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MOTHER TERESA RAMMED EARTH A FEATURE OF THE SCHOOL EXPANSION

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Contents from the team

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Latest news from The Builders Choice Magazine

Up Close + Personal with Gerry Kho Principal Architect of Gerry Kho Architects

58 design ideas

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Striking and innovative concepts to give your latest project a stunning and original new look

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Up Close + Personal with Architect David Barr

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Luxurious Health and Wellbeing in the Historic Heart of Perth

Young Australian Tradies Excel at National Skills Championships

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Stunning Contemporary Contrasts Showcased in Floreat Home

community care

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State-of-the-Art Tissue Donation Cleanroom in Midland

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Rammed Earth a feature of The School Expansion

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lightweight trends modern lifestyle

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Striking Homage to Historic Leederville Landmark

Luxury Scarborough aged care accommodation

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transformation

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Many benefits to truss and frame construction

Landmark Commercial Project in Perth

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Innaloo units all sold in two months

Renovation is sometimes a better choice

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58 On the commercial side, we feature a major “feel-good” hotel complex embraced by luxurious touches in Perth city, a seamlessly striking mixed-use construction in Bunbury, the challenging heritage-inspired transformation of a former S.E.C. Substation in Fremantle, and a landmark suburban office and warehouse project officially opened by former Prime Minister John ny study of the evolution of building Greaves also noted that buildings of the Howard in Perth. trends would normally be expected to future should be intellectually and Elsewhere, we discover how one of focus on such issues as smart emotionally intelligent, and fully cognizant Australia’s premier tissue banks was technology, home automation and artificial of the environment, social equity and health upgraded with an impressive new intelligence. According to the third instalment and wellness of their occupants. "Buildings cleanroom facility in Midland and how aged of the Buildings of the Future paper released that have been built with these factors in care facilities are providing a modern by Aurecon, however, it is just as crucial – if mind have shown to improve time, energy lifestyle of comfort and elegance in not more – to put people at the centre of and user efficiency." With that admirable Scarboroughj; and check out a demanding design and construction concepts. reflection in mind, we are pleased this issue high-standard fitout of a government office The engineering and infrastructure advisory to showcase another exceptional array of block in Mirrabooka and the resoundingly company carried out interviews with a broad projects that highlight the Western successful completion of new extended spectrum of industry professionals and asked Australian building industry’s own learning works at a college in Baldivis. them to imagine how buildings of the future pacesetting evolution. Finally, we also analyse latest industry might look like and be created. The human element is especially trends, including overcoming limestone "Building design is not (only) about bits prevalent, and relevant, in the residential problems, the advantages of utilising and bytes, but flesh and bones," said projects: we look at a combination of lightweight materials and methods, and Aurecon's Buildings of the Future leader natural splendour and modern functionality insight into the uptake of prefabrication, as Peter Greaves. "We need to take a step back in the Swan River Basin, stunning well as one Perth-based company’s adroit and remember that humans are at the contemporary contrasts in Floreat, a fine move from storefront sales to digital centre of everything we design. Buildings of example of home character transition in marketing of workwear and protective the future are about designs that unlock Cottesloe, and innovative and resourceful safety equipment. human potential. High-tech is only highapproaches to maximising the use of value if that same technology enhances available space for apartment developments Peter Leonard human experience." in Subiaco, Spearwood and Innaloo. The Builders Choice Team

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The benefits of offsite construction is known and acknowledged by many, with the growth of digital and manufacturing technology within the construction industry, prefabrication should effectively be at the forefront of construction methodology. However this is far from the case in Australia, the uptake of prefabricated projects here is comparatively slow as mainstream construction, whilst mostly ad hoc, the process is also considerably fragmented compared to other parts of the world. Joyce Ferng, Associate Director ANZ Modular Lead at AECOM gave an interesting insight into the relatively slow uptake of prefabrication in the industry. Joyce has 20 over years of international experience in

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structural engineering and extensive project and construction management experiences in Australia, Singapore and the UK. According to her, part of the reason for the lack of maturity in the prefabrication industry is the misconception that surrounds modular project; it is view by many as a type of building design rather than a method of construction, which will inevitably compromise the design. This is certainly not the case, the offsite built can be designed to match or surpass their onsite counterparts; using modular construction methodology does not change the design, structural system or the final finishes. The only difference is the method of construction. This is the not to say that every project is suitable for prefabrication; the suitability

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of modularisation and the extent needs to be evaluated against key drivers, at the onset of a project. Focusing on the wrong aspect and with the lack of full comprehension of the entire process causes many modular projects to fail in reaching its full potential, thereby continually giving modular construction negative press. Rethinking Design Changing our current design process is the key to a successful modular project. The conventional mind set of designing the building shell and then the component within to suit; designing from outside in, is in contradiction to componentisation and standardisation process. Modular building requires the designer to breakdown the elements into

regular units from within thereby designing the building from inside out. The Íout’ being the parameter constraints imposed by logistics and transportation. This concept was reinforced in the 2016 study carried out by Monash University. The university wanted a feasibility study to be carried out to explore prefabrication opportunities for their future buildings. AECOM together with John Wardle Architects and Multiplex were commissioned to carry out this study by benchmarking on a recently completed traditionally designed and built Monash University learning and teaching building. Joyce led the AECOM internal modular team to carry out the evaluation; the entire design process was reengineered to maximise prefabrication without compromising client brief and


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functionality of the building. The general findings demonstrated that in many instances, with standardisation the design can be customised for manufacture and assembly. This study eventually led Monash University to utilise cross laminated timber (CLT) for their Peninsular Campus student accommodation; this project is currently under construction. Lean Construction Modular construction lends itself to lean practices where the focus is on maximising value, eliminating waste and enhancing productivity. Although lean construction is an adaption of lean manufacturing principles, however unlike manufacturing construction is a project-based production process. When production management based approach is adopted and applied to design construction process, proven lean results have been reported in; customer satisfaction, productivity, higher quality, safety, profitability and sustainability. AECOM’s recently completed four storey modular project, Place/Ladywell in Lewisham UK is a temporary pop up modular apartment building, on the site of an old leisure centre that will eventually be used for a mixture of social and private housing and a new school. The local council decided to put the area to use for temporary homes providing a total of 24 two-bedroom apartments of 75sqm to house homeless families. The modules are designed for a lifespan of 60 years and can be moved several times in that period and reconfigured however the

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Principal Architect of Gerry Kho Architects Interviewed by Rocky Amatulli ■ Do you think that you were always destined to become an Architect? I guess it was a natural progression into this profession. I've always had an interest in the arts and sciences. Architecture is a sweet combination of the 2 polar opposites. Generally, design was something that I was naturally drawn to. However, architecture is my passion, not just a day job. After high school, I completed the two degrees [5 years in total] for Architecture at Curtin University, graduating with Honours. I've often referred to the course as 'boot camp' due to its intensity. Upon graduation, I worked for a small local firm for about 2 years before starting on my own at a tender age of 25 because I craved more creative freedom and even more importantly, to practice architecture with a focus on the craft. I went through the Architects registration process which involved a harrowing 3 part examination in the same year. ■ So shifting forward to now, can you outline the types of projects that your firm becomes involved in? Being a multidisciplinary firm we work on a range of projects from

the $27M Ronald McDonald House that we have just completed, to kiosk designs and everything in between. In retrospect, what I've found enjoyable to work on was never based on the building typology, but how interesting the brief was to me. An interesting client who is enthusiastic, open minded and easy-going also makes the process a delight and memorable which impacts positively to the outcome of the project.

design not only the building but also the interior, landscaping, furniture/ cabinetry and whatever else we see is crucial to the success of the project both aesthetically and functionally. Our level of construction documentation has gained the reputation of being the most detailed that builders and other consultants have ever seen. Aesthetically, our approach is also unique based on a set of design principles ■ How does your firm undertake for all projects emerging from its work, and what makes it our studio. unique in your opinion? We are also very hands-on Gerry Kho Architects is a during construction – it is not multidisciplinary architecture surprising to see one or more of us practice that prides itself on on-site resolving issues with outstanding design, detailed builders or even getting our hands construction documentation dirty [literally!]. Our interest is in and active contract creating sensible-sensitive administration. Our approach architecture that contributes to design is holistic – we positively to the built fabric

around us as well as enriching the user/s life individually or collectively. This includes designing buildings that are resilient, adaptive, and contextually and culturally appropriate. I do believe that we are very innovative as an architectural practice, but most significant is our approach to the process of architecture – the way our team works together to achieve the end result and how the practice functions organically. ■ As the founder of the practice, where do you spend your time, and how do you manage to remain inspired and creative? I'm the principal and design architect of the practice which involves designing [naturally], the daily running of the studio, operating the business and the running of projects – so I'm exercising both sides of my brain! I supervise my team and work closely with them on each project until completion. As far as inspiration is concerned, I gain that mostly from the brief, site and context [cultural]. With more intimate projects like residential architecture, I draw inspiration from the client's personality and lifestyle.

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profile THE BUILDERS CHOICE ■ Is dealing with intangible creative ideas challenging? Sometimes. Our main challenge around this relates to new potential clients (who have never dealt with architects before, especially in Perth) for residential projects. Some of these clients do not know anyone else who has dealt with architects either, and in their minds they have misconceptions – such as architects being exclusively for the affluent in the community. They've not heard of the social housing projects we get involved in, or that we can work within their budget. Unlike selling a product which a buyer can see, feel, listen to, smell and test drive (like a car), what we offer is a service. In the beginning it is intangible so generally, it is difficult for some potential clients to see the value in what we do. ■ How do you get around this situation then? It takes a lot of energy and commitment on our part as the architect's role is to reassure their potential client that their service is an investment which will enrich

their project and appreciate as the project progresses – that the finished product will be something that will be worth a lot more in the long term both as an investment and an improvement on their lifestyle. ■ How has the architectural profession changed since you first started? This will be our 10th year in business. We've basically existed for as long as the economic downturn after the GFC. There hasn't been much change except for more competitive architectural fees and challenging financial restraints on projects. However, there have been slight improvements in the community's attitude and knowledge of what architecture is and what architects do – partly due to television shows like Grand Designs and local Architectural events like Open House. Another factor contributing to this education is the completion of a number of public works around the city which have given the public a taste of what it means to be in a city with good architecture, not just a bunch of buildings.

We are however, at an interesting and definitely challenging time due to the health of the global economy and the end of Australia's reliance on the resources sector [especially here in Western Australia]. As project budgets get tighter, architects will need to become even more creative with 1) how they practice, and 2) how to design fantastic buildings with limited resources. ■ Do you have any materials you particularly and your team like working with? We love working with concrete, steel and timber especially in their honest form. We're also interested in modern alternative materials as evident in our current project list. ■ What have you learnt from your experiences as an architect? Philosophically speaking, I've learnt a lot about myself. Believe it or not, the business and practical stuff were the easy bits. Let's just say that the architecture industry is definitely

not for the faint hearted especially if you're running your own firm. ■ Do you care to share any other exciting projects you are working on? We're currently working on a number of single residential projects with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable design. A few of these are presently under-construction. Other than that we have a number of café and restaurant projects underway. There are also commercial and residential developments overseas which are in the feasibility stages at the moment. There are several other developments that are in the 'talking' stages. ■ What would you like to be remembered for? Dedication to my craft and contribution to the Perth built environments. ■ What do you enjoy doing when you're not working? When I do have the time – riding my bobber, customising motorcycles, designing and building furniture in the workshop.

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Up Close + Personal with Architect

David Barr ■ What made you decide to go into architecture as a career? Even as a child I was fascinated with creating, building and solving problems. By the time I was in year 10 at high school, I had decided to undertake my mandatory work experience at Brian Klopper's architectural studio in North Fremantle. After working on a large A0 drawing board tracing floor plans of the restoration work to the old Salvation Army Building, followed by working on site as a labourer, I was well and truly hooked. From that moment forward, I decided to pursue the path of becoming an architect. ■ Why did you decide to start your own business? After studying for five years, I developed a strong passion for architecture, beyond it being merely work. For me, it also became a hobby and a constant pursuit of learning. I felt that in such a creative industry I needed to pursue my

own ideas and aspirations, and the way to achieve this was through the commencement of my own practice. Before embarking on this journey, I had worked for three design-focused practices – two in Western Australia and one in Barcelona in Spain. As well as day-to-day practice, I took on sessional teaching positions at Curtin University and at the University of Western Australia. The diverse roles of practice and teaching provided me with varying insights as to how to procure work, manage clients and practice architecture. After several years of gaining

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Concurrently, we analyse the site and context for existing conditions such as topography and climate responses, while also gaining an understanding of local materials and recognising authority constraints, examining benchmark projects, and liaising with clients, builders and consultants – all in an attempt to create and develop the most appropriate solutions for a project.

experience, I decided in 2011 to take a few projects that I had been moonlighting with in the ■ How would you describe more recent years of working for your signature style? others, and formulate my own The practice does not have a style practice as 'David Barr Architect'. as such, but rather a methodology for approaching each project. ■ What is your approach to We have strong aspirations or your projects? threads that consider the quality Each and every project is unique, of light in a space, and the with each one having a client, a manner in which the light project brief, program, budget interacts with the material that and site. These aspects are all has been rigorously selected and tackled through a series of composed for a space. The methodical processes and combination of the manipulation research that provides us with of the light quality and the enough information to make material sensibility formulate carefully considered decisions spatial atmospheres that evoke that enable the design to flourish. feelings within the occupants. Commercial Office Fitouts Refurbishments Base Builds Integrated Fitouts Demolition

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■ Where do you draw inspiration for your designs from? Inspirations for projects are derived from varied sources – such as a creative project brief presented by a client, a unique site, the background or history of a client, a historical narrative of a place, or a context in which a project is situated. More generally as a practitioner, I find inspiration from local, national and international architects, as well as other creative industries such as artists, photographers and musicians. Each one of these pushes creative endeavours in new directions, all in the pursuit of beauty. ■ Are there any particular challenges you've faced in your career? Starting the business in the midst of the global financial crisis certainly threw me a few challenges. However, I saw this situation as a positive and used it as a force for becoming resourceful in procuring new work. It also enabled me to develop more confidence in financially difficult times, both in the present and for the future.

■ Do you have a favourite project? Every project in the office is a favourite, with each one having its own creative pursuits and often taking a long time from concept to the completion of the built form. The process of each project also moves far beyond the final outcome of the built form, becoming part of the relationships that have developed between the client, the architect, and the builder. I have developed great relationships with my clients over the years, and in many cases have come to know their family members as well. ■ How do you envisage the future of home design in Australia? One of the key challenges today and into the future is affordability and sustainability. To deal with these conditions, future homes will be smaller, more efficient in space planning, and in closer proximity to other homes. This will result in higher density housing, and the sharing of facilities with other surrounding homes and communities to assist with greater housing affordability.

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THE WESTIN PERTH HOTEL

THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Westin Perth Hotel

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he hotel was designed in keeping with The Westin’s philosophy of health and wellbeing, “ensuring every guest leaves feeling better than when they arrived”. To achieve that feel-good factor – and offer a relaxing getaway that appeals to both business and leisure travellers – project developer BGC Development sought out the international hotel chain as the anchor tenant within a stunning city destination, Hibernian Place. Located in the historic East End of Perth’s CBD, Hibernian Place features a carefully curated mix of tenancies that all enjoy close proximity to the picturesque Swan River, the new Perth Stadium and mix of corporate offices, shopping, entertainment and attractions.

Fronting tree-lined Murray Street and highlighted by sweeping views across the CBD to the Perth hills, the 368-room Westin Perth Hotel is described as “offering its own unique brand of five-star luxury not previously seen in Western Australia”. The hotel includes 24 luxuriously furnished suites, a signature restaurant, Garum, by celebrated chef Guy Grossi, a high-end spa run by Bodhi J Wellness, an outdoor infinity swimming pool and largescale fitness centre. The world-class establishment also provides meeting and event planners with over 2,300 square metres of meeting space including an 800 square metre column-free grand ballroom and 340 square metres of divisible function facilities.

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“The Westin Perth has a beautiful tranquillity of its own, inviting you to step inside and leave the real world behind” Meticulous Planning and Direction by Project Manager BGC Development were responsible for overseeing the procurement of the site, including negotiating key commercial terms with State Government agencies representing the vendor and engagement of the hotel operator, Marriott. The team efficiently managed the design approvals process and obtained all statutory approvals required for the project to proceed, before embarking on the engagement and management of the lead architect, sub-consultants and contractor. This management involved consistent reporting to key project stakeholders, including the City of Perth, Tourism WA, DFES, Heritage Council WA, LandCorp and Marriott. Their internal design and development consultancy and management team contributed a wide range of solutions including procurement services for Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) and Operating Supplies & Equipment (OS&E). This included

reviewing design intent and implementing practically against budget, schedule and durability; value engineering; reviewing brand standards and establishing project specific strategy (interpreting the strategy to best suit the local market); coordinating installation, defecting and asset registers; coordination of mock-up room works; and facilitating operator sign off. Additionally, their turnkey solution included a carefully curated food and beverage concept featuring best in class local operators, following a thorough site analysis of the operational logistics required for a successful opening. Equally importantly, the team delivered the project in accordance with contractual dates. Recapturing the Grandeur of a Venerable Era The Westin Perth Hotel is the jewel in the Hibernian Place crown, “the cornerstone of a new vision for Perth’s East End”. According to the

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developers, “Everything at Hibernian Place is purpose-designed to be enjoyed by visitors – every space is personal and immersive. Students can hang out with friends in the green spaces. Travellers and locals can restore their inner balance at the wellness spa or bond over rich culinary experiences. Good food, good wine, good company… You can start early, stay late, drop by or while away the hours.” The historic Hibernian Hall building remains a key feature within the overall Hibernian Place precinct planning. It was designed by prominent Western Australian architects Cavanagh & Cavanagh and opened in 1902 with a grand ball. Hibernian Hall was built by contractor D. Hehir in the Federation Free Classical Style, and was originally developed as a social club to serve the Irish community of Western Australia. By 1922, Hibernian Hall had been renamed New Scottish Hall and then Cathedral Hall from 1930, as part of St. Mary’s Cathedral, before being purchased in 1947 for conversion into a chest clinic. Today, it continues to make a strong visual contribution to the collection of predominantly late 19th century and early to mid 20th century heritage places in the East End precinct.

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“The Westin’s philosophy of health and wellbeing ensures every guest leaves feeling better than when they arrived”

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“Their internal design and development consultancy and management team contributed a wide range of solutions” these interactions that we have had the pleasure of many significant connections with Western Australia and its people over the years. “From using its amazing produce on our menus and at world expos to connecting with locals at events such as Gourmet Escape, we have come to experience the great nature of hospitality in this part of the country and we are hooked. When the opportunity arose to work with BGC Development and The Westin on a project as exciting as this we were naturally inclined to say yes.” Superbly complementing Garum at The Westin Perth is the Bodhi J Wellness Spa, a stand-out holistic wellness destination and restorative urban sanctuary, with a world-class spa menu offering nurturing therapies created by Australian eco-luxe brand Sodashi. With a luxurious steam room, six discerningly appointed treatment rooms (one a double) and an outdoor relaxation terrace offering views of the city and Swan River, “the Westin Perth has a beautiful tranquillity of its own, inviting you to step inside and leave the real world behind”.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Westin Perth Hotel

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ocated at the east end of the city, The Westin Perth Hotel boasts the 75-seat Haven Lounge and signature 120-seat restaurant Garum. Melbourne-based design firm BAR Studio designed all of the hotel’s 368 guest rooms – including ten Club Suites, eight Westin Suites, five Executive Suites and one Presidential suite. Caterlink worked with HTS Kitchen Consultancy, the builder BPI and major partner Moffat, over a three-year period to ensure the $3.2 million project met all design, equipment and operational requirements. Hibernian Place Hibernian Place and the wider precinct is home to The Westin, Offshoot Coffee Roastery by Mary Street Bakery, Arthur & Co. by Graham Arthur, Huxtaburger from Melbourne and rooftop bar Hadiqa by Andy Freeman. It features a 2000sqm central plaza offering a community open space purpose-built for people to come and relax. A rooftop garden, water feature, mature trees, manicured lawns, Wi-Fi hotspots, and comfortable timber and stone furniture make it the perfect place to go, at any time of the day. Garum Westin Perth’s signature restaurant, Garum is headed up by acclaimed Melbourne chef, Guy Rossi, and is his first restaurant outside of Victoria. This Roman osteria offers guests a contemporary Roman dining experience in the stunning heritage – listed Hibernian Hall.

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Due to the high-profile status of this site, Caterlink supplied and installed an open kitchen using the vitreous enameled black cooking line-up from the Moffat Waldorf Bold range manufactured in Christchurch, New Zealand. This equipment is not only durable and reliable, but also offers a more sophisticated look than traditional installations. Given such limited kitchen space, the Convotherm MINI combination oven, which offers high-power at only 515mm wide, was also used during the kitchen fit-out. The Convention Centre The hotel boasts 2,300 square meters of event space across nine venues, to cater for its business and conference clientele – including an 800 square metre pillar-less grand ballroom. Caterlink commercial fit-out team worked with Moffat offering a kitchen that utilizes plate regeneration through the German designed and manufactured Convotherm C4, allowing 400 fully plated meals to be heated and served as quickly as 30 minutes. Hibernian Hall Hibernian Hall was originally developed as a social club to serve the Irish community of Western Australia. Built in the Federation Free Classical Style, it was opened on the 26th of June 1902, with a grand ball. After several changes of function and name, Hibernian Hall was ready for refurbishment as part of the Westin Hotel complex, but its heritage listing made for a delicate operation. Upgrading this iconic landmark, Caterlink had to coordinate the old with the new, balancing old features with the modern vibe.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Training & Development

SKILLS SHOW AUSTRALIA

Young Australian Tradies Excel at National Skills Championships

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oung apprentices and trainees from around Australia 150 medals in the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Championships, which were held over three days at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney and TAFE NSW Ultimo. Western Australian had about 50 competitors, representing regions stretching from Karratha through to Bunbury. Gold medallists were Nikolas Foster (Bricklaying), Terah-Jade Cross (Painting and Decorating), Michael McLevie (VET’S – Business Services), Anne Kyla Bautista (VET’S – Commercial Cooking), Brandi Burnett (VET’S – Food & Beverage), Caitlin Carmody (VET’S – Hairdressing), Matthew Hodges (VET’S – Information Technology) and Kaleb Milsom

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(VET’S – Metals & Engineering). There were also numerous silver and bronze medallists across all states and territories. For full medal results visit www.skillsshow.org.au Gold medallists in non-VET’S categories have been invited to join the Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors and VET Alumni programs. Some medallists could also be chosen to join WorldSkills Australia’s Skills Squad with a view to becoming a Skillaroo and representing Australia at the WorldSkills international competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019. The Skills Squad will be announced in August. Proudly funded by the New South Wales Government, the WorldSkills championships were part of Skills Show Australia 2018, Australia’s biggest event focused exclusively on vocational education. Tens of thousands of school-aged children and their parents, teachers and careers advisers got hands-on with more than 20 Try’aSkills, a careers hub with a focus on STEM education and VET pathways, and access to key industry leaders. For more information on Skills Show Australia 2018 and full medal results visit www.skillsshow.org.au


Training & Development THE BUILDERS CHOICE Vocational Education and Training in Schools) is any nationally recognised vocational education and training that counts as a credit towards a senior secondary certificate. Mr Judd said: “The Skills Show attracted over 1000 competitors and competition officials along with tens of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors, including a delegation from Russia. “It created life-changing opportunities for the competitors, and was a celebration of the strengths of Australia’s vocational training system.” He thanked the NSW government, along with the Commonwealth and other state and territory governments, WorldSkills sponsors and supporters, industry, employers, TAFEs and training providers for their incredible support in helping shine a spotlight on the importance skills training has for Australia’s economy. About WorldSkills: WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes that skills drive your future, and Australia’s prosperity. Since 1981 we have been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service oriented careers in Australia and have raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians, as well as their parents, industry and employers that our nation’s future depends on an effective skills training system. For more information visit www.worldskills.org.au NSW Government VET offers pathways to more than 500 careers, including in many areas predicted to have skills shortages in the future. To support industry and the community, the NSW Government provides subsidised training for eligible students through its Smart & Skilled program.

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CONTEMPORORARY HOME STYLE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Contemporary home style

VISUAL INNOVATION

Stunning Contemporary Contrasts Showcased in Floreat Home

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explored and adopted the use of varying materials and architectural detailing to provide for an elevation that is modern but not stark. According to company director Peter Romano and designer Mick Rule, “Alternative building materials and finishes were explored at an early stage during the design development and it was decided that the façade could be broken up into a number of architectural components, each of which could be treated with contrasting materials and colours.” A two-storey high blade wall which aligns to the entry of the home is rendered in an “off form” concrete finish, and this feature extends into the interior of the home, linking the indoors to the front garden. The use of western red cedar on the dramatically projecting porch ceiling and the upper floor wall area above the double garage adds a softness of material to the façade – as well as a contrast of texture.


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“Their design explored and adopted the use of varying materials and architectural detailing to provide for an elevation that is modern but not stark”

A highly polished reflective finish is additionally used on the façade to further enhance the array of materials, while face brickwork on the raised porch anchors the home to its site. As the clients were also interested in the home having curved features, the design incorporated this into internal voids, both inside and out. Curved voids and cantilevers, both internally and externally, provide a juxtaposed softness to the home, and this theme was

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further reinforced in the kitchen island bench, with Corian used for its ability to be bent and curved. The voids allow a visual connection between the ground floor and upper level, while a projecting front balcony was used as a further softening device to avoid the box look. The roof of the home is pitched at a shallow angle and is highlighted by wide floating slanted eaves for summer sun protection together with a sharply angled gutter, giving the roof line a strongly defined edge profile. All rainwater pipes were cleverly designed to be concealed within the structure, to ensure that the façade remained clean and contemporary. The house sits on a very wide frontage and overlooks parkland so it was important to take full advantage of the view. To that end, it was decided that all of the bedrooms should have an outlook to the street. A centrally located sitting room and curved void sits between the children’s wing and the master bedroom, and provides for a zoned separation. The elevation is long and has been broken up into three separate sections with differing architectural treatments. A portion of the elevation cantilevers over the garage and has been clad in western red cedar to provide both a softness and a colour contrast. The main entry consists of a double height void and its approach is via a cantilevered entry statement and a concrete spine wall. A curved cantilevered balcony in white render provides protection to a decked area on the lower level and contributes a soft shadow to the otherwise rectilinear elevation. The incorporation, on the front face of the home, of western red

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cedar lining and timber posts, the concrete spine wall, face brickwork, polished plaster and render to specific architectural features ensures that there is plenty of visual stimulation. Passive solar design principles were also an important part of the design brief, and this resulted in an L-shaped home with the main living areas and kitchen all having large north-facing windows and sliding doors. Fully Integrated New Home Design and Construction Romano Homes are a boutique company who promise to deliver “exquisitely designed and finely built luxury residences” and to achieve this promise on all building budgets. They incorporate all aspects of overall builds for clients, including interior and landscape design and construction – on time and to budget. The advantage of this to a home owner,

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“Romano Homes work with beautiful finishes and luxurious materials, including both natural and engineered products” note Peter Romano and Mick Rule, “is the close liaison involved between the designer and builder at the earliest stages of a design. This ensures that budgets can be adhered to from the beginning of the relationship.” Peter Romano has been involved with the building industry in Western Australia for the last 20 years. He has a hands-on approach and is involved from the initial design stages through to the construction process. He offers an attentive eye for detail and a desire to build only high-quality homes with an emphasis on quality and not quantity.

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“Romano Homes are known for utilising a fully integrated approach for clients that simplifies the building process and incorporates all aspects of the build” Mick Rule designs all of the homes within the company. He graduated from Curtin University with an honours degree in architecture in 1991 and has devoted his career to working alongside builders in the residential sector. He is responsible for all Romano Homes’ designs and also undertakes the interior design, landscape design and client liaison within the business. Many of his designs have received housing industry awards over the years. Romano Homes work with beautiful finishes and luxurious materials, including both natural and engineered products, and are “devoted to the research of innovative building techniques”.

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NORTH BEACH SITE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE North Beach Site

FOCUS ON PERTH PROJECT

Our Lady of Grace School increases classroom capacity and footprint

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The project consisted of demolition of an existing convent and a new build of three separate classrooms with comprehensive landscaping, set on top of boundary retaining walls. The intention of the project was to increase the classroom capacity as well as the general footprint of the school by building out and backfilling behind a large retaining wall along the south-eastern boundary. The three new buildings comprised one ground floor and two double storey buildings, with an interconnecting pedestrian bridge, thus providing the school 2260 square metres of new classrooms, store rooms, toilets, disabled toilets, lift and kitchens. Between all three builds and to the eastern end of the property, newly acquired land was filled with new landscaping and reticulation with playgrounds, nature play and a mini amphitheatre for outdoor pupil performances. The buildings were constructed using concrete slabs to the ground and first floors, which were then supported by load-bearing internal walls and steel columns. The roof consisted of prefabricated timber trusses with a Colorbond finish. The external façade comprised


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concrete verandas, natural limestone blocks, acratex, and heavy set steel balustrade with polished stainless steel handrails all set into the concrete balcony between circular steel columns. The external façade walls were made from factory-cut natural Tamala limestone blocks which were cut to varying coursing heights and laid to a set pattern, with a cream precast stringer running the full perimeter of each building. The precast joints were designed and

made to match every second perp joint above and below on the limestone wall so that all the perp joints were in line. External limestone retaining walls were all interconnected between the three buildings, incorporating the same precast theme with a light cream precast capping. One hundred and sixty linear metres of both straight and curved capping had to be manufactured and installed by the builder for all three buildings.

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Additional to these walls was the largest retaining wall, which was 140 metres long and made from reconstituted limestone blocks, retaining a maximum height of 5.5 metres. Precast window surrounds and canopies were used to complement the existing precast on site. These were supported by internal columns hidden within the block and brickwork cavities. The precast window surrounds were 2.5 tonnes each and made from the same cream white concrete. All the lines of the precast elements had to marry in with the external façade. The final retaining wall design was an alternative proposal to offer the client some savings using a geo grid retaining system. The geo grid system was used on every second block course enabling the wall to fully retain the bulk earthworks imposed behind it. This enabled the wall to proceed vertically using a single leaf blockwork throughout, without any need for further structural support, making it cheaper and quicker. The internal finishes to the buildings were of high quality materials and incorporated the architect’s specific details. Tyrone Group is an Award Winning Contractor for Structural Excellence. We offer the following Construction Services: Masonry, Restoration and Structural Packages. GROUP

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The ceilings were all coralline-perforated with inset light fittings. Cabinet work design and specifications were of a high standard incorporating natural timber for bag racks, book shelves, mobile pods and a large recessed window seating. All the new services provided to the school were high spec incorporating modern technology for data, security, lighting, emergency, lift, fire and electric blinds. As previously mentioned, time constraints provided a number of challenges. The new build was located on top of an old discarded site which sat on a rocky limestone outcrop. This posed two main issues, the first and most serious being the presence of asbestos which forced the shutdown of the site for two weeks. Focus had to engage a licenced contractor to remove the existing fill, which equated to over 2,000 tonnes of potentially contaminated soil. This then meant more fill had to be brought into the site over and above that which was initially allowed for. Further delays and inconvenience were caused due to the need to excavate

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rock to install the retaining wall on the southern boundary which was, in some places, four metres high and three metres thick. During this phase the client was deeply concerned about the cost and time that the delays would incur, however Focus managed to work over public holidays in order to mitigate some lost time. Running a construction site in the middle of a fully operational primary school was also challenging, not only physically but because all the services had to be functioning 24/7 throughout the project. However all the challenges were overcome and the project was completed on time and was up and running for the start of the 2018 school year. Prior to the establishment of Focus Building Company, the directors had founded Perth Building Company (PBC)

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WE DELIVER A SUPERIOR SERVICE THROUGH DECADES OF EXPERIENCE AND STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH SUPPLIERS AND BUILDERS The Wells brothers established Jabez Roofing in 2008. By then we had already amassed over 30 years of experience in the building industry, managing construction projects both large and small in the greater Perth area. Since then, Jabez Roofing has grown significantly. We’ve filled out our staff complement by incorporating more family members, each with specialised skillsets. As a team, we bring a wealth of knowledge to the services we offer, from the technicalities of roof construction, to exceptional customer service and accurate billing. Our capable and highly trained staff allow us to bring our trademark efficiency and professionalism to your project.

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MOTHER TERESA CATHOLIC COLLEGE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Mother Teresa Catholic College

FURTHER STAGES PLANNED

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Slabs tied together with dowel system The suspended slabs were cast in three separate pours and tied together using a new Surelok Dowel system to enable for shrinkage and movement without affecting the rammed earth walls below. Once the slabs were completed, the rammed earth wall equipment was lifted up onto the deck in order to complete the remaining internal walls on the first floor level.


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‘‘The project was to be delivered within a tight 52-week program to be ready for the commencement of the 2018 school year’’ Consisting of approximately 105 tonnes of steelwork, the majority of the roof structure received a three-coat Dulux finish applied in the factory before being delivered to site. The design of the roof was somewhat simple with a slim line and lightweight look, together with concealed box gutters. It was then set on a 13 degree pitch to complement the design of the structure beneath it. The steel roof structure was then wrapped in a Kingklip 700 roofing system. Because the ridge of the roof was curved and the roof sheet lengths required were over 28m long, the sheets had to be rolled and fabricated on site. External elevations of the building consist of a mixture of natural rammed earth walls paired with the full height curtain glazing elements around the building. On a number of elevations aluminium solar fins and awnings were then added as a point of difference, and to also provide shading and added sun protection.

The building was then encircled with a mixture of broom finished concrete, honed Urban Stone paving and precast Delta seating, combining high end finishes with the more industrial, robust finish for the school. Surrounding this is 3,500m2 of hardscape, playing courts and seating area and 16,400m2 of soft landscaping and playing fields. Estensive earthworks required Extensive earthworks were required to be completed on the site before any other works could take place. This entailed stripping and clearing over 53,500m2 of existing vegetation and top soil from the site and stockpile; excavating 25,000m2 of clean fill from the borrow pit on the site and carting it to the building pad; importing another 15,000m2 of clean fill to bring up levels on the building pad; and backfilling the borrow pit with the top soil that was removed.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Mother Teresa Catholic College

‘‘External elevations of the building consist of a mixture of natural rammed earth walls paired with the full height curtain glazing elements around the building’’ These large earthworks, coupled with the close proximity of an adjoining lifestyle village, meant extensive dust management was required. Site access during school hours, together with upgrade works to Eighty Road, also posed constraints to the project during construction. Restrictions were placed on access between 7.30am till 9am and 2.30pm till 3.30pm due to school drop off and pick up at these times. No room for error Due to the fact that the majority of the construction of this project comprised rammed earth walls, there was no room for error because once the walls were completed there were no

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opportunities to add additional services. The difficulty was further increased when forming up walls that spanned over the two levels of the building. Internal finishes throughout the building have been used to complement the main feature of the raw rammed earth walls. Some of the internal finishes used include: feature rammed earth walls throughout the building, all clear sealed; insets of White American oak timber which has been used for skirting boards, timber glazed doors, balustrading and the feature stair treads and landings; high end joinery and cabinetworks throughout finished to match the White American Oak timber; high end aluminium windows, frames and mechanical breezeway glass louvres throughout the building; perforated acoustic plasterboard ceilings installed in three ways, flat ceilings, raking


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Mother Teresa Catholic College

‘‘Focus believes it is at its best when a project is technically or logistically difficult, when it contains a high level of interface with the public and stakeholder groups, or when it requires smart planning’’ ceilings and curved ceilings; under tread heated and cooled occupied stair landings with automatic roller blinds; large operable walls between classrooms to allow for flexibility within rooms; and white American oak timber sprung dance floor within the drama room. Project milestones and completion dates met Despite some of the constraints and difficulties encountered throughout the project's construction, the team successfully met all the project milestones and contractual completion dates set. PL 8947

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The project was delivered according to Focus Buildings Environmental Management System, which is third-party accredited to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems. Prior to the establishment of Focus Building Company, the directors had founded Perth Building Company (PBC) in 2003. PBC operated in the commercial, retail, educational, defence and health sectors and had established a reputation for outstanding performance and quality. PBC's achievements were acknowledged by its peers in 2007 when it was awarded overall winner in the Master Builders of WA Excellence in Construction Awards for the UWA Biomedical Research Facility. In 2010, PBC was acquired by the national group Built Environs to drive their expansion into WA. Two of the directors stayed with the new business to manage the transition and take the company forward. However by 2013, a new challenge was needed and Focus Building Company was established. Focus believes it is at its best when a project is technically or logistically difficult, when it contains a high level of interface with the public and stakeholder groups, or when it requires smart planning. They have substantial expertise in managing the complex issues of public safety and the maintenance of access on an operational campus or retail facility.


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PLUSLIFE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE PlusLife

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he chance of working on this prestigious project was particularly appealing for PS Structures. In the first place, PlusLife is recognised as one of Australia’s premier tissue banks. And second, recalls project manager Billie Lillie, “As the first cleanroom facility ever undertaken by PS Structures, we embraced it as a great opportunity for company development in a market with limited knowledge and resources in the ambit of cleanroom construction in Western Australia. The client relationship is always of paramount importance, and on this project it was treated with the highest priority.

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“We are proud to have been involved in producing this impressive cleanroom facility for an organisation who pride themselves on providing an essential and noble service to the community.” The new facility for PlusLife (Perth Bone & Tissue Bank Inc.) was completed in 11 months and spans over three floors, with a building footprint of 600 square metres. It has been constructed adjacent to a heritage-listed building previously used as a railway institute college, and is connected to the facility through a link building. Meticulous care had to be taken during the construction process to avoid any damage to the heritage building. The heritage building itself required various upgrades and refurbishments to bring it up to standard for PlusLife to use as offices and its headquarters. “A specific management plan was developed in close consultation and cooperation with the client, heritage architect and project consultants to ensure that no harm or damage was done to the heritage building,” explained Billie Lillie, “ and we managed to complete the entire project and upgrades to the heritage building without any incident or damage.


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“A specific management plan was developed to ensure that no harm or damage was done to the heritage building”

“The single most important and critical element of success was to comply with the rigid rules and regulations, in terms of quality control, set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The entire construction process had to be documented, recorded and proofed through a range of qualifications.” Impeccable Environmental Management Another key challenge was achieving the required Green Star rating for the cleanroom facility, with regular meetings, document control and auditing to meet the Green Building Council of Australia’s compliance requirements. “All materials had to be checked and approved for compliance and strictly adhered to in the built environment,” said Lillie. “One

mistake by a subcontractor installing a non-compliant material could have resulted in this building not being eligible for the planned rating.” A comprehensive project-specific Environment Management Plan was implemented in accordance with Environmental Management System Guidelines and supplemented PS Structures’ ISO 14001 EMS accreditation. A waste management plan successfully achieved over 80 per cent of waste material being recycled. “Certified wastage contractors were appointed to deal with waste disposal on the site and housekeeping was maintained to a very high standard. The site was issued with a spill kit for any contaminating materials to be contained appropriately. The site manager at induction informed all employees of the job-specific

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evacuation requirements, regular testing was completed to ensure compliance, and dust was suppressed by managing these works with restricted times and the use of water trucks.” The project was covered by the MRA’s Green Building policy and had to comply as a Tier 3 site, delivering a Sustainable Design Assessment Report (SDAR). “Unlike conventional commercial use, this is a laboratory-based facility, working with human tissue, so achieving Green Star 4-star rating was more onerous given the HVAC standards required for operations. It is also a small building, which is typically more challenging under the Green Star rating system. Despite these constraints around the function of the building and the challenges these posed for the Green Star process – particularly related to energy use – the design team engaged in a solid workshop process to collaboratively arrive at a robust pathway to achieving the target.” “As the project manager,” concluded Lillie, “it was my responsibility to ensure all members of my team remained informed, motivated, disciplined and productive throughout the course of the project to its timely completion – with a high level

of quality. During construction of the project, we queried the use of numerous specified items and offered more costeffective solutions, with the result that the project was delivered under budget. “As the first project to be undertaken by PS Structures for PlusLife and also the first cleanroom facility constructed by the company, it was vital to maintain a healthy and sustainable relationship with the client over the course of the project, and in the same instance gain invaluable experience for future projects of a similar nature.” Enhancing Lives with Donor Service PlusLife (Perth Bone & Tissue Bank Inc.) is a not-for-profit service responsible for the retrieval of donated human bone and tissue (bone, tendons, ligaments), providing their transplant material directly to surgeons for the treatment of patients. “This is very similar to organ donation,” explained managing director Anne Cowie, “yet very few in the community know that this is possible.”

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE PlusLife

PlusLife has been operational for over 25 years, and during that time the organisation has provided more than 10,000 grafts to almost 9,000 patients – with all tissue donated in Australia. PlusLife has two donor programs: ■ Patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery can donate the ball part of the hip, which is removed as a routine part of their surgery. ■ With the consent of their next of kin, people can also donate bone, tendons and ligaments after death (like organ donation). Donated bone and tissue is stored and processed in this new state-of-the-art facility in Midland, before being provided to surgeons for patient treatment.

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Grafts are used for the treatment of:■ Spinal deformities – children and adolescents with curvature of the spine. ■ Bone cancers – young people with a bone cancer can avoid amputation of a limb. ■ Complex joint problems caused by arthritis and trauma. ■ Dental bone loss. ■ Maxillo facial deformities caused by trauma or cancer. “As a not-for-profit organisation,” said Anne Cowie, “PlusLife is obviously very keen to identify potential collaborative relationships with community organisations and businesses, to promote the work that we do.”

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Routine roof maintenance works are inevitable and a risk control strategy must be put in place to ensure workers' safety. Having partnered with PS Structures on various key projects throughout Western Australia, Safemaster was again engaged to undertake the entire height safety package for the Pluslife development, Midland.

To address the needs for emergency egress from the roof in the event of fire, Safemaster custom-designed an externally latched hatch, aimed to be opened from outside. The system is completed with an internal fold-down ladder. The other installed equipment includes SLIPNOT anti-slip walkway with guardrail system for designated routes across roof surfaces.

With safety standards in mind, Safemaster conducted a risk assessment at Pluslife for works involving heights, followed by design, manufacture and installation of a range of fall protection and access systems to the building's roof and internal ceiling. The work scope also includes an annual service to inspect, test and re-certify the installed systems as required by Australian Standards.

“Our aim is to provide the highest quality products to keep Australians safe when working at heights,” said managing director Mark Sivewright. “We take safety seriously, and as such we appoint dedicated project managers to handle individual jobs, therefore ensuring each one is delivered correctly.”

For Pluslife to accomplish a safe working roof area, approximately 30 metres of X-CLERATE fall-arrest horizontal lifeline system was installed alongside the roof edge, in conjunction with X-ERT surface mount anchors to give complete fall protection to the entirety of the building.

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RESIDENCE OF GREAT STYLE AND PANACHE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Residence of great style and panache

SUBIACO’S FINE CHINA SITE

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s residential blocks continue to diminish in size and increase in value – particularly in inner-city areas – an innovative and resourceful approach to the utilisation of available space is an increasingly important part of a residential design brief. This was very much the case with a recent Di Vincenzo Constructions project in Wunderlich Road, Subiaco, where space limitations were cleverly overcome to create a residence of great style and panache.

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Setting a benchmark for narrow lot design and build Located in Subiaco’s Fine China Site, the block was 9m wide and comprised a total of 236sqm. Designer Jason from Arc Seven.1 was tasked with creating a home that would stand out from the streetscape and would set the benchmark for narrow lot design and build. The home extends over three levels, with a combined total of 420sqm including entertaining areas. The striking exterior features timber slat cladding from the front of the home around the catwalk entry to the grand entrance of the home. A bold, white matrix-cladded façade that features black PFC steel surrounds the 4.8m single panel glass window to provide a taste of what is to come as you enter through the pivot front door.


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Inside the house a floor-to-ceiling glass window frames an outside pool with a cascading water feature on black glass mosaics. The ground floor is tiled with large-format marble in the open plan living, dining and kitchen area which features 5.4m ceilings. Slatted timber covers the living/dining wall, reflecting natural light from the 9m long skylight window in the front entry façade. Natural light a constant feature The luxurious kitchen boasts custom joinery, stone tops and a glass roof which, again, provides natural light to the interior. A stacking sliding door branches off the living areas to provide entry to the outdoor entertaining and pool area. The ground floor also contains a separate home office, bathroom, laundry, double garage and store.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Residence of great style and panache

‘‘The home extends over three levels, with a combined total of 420sqm including entertaining areas’’ Stairs and a lift provide access to the next two floors. A marble staircase leads to a catwalk bridge, encased in floor-to-ceiling glass and overlooking the living area below, providing access to the theatre room. There are two bedrooms on this level, together with separate bathroom and powder room. A steel staircase with jarrah treads leads to the second floor and the large main bedroom, which has a walk-in robe and a glamorous bathroom with free-standing bath. Also on this level is a ‘sky lounge’, a separate entertaining/living zone with a large private balcony. Luxury resort feel on a narrow block Di Vincenzo Constructions believe that through the quality of design and build of the home they have been able to achieve a luxury resort feel on what is essentially a narrow block.

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The company says that the main objective of the project was to showcase a luxurious, spacious home that didn’t feel like it was situated on a 9m wide, 236sqm block and wasn’t just another ‘square boxed home’. It was important to have depth in its overall street appeal and this was achieved by clever design to allow light through various areas of the home. Natural light was the key to being able to showcase some beautiful materials including marble, timber and steel throughout the home. Every aspect, from design to construction, was intended to create a home in which residents feel like they are in their own resort. Needless to say, building on a grand scale in a restricted space in the heart of Subiaco is not without its challenges. Careful planning in coordinating deliveries, supplier and trades on site was essential to ensure continuity of work flow. www.corsalighting.com

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‘‘… the main objective of the project was to showcase a luxurious, spacious home that didn’t feel like it was situated on a 9m wide, 236sqm block and wasn’t just another ‘square boxed home’’ Materials used in construction of the residence included marble tiles, timber batten cladding to the living/dining feature wall and external façade, matrix cladding to the theatre room and rear of the home, external feature steel work, feature steel and jarrah treads for the staircase, and bronze mirror cladding on the lift exterior. Boutique builder specialising in custom luxury homes Since its inception in 1994, Di Vincenzo Constructions has been a boutique builder specialising in custom luxury homes in the Perth market. The company chooses to work on only a handful of projects each year as it considers this necessary in order to ensure it can deliver high quality homes with personalised service to each client. Director Gino Di Vincenzo, who has over 40 years in the building industry, deals directly with clients at the initial start-up stages

through to personal supervision of each of our client’s home. Mr Di Vincenzo believes clients are more comfortable and at ease knowing that the owner of the company has full control of every stage of construction of their home. “Our clients have not only invested financially in their home but also emotionally and, as most builds go for a couple of years, the relationship between client and builder is important,” Mr Di Vincenzo said. “Communication is vital and having a transparent relationship with our clients, designer, trades and suppliers is a key aspect to our business.” Di Vincenzo Constructions are presently working on a number of other projects including a 1200+sqm three-storey home which overlooks the Swan River in Applecross, and a unique and innovatively designed home perched above the river in Bicton.

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MIRRABOOKA FITOUT

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Mirrabooka fitout

DEMANDING DEADLINE

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Deadline of just 20 weeks With all work needing to be completed in just 20 weeks it was necessary to work across all floors simultaneously. Due to the many long lead items required, including significant electrical, security and AV installations, early and detailed procurement was essential. A further requirement of the project was that it be completed to 5 Star Green Star standard. As the head contractor, ADCO was responsible for all matters related to project delivery and for delivering the project to the required quality standard and to the program and budget agreed with the client. This required regular and detailed communication with the client, architect, consultant team and the government departments that were to occupy the building. ADCO sees this project as maintaining their commitment to the fitout market, having successfully built an excellent working relationship over the last few years with both the client (BMW, Department of Finance) and the architects (MKDC), with this project further strengthening those relationships.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Mirrabooka fitout

‘‘This resulted in the sub-contractor gaining an understanding of not just the drawings, but of the architect’s design intent and the overall outcome envisaged’’ Commitment to quality The client and the architect required very high standards in terms of project delivery and quality was non-negotiable for both of them. ADCO’s focus in achieving this was to ensure a commitment to quality from the outset in order to ensure no impact on program delivery dates. Due to the program being of only 20 weeks duration, it was essential to complete early procurement. With many long lead items required the ADCO team spent the early weeks of the project confirming selections and securing delivery dates for materials and components. Completing four floors simultaneously required careful planning of trades and fully considered sequencing of works to ensure progress was continuous and at a pace necessary to achieve the tight deadline. Suitable sub-contractor essential The high specification and detailed finishing required for the joinery necessitated the careful selection of a sub-contractor. Once the right team was in place a high level of communication was promoted between the sub-contractor and the architect. This resulted in the sub-contractor gaining an understanding of not just the drawings, but of the architect’s design intent and the overall outcome envisaged. In addition to the high specification joinery package, the project includes a number of feature curved ceilings, primarily on the ground floor. Architects MKDC used a wide range colour on the floors throughout the building, which, together with a number of feature light fittings, gives the final product a top class finish. The

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staff hub in particular stands out for the mix of colour, joinery, ceiling finishes and lighting. The fitout included a number of private meeting rooms which required sound ratings over and above standard practice. These presented a considerable challenge to designers in the first instance and then for the site team to implement. $10bn completed projects Established in 1972, ADCO is a leading national construction company which has completed over 3,500 projects across Australia with a combined value of more than $10 billion.

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‘‘ADCO considers this particular project to be part of an ongoing process of the accumulation of expertise, where the company continues to refine its processes, teams and methodologies’’ The team working on this particular project included Nick Cater, Peter Tobin, Niall Kehoe as Project Manager, Adrian Doyle as Site Manager, Richard Butler as Site Supervisor and James O’Connor as Contract Administrator. This team has been with ADCO for several years and is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of building types, including fitout, having successfully delivered projects from $3m to $40m over the last three to five years. ADCO considers this particular project to be part of an ongoing process of the accumulation of expertise, where the company continues to refine its processes, teams and methodologies. Each

project brings unique challenges but much is replicated in each project. From project to project the company continues to improve its procurement systems, knowledge the sub-contractor pool, improving sequencing to gain time on program and upskilling its teams. New members are added to each project in order to increase the number of people in the business capable of taking on future work. In Western Australia ADCO is currently involved in the delivery of two large aged care facilities (140 beds) for Regis Aged Care, a Woolworths store in Mt Pleasant, a security facility for the Federal Government and a $30 million high school for the WA Government.

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ROCKINGHAM ROAD

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Rockingham Road

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One and two bedroom apartments The 10 units consist of one and two bedroom apartments, each almost 60m3, with separate storerooms and single covered car bays and extra bays for visitors behind the gated area. The complex is securely gated and fully fenced with intercom to each apartment and there are covered parking bays for each of the apartments, plus visitor parking.


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Piran says that all the units have been finished to the highest standard and include stylish and contemporary interiors and floor plans that create true open plan living. The company believes that with a focus on long term durability and lasting style, every detail has been considered to enhance the overall living experience. Once an area known for its market gardens, the suburb of Spearwood has all needed facilities including shopping centres, schools, parks and medical centres. The local Stargate shopping centre includes a supermarket and a number of specialty and boutique stores, together with a food court. And, of course, Spearwood is located a short distance away from the major centre of Fremantle, making the whole location package an attractive one for prospective buyers.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Rockingham Road

‘‘High ceilings are a desirable feature and blinds are installed in all living areas and bedrooms’’

Lightweight construction Piran was the builder and nominated site supervisor for the project. The construction system was Blue Steel and lightweight Aeriated Concrete Panels, which is a lightweight system, together with Gyprock cladding, solid timber stairs and Colorbond roofing. The use of the lightweight Aeriated Concrete Panels was a unique and innovative approach as it is not widespread in Western Australia nor is its use common in the construction of apartments. The project's greatest challenge was due to the fact that the buildings were designed to have different floor plan residences above each other and this, combined with the use of lightweight material, created difficulties in complying with building legislation, particularly in regard to fire and acoustic regulations. Project halted in search of solutions In fact the project had to be halted for some weeks with many meetings with consultants and building surveyors in order to find an acceptable design solutions to the to the problems that presented during construction.

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Boutique builders Piran provide professional domestic and commercial builders with the 'personal touch', offering a wide range of architectural and construction services. Piran's two partners have more than 50 years of construction industry experience between them and are both qualified civil engineers. Each member of the company's team brings between 15 to 40 years of experience to their projects. Piran focuses on business development and client support to ensure that it achieves on-time delivery within their clients' financial budget, zero defects and a safe work environment. The company's areas of expertise include single and double storey housing, townhouses, extensions, refurbishments and renovation, multi units, grouped housing, apartment developments, mixed-use developments, commercial developments, commercial fitouts, subdivision, site construction, supervision and project management. Piran is currently working on some new high end developments closer to the city. The company continues to expand, having recently opened a branch in Victoria.


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SWAN RIVER BASIN

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Swan River Basin

BUSHLAND HARMONY

Classic Rural Lifestyle with a Contemporary Touch

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ith a florist and an engineer commissioning this stunning new home project, the design had to bring together two diverse residential living concepts: a combination of natural splendour and modern functionality. To achieve this fine sense of balance, the owners asked Mountford Architects to create a thoughtfully designed home that would provide well-considered, well-appointed shelter to accommodate their rural lifestyle. After documenting, Mosman Bay Construction were successful in winning the tender, and began the technically challenging build.

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Sited near bushland on a broad expanse of the Swan River Basin, the design is described by the builders as “transplanting the functional geometry of the European farm quadrangle to the new house while still enjoying its West Australian bush setting”. The quadrangle is a square between buildings traditionally found on farms and used as a utility space for vehicles, deliveries, overflow parking, horses. etc. This arrangement is especially noticeable when flying over rural areas and it is well defined in Europe as the holdings are smaller. Scheduled for stage two of construction, the fourth side of this project’s own quadrangle has been replaced instead by a rowplanted picking garden designed for the owner by landscape architect Realm Studios.


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“We took these spaces into account before orchestrating the entire setting in order to achieve the best aesthetics and function possible”

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“The design transplants the functional geometry of the European farm quadrangle to the new house while still enjoying its West Australian bush setting” According to the overall project architect, Ben Mountford, “The owners came to us from very different backgrounds (engineering and floristry). Rather than being a tension we found this could be complimentary, and their understanding of pragmatics and beauty gave us the basis to create something really special. It was a harmonious process. People generally come to us for something special.” For the architects, the main challenge in creating a design in harmony with the property’s bushland setting was two-fold. “One,” said Ben, “the high water table meant we needed to raise the site. We turned this to our advantage and built on an elevated position, thus gaining a view to the surrounding bushland on the property. Two, we needed to do an inventory of existing outbuildings and sheds, reducing them to just the essential buildings and thus de-cluttering the site and enabling the natural beauty of the site prevail.” Meticulous Planning… and an Innovative Commitment to Sustainability The house comprises strong forms hewn from the local limestone, with this mix used in the rammed earth, in all the roadways, and on landscaping between the building and grass areas.

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Inside, the inhabitants enjoy long sight lines and views framed around the 300-year-old paper bark trees. The interior spaces are set up to reflect the play of light, shadow and abstractions of the West Australian bush as the sun’s arc projects them across interior walls. “We generated the form using the sitelines,” said Ben. “There are allocated points within the plan where the view to the trees is aligned. The tree locations were the origin of the geometry. Once we had the form generated in relation to the tree locations, we elevated the high side of the skillion roof tips up to receive the setting sun’s tree-filtered light.” As for the main focus on providing shelter, its meticulous planning is essentially highlighted in the detail and operational level of the building, with careful detailing of cabinetry fenestration and material selections, as well as thermal comfort/solar access, air conditioning, under-floor heating, lighting and acoustic considerations. One complicated issue that had to be addressed in order to fulfil the main parameters of the brief involved resolving onsite sewerage treatment with respect to salinity and water table requirements to achieve compliance. Sustainability and the environmental systems were also key elements in the project’s creation and development. “The broad roof and the recessed windows are there to shade the


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“The interior spaces are set up to reflect the play of light, shadow and abstractions of the West Australian bush as the sun’s arc projects them across interior walls”

building in summer and let the winter sun in. We have addressed the water table issues and we also have a very large array of solar panels and the provision for batteries when the capacity is available to connect the electric under-floor heating in the future.” Creating a project that had to accommodate the clients’ rural lifestyle also brought its own requirements. “There is a working landscape for farm machinery and livestock, etc., a natural landscape and then a controlled, or manicured, landscape typically around the house, garden or orchard. These were considered in relation to the siting of the house in the first instance. We took these spaces into account before orchestrating the entire setting in order to achieve the best aesthetics and function possible for the site and the clients’ requirements.”

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For Ben Mountford, the most successful aspect of the final project is “the way the building sits within the landscape and the effect of the changing light throughout the day on the interior and exterior spaces”. He also praised the collaboration of all those involved. “Behind every great project there is a great team. With regard to this we acknowledge the combined efforts of the client in supporting the commission and trusting us with the project; the willingness of the consultant team to meet the challenges of the site; and finally, but not least importantly, the enthusiasm and skill level of the lead contractor in delivering a high-quality build.”

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Metwest Steel is locally owned and operated, servicing building companies and owner builders throughout Western Australia. Our products range from steel lintels through to the supply, fabrication and erection of all steel required for large structural projects. Ryan Gillam General Operations Manager Ph: 9494 0000 | Fx: 9494 0099 | Mob: 0447 851 736

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S.E.C. SUBSTATION

THE BUILDERS CHOICE S.E.C. Substation

HERITAGE TRANSFORMATION

Challenging Restoration Achieves Positive Outcome

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finished job is clear evidence that the team achieved its goal. “Attention to detail on all aspects of this project is apparent,” notes M/Construction, “and the end result is a testimony to the skills of the project management team and, in particular, the tradespeople carrying out the work.” Even though the team encountered numerous setbacks associated with an old building that needed extensive restoration and uncovered asbestos issues, the work was completed in strict accordance with the contract period. “The client was always on hand and understanding in discussions on adjustments to the design, to assist with the development’s constructability and longevity; and M/Construction applied its subcontractor coordination principles of early involvement and extensive interaction through planning, issuing explicit instructions and daily toolbox meetings.”


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“In the end, this highly effective and efficient ongoing relationship between builder, client, consultants and subcontractors eased the degree of difficulty” In the end, this highly effective and efficient ongoing relationship between builder, client, consultants and subcontractors eased the degree of difficulty, in design and constructability, “with open-minded discussions being held regularly to ensure a positive outcome for all parties on the completion of the development”. In short, says M/Construction, both the client and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage were extremely happy with the final result. Overcoming Site Constraints Finding the right technique and products to remove the extensive graffiti, on both the internal and external walls, was one of the main challenges. The main building internal walls were stripped of graffiti to datum line and restored to their original brick feature.

Restoration of the existing brickwork internally and externally included repointing mortar, using a mortar adapted to suit the original colour, re-stitching brickwork, tuck pointing, replacing damaged bricks and re-toothing sections of walls. A major reconfiguration of bricks to the north-east and south-east corners of the wall was required, with the old leanto structure being demolished; and the entire west wall above the front of the building had to be temporarily braced and propped, as the wall was at risk of collapsing due to corroded wall ties. Window frames were stripped to the original metal, re-painted and installed with new glass and old-fashioned putty to suit; two coats of paint were used to match the original colours; and the display suite was completed and painted in colours which best highlighted the original features.

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“The end result is a testimony to the skills of the project management team and, in particular, the tradespeople carrying out the work” Bonded asbestos was removed from 620 square metres of roof space at a high level. The original ceilings were extremely brittle so this difficult situation was overcome by planking out sections of the ceiling space. “We ensured M/Construction met the strict heritage requirements by incorporating detailed checklists and engaging the heritage architect to visit the site regularly for inspections.” Another challenge was undertaking the minister sewer works on the main street, which required extensive traffic management planning, coordination and ample notification. “Otherwise this could have impacted on the emergency ambulance station access point located next door, as the works crossed in front of their driveway entry.” The sewerage works on Parry Street were completed in coordination with the Water Corporation and City of Fremantle to a high standard and on time; and they also assisted with the subdivision of a new apartment block (M/27 by Match). In addition, a new Western Power Green Pillar for the subdivision works was completed, air-conditioning and lighting for the new sales display suite was installed, and old air-conditioning units from the roof were disconnected and removed. Firm Commitment to Innovation, Value for Money and Safety Works were carried out in accordance with M/Construction’s highly respected policies and procedures. “In this particular project a more traditional approach to restoration was undertaken. However, in the subdivision works with the minister sewer line we used a boring system in lieu of an open trench as originally designed. This was

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done to avoid affecting the neighbouring emergency ambulance and road traffic. “With the boring of the minister sewer line we had to negotiate with a number of government authorities that already had services underground, such as power and telecommunications, as well as dealing with boundary setbacks. If the open trench approach was undertaken the cost would have been similar, but the time period would have been significantly longer.” Extensive planning and interaction with clients and suppliers precede all M/Construction’s contracts. “This ensures assumptions are tested and operational refinements and enhancements that may result in cost reductions are achieved. A design and construct form of contract with commercial risk allocation between client and builder, insurance standards, warranties, deposits, provisional sums and other matters are amicably sorted out prior to contract signature.

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“We ensured M/Construction met the strict heritage requirements by incorporating detailed checklists and engaging the heritage architect to visit the site regularly for inspections” “Value for money on construction involves completing a project to time, cost and level of quality that meets the end need and is adaptable to accommodate future uses. A good project will continue to provide value for money and meet user needs throughout its lifetime, and will contribute to the environment in which it is located with a wide range of social, environmental and economical benefits.” As for safety, M/Construction ensured all on site work activities complied with the Occupational Safety & Health Act 1984 & Regulations 1996. “Internal safety audits were carried out by M/Construction’s own in-house safety officer, as well as holding

monthly toolbox discussions to ensure transparency and a high standard of safety was adhered to.” Careful attention was also paid to site organisation. “By involving employees and contractors in daily pre-start meetings, M/Construction promotes a rapid issue resolution process and ownership of any issues faced, which facilitated sound supervision and control of all activities on site.” Furthermore, M/Construction complied with its statutory environmental obligations and commitment under the code of conduct during construction for controlled waste management, dust control, site access, local traffic disruption and parking. “There were also no issues with the local council.”

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HOLMAN INDUSTRIES

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Holman Industries

DYNAMIC TRANSFORMATION

Landmark Commercial Project in Perth

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Undertaken by Subiaco Building Company, the project involved a substantial alteration to an existing warehouse and the construction of additional new warehouses and a new two-storey office on an under-utilised site. According to director Pat Welch, the main challenges included the re-use of existing steel members and purlins, while additional engineered support was required for the existing brick walls as they were in poor condition. In addition, the triangular site with its narrow street boundary was extremely tight to manage construction traffic/processes, and there were logistic issues related to the transport of concrete panels. On one occasion, traffic congestion, the distance from the manufacturing plant and a traffic accident on the freeway during erection forced an over-sized truck to take a detour.


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Holman Industries

As a “cost-plus” contract was utilised, it was also challenging to adhere to the client’s budget with dynamic changes (for example, an integrated fit-out), and in dealing with a quantity surveyor and bank “who were non-supportive of cost-plus contracts”. Once these challenges were overcome, the result was immensely satisfying for all parties. “It is a new landmark in the Walters Drive precinct,” said Pat Welch, “and there was zero loss-time for injuries throughout the entire project.” Efficient Delivery Systems... and a Firm Commitment to Sustainability As for the construction itself, due to tight site constraints and the required time-frames, it was decided that the use of precast panels, which were cast off site and trucked in, would be the most efficient method of delivering the high wall panels. Similarly, precast floor slab panels were used for the first- floor slab in the office building, which was supported on a steel supporting structure. Elsewhere, concrete pavement was used for high traffic vehicle access and parking areas; fibre- reinforced slabs were incorporated for shrinkage control; and perforated metal screens were used on the facade to provide privacy yet

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maintain a visual connection to the outdoors, as well as reduce the heat load on the glazing. The original design called for aluminium composite panel cladding at the entry, but this was changed during construction to utilise feature timber cladding and incorporate a green wall to showcase one of the products marketed by Holman in a prominent location. “The use of the timber and plants ensures the building maintains a connection back to the garden, which reflects the primary business focus of the client’s business operations,” explained Welch. When it came to sustainability, structural steel and roof members were re-used from the old warehouse, after the existing roof structure was raised to accommodate additional storage requirements. A project requirement was to incorporate some beautiful Australian Marri timber which the client had in storage. The timber was derived from a large “paddock tree” at the Oak Valley truffle farm in Manjimup. The tree was originally cut down earlier to plant oak and hazelnut trees inoculated with black truffle spores. “The client had the timber cut into slabs at a timber mill in Manjimup,” said Welch, “and then put them into storage in the old Holman warehouse in Osborne Park, where it had been sitting for 12 years in


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“The use of the timber and plants ensures the building maintains a connection back to the garden, which reflects the primary business focus of the client’s business operations”

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“A project requirement was to incorporate some beautiful Australian Marri timber which the client had in storage” anticipation of being incorporated into a new office and boardroom setting when the time was right. Sympari did a great job in working the rough sawn timber into the 4.5 x 1.5 metre boardroom table and all the furniture in the client’s office.” Excellence in Construction and Client Satisfaction Subiaco Building Company has been providing quality commercial and residential construction services since 2009, earning a reputation for excellence in construction and client satisfaction, with many repeat customers and a broad client base.

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The company describes its mission as, “to strive to deliver truth and honesty in construction. We will not throw out low-ball teaser prices in order to win work – we will tell you how much it will actually cost, exactly what is included, and how long it will really take to construct.” SBC aims to be the best medium-sized company in the Australian commercial construction sector. “We don’t strive to be the biggest, just the best at what we do. We target the timely delivery of our clients’ projects, and intrinsic to this is our focus on constructing high-quality, sustainable buildings that create a built environment we can be proud to leave for future generations to enjoy.”


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“Intrinsic to this is our focus on constructing high-quality, sustainable buildings that create a built environment we can be proud to leave for future generations to enjoy”

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VICTORIA SQUARE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Victoria Square

VISUAL INNOVATION

Strikingly Seamless Mixed-Use Project in Bunbury

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he owners had one overriding objective when devising and outlining their plans for this pacesetting Victoria Square project. Quite simply, it had to be different. Working with BGC Construction, they achieved that goal resoundingly, creating a mixeduse project on the corner of Victoria Street and Clifton Street in Bunbury that is exceptional both in design and construction. According to regional manager Ross Marshall, “The hallmark of this project is that it is not visible to the eye. The owners’ vision was to develop a structural steel frame that would seamlessly accommodate a precast concrete panel façade and hollow core floor planks for efficient and high-quality construction. “Rarecoast were unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence and pivotal in the development of the construction design and

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methodology. As owners of a structural steel fabrication and rigging business, their passion and energy was a catalyst for the entire construction team. The result speaks for itself, and anecdotal feedback from passers-by was overwhelmingly positive.” Completed in March this year after 48 weeks of construction, Victoria Square is a supremely merged combination of commercial, retail and residential space. The visual impression is striking, with an impressive paint colour palette and complimentary metalwork joinery, while the coloured fenestration adds significant depth and character to the imposing elevations. The construction provided many challenges and rewards. Built on 2,135 square metres of land, there was not an ounce of space that wasn’t utilised. The boundary-to-boundary construction in the CBD location required dynamic logistic management, consultation with adjoining properties and public communication to ensure delivery of materials and construction milestones were achieved with minimal impact on the community and surrounding businesses. As Marshall noted, “Excellent two-way communication with the City of Bunbury, regular advertising in the local press and one-onone communication with adjoining landowners and business operators allowed us to ensure unhindered progress.”


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“Rarecoast were unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence and pivotal in the development of the construction design and methodology”

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“The visual impression is striking, with an impressive paint colour palette and complimentary metalwork joinery” Spacious and Modern Penthouses… with Breathtaking Views In addition to its striking street elevation, the project is highlighted by commercial, restaurant and retail spaces on the ground floor and commercial office space on the first and second floors. Ample secure parking and service access is provided from Clifton Street. Victoria Square also incorporates two penthouse apartments on the second floor, with secure private access. “These apartments are spacious and modern,” said Marshall, “with breathtaking views of

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Bunbury’s most sought-after location and beyond to the hills of the Ferguson Valley. Victoria Square was architecturally designed to suit the tenants’ specific requirements. “Simple, practical and low-maintenance construction and finishing techniques allow for an environment that is built tough to wear – and gracefully.” Materials and finishes consist of off-form concrete, precast concrete, exposed aggregate concrete, aluminium joinery, ceramic flooring, concrete and plasterboard partition walls, stainless steel Robertson Coatings is a diversified service company specialising in KBS passive fire protective coatings, Intumescent coatings, Pipework lagging and insulation, Integrity Testing and Programmed building and painting maintenance.

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“Simple, practical and low-maintenance construction and finishing techniques allow for an environment that is built tough to wear – and gracefully” metalwork, painted fibro cement panelling, stainless steel finished elevators and featured brickwork façades. Among the specialised services and installations are two elevators, secure parking with easy street access, central plant[SJ1] [BD2] , mechanical plant, Western Power sub-station, fire booster apparatus, backup diesel electric generator, security controlled access and lighting fire detection and indication systems. Key contributions and assistance were provided by BGC Precast, with precast concrete panels, hollow core concrete floor planks and precast concrete stairs. “They were greatly appreciated and provided a remarkable first-class finish to external panels.” In conclusion, said Ross Marshall, “It was a pleasure to be involved in this innovative project and to work closely with the owners. Their passion and pride will forever be displayed at Victoria Square.”

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Establishing New Building Benchmarks Launched in 1994 to meet growing demand for commercial building construction in Western Australia, BGC Construction has established new benchmarks through its ability to provide the highest quality design, products and services, while meeting cost-effective budgets. BGC Construction is an operating division of BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest private companies, in operation since 1971, and with group turnover of more than $3 billion per annum and 3,500 employees. BGC Construction’s management team is described as being “well balanced, experienced and committed to the company’s goals of achieving the client’s design, financial,time and quality targets, while maximising client involvement, minimising disputation and promoting on-going partnering relationships”.

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LIGHTWEIGHT CHALLENGE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Lightweight Challenge

Lightweight challenge to double brick

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lower on site labour and handling costs; easier to work with on limited access sites; energy efficiency; and, strong environmental, acoustic and thermal qualities. Lightweight construction materials are much cheaper to transport and this is particularly important in the case of distant locations. Site works costs are also often less than traditional methods. Lightweight materials can be easily shaped With the range of polystyrene materials now available, the ability to easily shape the material provides the opportunity for innovative design at a much reduced cost. Steve Foster from Wangara-based Builditeco says that many builders are now moving into lightweight constructions. “Some of the major benefits include speed of construction and the material’s high insulation properties,” he said. “With brick construction, in the summer your house gets very hot and it is difficult to cool it because the walls are very hot; but polystyrene building systems don’t have so much thermal mass and


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‘‘The cost of constructing a house in lightweight and heavyweight materials might appear to be comparable at the moment but ... initial impressions are deceptive’’ the walls don’t get hot and stay hot, so once you have cooled a room down with the aircon it stays that way. “And vice versa in winter. I live in a lightweight house myself and in winter we would rarely put on the heaters because the heat generated within the house – electric appliances etc – keeps the place warm as long as you keep all doors and windows closed.”

Cost savings available The cost of constructing a house in lightweight and heavyweight materials might appear to be comparable at the moment but, Mr Foster says, initial impressions are deceptive. “Bricklayers are laying bricks for the lowest price in around 15 years, but what we say to builders is: the prices might be similar but

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‘‘Lightweight construction materials are much cheaper to transport and this is particularly important in the case of distant locations’’ if you are talking about a two- storey house, when you use a product like ours scaffoldings will be up for maybe six weeks, whereas with a brick construction it might be three months – hence there will be a big saving.” While some may be hesitant about building a house in EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) rather than brick because of perceptions of a lack of strength in the lightweight materials, there is no cause for concern according to Mr Foster. “The product that we use is cyclone tested, region D category C4 cyclone rated,” he said. “Modified renders go over the top of the product and they contain glues and resins to increase strength and adhesion. And then they are fibreglass-meshed, so they are pretty well reinforced.” Time taken for construction with lightweight materials is substantially less than with brick, Mr Foster said. “I have seen a two-storey home completed within 16 to 18 weeks – handover, from start to finish. A two-storey double brick would have to be 18 months. So if a person is going to be renting for four months versus 18 months, that is a considerable saving.” WA has double brick mentality Mr Foster said that EPS coating systems have been used for over 50 years in Europe and have been widely used for some 40 years in the eastern states. “Our double brick mentality here in WA has restricted the use of other products, but now we are starting to look at the environment, and thermal efficiency and use of electricity, and

speed of construction; lightweight products have definitely made their place in the local market. We are flat out.” Smartsteel Frames in Malaga supplies the building industry with lightweight steel frame building products. Their Smartsteel framing systems incorporate wall frame and truss design to suit all domestic and commercial applications from simple to very complex design and is available as factory assembled or completely knocked down stick form. The system is lightweight and very easy to erect or assemble on site, and Smartsteel supply insulation manuals and detailed drawings, making the erection or onsite assembly very quick and easy. Added benefits include pre-punched holes for services, selflocating dimples and self-jigging to make on site modifications, drilling and chasing a thing of the past. Smartsteel say their steel framing systems stay perfectly straight and do not twist, warp, sag or shrink. There is also an added OH&S benefit In that the need for expensive chemical barriers is eliminated, thereby contributing to builders’ bottom line by providing cost and time savings. And, of course, steel wall and roof framing is 100 per cent termite and borer proof, so steel frames don’t require chemical treatments to protect them from pest attack. Autoclaved Aerated Concrete AAC Building Supplies markets another type of lightweight panel, known as Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is effectively concrete with many closed air pockets, enclosing thick steel mesh. It is lightweight and energy efficient, and is produced by adding a foaming agent to

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‘‘AAC products have been used in Europe for over 70 years and have been extensively used in Sydney and Melbourne since the late 80s’’ concrete in a mould to create the small air pockets. AAC products have been used in Europe for over 70 years and have been extensively used in Sydney and Melbourne since the late 80s. However it is only recently that builders and architects in Perth have become aware of its benefits. According to AAC Building Supplies, the Perth climate is not particularly suitable for double brick homes, whereas AAC panels have the ability to stay warm during winter and to prevent homes staying hot late into the night even after the outside temperature has cooled down.

AAC has many benefits A major part of the company’s work of late has involved Fortified AAC flooring panels in second storey renovations and builds. The concrete properties of Fortified AAC panels reduce the noise made from foot traffic above. It is used in a typical timber joist system. The panels are 75mm thick and this provides the opportunity to lay a thin floor for wet areas so the tiler can still create a fall without stepping up from the normal floor area.

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‘‘The system is lightweight and very easy to erect or assemble on site, and Smartsteel supply insulation manuals and detailed drawings, making the erection or onsite assembly very quick and easy’’ AAC Building Supplies Director Tom Harris has over 20 years experience working with AAC panels and is able to provide a full supply and installation service to builders. Other benefits of AAC panels include: Fire rating: Fortified AAC panels can provide fire resistance for over four hours. Brick is often only 60 minutes Acoustics: AAC flooring has considerably better acoustics than chipboard with 75mm AAC flooring achieving 36dB Thermal: AAC has impressive thermal resistance and thermal mass, which is unique in that most products can only provide either but not both Weight: AAC concrete panels are one-fifth the weight of concrete which is especially beneficial for second level or multi-level construction, especially as flooring.

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MURIEL AVENUE, INNALOO

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Muriel Avenue, Innaloo

MODERN ELEVATION

Innaloo units all sold in two months

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rom the very beginning, Rosmond Custom Homes designers set out to create a one-of-a-kind set of apartments in Muriel Avenue, Innaloo. The brief called for seven apartments with maximised living areas, the regular utilisation of natural light, large bedroom sizes, and substantial outdoor areas that would permit and encourage an outdoor lifestyle. A modern elevation with several features was also required. In pursuing the brief the design team created imposing facades to both front and driveway elevations, together with cubist elements with feature brickwork, thereby providing a striking street appeal.

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The car park area has been engineered with spans of cantilever to make it appear as if it is floating. Units feature spacious interiors The interiors of the apartments provide spacious open plan living areas with high ceilings, while the generously sized kitchens are well thought out and feature 40mm stone tops and plenty of cupboards. Further fulfilling the objective of innovative design, an indoor/outdoor lifestyle was created with private secluded courtyards to the ground floor apartments and extremely spacious balconies – larger than most living areas – for the first floor apartments. Each unit also features bedrooms of a significant size with double robes and ceiling fans, while the large bathrooms are fitted with with quality fixtures.


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The complex also has the added benefit of being located in Innaloo. Close to the beach and not too far from the CBD, Innaloo continues to increase in desirability and popularity and, as a consequence, there is also an increase in the construction of more desirable and upmarket houses and units in the area. The apartments are also close to the Westfield Innaloo Shopping Centre, Bunnings, the Event Cinema Innaloo, cafes and restaurants and numerous businesses along Scarborough Beach Road.

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Quality design and construction The Muriel Avenue complex was built in eight and a half months and were all sold within two months during a difficult market period – a clear indication of the quality of design and construction. Rosmond Custom Homes designed, drafted and constructed the complex using brick, timber, Colorbond and concrete. The entire project was personally supervised by the company’s director, as he usually does with all projects. While most phases of the project were fairly straightforward, the main challenges came in the form of designing the apartments to comply with the R-codes and National Construction Codes. These problems were overcome through working together with the client and a lot of brainstorming and planning.

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‘‘In pursuing the brief the design team created imposing facades to both front and driveway elevations, together with cubist elements with feature brickwork, thereby providing a striking street appeal’’

When asked what the most important lessons learned from the project, senior designer and drafter Noorudeen said it demonstrated the fact that anything is possible with a lot of planning and research. More than 25 years experience Rosmond Custom Homes has been in residential construction for more than 25 years. Over that time they have built a reputation as one of Perth’s best luxury custom home builders for those seeking a boutique home builder experience with a personal touch. With a team of highly qualified professionals Rosmond’s objective is to deliver new homes that fulfil the lifestyle dreams and aspirations of each individual client. The company specialises in two storey homes, narrow lot homes, upside down living homes, homes that capture views, homes on challenging blocks and homes that express their owners’ unique passions, personality and style.

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‘‘The apartments are also close to the Westfield Innaloo Shopping Centre, Bunnings, the Event Cinema Innaloo, cafes and restaurants and numerous businesses along Scarborough Beach Road’’

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REGENTS GARDEN SCARBOROUGH

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Regents Garden Scarborough

MODERN LIFESTYLE

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s the ageing baby boomer generation rolls into retirement in ever-increasing numbers, the need for various types of aged accommodation increases exponentially. Market sectors range from retirement villages to full care facilities and are further segmented by price, running from affordable to luxury. Coming in at the top end of aged care facilities, the recently completed Regents Garden Scarborough is described in the promotional literature as “a luxury residential aged care community …” with an “exceptional environment (which) affords a modern lifestyle of comfort and elegance.” The literature invites prospective clients to “Come home to a gracious lobby, spacious lounges, fine a la carte dining rooms,

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private banquet room, function hall, cinema, café with alfresco area, day spa, gymnasium, fishpond and landscaped gardens.” Unique and innovative features Each of the four levels has spacious, bright and airy living areas, quality fixtures and fittings, full wi-fi and sweeping views across Scarborough. The unique and innovative features include original artwork, sculptures and rooftop piano-lounge to promote a social and interactive lifestyle. Clearly, Regents Garden Scarborough is high on the list of Western Australian luxury aged care accommodation. The 105 spacious suites feature ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and private balcony, with provision made to provide interconnecting rooms for couples. There is also a section dedicated for high and low cases of dementia which is separate from the rest of the facility. The four storey Regents Garden Scarborough residential aged care community is located in Wheatcroft Street, close to the beach, shops and local attractions.


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‘‘The company has been involved with aged care building for over 25 years and has been the architect for their client Regents Garden Group for over 20 years’’ Salim Lee Architects/Planners (SLA) were responsible for the design of the facility and they were tasked with creating a resort style structure to ensure that the residents could live a happy and harmonious lifestyle in the twilight of their years. The use of space, colour and various artworks were all employed to create an atmosphere of harmony for the residents.

Personal environment for residents The design brief included a requirement to create a more personal environment for the residents through each wing having its own dining and living spaces. However communal areas such as the café, hair salon and gym were designed to be something of an ‘outing’ where the residents didn’t actually leave the building.

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‘‘The use of space, colour and various artworks were all employed to create an atmosphere of harmony for the residents’’ Following on with the design impression of ‘being outside’ without leaving the facility, the top upper level passage was developed as a streetscape, with a high ceiling covered in part by acrylic transparent roofing. Light was a very important aspect in creating the required ambience and perception of space. This was achieved through the use of abundant illumination throughout internal areas with light wells being used for the lower floors to provide indirect light from the top level.

Abundance of special features Other notable highlights include a water feature which surrounds the entry foyer and stretches to include the secured external courtyard, and a banquet room for private functions, as well as a theatrette. Concrete tilt panels and concrete floor planks were used for ease and speed of construction, together with a flat metal deck roof. Solar panels were also installed to assist in reducing the running costs of the building. Developing the facility on a very undulating site was something of a challenge, as was ensuring the maximum permitted height was adhered Phone: 0412 479 505

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‘‘Each of the four levels has spacious, bright and airy living areas, quality fixtures and fittings, full wi-fi and sweeping views across Scarborough’’ to. However these challenges were met by splitting the facility into two wings with a series of connecting communal spaces. Architects experienced in aged care design Salim Lee Architects are led by Principal Architect Lalim Lee with Project Architect Frank Del Borello, who has been with the organisation for 35 years.

The company has been involved with aged care building for over 25 years and has been the architect for their client Regents Garden Group for over 20 years. They also provide interior design services to ensure they maintain close control in the development of their projects. SLA’s next project is also in the aged care sector with a facility to be run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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‘‘Light was a very important aspect in creating the required ambience and perception of space’’

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COTTESLOE RAMILY HOME

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Cottesloe family home

SHOWCASE CONSTRUCTION

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hen a residence becomes no longer suitable or appropriate to the needs of the owners, whether that be due to physical deterioration, insufficient size for a growing family, or it is simply beginning to look shabby, a decision needs to be made: sell and relocate, demolish and rebuild or renovate. Many factors will need to be considered, not the least of which will be financial capacity of the owners. And, if the location of the residence is important in terms of convenience or value, the sell and relocate option may not be a desirable one.

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Chance to showcase talents Renovation was the choice taken by a Cottesloe family for their very original residence which no longer met their lifestyle requirements. The construction work was undertaken by Base Construction with the design and creative aspects provided by Coastline Design and Drafting and Milieu Creative. Base Constructions saw this renovation as an opportunity to showcase their talents for character home transitions.


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‘‘If the location of the residence is important in terms of convenience or value, the sell and relocate option may not be a desirable one’’

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‘‘Base Construction believe that an extension or renovation can transform a home, improve function, create space and enhance liveability’’ Highly experienced in renovation work, Base Construction believe that an extension or renovation can transform a home, improve function, create space and enhance liveability. Restoration not only reinstates a property’s physical appeal, it can also increase its future value. The main challenge with the Cottesloe home, as with most renovations, was to tie the old into the new. However the character of the home was maintained through a combination of textiles which complement each other to give the home a warm, modern and contemporary feel. Bringing the home into the modern era The clients’ brief articulated a desire to keep the existing character of the home while at the same time bringing it into the modern era, with a ‘beachy’ feel throughout. Hamilton Hill WA 6163 Ph: 0430 472 462 Rob Hill ‘‘The metal roofing specialsts’’ On Roofs offer a comprehensive service with a wealth of experience in all aspects of metal roofing and roof maintenance. With residential, commercial and civil projects completed throughout Western Australia and interstate.

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More specifically, they asked for an open plan design that was white and crisp with clean lines, and the use of polished concrete. An indoor/outdoor flow was also considered important, as was an extensive outdoor kitchen for the husband who loves to fish, cook and entertain. The renovation was extensive and included the addition of a second storey. The main materials used were polished concrete, Western Australian blackbutt timber, Scyon weatherboard, with a timber frame and jarrah decking. The ground floor construction features double brick and polished concrete, while the top floor consisted of a timber frame on a suspended slab with James Hardie Scyon Weatherboard which was used in order to pursue the ‘beachy’ theme requested by the clients.

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‘‘The clients’ brief articulated a desire to keep the existing character of the home while at the same time bringing it into the modern era, with a ‘beachy’ feel throughout’’ Wealth of experience Base Construction is a family owned business run by brothers Blair and Gareth, whose philosophy is that quality must be central to all aspects of their commercial activities. They believe their wealth of experience is evident in the work that they do. Their team takes pride in creating custom designs and innovative builds that will maximise clients’ space and budget. Base Constructions’ experienced team works closely with clients from the start to finish to ensure that everything runs according to plan and to help them achieve the vision they have for your home.

The Cottesloe project included his handpicked team of subcontractors supervised by Gareth Collie, who is Base Constructions’ Building Supervisor. Blair Collie says that Base Constructions is an enthusiastic, family business with quality craftsmanship at its heart. Their wealth of experience can be readily seen in their craftsmanship and their team is highly focused on creating custom design and innovative builds that make the most of their clients’ space and budget. Base Constructions is currently working on other large extensions and renovations.

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