaping featured

safety and toolbox meetings were held to ensure all parties

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YARLOOP COMMUNITY CENTRE

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On January 7, 2016, two people tragically lost their lives and 181 homes and buildings were destroyed when a raging bushfire swept through the small south west town of Yarloop. The merciless inferno damaged or destroyed many local buildings including the historic timber workshops, factories, an old church, the old hospital, shops, the hotel, the town hall, fire

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The fire is believed to have been initially triggered by a lightning strike, and by the time it had been extinguished some 17 days later it had destroyed almost 70,000 hectares of some of Western Australia’s best agricultural land. PROGRAM OF RENEWAL AND REBUILDING In the aftermath of the fire many people felt that Yarloop would never recover, however a program of renewal and rebuilding has since seen much of the town restored. As a result of a workshop held by the Shire of Harvey and the local community to discuss plans for the renewal of the town, it was decided that one of the priorities would be the restoration of the town hall, which was originally built in 1938, and the construction of a new community centre. In October 2018 Civilcon Construction was awarded the rebuild

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of the town hall, retaining the original facade and chimney. Integrated into the town hall restoration, a new community centre includes a reception and foyer area, separate function rooms, an

The most important challenge presented to Civilcon by the Shire of Harvey and the local community was to save the existing town hall façade and fireplace, and to incorporate them

alfresco and play area, multipurpose conference and meeting

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rooms, medical consulting rooms and a commercial kitchen.

This was successfully achieved structurally by using temporary

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supports and bracing and, cosmetically, by repointing brickwork

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In a recent build by Azure Luxury Homes in Buntine Road, Wembley Downs, the block had been subdivided which subsequently left an area of only 460m2, so the only way to take advantage of the view was to go up. The brief for the project was to utilise the natural sloping gradient of the corner block in order to maximise the view. The resulting design by NDP Design was a three-storey residence of 520m2. The lower floor of the house features a four-car undercroft with a small workshop. Moving up there is a theatre room, family living/ dining, laundry scullery and a fourth bedroom with semi-ensuite for guests. Upstairs again is a family retreat, study, ensuite bathroom and the master bedroom plus two other bedrooms.

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NO MAJOR CHALLENGES Few problems of any consequence arose during the build with the main challenge being building a sizeable house on a tight block. The build took a total of 16 months to complete. According to Azure Luxury Homes director Steve di Fulvio, the most notable feature of the house is the infinity edge pool at the front of the house. “The pool plus the expanse of glass across the front of the residence provides quite an impact, as well as taking advantage of the view. “It also has a very nice floating staircase which helps to promote the open plan living area and sense of space that the client was trying to maximise on the small block,” Mr di Fulvio said. Azure Luxury Homes is boutique construction company specialising in quality custom designed homes. With a team Claude LENZO p: 9244 8363

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TRAINING GROUND AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EAGLES

The West Coast Eagles progression to being a major force in the AFL hasn’t always been matched by appropriate facilities for the club and its players. In the early part of the club’s 30-year history players often had to make do with training on public ovals with no change room or any other amenities. Subiaco oval was a big step up but now, with the opening of their new Lathlain training grounds, the

FACILITIES The facilities at the new ground include: • Two ovals (one MCG size and one the same size as the new Perth Stadium), both with lights • A synthetic running track around the perimeter of one of the ovals • Best-practice gymnasium, aquatic recovery, medical, coaching and player development areas • An indoor lap pool • A large indoor training field/area • Player lounge and study areas • Administration headquarters designed to maximise

club’s training facilities have reached a whole new level.

integration across the business

The new $60 million ground and associated buildings, renamed Mineral Resources Park, is a state of the art training facility

• Flexible education spaces including dedicated facilities for the Wirrpanda Foundation and the club’s community programs

commensurate with the standing of the West Coast Eagles

• Community hub including café, merchandise store and

football club.

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• Training hall and gymnasium areas • Auditorium • Cardio, altitude and sports science areas • Retail shop • Sensory theatre/press conference room

The new $60 million ground and associate buildings, renamed Mineral Resources Park, is a state of

• Board room

the art training facility commensurate

The design for the building was to develop a three-storey

with the standing of the West Coast

structure, but with only a single storey at the front with the other levels folding into the surrounding landscape.

Eagles football club.

MAXIMUM COMMUNITY USE The facility has also been designed to allow maximum community use and interaction with the club. The community has access to all the precinct’s public spaces, including one of the two ovals, running track, retail store and café. Visitors can

The environmental benefits of solar were a key motivator for the installation, with the system expected to eliminate 369 tonnes of harmful CO2 annually, the equivalent reduction of planting

see the team’s training areas, and can overlook the internal

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training field from the entry lobby.

West Coast Eagles legend Ross Glendinning said, “it was

The individual room design of the training facility has been

almost a no-brainer that we use Infinite. Their expertise, their

carefully thought out to maximize interactions between players and trainers. State-of- the-art facilities include a double height gym, a large indoor practice field to accommodate training in

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an altitude room and a climbing wall.

Slewrig Constructions and Crane Hire won the contract to install

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the structural steel for the West Coast Eagle Clubhouse.

Infinite Energy has been partnering with the club since 2014

The structural steel install on a curved structure over a

due to their aligned values of innovation, giving back to the

suspended slab with minimal room made for a complicated

community and working towards a more sustainable future.

build but Slewrig rose to the challenge. The final engineer’s

Understanding the importance of finding an environmentally friendly alternative for their energy needs, the West Coast

report came back with a 100% pass on the erection without any defects or recalls on works.

Eagles entrusted Infinite Energy to provide a solar solution for

Fire prevention equipment was provided by Fireless Fire

their new training grounds.

Services who installed over 50 fire extinguishers.

The sophisticated 291kW solar PV system is designed using

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Dexion won the tender to provide shelving for the building and

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worked closely with the Eagles to ensure maximum re-use of

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existing Dexion shelving, which was relocated from Subiaco to

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GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT West Coast Eagles Chairman Alan Cransberg said the new ground is the result of an exceptional partnership between the Club, the Town of Victoria Park and the Perth Football Club. “I should also acknowledge that we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the great support of the State and Federal Governments. “Each has invested $10 million to help develop the wonderful community infrastructure, including the new ovals, which will form a substantial part of Zone 3 of the precinct. Both governments are committed to revitalising the precinct and delivering an outstanding outcome for community. The company designed configurations to suit the angled rooms

“For the West Coast Eagles, this is a massive decision, probably

that follow the concave nature of the building design.

the biggest decision we’ve made. We’ve been at Subiaco

Some 450 lineal metres of Longspan2 shelving were installed in the basement equipment stores, Level 1 stores, gym and

Oval since our inception and now we are moving out here for probably the next 80-90 years. “We will build world class facilities, but we are very focused on

Level 2 catering/pantries. Dexion relocated 56 lineal metres of existing compactus shelving and installed an additional 110 lineal metres of

making sure that many of those facilities will be available to the community.” Mr Cransberg also praised the Federal Government for

compactus as Freetrack, together with 56 lineal metres

contributing an additional $3 million to relocate the Wirrpanda

of shelves/coat rails in the new shop.

Foundation to the site. He said the organisation would flourish at

The company also provided other services including the removal and relocation of existing pallet racking and shelving from within the previous tenancy at the Subiaco stadium prior to its demolition.

its new permanent headquarters. The site is easily accessible by public transport, with the Victoria Park station being only 500m from Mineral Resources Park. It

Dexion’s philosophy of over 80 years is ‘through smarter

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Building to strict MARKETING REQUIREMENTS

It is an important marketing strategy for most large national retailers that the appearance of all their retail outlets are identical, or at least very similar, so that wherever consumers may go, the company’s stores are immediately recognisable. For those engaged in constructing such outlets, meeting these standards is rarely difficult when an outlet is built from the ground up, but they can present some challenges when an existing building is being re-purposed and refurbished to meet a company’s requirements. National tyre manufacturer and retailer Bridgestone Tyres recently engaged Cassari Group to convert a building in Kelmscott to their specifications, insisting on very specific

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To this end, Cassari Group were provided a brief of requirements

The tilt panel removal required three days of continuous work,

that required strict adherence.

and it was obvious that the other businesses could not continue

Cassari Group was the builder for the refurbishment fit out

to trade for that long without any deliveries.

and Cassari Group Director Lorenzo Cassiani tendered,

Responding to the problem, Cassari Group worked with the local

supervised and administered the project.

businesses to determine when deliveries were scheduled and devised a removal methodology that allowed them to remove

MAJOR STRUCTURAL MODIFICATIONS The project involved major structural modifications to an existing retail building to customize the tenancy to Bridgestone’s national

the panels in smaller segments so they could temporarily stop at any time to allow a delivery to take place.

standards. This entailed the construction of a new showroom, wet

The most notable features of the project were the three new

area and staff facilities and a large vehicle workshop.

5.5m high x 7m wide roller doors, the new showroom and the

To accommodate the vehicle workshop, significant structural modifications were required including the removal of four structural steel columns supporting the roof and the creation of a new vehicle entrance in place of existing tilt panels. In order to accomplish this, over 40 tonnes of tilt panel were removed and

double entrance doors. The workshop features a 1mm metal sheet 3m high on all workshop walls which, it is believed, is a first for any Bridgestone facility in Australia. The project was also thought to be unique in that all other Bridgestone facilities were purpose-built new buildings.

secondary structural steel was installed to reinforce the existing

COMMUNICATION A KEY FACTOR

roof and the remaining tilt panels.

Reflecting on the project, Lorenzo Cassiani said clear

Materials used on the project included structural steel, concrete and fibre cement wall cladding and ceilings, plasterboard and impact board partitions.

communication was a key factor in delivering a complicated project such as this. “Keeping all those impacted by the works informed of what is

The new tilt panel opening was 5.5m high x 25m long. The only

happening assisted greatly with the project delivery,” he said.

access for the removal of the tilt panels was to the rear of the

Cassari Group intends to enter the Bridgestone project in the

building, so all works in this area needed to be carefully scheduled

Master Builders Construction awards in 2020.

to ensure other retail businesses were not impacted.

Formed in 2010, Cassari Group is owned by Lorenzo Cassiani

TIMING OF WORK VITAL

and Daniel Chiari. The company works on small commercial

Great care had to be exercised to avoid damaging neighbouring

projects and high quality new homes and renovations. Since its

property, and the existing building, but maintaining access for the

inception, Cassari Group has won over 25 industry awards for

other retail businesses was by far the largest obstacle to overcome.

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As concerns about climate change and energy use continue to increase, client demand for more energy efficient residences is rapidly growing, motivating the building industry to provide more innovative and effective ways of saving energy. Exemplifying this trend, a recent 8.8 energy rated home in

windows have a lower solar heat gain to minimise summer morning and afternoon heating. All the glazing is double glazed, with a low-e coating and argon gas inside.

Hazelmere - built by MK Building Solutions - employs a number of highly innovative design solutions to dramatically reduce

Beneficial shading was achieved by planting a deciduous plum tree on the west elevation, which is a natural way to

the building’s energy consumption.

stop afternoon sun when it is not wanted in the summer. Also

Having bought a north-facing block of land the clients intended

incorporated in the design is a wisteria growing on a trellis

to build their home with the main living area as much to the

located at the eastern elevation of the home.

north as possible. This was achieved in their passive home design by angling the living area to the north. To obtain cross ventilation through the house a central hallway was created with windows at both ends that could be opened.

A 1.8m roof overhang was built on the north side to keep the summer sun away from the windows. A removable shade sail has been placed over a ‘secret garden’ which gives the master bedroom winter morning sun while providing shade on summer

WINDOW CHOICES VITAL IN PASSIVE DESIGN

mornings. The ‘secret garden’ contains tropical plants which also

As windows play a crucial role in passive design, the choice was

benefit from the summer shading.

made to use thermally broken aluminium windows with double glazing. The north facing windows were chosen with a high solar gain to bring in the winter sun, while the east and west facing

INCREASING THERMAL MASS In order to achieve a higher R rating for the external walls, the choice was made to use 140mm timber framing with R3 insulation batts to the external walls and selected internal walls, with reverse

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To further increase the thermal mass in the house, all internal

CLIMATE CONTROL WITHOUT ENERGY USE

walls were constructed with brickwork. Large ceiling fans were

According to the clients, the home is extremely comfortable to

placed throughout to circulate air around as much as possible.

live in, with little to no need for thick jumpers and slippers in the

The clients’ intention was to ensure non-renewable energy

early hours of the morning or into the evening. The large ceiling-

sources were not used. To this end there is no gas connection

to-floor windows provide an open, airy feeling with abundant

and all cooking and water heating is electrical. All lighting is

light even on a dull day. The clients say the ‘secret garden’ of the

energy efficient LED lamps, and efficient ceiling fans are used

master ensuite is a unique and welcoming feature to wake up to.

throughout the house thereby eliminating the need for air-

The other bedrooms in the home have been designed away

conditioning. A heat pump inverter hot water system, which is

from the sun so that the occupants can stay comfortable well

the most efficient way of heating water, has been installed.

into the late morning if desired. The central kitchen, dining and

A dedicated area on the roof is reserved for solar panels and

living area sit next to large stacker doors and a decked patio,

while there are currently no solar panels installed, all conduits

making an easy transition from one space to the other and

are in place and ready, terminating at a storeroom next to the

allowing easy supervision of children playing in the garden.

carport. The inverter is also to be installed there as well as a

An automated window system was designed as part of the

future battery back-up system. This room was chosen because

cross ventilation to deal with Perth’s high summer temperatures.

it is next to the carport, thus ensuring ease of installation of any

There are five temperature sensors and one anemometer

charging equipment for future electric cars.

(wind speed sensor) installed in the house to keep track of

Light colouring has been used throughout to minimize heat gain

environmental factors which may influence the ventilation.

in the summer as per the energy consultant’s recommendations.

The automation system is unique to this home with nothing like

The roof sheets are ‘Surfmist’ white.

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average temperature internally is higher than the average temperature externally. In Perth’s summer, this usually happens in the early hours of the morning when the occupier is sleeping. On the ‘winter’ setting, the windows will operate the opposite way in that they open when the temperature inside is lower than the temperature outside. In Perth’s winter, this would happen in

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FOR VETERINARY CLINIC

Having previously operated from an old brick and clay tile 1950s house, the High Wycombe Veterinary Hospital needed to expand. The client approached Studio Origami Architects with a simple brief: increase the hospital floor area by 80m2 and use the new building to project a modern and appealing image to the public, all this within a modest and strict building budget.

the use of standard proprietary aluminium panels made the facade too expensive. It was then decided to go in a different direction with a different screening style: a metal woven screening.

Studio Origami provided the core architectural services, design and documentation, liaison with local authorities, coordination of specialist consultants, tendering, and contract administration. While the strict budget limitations created a challenge, Studio Origami perceived it as an opportunity to exercise their strategic thinking and creativity, winning the commission by providing the client with an inspired idea: instead of trying to make

The cost options were analysed with the client and a green light was given to proceeding in this direction. FUNCTIONALITY ADDED It was found that the screen column footings would be too deep and massive, but by employing a horizontal footing out of the ground the cost of digging was saved. A new seating functionality for the footing was provided along the screen façade, so patrons

the old 1950s house something that it could never be, they would camouflage the old building with a tall facade screening

can wait outside with their pet for their appointment. The selected builder, Akron Building Partnerships, provided a

between the old and new extension.

very competitive construction cost at the tender stage and had

ADDITION MORE COST EFFECTIVE

a very collaborative approach to understanding the limitation of

THAN TRANSFORMATION

the budget, and providing suggestions and alternatives to help

The screen provided a clear division between the old and the new, with the height of the facade screening demanding a viewer’s attention from the street. A new, cost-effective 80m2 box modern extension was added to the front of the development.

meet the budget. During the construction phase and, because of the novelty of the woven aspect of the screen, it became difficult to determine its final cost with the builder. Studio Origami decided to become involved in the fabrication and installation of the screen by

costed the screen facade with different suppliers but found that

treating the project as an art installation service.

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During the design process, and before tendering, Studio Origami

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HIGH WYCOMBE VET HOSPITAL

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HIGH WYCOMBE VET HOSPITAL

To reduce their conflict of interest, a provisional sum was taken

“The wood box appearance of the building also softens that

out of the construction contract and Studio Origami contracted

relationship between the facility and the owner of the pet, who is

directly with the client.

coming to the vet clinic because of a health concern of their lovely pet, sometimes with dramatic consequences. The building wants to

SCREEN ADDS EFFECTIVE SECURITY Having experienced multiple break-ins to their premises, due

comfort those feelings by using the wood as a natural material.”

mainly to the storage of pharmaceutical products, security was

Mr Ayora said the engagement and support of the client was

always a concern for the client. To enhance security only one large

indispensable for the success of the project.

opening faces the street and a security screen, again constructed

CLIENT SUPPORT INSPIRATIONAL

with woven stainless steel, slides over the opening at night.

“The client believed in the crazy idea of the woven facade and

During the day, the security screen is suspended next to the

inspired us to resolve the incredible complexity of the detailing.

facade screen creating a strong visual contrast with the vertical

This project was a confirmation that a completed building is the

groove wood board wall finish of the box extension.

product of a very passionate team, the client, the architect, the

The entry is protected from the elements by an 8mm galvanized

builder, the trades, everyone that is involved in it.

plate awning which extends 1200mm along the main glazing

Studio Origami Architects is a creative and science orientated

opening of the building. At the end of the awning, the name

practice, funded by Izabela Katafoni and Javier Ayora.

of the clinic is spelled out with laser-cut letters, a subtle signage that complements the whole industrial and elegant configuration of the building. The main materials used in the building are stainless steel and natural wood wall cladding.

The company has embarked on an important research and development project which they have called SUFFIXITY. “The innovation is a proprietary design system capable of delivering millions of design solutions by mixing and matching a limited number of standard building blocks producing a large number of

SOPHISTICATION AND INDUSTRIAL AMBIENCE

design variations and building typologies,” Mr Ayora said.

According to Javier Ayora from Studio Origami Architects,

“This solution is targeted for the increased world housing

stainless steel was used as a reference to the hygienic material

shortage, providing client customisation with the benefits of the

used in clinics, while at the same time providing a sophistication

mass-production.”

and industrial ambience to the building. “To emphasise the stainless steel, we decided to contrast it with a softer and earthy material, Weathertex board, a wall wood cladding material,” he said.

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VIOLIN SHAPED POOL

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Musicians are invariably passionate about their music and their instruments. The musical owners of a recently built residence in Dalkeith, however, have raised their enthusiasm to another level by installing a pool in the shape of a violin. And not just any violin, a Stradivarius no less. Inspired by a similar pool in New York - thought to be the only other violin shaped pool in the world – the local version is stunningly designed and executed and is a credit to the skills and dedication of the Western Australian companies involved in its construction. At the design stage of the three-storey residence, the client’s brief to the architect and builder, JAV Developments, was not to include a swimming pool as they preferred to have more rear garden space.

and an adjacent building which was still under construction and nearing completion. Fortunately at the time the dividing/retaining boundary wall between the two buildings hadn’t been built, thus allowing the use of machinery to dig the hole for the pool. With the steep gradient and a soft sandy surface, a Bobcat with positrack had to be used to cart the sand out of the hole and into a truck waiting on the main street. MATERIALS MANHANDLED TO SITE Once the pool shell had been constructed, the boundary walls, the concrete paving and the external steps had to be built. Consequently, the finishing materials for plastering, tiling of the pool and pool equipment had to be manhandled to the pool site. Because the pool had not been part of the initial design, most

CHANGE OF PLANS FROM CLIENT However after the construction had reached lock up stage, the client decided they wanted a violin-shaped swimming pool to be installed at the rear of the property. This created not a few challenges. The pool was to be located 6m below the ground floor of the main building and there was only a narrow gap between that

of the underground services had already been installed for the residence. This meant that soakwells, drainage and electrical services had to be relocated outside the pool shell, requiring careful detailed excavation around concrete footings. To ensure that the shape of the pool shell matched the shape of the violin as per the design, a surveyor was engaged to precisely pinpoint the location for the formwork with the correct radius curvature. The surveyor and the builder’s supervisor checked this twice before the concrete pour went ahead. The formworker

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BUILDER OF PERSONALISED LUXURY HOMES

Perth Patterned Concrete provided the pool surround and

JAV Developments was founded in 2010 with the goal of

preparation of earthworks. The company’s director, Brent

building personalised, luxury homes of exceptional quality. With a

Rimmer, said the client wanted a raised detailed edge to the

combined experience of more than 30 years in construction, the

coping to distinguish the pool from its immediate surrounds.

company’s priority is developing homes to the highest standard.

“The clients required a smooth, yet non-slip surface,” he said.

Inspired Outdoor Creations, the principal contractor for the pool

“Honing to the surround and pool coping provided this outcome

build, were involved in the pool’s design, construction and finishing.

with style.”

Dave Dickerson from Inspired Outdoor Creations said

CONSISTENCY AND TIMING CRUCIAL

constructing the formwork for the violin was the first important

“Squeedgy line pumps were used to push the extra 100 meters

challenge they faced.

plus to the actual job site as concrete slump, consistency and

“We required two lots of survey points, one prior to excavation

timing were crucial. Boom pumps were not an option for the job.”

and then a second set after, for the radius points on the curves.

Mr Rimmer said the formwork to the existing mosaics on the

After that the concrete was integral as it defines the finished

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