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Spadaccini Homes – Boutique Living A Longstanding Passion for Building

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Materials and solution ideas for the building industry and architects in WA

profile

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CAMBUILD – New studio to inspire clients and designers

from the team

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Cottesloe residence features minimalist, industrial modern styling

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE from the team

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Team Homes' minimalist industrial styling for a residence in Cottesloe; discover how Grange Residential and Construction was able to demonstrate the benefits of residential subdivisions in established suburbs close to Perth city; and review the successful melding of luxury and sound environmental practice by Dempsey Developments in the construction and fit-out of an apartment project in North Fremantle. In Yallingup, a residential collaboration between Naked Architecture and Fringe s we are always pleased to note, deadline; Mettris Construction was engaged Architects was inspired by a panoramic the Western Australian building extremely late in the process, and had to Indian Ocean backdrop; a jacaranda tree industry is widely respected and complete three entire shop-fits provided the inspiration for an elegant new lauded for its innovation, creativity and simultaneously; and Imperial Interiors was home for “empty nesters” in Applecross resilience. Builders and other colleagues required to integrate its Miss Chow's created by Collière Architects; Cape throughout the state consistently schedule with ongoing building works. Constructions completed an exceptional demonstrate a resolute commitment to Focus Building Company at Lakelands property with stunning views of Geographe resolving challenging issues – no matter Town Centre and Maze Architects at both Bay; and Brooks Construction turned a how daunting. Lakelands and Banksia Grove Village had to vacant block near Hillary's boat harbour into This has been a common thread in the pay meticulous attention to greenfield sites a family's dream home. pages of The Builders Choice Magazine and generic layouts when working on ALDI We report on the cutting-edge expansion throughout 2017, and for our final issue of stores in those respective areas – with of St John Ambulance's facilities in Northam, the year we showcase another diverse range Focus also appointed as head contractor for by Lanskey Constructions and Modus Design. of projects, both residential and the landmark overall Lakelands project. Finally, for our Profile section, we commercial, that highlight these challenges Azure Luxury Homes overcame access interviewed Rob Spadaccini, founder of and how the state's top professionals handle restrictions and a non-standard block design multi award-winning Spadaccini Homes and and overcome them. for a residential build in Wembley; and state president of the Master Builders The Westfield Whitford City dining and Conway Projects took on a grouped Association, whose passion for the entertainment hub, for example, presented dwellings project in Joondalup undeterred construction industry was inspired by a plethora of challenges for builders, by site difficulties that had discouraged spending holiday weekends with his tiler architects and interior decorators. Utopia other builders. father on building sites. Industries had to bring its Whitfords Elsewhere this issue, we take a look at Brewing Company building programme Cambuild's “fun and relaxed” new design Peter Leonard forward a month to meet the opening studio in Claremont; admire Brad Ross The Builders Choice Team

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PROFILE

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Rob Spadaccini Founder and Managing Director Spadaccini Homes Rob Spadaccini was visiting one of his new projects on West Coast Drive when he saw an old client from six houses down and stopped for a chat. After introductions, the new arrival turned to Rob's current client and said, unprompted, “One thing about Rob, if he makes a mistake, he'll fix it. I'll never forget we were walking around the job one day and Rob was knocking the wall down with his labourer and I said to him, 'What are you doing?' He replied, 'I'm knocking this wall down – it's out by 15 millimetres.' I would never have known the wall was out by 15 millimetres but Rob did and he rebuilt it without even telling me.” Recalling the meeting for this interview with The Builders Choice Magazine, Rob said,

The Spadaccini Homes story began when Rob was still a youngster. “I used to go to work with my dad, who was a tiler, on Boutique Living weekends when I was on school holidays. I spent a lot of time on A Longstanding Passion for Building building sites from a very young age and it was pretty much a natural progression. I always “That's something I take very its 20th anniversary by taking out loved building, and the idea of seriously. We don't live in a the Housing Industry Association's making things, so it was quite perfect world – we're dealing Home of the Year at the easy for me to move into the with complicated trades issues Australian awards, followed by the construction industry.” day in, day out. So if there's a Master Builders Association's Rob finished off a design mistake you've got to fix it.” Australian Home of the Year, for course, then started a builder's This commitment to excellence two separate clients. This was an registration course. He became and solid business principles is just unprecedented achievement by the youngest registered builder in one of the reasons why an Australian builder of the Australia at the time, at 24 years Spadaccini Homes has become a Spadaccini company's size. In all, of age, then set up Spadaccini premier boutique builder in over the past 12 months, they Homes one year later, in 1997. Western Australia – and have won more than 35 awards. “We've grown steadily over recognised nationally. In 2017, for Rob is also the current state the years. We've seen a lot of example, the company celebrated president of the MBA. ups and downs in the industry

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SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL CCTV ALARM VIDEO ANALYTICS but we've been very fortunate. Because I run a very lean business, we've been able to weather a lot of those ups and downs quite comfortably. Every three or four years I put a strategic plan together to make sure we keep up with new trends and what is happening in the industry and business.” So what does he believe are the key qualities that have contributed to Spadaccini Homes' success? “Strict quality control, maintaining the books extremely tight, making sure my bottom dollar is always protected, and working on the business all the time. Not just in the business. And also developing the right culture. To me it's all about making sure you've got the right culture, and building relationships within that culture. Then your systems will automatically fall into place as far as I'm concerned. A “very hands-on” boss, Rob has had to learn to give staff the power to make executive decisions, especially at two other companies within the group, AMG Homes and New

Choice Homes. “It was very tough for me at the start but now that I know how to delegate it's a lot easier. You've got to get the right people behind you. If you don't have the right people behind you you're not going to get far.” Starting New Journeys Rob credits his parents with keeping him grounded but adds, “I've pretty much sailed my own ship. I'm a firm believer in the six Ps in business: prior preparation and planning prevent poor performance. For me it's important to prepare and plan and to make sure that, when you do execute, it's done properly, and that's how I teach all my staff. I tell them, if you're going to make a promise you keep that promise regardless of cost, regardless of who you are making it to. “If someone's going to spend $200,000 with me or $2 million with me, they've got to get value for money. We might be a bespoke upmarket builder at Spadaccini but we are giving our clients value for money. So we can build a home for $2,000 a square metre or $10,000 a square metre; it all depends on what that client wants and what they specify. “Every single home I've built is the start of a new journey, because every home is individually designed and built. I love getting the jobs out of the ground – that really excites me. It's the start of something new and you're building people's dreams. When you hand those keys over and you see a massive smile, you think, I've done that, I've created that. I had one client

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE profile clients even more, and we've done that – we've achieved it to a tee. We've really raised the bar.” The Burgeoning Advent of Smart Homes Looking at how the overall industry has changed and evolved since he first started, he says, “Technology has gone through the roof in the construction industry. A lot of people have got smart homes now. The industry's really gone through a massive change over the last 20 years. When we were building our first homes 20 years “We're out there to make sure we deliver a product that's ago it was standard wire, standard switches, standard value for money, a product that we can be proud of, and lights, standard roofs, standard that our clients can be proud of” gutters, everything was standard, nothing was not off the shelf; say to me, 'Rob, you haven't built he notes that they are careful to maintain the status quo. 'I know whereas today nothing is standard for 80 to 90 per cent a home, you've built a piece of limit the number of projects things are tough out there, I of the homes we're building. art work here for us that we're they take on at any one time. know we need to look at “We've got customised going to treasure for the rest of “We're not out there to break margins to win jobs,' I said, 'but our lives. You gave up building a any records: we're out there to I'm not about to start sacrificing gutters, customised roof tiles, long tine ago – you build art make sure we deliver a product rates and margins for the sake of customised door frames, we import customised furniture, we now.” That really stuck in my that's value for money, a product getting work.' Then you just have boiler systems that do mind; I really appreciated that.” that we can be proud of, and create a very unstable, underfloor heating, there's facial Rob is reluctant to single out that our clients can be proud of.” unsustainable environment. recognition, C-Bus, loop systems any specific favourite project He attributes this successful “Instead of trimming up rates in the roof so that as soon as because, “I think all the homes year to diversification. “When and going backwards in quality, that we've got are amazing and things got tough I sat down with we needed to trim up rates to the you turn on the taps you've got I'd hate just to pinpoint one all my buyers and I said we point where we were still making hot water straight away. “Gone are the days when home.” When pressed, however, needed to make sure we could money but we could give our people were just happy with a he admits to having a particular four-bedroom, two-bathroom. “soft spot” for a current project They want something a bit in City Beach. “It's a big threedifferent now. And I think these storey home, with all the bells reality TV programmes have and whistles. It's got underfloor created a lot of that as well. heating, facial recognition, We've come a long way over the indoor-outdoor swimming pool, last 20 years and I think in the an Infresco. It's phenomenal this next 20 years we'll go even home. I wish I could put my further, without a doubt.” hand up and say I designed it but As for the industry's main I didn't; it was done by an challenges in the future, he incredible designer.” expresses some concern about Referring to the company's the influx of robotics. “We're success in 2017 – “probably our looking at robotics to do a lot of busiest, biggest year in the our work on site and I think that history of Spadaccini Homes” –

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www.oldfields.com.au is disappointing. That's where I think the building game could really come unstuck. We're taking away jobs from bricklayers, tilers, plasterers and other workers. I know it's progression, it's evolution and it's already started, but not all of us can be doctors and lawyers and accountants. We need a workplace where we can get work and employ people, so I think that's going to be a challenge for the industry. It's going to make a massive difference out there.”

mean you walk in and you get that comfortable homely feel, and to me you achieve that with natural products such as stones, timber, high ceilings, and kitchens where you can actually meet and talk when people come over… a home that's very casual, where people can relax. “A lot of people walk into our homes and go, wow, this is so comfortable, so warm and rich, and you can feel it, you can feel it in the home. You've got to make the home inviting. It starts from the entry; you've got to have that wow effect from the entry.” So finally… how would he most like to be remembered among his clients, colleagues and peers? “For my professionalism, for my attitude to work, for my integrity, for what I've left behind, and for mentoring a lot of young guys. Achieving the Wow Factor “I don't want to take my When not working, Rob has a knowledge with me. I want passion for cars, motorbikes, boats people to understand what I've and fishing.” I don't get to do much gone through to achieve the of it but when I do I really enjoy it. detail and the workmanship His “pride and joy” at the moment I've been able to create. I want (apart from some “beautiful” to share that wealth with my Harley-Davidsons) is a signed 2012 peers, and to be able to do Ford Shelby he bought just before that is very, very important in Carroll Shelby passed away. He is my eyes. also closely involved with the “When I got into this industry, MATES in Construction where I worked before they didn't organisation which organises a ride teach me anything, so I think every year to raise funds for the that's probably why I want to prevention of suicide. “I'm pretty share my knowledge. They passionate about that as well, actually taught me how not to helping the community.” run a business. And I think the In addition, he has just most important thing you can finished building a new home for learn is how not to run a business. himself. “It's a very warm, very In any business your staff are your rich home. When I say rich I most important asset.”

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PROFILE

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Location is a significant component of the marketing strategy of most businesses. Having an office or premises near to clients and prospective clients is essential at times when face-to-face contact, rather than electronic communication, is required. This is especially important where visual concepts need to be discussed, alternatives proposed and decisions made through a process of personal consultation between creative practitioners and their clients. Previously located in Osborne Park, luxury new home design and construction specialist Cambuild had for

New studio to inspire clients and designers some time perceived a need to relocate to an area that would be more convenient to their clients and projects. Studio reflects design quality and innovation It was equally important that Cambuild have premises that reflect the quality and innovation of their design and finished products. After careful consideration premises in Davies Road Claremont were chosen, an ideal location to match the type of client and business they were seeking. Needless to say, Cambuild designed and managed the project. The premises, which had

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previously been a recycled clothing boutique with each wall painted a different primary colour, clearly needed to be opened up and refreshed. Timber flooring, glass and lots of white were used to create a blank canvas, while skylights and a living green wall were notable features. Studio has now officially opened its doors The Design Studio by Cambuild has now officially opened its doors to offer a creative, relaxed and fun new space for its architects and designers to meet with clients to design their new luxury homes. Managing Director Cam Wilkie said The Design Studio is a

concept he has been keen to pursue for a couple of years. “We wanted to create a space where people felt instantly comfortable, at ease and inspired about building their dream home,” he said. “It's important to us that our design studio provides inspiring and unique ideas which reflect our clients' style, to ensure they get the home of their dreams with their family and lifestyle requirements squarely in mind.” Mr Wilkie said one of the challenges of the project was to find the right location. “However we have now found the perfect space in Davies Road, Claremont.


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‘‘Cambuild had for some time perceived a need to relocate to an area that would be more convenient to their clients and projects’’ “Our architects and designers can't wait to welcome people into our new, creative space and start sharing ideas and talk design about their dream home. They are a helpful and approachable bunch with the skills, creativity and inspiration to design amazing new homes for our clients.” Mr Wilkie said he looks forward to welcoming clients into the journey of individual design excellence, quality and craftsmanship that defines Cambuild. “The possibilities of building your dream home are endless at Cambuild. Whether clients are looking at a coastal retreat, clever narrow lot urban residence or a multi-storey custom-designed home, we can assure a quality-built home which will stand the test of time. “While some custom home builders in Perth work from a standard suite of two-storey home plans that they modify for each client, Cambuild believe each of our clients are unique.

Consequently, we create unique dream home solutions that fulfil clients' specific requirements. Each of our custom built luxury home projects is an individual journey – a journey to a destination that is defined by our client.” Business grows through referrals Since its inception in 1997, Cambuild's business has grown through referrals from happy clients. Mr Wilkie personally oversees every project, ensuring his hand-picked team of craftsmen maintain the required quality of workmanship throughout each residence built. Because they are both designer and builder, Cambuild are able to provide clients with everything they need upfront: a detailed architectural concept and a complete and accurate builder's quotation. “Our established methodology and experienced team makes designing and building a home a stress-free and enjoyable experience from day one at a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional architectural service, allowing clients to make decision on their investment with clarity,” Mr Wilkie said. Cambuild are currently working on luxury new home design and construction in Perth's inner, western and coastal suburbs.

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WHITFORDS BREWING COMPANY

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Whitfords Brewing Company

THEATRE OF BREWING

Innovative Commercial Styling for Major Dining Hub

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he completion of any project is invariably accompanied by a well-earned toast. For Utopia Industries, the celebrations were even more eagerly awaited than normal when their hard-working team finally put away their tools at Westfield Whitford City. They had been fitting out Whitfords Brewing Company, where master brewer Ken Arrowsmith is responsible for producing WBC's own range of Beerland beer. It is probably fair to say that the postproject ales on this occasion had never tasted as good! Located in a showpiece corner of this stunning new dining and entertainment hub in Hillarys, Whitfords Brewing Company features

Phone: 9309 5166 www.utopiaindustries.com.au

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similar stylings to its sister venue in Northbridge. It was developed with the local community in mind: split over two levels, including a rooftop sky-deck with views of the Indian Ocean and the entire shopping complex. Utopia Industries' professionals certainly earned their celebratory beers. The building programme was brought forward a month to meet the grand opening deadline, and this required extra hours working around the clock, late nights and a meticulously scheduled team effort by all the contractors. Designer Doug Paton (from d4 residential + commercial + design) ensured the project ran smoothly, with quick and easy decisionmaking; while Utopia Industries also had the advantage of having been the builder for Northbridge Brewing Company. “We already knew the design would be a similar layout, just scaled down.” In the end, they duly achieved their main objective: making sure the client was ready to trade for the centre's inauguration.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Whitfords Brewing Company

Highlighted features include attractive barn doors, feature brickwork, honed concrete floors, the aforementioned sky-deck, mood lighting, cobblestones, a timber bar-top and second-hand jarrah beams suspended off the ceilings. Keen to create an industrial warehouse feel, the designer included oversized entrance doors to give the space an open and inviting ambience. Specialist Building Skills for a Cutting-Edge Complex Utopia Industries specialises in construction, shop fit-outs and refurbishments in Perth, offering extensive experience in a variety of trades – having been the chosen supplier for many top local and international businesses. russell@steadfastplumbing.com.au

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The Westfield Whitford City project, part of a $75 million redevelopment, opened in September with the Whitfords microbrewery as one of its star attractions. "Our vision is to deliver the true neighbourhood pub experience at Westfield Whitford City,” said Ken Arrowsmith, “one that is not only a haven for beer lovers, but also a place for friends and families to catch up. We'll host a series of regular events while brewing on-site year-round, releasing diverse and interesting small-batch brews in addition to our core range. “NBC, our first establishment and sister venue in Northbridge, is considered one of Australia's most sophisticated for its size and we're hoping to build upon this success at Westfield Whitford City, pouring

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Whitfords Brewing Company

locally brewed lagers, hoppy ales, and full-flavoured stouts.” The brewery's focus is on celebrating well-made craft beer, great food and fun times, while capturing a “theatre of brewing” ambience. Seasonal Brews and Special Menus Whitfords Brewing Company is the only fully operational brewery in the CBD area, offering a wide range of local and international beers, wine, spirits and cocktails in addition to Ken Arrowsmith's seasonal small-batch brews Formerly of Emu Bitter fame (he used to be on the cans) and a fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Ken Arrowsmith brews Beerland batches on-site in its 12HL brew house, and offers a core range consisting of Pale Ale, Lager, Wheat Beer, Kolsch and IPA.

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Ken and the brewing team's varied production of seasonal smallbatch specials ranges from Get Schwarty – a malty dark beer brewed in the traditional style of a Schwartzbier – to a fruity twist on the classically European style of Sasion in Taking the Pith. “We seek to provide a diverse menu based around the freshest local produce, quality steaks, pizzas and modern favourites. With regular menu specials and fun food events such as Man vs Food and Chilli week, we are sure to provide something for everyone. “If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, we can also host your next function or special event.” To that end, WBC caters for everything from set menus to casual events for 10 and up to 750 guests, as well as beer tasting options and beverage packages.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Training & Development

44TH WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

Team Australia Excel at International Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi

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he outstanding performances of the 2017 'Skillaroos' and their experts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi has propelled WorldSkills Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world. The jump from 12th at the 2015 São Paulo competition to 10th in this year's International competition has ensured that Australia is continuing to build its reputation for skills and trades on the international stage, cementing the continued importance of VET for the nation's future prosperity.

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This outstanding result has been achieved through the majority of the 18 competing 'Skillaroos' scoring in the top 10 in their individual skill category. The result has been enhanced by four members of the 'Skillaroos' finishing on the medal dais at the competition that concluded in Abu Dhabi, claiming two silver and two bronze medals while many more received Medals of Excellence for their individual performances. South Australian carpenter Ryan Grieger and industrial millwright Brad Ingham from New South Wales have both won silver medals in their respective categories, while bricklayer Trystan Sammut from Victoria claimed bronze in Bricklaying. Mr Ingham was surprised by the result. “I was shockingly nervous (walking up to the podium) but it's incredible,” the 21-year-old said. “I knew I was sort of up there a bit but wasn't expecting a silver medal, it's awesome.” Narrowly beaten by China's Biao Song in the industrial mechanic millwright section, Mr Ingham said the competition was an amazing


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Training & Development

Brad Ingham, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, wins silver at 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi

experience. “It was a massive competition, a huge arena and a big stage, so to perform so well and win a silver medal was very exciting and something I wasn't expecting,” he said. “This whole WorldSkills competition has been a great journey. The skills that I've learnt, the mates that I've made, it's just been an amazing experience.” He's employed by Hort's Engineering and his mentor Chris Hutchison said they were proud of his success. “Hort Enterprises takes the training and development of our young staff very seriously, so to see all the hard work and effort that Brad put in pay off is wonderful,” he said. “As an organisation we couldn't be prouder of Brad and his achievements. Mr Grieger said he stoked with his result. “I'm truly proud to represent my country and to win a medal for them is even better,” said 22-year-old said. “It's an honour.” Mr Sammut, 20, had a team of supporters – including a mentor, TAFE teacher, his parents and two siblings – in Abu Dhabi. “We all put a lot of time and effort into this – not just me but all the people behind the scenes too,” he said. “My mentors, bosses, TAFE teachers, family and friends have all made a lot of sacrifices so it's good that it's paid off. (Mum) would be hysterical. Between her and dad – and the whole family really – they would be hysterical.” The next team of Skillaroos will be chosen from the winners of the national WorldSkills Australia championships to be held at the Skills Show Australia 2018 from 2 – 4 June at the ICC Sydney.

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Trystan Sammut (left), Bricklaying Skillaroo wins Bronze Medal at 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi

Carpenter Ryan Grieger wins silver medal at 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi


WESTFIELD WHITFORD CITY

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Westfield Whitford City

WESTFIELD WHITFORD CITY

Superior Perth Café Culture and Lifestyle

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estfield Whitford City has launched an ambitious $80 million redevelopment with the highly anticipated opening of a state-of-the-art dining and entertainment hub in Hillarys. Jointly owned by Scentre Group and GIC, the vibrant new precinct was initiated in August 2016 and, on completion, has now expanded Westfield Whitford City by approximately 5,600 square metres to around 85,000 square metres in size, with a total of 314 retailers on completion of all the works. The beach-inspired destination is home to an eight-screen Event Cinemas complex with V-Max and Gold Class, as well as a diverse mix of well-established food operators and unique local offerings – including Whitfords Brewing Company's micro-brewery, Miss Chow's, East Village, Jersey Jack Gelato and Eat House. According to Scentre Group, it was designed to bring “a superior lifestyle offer to Perth's northern suburbs... a place for the community to come together with green spaces, water features and unique design elements creating a welcoming environment”. An imaginative play area and regular live acoustic music gigs give it added appeal as a destination for the whole family; and in the coming months it will be further expanded with other commercial, entertainment and dining options.

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Unveiling the new hub, Scentre Group chief operating officer Greg Miles said, “This project is part of our broader investment in the West Australian market and is the first of our three redevelopments that will come to life over the next few years. “The Whitford City dining and entertainment hub will deliver a lifestyle offer not previously available in Perth's north, and will set a new standard in our centres which we look forward to continuing with our subsequent projects at Westfield Carousel and Innaloo.” Westfield Carousel is currently underway and due for completion in late 2018; and work on Westfield Innaloo is due to commence in the first half of 2018. Major International Shopping Group Scentre Group owns and operates what it describes as “the preeminent shopping centre portfolio in Australia and New Zealand”, encompassing over 12,100 retail outlets in 40 centres, and total assets under management of $43.3 billion. The group's strategy is “to own interests in the highest quality regional shopping centres in its markets and to invest in these


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assets through redevelopment opportunities, ensuring that the shopping centres enrich communities by providing extraordinary retail spaces… Westfield shopping centres are an essential part of the community's social and economic fabric, and in 2016 more than 525 million customers visits were made with some $22.9 billion in retail sales across Australia and New Zealand.” Many shopping centres in the portfolio are owned in partnership with leading property investment institutions, and Scentre Group also Bld Reg No. 7120

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Westfield Whitford City

“This project is part of our broader investment in the West Australian market… and will deliver a lifestyle offer not previously available in Perth's north”

works with leading international retail and luxury brands “to create a unique shopping and leisure experience”. The group manages every aspect of its portfolio: from design, construction and development to leasing and retail solutions, asset management and marketing. Scentre Group was created on 30 June 2014 through the demerger of Westfield Group, and the merger of its Australian and New Zealand operating platform and management with Westfield Retail Trust. From Craft Beer to Exotic Cuisine According to Scentre Group's press release launching the new hub, the full line-up of retailers includes: Whitfords Brewing Company – Celebrating well-made craft beer, great food and fun times. Run by the owners of Northbridge Brewing Company, the craft brewery captures the "theatre of brewing" with an on-site brewery operated by Ken Arrowsmith and a rooftop terrace bar with ocean views. Hunter & Barrel – The masterminds behind Ribs & Burgers bring Hunter & Barrel to Western Australia for the first time. Slowcooked meats over coal pits and rotisserie spits are brought together with craft beer, wine and speciality barrel-aged spirits. Miss Chow's – An Asian eatery serving their famous family dumplings alongside French Champagne. Bangkok Brothers – Perth's very own slice of Thailand, offering speedy lunchtime noodles, delightful drinks, delicious dinners and flavourful bites.

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Jersey Jack Gelato – Tradition, excellence and innovation… Jersey Jack Gelato offers hand-crafted recipes and adventurous dessert combinations. East Village – A NYC-style foodies dream, East Village offers up “The Reuben Sandwich”, pizzas, elegant cocktails and other American favourites, including their renowned, drool-worthy NYC burgers. Gami Chicken – A fun atmosphere full of Korean-fried chicken and beer. Dough Pizza – Traditional Italian wood-fired pizza as well as homemade pasta, salads and sweets, all inspired by southern Italy's proud traditions. Eat House – A sister brand to Perth favourites East Village and The Cutting Board, Eat House offers market deli-style dining. Grill'd – All about fresh, healthy burgers, whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or all in. Real food, done good. Guzman Y Gomez – Celebrating all things Latin… the food, the music, the art and the warm sense of community. Bombay Talkies – From the owners of Mela Indian in Northbridge, Bombay Talkies brings you bold and vibrant Indian-inspired street food, designed for lunch or dinner on the go. Max Brenner – Creating a new chocolate culture through smell and taste at the decedent Chocolate Bar. Event Cinemas – State of the art eight-screen cinema with Gold Class and Vmax.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Westfield Whitford City

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Facts & Figures Located in Hillarys, Westfield Whitford City caters to a trade area population of more than 428,000 residents in this coastal suburb 20 kilometres north of the Perth CBD. According to Scentre Group, the total retail spend in the Westfield Whitford City Total Trade Area was estimated at $6.5 billion in 2016, while the total retail spend in 2016 in the Main Trade Area was estimated at $3.0 billion. The per capita annual retail spend in the Main Trade Area was estimated at $15,693 in 2016, higher than the Perth Metro average at $15,438.

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TRIO OF RESTAURANTS

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Trio of Restaurants

COMMERCIAL INNOVATION

Dining Out in Style in the Heart of Whitford City

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he challenge was daunting. Mettris Construction was engaged by the client extremely late in the process, with fewer than eights weeks left until the grand opening of the Westfield Whitford City dining and entertainment hub – and they had to complete three entire shop-fits simultaneously! Tasked with this extremely tight time-frame, as well as the logistical challenges of working in an operational shopping centre with hundreds of construction workers on site, there was minimal scope for errors.

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Furthermore, the three shops covered a diverse cross-section of commercial-fit requirements… Jersey Jack Gelato: Highlighting “tradition, excellence and innovation”, the outlet offers handcrafted recipes and adventurous dessert combinations. East Village: A “New York City-style foodies dream”, the establishment serves “The Reuben Sandwich”, pizzas, elegant cocktails and other American favourites, including their ”renowned drool-worthy NYC burgers”. Eat House: A sister brand to Perth favourites East Village and The Cutting Board, the eatery provides “market deli-style dining”. According to Mettris Construction, of all the many different types of shop-fits, hospitality outlets such as restaurants and eateries are always particularly challenging. “Every millimetre of space has been designed to be fully utilised, functional and meet all regulatory requirements; hence great care and detail needed to be taken into account for every part of the space.


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“Tasked with this extremely tight time-frame, there was minimal scope for errors” “As space is critical in these environments, all equipment was meticulously selected to fit, and all joinery and metalwork was manufactured to the exact millimetre in dimension.” In the end, they fulfilled this demanding challenge impeccably, enabling the client to open well in time for the grand inauguration of Westfield Whitford City. Understandably, the client was hugely satisfied, and the high expectations of Westfield (Scentre Group) were also accommodated.

client's business. “We work seamlessly to transform your business into a commercial reality.” It all starts with the initial consultation. “We provide strategic business development advice including site identification and selection, review of business concepts, planning and budgets,

Specialist Shop-fitters with Quality Construction Mettris Construction are highly regarded in the industry for their innovative design and quality workmanship. Backed by an expert team with over 10 years of project experience across the hospitality, retail and commercial office sectors, they offer specialist expertise in consulting, interior design, construction and maintenance services. “We work in the space where people, the environment and technology converge, ultimately shaping the space people work and play in. We create and integrate all experiences to give a space that is simply unique.” They can undertake the whole approach, from a collaborative design process to post-construction and maintenance of the

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Trio of Restaurants

“We create and integrate all experiences to give a space that is simply unique”

“Every millimetre of space has been designed to be fully utilised, functional and meet all regulatory requirements”

finance arrangements, liquor licence applications and project viability. All services are tailored to give you a competitive edge and to ensure your business is prepared for success.” When it comes to design, Mettris Construction listen to a client's needs, integrate their vision into a strategic and commercial design, then shape their space to make it stand out from other projects. “Our innovative design approach reflects the fusion of all levels of design: architecture, interiors, function, and technology.” Their design services range from concept designs, drafting and 3D renders through to complete construction design documentation for council planning and approvals.

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Their construction expertise spans base build works, interior fitouts, bespoke design and build, and building refurbishments. “At Mettris we control and develop your project with an emphasis on quality and detail whilst ensuring the project runs on time and on budget. We have the team, equipment and expertise to deliver our clients an efficient and quality fit-out, time and time again.” Their maintenance services also cover a wide and varied spectrum, from general maintenance and scheduled preventative services to electrical plumbing and gas, painting, glazing, cabinet making, plastering, leak detection, floor treatments, ceramic tiling, roofing, A/C and mechanical, window treatments, fire protection, detailed cleaning and demolition.


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HILLARYS UPMARKET LIFESTYLE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Hillarys Upmarket Lifestyle

UPMARKET LIFESTYLE

Magnificent Dream Home in Hillarys

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he owners of this eye-catching property wanted to downsize from their previous home while maintaining a high degree of luxurious living. To that end, they choose a vacant block not far from Hillarys' picturesque boat harbour and the ocean beyond, created their own design, and commissioned experienced personal home builders Brooks Construction to bring the project to fruition.

Phone: 6241 1500 www.brooksconstruction.com.au

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Previously, the owner had been living in a large two-storey house – but without a rear yard. His objective was to create a new upmarket, single-story residence, with extremely high levels of finish; a lawncovered play area at the rear of the property, including a pool and everyday outdoor shower; and a three-car garage. The design required the installation of a modern-style flat roof to the front of the home – without compromising on quality and finish. This led to one of the first issues that had to be addressed by Neil and Curtis and their team at the start of the building process. An extensive list of covenants applying at Harbour Rise in Hillarys included a restriction that roofs mainly had to have a pitch of 25 degrees (i.e. no flat roofs). Once that was resolved, other major challenges during the project involved building a large, alfresco, counter-lever, overhanging roof, and alfresco stacker doors with corner-less openings into the living area.


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“The objective was to create an upmarket, single-story residence with extremely high levels of finish”

The provisional initial budget was $750,000 and Brooks Construction were able to keep this to an acceptable $775,000. They completed the work in the allotted six months, and shire approval time was two weeks (designed to suit R Code). Neil says his favourite features are a theatre at the front of the house with an expansive picture window (6.0m x 2.4m) overlooking the nearby Marbella Park, a backyard pool with flushline water level, a unique raindrop water feature, and flowing creepers over the pool area. Personal Home Builders – Offering Exceptional Workmanship Founded in 1977, Brooks Construction offer clients the concept of a personalised home building experience from start to finish. “We always hold onto the best people so you can feel confident in the consistency of our quality workmanship. Many of these craftsmen have been with us for many years. Because we trust their work, you can trust our work.”

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Hillarys Upmarket Lifestyle

“We always hold onto the best people so you can feel confident in the consistency of our quality workmanship” The company's approach to home construction is “to rely on the best equipment and the most talented tradesmen to provide the attention to detail and exceptional workmanship our clients have come to expect”. For Brooks Construction, every individual, couple or family is unique, with their own idea of what it takes to make the perfect home. “Some know the features they want in their new homes

while others need more inspiration and guidance to fully develop the ideas they have in mind. As custom home builders, we give our clients in Perth the flexibility in options that they need to make their new home their own… with features that reflect their tastes and lifestyles. “The fact is that true luxury means something different to everyone. For some people, location is the most important factor.

CARPET MARKET Bob Stephens Mobile: 0418 928 188 Unit 2, 16 Prindiville Drive Telephone: 9409 7655 Wangara WA 6065 Email: carpetmarket@bigpond.com

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Others are more interested in modern style. We start every job by listening to our clients to learn what is important to them.” Brooks Construction's main areas of speciality are luxury houses, custom homes and two-storey residences. “Our process is timetested for getting quality results that meet or exceed every client's expectations. First-class materials and craftsmanship are used every step of the way for a consistently high-quality luxury home.”

We were proud to work with Brooks Construction on this project and working with the team for over 20 years.

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“Our process is time-tested for getting quality results that meet or exceed every client's expectations”

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COTTESLOE FAMILY HOME

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Cottesloe Family Home

DESIRABLE WESTERN SUBURB

Cottesloe residence features minimalist, industrial modern styling

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ith vacant blocks being something of a rarity in Perth's established, up-market and desirable western suburbs, the options for those who are looking for a modern home which is suited to their needs in such suburbs are limited to purchasing an established residence and perhaps renovate, or demolish an established structure and start from scratch. The latter option was chosen by a Brad Ross Homes client with a recent demolish/rebuild in Cottesloe. The overall requirement for the project was to build a new, functional family home for a young growing family. A minimalist, industrial modern style with an indoor/outdoor approach was

Phone: 0408 592 973 www.bradrosshomes.com.au

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specified, with all rooms to project a feeling of light and a connection to the outside wherever possible. The outdoor zone was to feature a pool, an alfresco area and a space for children to play. Long, narrow block The design and its execution were complicated by the dimensions and shape of the block, which was long and narrow. Excavation for the basement and swimming pool was made more complex by the proximity of a neighbour's parapet wall and, of course, the narrowness of the block. In achieving the requirement for a home featuring a minimalist, industrial modern styling, the integration and use of natural material and products was extensive. Sleek lines are a visual highlight throughout the interior and the design objectives were achieved and enhanced through the use of Western Australian marri


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The team at CAST thrive on and specialise in the design and fabrication of luxurious custom concrete pieces for your residential or commercial project that both look and feel amazing.

There is virtually no limit to the possibilities that Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete can offer;  Indoor and Outdoor Kitchen Surfaces including Concrete Sinks  Bathroom Vanities and Sinks

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‘‘In achieving the requirement for a home featuring a minimalist, industrial modern styling, the integration and use of natural material and products was extensive’’ hardwood floors and polished concrete floors (salt and pepper finish), cast concrete kitchen island and bench tops, natural timber veneers, black fixtures and marri floating shelves to the bathrooms. Special interior features include a handmade feature light crafted from recycled timber from the old Fremantle wharf, and a suspended fireplace. Following the theme of recycling, timber flooring from the old Denham Hotel was used for wall cladding and screening by the pool. Feeling of light The north-facing glazed walls allow the winter sun to warm the concrete floors. A key feature is the aluminium joinery and glazing which is utilised in such a way that all the glazing to the north elevation stacks past the external wall, completely opening up the home and further satisfying the requirement for a feeling of light. Pre-cast off-form concrete has been used for the undercroft. Timber frames with Therma Wall Plus cladding

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were used on the build of the ground floor, while commercial grade aluminium was used for windows and doors, including custom stacking sliders and louvers. The exterior also features copper fascias. The retaining walls were constructed with local stone and gabion mesh, with recycled jarrah timbers protruding out of the wall for the fencing. Managing director of Brad Ross Homes, Brad Ross, was builder/supervisor for the Cottesloe residence. Mr Ross commenced working in the building industry as a bricklayer in 1992 before starting his own bricklaying company in 1998. He then took on a supervisor's role in 2003 at a custom design and construct building company. In 2006, Mr Ross moved into a construction manager role at a high-end luxury custom home building company. In 2010 Brad Ross Homes was established with the company owners and operators, Brad and Jane Ross, headquartered in Lesmurdie.


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‘‘The overall requirement for the project was to build a new, functional family home for a young growing family’’ Working relationship critical Others involved in the project include the company's full-time carpenters, who have been with Brad Ross Homes for a number of years and who are skilled in many areas. The majority of the subcontractors and suppliers used on the project are companies with whom Brad Ross Homes have previously worked and, as a result, have consequently developed a working relationship characterised by qualities of reliability and trustworthiness. Thus it is that these subcontractors are very much aware of the uniqueness, challenges and complexities that are often involved in building a custom home.

Brad Ross Homes are specialists in custom builds and architecturally designed sustainable homes including new builds, renovations, alterations and additions. Their focus is on the consolidation of modern design, attention to detail and energy efficiencies. The company has received a number of accolades including the following MBA awards: 2013 Finalist $500,000 - 1 million Alteration and Addition 2015 Winner $500,000 - 1 million Alteration and Addition 2015 Finalist Best Alteration and Addition Brad Ross Homes current work includes new builds in Mosman Park and Trigg. ABN 22 986 155 349 WA Plumbing Licensing Board PL7096

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‘‘The retaining walls were constructed with local stone and gabion mesh, with recycled jarrah timbers protruding out of the wall for the fencing’’

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MISS CHOW’S

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Miss Chow’s

CHAMPAGNE CHARM

Innovative Interiors for Classic Culinary Project

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he Chow story is one of many that have forged Western Australia's venerable history. As the tale goes, “A long time ago there was an adventurous young man named Mr Moon Chow who travelled from China to seek his fortunes in the state. While waiting for news of the gold rush, he made a living crafting delicious dumplings that reminded him of his home far away.”

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Not surprisingly, these exotic, tasty parcels soon became a favourite among the locals. “Then one evening a sweet and kind woman who had recently arrived from France crossed his path and it was love at first sight. Over a plate of Mr Moon Chow's dumplings they shared stories and laughed all night. A few moons later, they married and had a little girl who learnt the secret recipe of the scrumptious dumplings.” Fast-forward to the 21st century, and modern-day diners are now savouring Miss Chow's famous dumplings (appropriately accompanied by French champagne) in a stunning Asian-inspired setting in Westfield Whitford City. The restaurant is one of several showpieces in this beach-inside dining and entertainment hub, part of an overall $75 million redevelopment, and the project was brought to fruition by designers Mata Design Studio.


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“The company's firm commitment to sustainability was highlighted by the use of LED lighting and water-based paints” Excellent Coordination and Integration According to Managing Director Charlie Cicirello, Imperial Interiors worked closely with the interior designers and clients “to ensure a timely and neat solution to the site constraints and budget”. One of the main challenges was integration with the ongoing base building works. This necessitated coordinated deliveries for several ongoing fit-outs (including kitchen equipment) throughout the podium works and upgrades, and scrupulous coordination between the base building and fit-out service trades – as access was limited. “This was to guarantee optimum efficiency of all plant and

equipment serving the Miss Chow's tenancy.” An additional services platform had to be installed as part of the fit-out works above the ceiling. This was site-measured and manufactured to fit around the existing base building equipment that was already insitu. The platform was installed for ongoing service and maintenance of the kitchen exhaust and ductwork. “Some difficulties were encountered with the installation of the new kitchen exhaust system due to base build plant and equipment that had already been installed, but this was satisfactorily resolved through consultation with the project's site management team.”

    

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“This was to guarantee optimum efficiency of all plant and equipment serving the tenancy” Other challenging issues that required specific attention were the air-conditioning and curved in-situ concrete bench-top, as well as general material lead-time. The fire signal integration also required tight coordination with the base building mechanical services contractor. Durable, long-lasting materials were chosen for the project, including solid timber, marble tabletops, in-situ concrete, porcelain tile floor, BOH epoxy floor for commercial longevity, and bamboo screens to create flexible private and open dining spaces. The company's firm commitment to sustainability was highlighted by the use of LED lighting and water-based paints (low VOC) for safety. Successful Completion by Experienced Team In the end, says Charlie Cicirello, Imperial Interiors' meticulous attention to detail and team management meant that an initially scheduled eight-week construction period was reduced to approximately six weeks. “Access issues created by working with the base builder were resolved without undue problems, and the council and Scentre

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Group (owner and operator of the Westfield Whitford City shopping complex) facilitated timely approval processes.” Among the key achievements were the team working successfully with Phillips Hue lighting automation for the first time, the installation of custom-perforated acoustic wall panels, and the finished result of checker-board terrazzo-style tile flooring. Imperial Interiors specialise in design and manufacture of quality commercial and domestic cabinets, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and office and shop fitting including project management. Offering over 30 years of manufacturing and installation experience, they work with reputable architects, builders and designers to provide “a truly innovative kitchen and bathroom renovation package”, as well as project management for all commercial and residential fit-outs. Their experienced and highly professional team creates custommade designs after undertaking thorough on-site inspections and extensive discussions with clients to ensure their specified needs are met. “We pride ourselves on making the best use of available space for anything from casual to elegant designs, and in brand new as well as heritage homes.”


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TEKONA APARTMENTS

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Tekona Apartments

NORTH FREMANTLE LUXURY PROJECT

Deluxe apartment complex clean and green

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escribing an apartment complex as being luxurious and, at the same time, environmentally progressive may well seem to be a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless the melding of luxury and sound environmental practice has been successfully achieved in the construction and fitout of the Tekona apartment project, the most recent addition to the $250 million Taskers development in North Fremantle. Tekona's builder, developer and project manager Gary Dempsey of Dempsey Developments has consistently used the highest level of materials and fittings throughout the project, but at the same

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time has achieved a 7-star energy rating, which is equivalent to 5-star green star rating. The complex consists of 26 two and three bedroom apartments, including four penthouses. Ground floor apartments have a front yard while the rest feature a large balcony. Nearly every apartment has an ocean view to a greater or lesser degree, while all have an outlook onto the development's attractive gardens. The gardens are a key feature and provide a range of facilities including a fruit orchard and herb garden for residents' use as well as gazebos and barbecue facilities for casual entertaining. The total area of the development's gardens is 3,000sqm. Lifestyle amenities include a fully equipped gymnasium, a resort style solar heated 25m lagoon pool and sauna, and an on-site coffee shop.


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‘‘The complex consists of 26 two and three bedroom apartments, including four penthouses’’ Air conditioning units concealed All apartments are air conditioned and every air conditioner is concealed, ensuring that balcony areas are not cluttered with hot and noisy air conditioning units. The apartments feature Gaggenau and Miele appliances, with washing machines and dryers in every unit. Finishes and fixtures are

also top quality with premium cabinetry that employs German selfclosing drawers and hinges. LED lighting is used exclusively throughout the project to conserve energy and for increased lamp life, with remote sensors to common areas to reduce energy costs to tenants. A 24kw cell on the roof further conserves energy for the building.

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No ceramic tiles or laminates Ceramic tiles are not used in any of the apartment floors or balconies, instead travertine flooring and stone is used throughout. Glass doors and windows are full height and ceilings are a generous 2.7m. Polyurethane finishes and stone benchtops feature in the interiors with no laminates used anywhere. The acoustics of the building have received special attention, with a seven-way wall system between every apartment. Testing has resulted in an RW rating of 62, far higher than the Building Code of RW50. Plumbing has also been silenced. Instead of simply wrapping PVC pipe with acoustic material, the latest German design technology – the Rehau acoustic rated drainage system – has been employed. However to ensure best possible performance, the system has also been acoustically wrapped.

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Double glazing used throughout complex All apartments are finished with floor to ceiling windows and utilise commercial grade double glazing. As well as providing a high standard of thermal protection, the double glazing also provides an acoustic buffer. Connections for electric car charging have been installed in all car bays and, although few residents will be using them at this stage, they will undoubtedly be appreciated in the not-too-distant future. Precast concrete has been used for external walls and the foam block precast flooring system, Formfloor, has been used throughout the building. No beams, columns only Instead of beams throughout the building, structural support has been designed to rely on columns only, and these are completely hidden internally through their placement inside party walls.


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All of the balustrading on the balconies is frameless glass that slots directly into the concrete which, while more expensive, looks superior to other installations. Balconies have external columns thus negating the need for unattractive downpipes. Instead of painting the exterior, the four-coat Dulux render system has been used which ensures a much longer life for the exterior finish. Exterior fittings are all polished stainless marine grade stainless steel and coastal grade Colorbond is used for greater longevity. Apart from fittings and Colorbond, no other steel is used externally and, where required, has been concealed.

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‘‘LED lighting is used exclusively throughout the project to conserve energy and for increased lamp life, with remote sensors to common areas to reduce energy costs to tenants’’ vertical cuts. Further benefits were realised through the use of a mining industry machine on the site and the resultant sale of the limestone that was removed. A special point of interest is that the Tasker site is the first nonsmoking development in Western Australia, with smoking being banned during construction and for residents. Dempsey Constructions' director, Gary Dempsey, has had a long involvement in the building industry. He completed his Builders Registration while doing his apprenticeship and within a year was working on his own unit developments. In 1989 Mr Dempsey set up

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commercial construction company Strategic Constructions and in 1993 established his own development company, Dempsey Building Pty Ltd. He has been directly involved in the management and successful completion of over $1 billion of work in Western Australia. Dempsey Construction's other recent projects, Bluewater and Falcon received the MBA's best apartment buildings in Western Australia award and UDIA's best development award. The fifth and final stage of the Taskers development – a seven level complex consisting of 56 apartments – is expected to commence early to mid-year 2018.


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LAKELANDS SHOPPING CENTRE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Lakelands Shopping Centre

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LAKELANDS SHOPPING CENTRE

New Mandurah shopping centre features ALDI store

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But Mandurah sleeps no longer. While still a popular tourist destination, its base population has grown exponentially, as has that of surrounding communities, bringing with it a burgeoning requirement for expanded retail amenities not only in the city but also on its periphery. The response to that need has, over the years, been considerable with the recently completed Lakelands Shopping Centre providing a new and substantial retail facility on the outskirts of Mandurah. Located on the corner of Mandurah Road and Banksiadale Gate, Lakelands features 35 stores and is part of the wider Lakelands Town Centre development, covering a total of eight hectares encompassing a new community centre with future residential opportunities. The centre features 400 parking spaces, including disabled and parents with pram bays, with conveniently located bus stops for journeys to and from Mandurah and Rockingham. Focus head contractor for project Focus Building Company was the head contractor for the project, managing the construction stage from


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‘‘Lakelands Shopping Centre is providing a new and substantial retail facility on the outskirts of Mandurah’’

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‘‘Overall service coordination was a constant challenge with service installations being extensive, both inground and above ground’’ commencement through to project completion. Focus director Shaun Hughes had the role of project manager with overall control of the project. The project was successfully delivered on time and within the client's construction budget with high level finishes being achieved throughout. Service coordination throughout the centre, including in-ground services, was managed by Focus for the duration of the project. The project design was heavily influenced by the City of Mandurah and the centre was designed around a town square and main street that were handed over to the council at the completion of the project. Some of the furniture for the town square was sourced from as far away as Italy. Needless to say with a project of this magnitude there were numerous challenges, for example, the project had a build duration of 14 months and there were seven separable portions requiring separate handover.

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Limestone presents a challenge Limestone was present throughout the site and where it was discovered it had to be over-excavated and removed to 300mm below finished floor level and a 300mm sand pad installed. Overall service coordination was a constant challenge with service installations being extensive, both inground and above ground. Services in the mall ceiling had to be coordinated around a number of skylights and a large smoke exhaust system.

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‘‘The project was successfully delivered on time and within the client's construction budget with high level finishes being achieved throughout’’ A wet winter also made operations more difficult, particularly when pouring concrete panels which were to be left as raw concrete. Focus coordinated with their concrete supplier to ensure that the materials in the concrete mix were always from the same suppliers in order to ensure there was minimal colour variation. Glass skylights run the full length of the mall providing natural light throughout while custom-made fibreglass skylights have been integrated into the mall ceiling. External aluminium fins were used on the Mandurah Road elevation with LED lights that can be programmed to display different colours. As well as being the head contractor for the Lakelands project, Focus Building Company also constructed the interior fitout of the ALDI store. Maze Architects in ALDI fitout role Maze Architects had been involved in ALDI's Lakelands 1,639m2 project from the outset. They provided the centre development with ALDI's preferred design and assisted with locating that in the best possible position for the landlord and ALDI, through to handing over the completed store. Their role included schematic design, liaison and coordination with the client, landlord, consultants and landlord's architect, full documentation of the store fitout and contract administration through to completion.

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Maze have been involved with the ALDI roll out in Western Australia since its inception in 2013. The company has been responsible for 14 of the stores so far and continues to play a vital role with more stores planned for 2018 and beyond. Traditional main street shopping centre The Lakelands Town Centre was conceived more as a traditional main street shopping precinct, as distinct from a stand-alone shopping centre. The challenge for Maze was the fact that the ALDI store has a generic footprint that had to fit seamlessly within that concept. To successfully achieve this Maze worked with the Centre architects. ALDI's generic design heavily influenced the arrangement and layout of the project. Design requirements of the brief were that the ALDI Store's glazed shopfront present to the public carpark and the landscaped forecourt and be visible from the main street. Truck access to the loading dock at the rear of the store, through the carpark, had to be easily navigable on both arrival and departure. The situation where the store forms part of the Lakelands centre, rather than being built on a freehold site as a stand-alone store, is quite unusual for ALDI. The exterior of the store needed to be modified in terms of materials in order to reflect the overall aesthetic of the Town Centre scheme.


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Maze Architects specialise in retail, commercial and residential design or a mix of all three and are more than happy to engage with anyone seeking such design expertise. They are about to commence construction of a new freehold ALDI store in Geraldton and continue to work closely with ALDI on other upcoming stores for next year and beyond.

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Safemaster Brings Height Safety To Lakelands Shopping Centre

In accordance with the mission to keep people safe when working at heights, Safemaster was once again privileged to collaborate with Focus Building Company on the Lakelands Shopping Centre, to deliver a comprehensive height safety solution. As an 'all under one roof' height safety provider, Safemaster brought together their skills and ability to undertake the entire height safety scope, from initial consultation, design and in-house shop drawings through to manufacture, final installation and certification. To ensure continuous maintenance safety of roof assets at the Lakelands Shopping Centre, Safemaster has strategically designed and fitted fall protection and height safety access systems across trafficable work areas on the roof.

One of the notable aspects of this project is the fitting of over 200 units of fall-arrest rated X-ERT surfacemount anchorages, and nearly 1.6 kilometres in length of SLIPNOT aluminium walkway including safety handrails. X-ERT anchorages and SLIPNOT walkway are both Safemaster founding products, and were specified due to their unique combination of aesthetics and functionality, whilst complying with Australian Standards AS/NZS. Falls from heights rate as the third highest incident for work-related fatalities in WA, and they are completely preventable. With the height safety systems in place at the Lakelands Shopping Centre, personnel are now able to work safely and with total confidence during ongoing maintenance tasks.

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BANKSIA GROVE VILLAGE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Banksia Grove Village

GREENFIELD LANDMARK

Cutting-Edge Store Design in Banksia Grove

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eveloping modern commercial centres requires an adept combination of customer comfort and stimulating visual impact. Such was the dual challenge facing Maze Architects when they were commissioned to design an ALDI store in Banksia Grove Village, a newly constructed convenience-based neighbourhood centre. First of all, says architect Derek Nash, “We worked closely with the land developers, Banksia Grove, and with our client ALDI Stores to ensure a suitable greenfield site was available, and to create a

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store design that was the right fit for that site and for ALDI.” Planning requirements dictated that the store be on the boundary of Ghost Gum Boulevard and designed “in such a way that the activity of the store was brought to the street, to enliven and activate that space”. To achieve that objective, full-height glazing to the shop front and excellent pedestrian connection between the street and the forecourt were of key importance, as was ample protection from the elements for pedestrians and customers alike. “All these fundamentals have been successfully integrated into the final design,” notes Derek. In addition, a landmark signage tower that forms part of this composition sits in the south-eastern corner of the site, anchors the design, and is a strong marker for the ALDI store that can be seen from afar.


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“The activity of the store needed to be brought to the street, to enliven and activate that space” Land has also been set aside on the northern side of the forecourt, on the corner of Ghost Gum Boulevard and Jewel Way, for an additional retail tenancy to be integrated into and to complete the "main street" ethos of the original structure plan. According to Derek, the most demanding challenge in achieving this ethos derived from ALDI's very particular generic design, “which is intended to sit back from the street, behind an inviting sea of car parks available for the customer”. It is essentially architect Robert Venturi's Las Vegas main street ethos, he explains, “centred around cars and with the building as a 'sign', rather than the sort of main street that the planners now expect. In this case, it is a more traditional town main street with the buildings forming the edge to the street and activity within those buildings quite evident from the street. In these sorts of circumstances the generic design needs to be manipulated and expanded to achieve that outcome.” Another requirement was for the ALDI tower to be a prominent landmark statement in itself, with the use of more refined materials and additional height than the generic design. In addition, the glazed shopfront abuts the street, so there is connection and activation between the street and the store, as well as provision for

additional retail tenancies on the main street and across a pocket size plaza/forecourt from the ALDI store that will complete the main street form and activation. Maze Architects faced one other “unusual” issue that needed to be addressed with special care and attention. “Because the site was a greenfield one being created from scratch,” says Derek, “we had to work closely with the land developer to achieve a site that was the right size for our client and in a position relative to sight lines from nearby major arterial roads, the proposed boulevard leading

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“Our intent with every store and in fact every project is to apply the design in a rigorous, finely detailed manner” to the site and the other adjacent retail stores, either existing or proposed, for the precinct. “There was a lot of coordination required between the developer and ourselves in the provision of site services, agreement on streetscape treatment and landscaping directly adjacent to the site, and the ability of the roads bounding the site to cope with the necessary car and truck access.” Latest trends and services for 21st century shopping also had to be taken into account, apart from creating the main street ethos. These included coin or token-fed trolleys to assist with trolley return, and an interior design and layout that has “an industrial edginess and materiality to it, very much in keeping with the direction of contemporary design”. The focus of shopping centre design is primarily aimed at attracting and then keeping customers on site long enough to spend their hard-earned dollars. “So,” says Derek, “it has to be a

space that is both comfortable and stimulating enough to allow that to happen, and also to provide the right facilities for the customer. Furthermore, the space within the store itself must be legible and easy to navigate.” The interior design was part of the generic layout provided by ALDI, but it still required a deft creative touch from Maze Architects. “Our intent with every store – and in fact every project with which we are involved, including Banksia Grove – is to apply that design in a rigorous, finely detailed manner that exceeds the expectations of the client, both functionally and aesthetically.” Experienced Multi-Disciplinary Expertise Derek Nash has personally had more than 35 years' experience in the architectural profession, including eight years as a senior design and project architect with a large multi-disciplinary

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“A shopping centre has to be a space that is both comfortable and stimulating” practice and the last 20 years as principal of his own practice. He has experienced the full spectrum of architectural responsibilities on a wide variety of projects, including residential, bank, office, showroom and retail developments, large-scale industrial complexes, and local government and community developments (halls, theatres, churches, child care, sports and school facilities). This diverse scope of knowledge enables him to look at a design brief – like that for ALDI Banksia Grove – with a broad understanding of both the micro and the macro issues. Project Details Banksia Grove Village is anchored by Coles and complemented by Liquorland, 12 specialty retailers and three pad sites. Banksia Grove is a residential development east of the Joondalup town centre and approximately 33 kilometres north of the Perth CBD.

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BARRETT STREET, WEMBLEY

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Barrett Street, Wembley

RIGHT-ANGLED TRIANGLE BLOCK

Difficult block leads to outstanding result

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Further complications The project was further complicated by the fact that there were established houses on either side of the block and access was thus quite restricted during the building of the new residence. The necessity to build around an existing and well-established dragon tree, which had been incorporated in the design as an outdoor point of interest, created its own problems for the builder. The backyard had been designed specifically around the tree which, as a visual feature, modifies the roofline on the pool room and the positioning of the pool. Despite, or perhaps because of, the restrictive site the two-level, four bedroom, three bathroom residence is a visually striking structure. The home also features a rumpus room and a particularly


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‘‘The necessity to build around an existing and well-established dragon tree, which had been incorporated in the design as an outdoor point of interest, created its own problems’’ attractive wine cellar, with glass doors and stone bench tops, under the staircase. The upper floor area comprises a study/retreat and three bedrooms plus the master bedroom, which features a luxurious ensuite with double shower and double vanity.

Emphasis on indoor/outdoor entertaining With the client placing a high importance on entertaining, both indoors and outdoors, the peripheral margins of interior and exterior meld into a pleasing and practical entertainment area.

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‘‘Despite, or perhaps because of, the restrictive site the two-level, four bedroom, three bathroom residence is a visually striking structure’’ The indoor/outdoor living approach to the entertaining areas continues with a spacious alfresco area featuring an outdoor barbecue and a swimming pool, and an attractive pool house at the very end of the block. According to Azure Luxury Homes director Steve Di Fulvio, the overall design and construction of the house is particularly effective due to the judicious use of natural materials, such as timber panelling and different types of stone applied to custom vanity basins and the custom entrance pivot door. The living, dining and kitchen areas feature full height stacker doors with negative framing and cornices. What the client wanted The theme of astute utilisation of space is clearly apparent not only in the exterior design on an unusual block, but also runs through

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the interior providing an efficient and highly liveable family home, which is exactly what the client wanted. In summing up the project, Mr DiFulvio observed that more often than not, the more seamless and simple the home appears, the more complicated the build is. Azure Luxury Homes is boutique construction company specialising in quality custom designed homes. With a team of registered builders and their building design partner, the organisation boasts over 45 years of collective experience in design and construction, which has resulted in a reputation for high quality work. Wealth of experience Directors Rob Del Paggio and Steve Di Fulvio are registered builders with decades of experience in building bespoke luxury homes whose philosophy is that building relationships is part of building homes.


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‘‘In summing up the project, Mr DiFulvio observed that more often than not, the more seamless and simple the home appears, the more complicated the build is’’ Steve is a Registered Builder with over 17 years experience in supervision and construction management. He has experience managing the construction of projects ranging from exclusive architecturally designed homes to multi-level unit developments. He is an integral part of the construction team and is responsible for taking a home from a design concept to a completed residence. Rob is a Registered Builder with over 15 years experience in Perth's premier housing market. Rob's roles over this period have included supervision, quantity control, project management and contracts administration. Rob is responsible for taking a home from a design concept into a structured, transparent project that includes contracted terms, and project management through to completion. Azure Luxury Homes are currently working on projects in Triggs, Swanbourne and Attadale.

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YALLINGUP NEW BUILD

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Yallingup New Build

PANARAMIC BACKDROP

Yallingup residence exploits Indian Ocean panorama

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Naked Architecture is a small architectural practice based in Dunsborough, providing architectural services for a range of building types but specialising in bespoke residences. Principal Clayton Lindley studied in Perth and then worked in Asia for four years, before returning to Perth to work with the Cox Group and then to Dunsborough to establish his own practice. Naked Architecture was engaged by the lot's original owner, however it was sold during the design process. Design team formed Fortunately for Naked Architecture the new owner, having received references from the real estate agent and the previous owner, engaged them for full architectural services. Naked Architecture then teamed with Fringe Architects to provide design services, with Naked Architecture providing documentation and contract


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‘‘The distinctive design was the result of a collaboration between local architect Naked Architecture and Perth-based practice Fringe Architects’’

administration services. Fringe Architects' Andrew Hagemann, together with Clayton Lindley from Naked Architecture, provided full architectural services from concept design to contract administration. They assisted the owner in choosing a builder through introductions to selected candidates. Studium chosen for build Local builder Studium was finally chosen by the owner to work collaboratively with the architects and the owner to fully cost the works. A small niche custom builder, Studium operates in the Dunsborough, Yallingup and greater region. The builder specialises in architect designed homes and provides a high level of finish, customisation and service. Originally operating as Todd Huxley Homes, the company was rebranded to Studium in order to engage clients who wanted a higher level of service and expertise in design, material usage, site knowledge, finishes selections and overall intellectual input into their homes. The new lot owner specifically requested that

the house be as tall and as wide as possible to maximise the magnificent Indian Ocean views from the north via the west and also the inland views to the east.

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‘‘The new lot owner specifically requested that the house be as tall and as wide as possible to maximise the magnificent Indian Ocean views from the north via the west and also the inland views to the east’’ Afternoon sun and glare a challenge The architects were thus challenged to not only capture the views but to also prevent hot afternoon sun exposure to the expansive west facing glass. Endemic to the location, the famed 'Yallingup main break' assails the site with an unwanted abundance of hot, late afternoon, low angle summer sun and associated glare from sky and water. This exposure to sun and glare was overcome by Viridian's timely release of their high performance Lightbridge glass. A combination of clear and tinted double glazed units were used to maximise winter sun penetration but limit summer sun and glare and to reduce heat via emissivity from glass, that is, low E. Deep balconies and west-facing exterior aluminium louvered screens were also used to reduce direct sun on the glazing. A large, open plan kitchen/dining/living area also took full advantage of the superb views.

Winding driveway needed for steep gradient The block itself also presented a challenge in that there was a steep gradient from street level extending to the rear boundary. This made access to the undercroft parking difficult, however the problem was resolved through the installation of a winding driveway, thereby reducing the gradient. Like most coastal areas, the site is regularly subject to harsh onshore winds, ensuring that outdoor entertaining on the occasions that this occurred would be unpleasant if not impossible. The design therefore included provision for a rear terrace for outdoor living during inclement weather. With a height of 10m, the residence consists of three storeys and presents an imposing aspect to the street. Interior stairs featured – to impressive effect – polished WA blackbutt, however easy access to all of the building was ensured by the installation of a lift to connect the three levels.

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KEANE STREET, WEMBLEY

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Keane Street, Wembley

TWO GREEN TITLE LOTS

Wembley residential subdivision sells quickly

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the original home on a 1094sqm block. The initial plan was to subdivide and sell, but Mr Green suggested there was more potential for an greater return on investment if, once the land had been divided, the owners built on the block. The owners accepted that advice and the lot was subdivided into two Green Title lots. The decision to go ahead was clearly the right one as the two properties sold quickly. Grange Residential and Construction was involved with the developer from the start of the planning process, including initial stages of liaising with designers and agents to ensure the product would be attractive to buyers in the niche market of Wembley. Modern and contemporary styles The block was a naturally attractive one uniquely located overlooking lush parkland, providing a pleasant and relaxing outlook. It was considered important to build a product that


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complemented the area but with a slight difference in style, and so each house was different in that one featured a more modern style while the other was more contemporary. Each four-bedroom two-bathroom house was designed for open plan living, with an entertainment zone featuring a spacious scullery and alfresco area. The brief was for single storey residences side by side with double lock-up garages to the front. With each block having an 11.5m frontage, the challenge was to provide ample living areas of approximately 225sqm to each house and achieving a balance which can impart not only a 'flow' to the house but also a feeling of spaciousness.

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‘‘The block was a naturally attractive one uniquely located overlooking lush parkland, providing a pleasant and relaxing outlook’’ Some of the more notable features of the project include the use of 34-couorse ceilings and P50 Shadowline Cornice, door frames with a height of 2,340mm, Eco Outdoor feature stone walls, 3m entry wall tiles, Alucabond feature fascia and entry ceiling, and splay guttering. The alfresco area features a built-in barbecue and sink. Essastone benchtops have been installed throughout the house, as have Miele appliances together with quality cabinets, fittings and fixtures. Builder focuses on quality residences Grange Residential and Construction is a small boutique building company that has been operating in Perth since 2007. The company's main focus is on building high quality custom-designed and built residences in and around the coastal and inner western suburbs. The company believes that being a boutique builder allows them to forge long-standing relationships with their tradespeople and from which they have forged a solid and dependable reputation. Mr Green's focus is to be on site at all times to oversee all building. Feedback on the Keane Street project from people in the area has been decidedly positive, particularly from 'downsizers' who are looking to do something of a similar nature. Grange Residential and Construction is currently working on further projects in coastal suburbs.

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GEOGRAPHE BAY

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Geographe Bay

DRAMATIC SHOWCASE

Exceptional Property Overlooking Geographe Bay

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he owners of this truly one-of-a-kind property had a clear idea of what they wanted. They desired a home with a modern feel reminiscent of Palm Springs, and requested large, open spaces with expansive glass windows, as well as rammed limestone and cement instead of tiles. Fully understanding the site's value, they provided Cape Constructions with a preliminary layout that showed the placement, approximate size and orientation of rooms. The documentation of all the walls also had to be extremely precise, as the power points and switches were installed when the walls were being built.

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Designed by Mario Bernardi and Richard Norrish, this unique fivebedroom, five-bathroom dwelling is highlighted by stunning views of Geographe Bay and clever landscaping, coupled with first-class finishes throughout. Open Spaces and Maximum Natural Light According to Cape Constructions, stabilised rammed limestone walls were used throughout the home, highlighted by concealed steel structures to support roofing and ceiling loads. Navurban Byron Blackbutt timber veneer was used on all doors, cabinetry and bedroom furniture, lending “a gorgeous warmth” to the home. The house features open spaces with large glass windows to allow for the maximum amount of light to flood the home, and Venetian plaster was used on the interior walls in place of tiles and grout. The expansive central space contains the living, dining and kitchens areas, which open onto a loggia with views across the tree


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“The stunning landscape lighting completes the picture and showcases a truly remarkable home”

canopy to the valley below. A large cage made of perforated metal sheets was installed at the entrance to allow fresh air to filter through the house. The thermal mass of rammed earth, combined with shaded glazing via the loggia and overhangs, helped to maximise the home's energy efficiency. “While the overall footprint of the property is large, it was important to section off the unused areas during times when only two people would be using the home. This has been achieved through the use of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and large glass windows. “Underfloor heating runs through the entire house, with PV cells on the roof powering the heat pumps to give a warm glow to the house through the buffed concrete floors. Most of the rooms were designed to face Geographe Bay, while blank walls with minimal openings shelter the building from the cold south-westerly winds that often sweep over Mount Duckworth.”

The choice of lighting displayed in the project showcases the natural elements and minimalist design principles. “Overuse of recessed downlights has been avoided, and the carefully selected lighting highlights the features of the home without being intrusive.”

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“They desired a home with a modern feel reminiscent of Palm Springs, and requested large, open spaces”

Linear-profile lighting has been used in the internal walkway and passage areas, and encased in custom-made timber covers. “The 800 millimetre-long fixtures are installed approximately 150 millimetres above floor-level to create a subtle reflective light from the polished concrete floors. Dimmable linear profile strip lighting was also concealed in the dropped bulkhead in the main living, dining and kitchen areas, resulting in a stunning reflective effect. A handcrafted feature pendant light was created to illuminate the beautiful kitchen island bench.” Cape Constructions notes that the majority of the bedroom lighting is composed of square-profile up/down aluminium-finish wall lights, which highlight the natural texture of the rammed limestone walls; while some unobtrusive downlights were installed where required in the minor bedrooms and bathrooms. Square aluminium-finish lights have also been used to great effect on the exterior walls by complementing the asymmetrical in-

ground wall-washers in selected entry areas, and highlighting the texture of the rammed-limestone walls. “The stunning feature and landscape lighting completes the picture and showcases a truly remarkable home.” Meanwhile, the Gyrock ceilings were a ”work in progress”, as the owners, architects and tradespeople discussed the best options for lighting (troffer ceilings) curtains (recesses) and sound absorbing areas – which have turned out to be another key feature of the house. As the floors were to be finished as a raw buffed concrete, the slabs had to poured after all rammed limestone walls were completed: otherwise there would have been too many patches from wall supports. “This was very time-consuming as allowances for masking the new walls and keeping the concreter's pump pipes off the lime stone had to be supervised strongly. Nevertheless, all turned out well – with the team of contractors doing a great job.”

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“The carefully selected lighting highlights the features of the home without being intrusive” Award-Winning Builders of Modern Country Homes Dunsborough builders Cape Constructions have been building homes in south-west Western Australia for over 20 years, specialising in timber-frame country houses, luxury holiday homes, custom-designed residences and commercial construction. Acutely aware that many people today are looking for a stunning modern home in the country, they appreciate the importance of listening to their clients and letting them design their own home, while providing their extensive building expertise to help clients achieve the results they are seeking.

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“Merging your indoor living space with nature outside is what it's all about in south-west Western Australia. Getting away or totally off the grid is also on people's minds when building a home.” Cape Constructions are also specialists in energy efficiency, having won the Master Builders Association Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in 2013 (as well as numerous awards in other categories over the years). “Our team are passionate about getting everyone away from the high costs of electricity and gas in southwest Western Australia.


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ST JOHN AMBULANCE WA

THE BUILDERS CHOICE St John Ambulance WA

COMMUNITY HERITAGE

Valuable New Emergency Services Asset for Northam

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ealth services are one of the essential bedrocks of a local community's quality of life and wellbeing. So when St John Ambulance Western Australia announced plans to expand their services with a new centre in Northam it was therefore paramount to bring on board the right project team to deliver this important project. After a rigorous selection process, they appointed Lanskey Constructions as the head contractor. The development itself comprises two adjacent buildings for the regional head office, a public first aid training facility, and the ambulance sub-centre depot with staff amenities. Both buildings

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were designed and constructed following extensive consultation with all the relevant stakeholders, including end users. The new facility was officially opened in October, “allowing St John to continue providing their invaluable service and major contribution to the Wheatbelt community's future”, as noted by the Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash. Lanskey Constructions' experience and professionalism were recognised as making a significant contribution to the project's completion within the Federal National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) timeframe. St John's property and development manager Michael Longman reported, “Correspondence during the project, between St John, Lanskey and the superintendent (Modus Designs), was transparent and professional. “This ensured minimal delays and clear direction at all times. The efforts of Lanskey's project manager (Adam Davies) and site manager (Corey Hoeden) were crucial elements in the success of the project.”


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE St John Ambulance WA

He went on to add that, “St John enjoyed working closely with Lanskey and the project superintendent (Simon Walker) to resolve any issues encountered during the project in an effective and timely manner. Any St John requests and contract variations were professionally attended to by Lanskey at an agreed cost and without influencing the projected completion date.” Finally, he said, “Lanskey provided a high-quality build with only minor items identified during final inspection, and these were addressed promptly and professionally.” St John concluded that they would welcome the opportunity to work with Lanskey again on future capital works projects. Lanskey business development manager Cameron Morrison congratulated St John Ambulance on the opening of the new centre and, with reference to the quality of the build and its planned lifecycle, stated that, “This is a great facility that will serve the Northam community and other regional areas for many years to come.”

Delivering an Integrated Service Model The project was jointly funded by the Federal Government ($2,119,500), Shire of Northam ($136,364), and St John Ambulance Western Australia ($2,119,500). The ambulance depot building houses an eight-bay ambulance garage, a crew area including a meals area, kitchen, lounge, male amenities, female amenities and four quiet rooms and an administration area. St John Wheatbelt assistant regional manager Simon Burke said the facility would allow the organisation to expand. “This new centre will help deliver our integrated model of service, where volunteers and career paramedics work side by side and first aid plays an integral part in the chain of survival. The project will contribute to the continued operation of a 24/7 ambulance service in Northam and provide additional facilities for the increase in demand for first aid training.”

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The federal member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the new facilities would ease demand on emergency services in Northam, and confirmed that the ambulance depot would help inter-hospital patient transports and reduce ambulance response times in Northam. St John Ambulance Western Australia CEO Tony Ahern hailed the opening as “great news for the town of Northam, our volunteers and staff, and for people in surrounding areas. The requirement for ambulance and inter-hospital patient transports has grown significantly in the Northam area and this development will allow us to expand accordingly to continue the high level of services currently provided”. The Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, noted that more ambulance services and free first aid training meant Wheatbelt region locals would be better looked after, and added a personal commitment. “I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and improving health services does that.”

A Complete Design Solution Modus Design were similarly proud to have assisted St John Ambulance with the delivery of the new centre. Simon Walker said, “Our scope on this greenfield project commenced with concept design and extended through DA and building permit documentation, management of the tender process and ultimately acting as the superintendent on behalf of St John, with Lanskey Constructions WA appointed as the building contractor. “Under Modus Design's management were engineers from geotechnical, civil, structural, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical disciplines, as well as land surveyors and private certifiers. “Despite the challenges imposed by February's extraordinary rainfall events, the project ran to the satisfaction of the St John capital works team and other stakeholders, and has left Northam with a valuable new asset for its emergency services infrastructure.”

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“This is a great facility that will serve the Northam community and other regional areas for many years to come” Site Challenges According to Modus Designs' associate director Colin Gardiner, one of the main challenges was a sloping site which required considerable retaining for both lots, and this meant it took a long time for the building to get out of the ground. “Then there was a summer storm which washed away the footings trenches shortly before they were due to be poured. There were also various unknowns in the ground, including soil which had to be removed as it could not be compacted. The builder worked very hard to keep on program in the first few months of the build. Lanskey, however, maintained their focus on delivering the works to the best time and quality possible regardless of these issues.”

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Focus on Fundamentals.. and History Colin added that, as the project involved a non-profit organisation and the ambulance unit was relocating from existing premises, there was a key focus on cost and time. “The building itself had to identify with the St John brand, and the bold colours on the façade and to the interiors helped to achieve this. Regarding the costs the buildings are framed construction, which suited the regional location and also reduced transport costs. The structure is well insulated and therefore efficient to run.” A final touch was parking for the iconic heritage ambulance, “as a feature of interest and helping to preserve the project's background and history”.


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THE TREE HOUSE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Tree House

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t is the eternal quandary for “empty-nesters”. Do they stay in the family home, downsize to a more convenient and manageable residence for two, or opt for a completely new lifestyle – while still ensuring there is sufficient space for visits and holiday stays by a newly-arrived generation? For one couple who contacted multi award-winning architect John Collière of Collière Architecture, the latter was emphatically the case. Unlike similar couples of their age who might aspire to a luxury waterfront South Perth apartment they owned for 15 memorable years, that phase of their own lives had ended.

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“Their three daughters were now married, each with two or more grandchildren,” recalls John, “and this necessitated new accommodations better suited to their enjoyment of the growing family. So, back to the suburbs.” Once the block was chosen and Collière Architecture won the design competition, an extensive and detailed brief of requirements ensued. “They basically wanted a modern, elegant, large and luxurious 'pad' for two on the ground level, with extensive indoor and outdoor living spaces to enjoy and share. The accommodation wing for the 'kids' had to be isolated and quite separate on the first floor.” To resolve the brief, Collière Architecture proposed a “C-shape” site plan engaged around an existing large jacaranda tree. “Conscious of the loss of their previous stunning waterfront view, we sought to provide an alternate suite of engaging views via the built forms, terminating view lines on art focus points, the pool and that big beautiful tree.”


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“Conscious of the loss of their previous stunning waterfront view, we sought to provide an alternate suite of engaging views via the built forms” Attractive Natural Focus for “Tree House” This physical and semantic link to the tree's shelter led to the grandchildren deriving a nickname for the home: the “Tree House”. The feature became an appealing pivot point for the overall design themes of the home, as it was refined through extensive detailing phases. The family's appreciation of the jacaranda centre-piece, and its many wonderful attributes, also generated creative ideas that infused their way into the home's form, including variations in timber graining, differing textures, shadow effects and natural lighting sources. Collière worked closely with renowned joiners Fremantle Furniture Factory to achieve this vision. “Together, they ended up providing added physical and emotional comfort to the clients and their grand children, which was what this whole move was all about.” According to John Collière, the modern and elegant sculptural "slipped" forms featured in the front elevation were essentially a reaction to large developer homes being located next to and opposite, with many first-floor windows facing towards the site and creating a privacy issue for the proposed first floor children's wing. The front elevation's tall vertical form featuring active louvres provides two of the three first-floor bedrooms with the ability

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Tree House

to remotely control light, views and privacy. The third and largest guest suite has its back to the street, except for a long low-slit window that takes in a yacht club view to the east and its private terrace. An elegant interplay of reconstituted timber, nickel silver aluminium, stone, white off form concrete and white walls encompasses the street-facing sculpture art focus, “to create a striking elevation which responds to and addresses the presence of the existing neighbours in a fresh, contemporary and hopefully timeless way”. Varying construction delivery methods were considered for the sophisticated home, says John, with the client eventually settling on a combination of invited tender with negotiation to award the contract. And the bottom line? “The clients reported that the home exceeded their high expectations, and they were extremely happy with the result.”

Firm Commitment to Sustainability The design provides a sophisticated array of passive and active environmental and shading systems, highlighted by insulated floor slabs, insulated external walls and ceilings, and extensive use of double-glazing. PV cells fuel the air-conditioning, floor heating, reverse osmosis and pool filtration systems. The outdoor living spaces feature an active roof louvre set-up which provides a flexible light control system that accentuates shelter from the summer heat and facilitates the entry of winter sun into this space and the associated TV room and study areas. Electric north-facing vertical sun screening was integrated into the support structure to add to sun and insect control. Active external louvres were discretely coordinated into the soffit of the large 10-metre wide double-glazed window wall of the lounge and dining room to ensure that excess sun reflection and glare could be controlled at all times.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Geographe Bay

Sophisticated Ambient Lighting… and Sculptural Steel Features The many sculptural forms of the “Tree House” were envisaged from the home's design inception to be augmented and enhanced by striking night lighting The lighting consultant was chosen and appointed to work closely with the architectural team to deliver the design concepts. A high degree of skill and care was applied at all times during the project, producing a sophisticated array of internal and external lighting solutions for the clients which has greatly enhanced the home's level of enjoyment and the community's engagement of the night-lit street elevation. The front elevation, artwork and garden, entry lobby, pool and retained large tree lighting systems are some of the key highlights. As a result the house has two distinctive characteristics: during the day, modern, elegant and sophisticated; and at night it's a home of calm intrigue, oozing chill. Steel work features extensively throughout the contemporary sculptural forms of the home. The "Tree House" required low-pitched roofs, high ceilings and large column free spans to maximise the volumes available within

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the council's allowable height restrictions. It was clear to the structural engineer, architect and builder that a full structural steel roof frame, steel roof cladding and column system provided maximum cost and design results. The resultant structural steel columns are featured throughout the design and left un-clad except for a "Millboard" cover inserted to enhance and conceal integrated down pipes coordinated within the columns. “The many active louvred shading systems within the home required light and strong support systems, which steel provides,” notes John. “Its value can be most clearly seen in the front elevation's highly detailed active vertical louvred bedroom screening and support system. Steelwork detailing continues inside to feature in the lift screen and axolotyl sprayed hand rails.” Completed in 2016, the home was shortlisted in the new homes category of the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards. John Collière has also been honoured with many other awards from the Architecture, Building, Property Council, Concrete Institute, Urban Planning Institute and Heritage Council.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Tree House

“The family's appreciation of the jacaranda centre-piece generated creative ideas that infused their way into the home's form” Close Liaison with the Owners The project covered a gross area of 660 square metres, and the construction work was carried out by Pirone Builders. The home presented a particular challenge for them due its shape and also being built around the jacaranda tree, which had to be carefully nurtured during construction of the home, external areas and boundary walls. Pirone Builders worked closely with the architects and structural engineers on the steelwork, and also liaised directly with the

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owners to ensure that their needs and expectations were met in regards to both the finish and the appearance of the home. The master builders at Pirone construct only a selection of luxury homes each year to ensure that each project is completed to the highest standards. The company is known for high quality construction and exceptional attention to detail. A family business which has built a reputation based on quality, craftsmanship and pride in the finished product, Pirone Builders adopt “a hands on approach from the day the client decides to build to the day we hand over the keys. Excellence in construction techniques combined with a genuine commitment to produce both client and builder satisfaction in the finished product are our trademark. “All products used in our constructions are of high quality and we only use sub-contractors who provide a high standard of workmanship. The majority of our sub-contractors have had a longterm relationship with our firm.” Pirone Builders are members of both the Master Builders Association and the Housing Industry Association, and have won numerous housing excellence awards.


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“The clients reported that the home exceeded their high expectations, and they were extremely happy with the result”

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CARIDEAN STREET

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Caridean Street

Builder took up challenge of difficult site

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ll building projects come with challenges of one kind or another. Some are easily overcome but others can be daunting to the point that the project ends up in the 'too hard' basket, attracting little interest from builders. A recent case in point was a property situated at 103 Caridean Street, Heathridge, which had been rezoned by the City of Joondalup in 2011 from Civic and Cultural to Residential, and recoded to R40 with use restricted to over 55 aged persons' dwellings. This was done within the mandate of the City of Joondalup to provide for alternative housing choices for the City's ageing population and enable them to remain within their local area. The

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location was considered ideal for retirees and grandparents in that it is adjacent to a shopping centre and primary school. Requests for tenders were advertised by the City of Joondalup in 2014, however no tenders were received. Attractive site with views The site was a very attractive one in many ways, sitting approximately 90m back from the main road and on the side of a hill overlooking a sports oval. Its elevated location and topography provided scenic views, including a panoramic vista to the Perth CBD. However, although the block provided scenic benefits it also presented a number of significant challenges, particularly in relation to earthworks, retaining and service provision. Undeterred by the site difficulties that had discouraged other builders, Conway Projects director Joe Conway and general manager Tony Hopkinson, who are both chartered engineers, took up the challenge in late 2015 and purchased the block from the City of Joondalup, subject to a clause to inspect the site in more detail. Following substantial site investigation a carefully considered design was submitted to the City of Joondalup for planning approval, which was granted with the design remaining unaltered.


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Challenge to level the site The plan called for seven three-bedroom, two bathroom single storey grouped dwellings with double garages. The challenge to level the site was met by using a combination of limestone blocks, panel and post retaining walls up to 2.5m high, and concrete infill cavity brick wall, all of which raised the finished level to the point where it allowed an adequate fall to the sewer located on the main road. The levelling of the site also optimised access and mobility for the residents of the units. The design of the units was also critical as it was important to ensure that the outlook over the oval and towards the city would be optimal. However the requirement to provide as many units as possible, with city views and overlooking Admiral Park, was effectively accomplished by the designer. Bearing in mind the height of the retaining wall and the piles required for the units, a panel and post retaining wall proved to be

more economical for the southern face rather than a large limestone wall. The units are all provided with solar PV systems, heat pumps for hot water and easy-to-clean electric induction cooktops, all of which will minimise the residents' future power bills.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Caridean Street

‘‘Additional features include a good sized laundry, high ceilings, spacious open living leading out to a large alfresco under the main roof, and double lock-up garage with direct entry’’ Energy efficiency rating of six stars achieved A minimum building energy efficiency rating of six stars was achieved in all units by the use of extensive cavity wall insulation on the majority of the units and clear Low-E glazing to some windows and doors. Offering privacy, style and easy living, the units also feature German laminate flooring in the living areas and carpets to the bedrooms, blinds, reverse cycle air-conditioning in the living area and master bedroom, an abundance of cupboard storage, engineered stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Additional features include a good sized laundry, high ceilings, spacious open living leading out to a large alfresco under the main roof, and double lock-up garage with direct entry. The complex has the advantage of being positioned close to parks, local shops and restaurants, with easy access to the Freeway, Joondalup commercial and retail centre, Joondalup Health Centre and Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre. It is also handy to Whitfords Shopping Centre, Craigie Leisure Centre and is not far from the beach. Anyone can purchase these aged persons units but at least one resident must be over 55 years of age.

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