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t was not so long ago that we were wishing you all a Merry Christmas for 2015 ... and then welcoming you all to 2016. That all seems so long ago! And moreso, in a dynamic industry and state as ours, time (and projects) seem to zoom past, marking the passing of the months. However, with the passing of each quarter, and subsequent edition of The Builders Choice Magazine, comes an opportunity to reflect, share and applaud the efforts of our talented designers, architects, consultants, developers, builders, suppliers and trades.

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This edition is no exception: As you will read, our September issue is packed with an assortment of residential and commercial projects. Once again we feature some great new homes built in Floreat and South Perth and in the state's south-west which showcase design talent, building quality and product availability that make each home unique and desirable in their own right. Complementing the single residential projects are some medium and higher density living, we feature Regatta Apartments, The Grange and 297 Canning Highway.

On the commercial scale, this edition showcases some recent retail including two KFC stores, ALDI Butler, Kmart's new Distribution Centre, the Port Coogee and Champion Lakes Shopping Centres. Other projects featured are Curtin University's new Medical and Training Facility, the Guildford Hotel refurbishment, and the new Gap and Natural Bridge lookout at Albany. We also have insightful profiles on Neville King from KOSP, World Wide Timber Traders, and Damien D'Ascenzo from DASCO So take this opportunity to sit back, relax, and reflect on what your great industry has been up to recently ...

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Neville King Director of KOSP Construction Resources Interviewed by Rocky Amatulli

 Can you tell us about the projects that Kosp Construction Resources undertakes? We are a supplier of building materials and installation services – from external cladding, renders, paint, fencing right through to internal flooring. Our products and services are utilised on extensions, double storey builds and larger Type 2 buildings. In particular, Kosp is the exclusive WA distributor of some of the highest quality and leading brand products in the building industry.

expect it to be left for us by others. The main driver for Kosp is to maintain our great name in the industry for giving our clients the maximum effort, quality and service … all delivered on time all the time. I'm somewhat of a dinosaur when it comes to doing things right, and my son is a chip off the old block, so we are sticklers for quality and have always tried to offer a great service.

 Where do you draw some of  What projects do you enjoy your main inspiration and working on the most? motivation from? At Kosp, we always try to leave Given our range of the project the way we would products/services (and my

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background and personality), I enjoy best the ones that are organised correctly!  What do you feel makes your approach unique? Being unique is simply a case of applying our experience and going the extra yard. We are family business, so we would rather go overboard than take the too often seen 'short cut'. I learnt many years ago (when I was young) that you had to 'cover your backside' and not leave things to chance. This lesson has served me well over the years.

 What are some of your favourite products, as supplied or used by Kosp on its projects? They are the Loxo and NRG Greenboard cladding systems (which are both at the top of their respective trees), and Acryloc Building Products. The 50mm thick steel reinforced Loxo autoclaved aerated concrete wall and floor panels have great acoustic properties, R-value's and fire ratings. It should be the only cladding used in bush areas. NRG Greenboard EPS is one of the only polystyrene panels on the market that has a Bal29 fire rating and is treated against termites. The system contains a completely engineered and approved system of fixings,

profile THE BUILDERS CHOICE render beads, polymer render, reinforced mesh and membrane coatings. It also has excellent sound ratings and is an environmentally friendly product to manufacture. Both of these products are perfect for many of our state's metropolitan, rural and regional applications. Acryloc is a boutique company specialising in the supply of quality Australian paints, texture coatings, renders, roof membranes and associates equipment, machines and tools. Their motto is 'Simply Better Paint' and in my opinion it's true. We are only as good as the products we supply and/or use, so this range of products is definitely on my list.

and unlike any other standard white set normally used on internal walls in Western Australia. For even better quality you can use Kosp's two coats system over a float coat. This removes any imperfections in the internal float coat. We also have developed a great skim render that can be used on all external cladding. It is very easy to finish and float up.

 What have you learnt from your experiences in the industry? How has it changed, if at all? It's getting more and more difficult to receive payments for products and work. Sometimes I think that if you're in the building industry as a subcontractor, you may have well  Are there any innovations have gone into the finance that you've developed which lending industry… you'd like to share? Sadly, the industry has also Certainly. We have developed a become more cut throat – more safe white set that doesn't have 'dog eat dog' as they say. I think lime in it. If you ask any plasterer that everyone talks the talk, but “have your hands ever been that's about it. What we need to burnt from the lime in your do as an industry is get involved plaster” they will all say “yes I and have a go. Every aspect of have, and it happens all the business nowadays seems to focus time.” Our product is waterproof on downsizing the quality to make

the extra buck…which I do not believe is sustainable to a business or an industry such as ours.  What are some of the main challenges that you experience on your projects? At times it's very disappointing that some peoples' limited knowledge or understanding of quality impacts on their work. I refer to trades who lack experience, have no concept of quality control, or take no pride in their workmanship. I think that part of the solution revolves around more stringent rules for becoming a Registered Builder in WA, and also for monitoring work undertaken by builders and their trades. I've known cases of people coming from overseas and using someone else's registration to undertake building work; this is dangerous at the best of times, but especially moreso when they know nothing of local codes, standards or building practices.  What do you then see as other challenges that face the industry? There is a definite lack of Australian trades, and we need

to rectify this with incentives and training. Passing regulations that make the main contractor responsible for paying its trades will also help alleviate some of the issues in the industry, as will removing drug use.  On a positive note, can you share any other exciting projects that Kosp is working on? At the moment we are engaged on an 18 unit complex for Choi Builders in Hamilton Hill, using our Loxo cladding system. We are also starting another Loxo cladding project which is a 16 unit complex for a property group in Cloverdale, and yet another 12 unit project using Loxo in Kewdale.  What do you enjoy doing when you're not working? Relaxing in my spare time, and enjoying my children and grandkids at family outings … with an occasional VB in my hand.  What would you like to be remembered for? Being a sincere and loving father.

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Carlo Santostefano CEO of Worldwide Timber Traders Interviewed by Rocky Amatulli  Who is Worldwide Timber Traders? Worldwide Timber Traders (WWTT) is one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of decorative panels, plywood products, veneers, laminates, benchtops, sheet materials, timber, trusses and composite decking in WA. We have extended our range of natural veneers to include professional grade engineered veneers from partners including Eveneer, New Age, Truegrain, and Vision Veneers. We are the only company in the state that can offer a 'one-stop shop' solution when it comes to timber and timber related products. WWTT is also an avid supporter of quality Australianowned and Australian-made materials. Here at WWTT, Australian manufacturing is alive and well! WWTT is home to one of the largest timber and steel truss and frame manufacturing plants. We have not stopped growing since 1966 when we started with just 14 employees. Now with over 80 employees, it's a good thing we're on a 10-acre site! Today we are concentrating on housing and commercial jobs from across the state as timber housing becomes increasingly affordable. Keeping technology and the environment in mind, we continue to source and offer both sustainable and affordable building materials.  How did the company come about? Established in 1966 by Peter Guerini, Lloyd Marchesi and Herb Moonen, WWTT first operated under the name of Timber Traders Cockburn (TTC) in Hamilton Hill. The company was relocated in

 What drives the direction and demand for your products, and how does WWTT respond to that? Trends apply to more than just 1977 to Worldwide's site in Bibra Perth T3 Domestic Airport, Victoria fashion. With social media like Lake and expanded to supply all Station, Joondalup Hospital and Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz structural, joinery and furniture Fiona Stanley Hospital. sharing ideas – specifically interior timbers. The company then Most recently our products design, the web has prompted an branched into the production of were also used on Fremantle increase in the specification of timber veneered panels and the Dockers Stadium, Crown Casino plywood and low-maintenance and supply/machining of panel (Silks, The Riverside Room and modified timbers such as Accoya products for the furniture industry. Crown Hotel), Emirates Perth and Cambia. Interior ambience is The veneering plant was upgraded Airport, Wes Farmers Building, also a consideration for builders and to a modern, automated operation Hotel Alex in Northbridge, The homeowners. Being creative with producing professional products Como (formerly The Old Treasury acoustic panelling can provide both for the furniture and allied Building), Curtin University, a statement piece and functionality. industries. The truss plant was Heirloom Apartments (formerly Manufacturing perforated acoustic established in 1988 by Serge Woolstores) in Fremantle, Boya panelling and distributing Woven Guerini to utilise plantation timber Community Centre and the Images EchoPanel allows us to cater for the prefabrication of Wembley Golf Course. to a wide market. We have seen our engineered roof, floor trusses and supplied EchoPanel lasered by wall frames with an addition of  What types of projects do Artcom Fabrication and it yields steel in 2012. you find most interesting? fantastic results. We love projects that use In many regards then, our  Have there been any traditional materials in a noncustomers are our driver, so they major changes to your traditional way. Designers can determine what we offer. As organisation since then? come up with quite challenging markets (customer tastes, building Yes, significant ones. In 2001, TTC concepts and being able to turn methods, design trends, decommissioned the hardwood those ideas into reality excites us. technology, etc.) all evolve and sawmill to focus on plantation We were challenged to make walk- change, WWTT continues to set structural timber, furniture thru arches out of plywood for the bar high while offering costtimber and further expansion of James Parker Sushi Restaurant in effective design solutions to meet the veneering and panel section. Northbridge. We machined every these changes. We have a full-time In February 2003, a merger took arch and it was assembled on-site. Architectural Specifier who place with Worldwide Timber It looks absolutely stunning, posing collaborates with architects and Sales (WTS, established by Carlo like a whale's ribcage down the designers to develop project Santostefano) to supply the pine centre of the restaurant. You'll specific solutions. We want to and allied furniture to the never look at plywood the same nurture our industry relationships commercial markets in Western way after seeing this project! regardless if we are specified or not. Australia. The merger between In addition to large projects, we In addition to our knowledgeable TTC and WTS combined both are fortunate enough to work and friendly internal staff, we have the benefits of experience and with students and independent external sales reps on the road to resources to form WWTT. artists as well. We supplied advise and consult on projects. approximately 40 sheets of  Where have some of your Blackbutt veneered board to  You mentioned veneers products been used? Penelope Forlano, a local artist, earlier. Why the big focus WWTT's products have been for a cross-cultural wall sculpture on these? specified and featured in many designed in discussion with Veneers are a more environmentallyprominent projects in Perth such Aboriginal Elders and friendly option as opposed to as Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, commissioned by Perth Airport. timber as they are a thin sheet

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SCAFFOLDING MADE EASY  We heard a rumour that there is a special event coming up soon? Yes, we are pleased to announce that we are celebrating our birthday ... and a major one at that! Worldwide Timber Traders turns 50 this year. We are hosting a 50th Anniversary  Do you care to share any Celebration for clients, suppliers other exciting projects and industry partners. We want WWTT is working on? to celebrate our milestone with Like most Australians, we love complimentary food, drinks and our footy at WWTT! Working on live music. Upon arrival, guests the Fremantle Dockers stadium will receive a celebration pack has been a dream! We have and can enter the draw to win a provided the basketball stadium luxury holiday to Cable Beach subflooring, acoustic panelling resort. We can't thank our clients and Spotted Gum lining boards. enough, and this momentous We can't wait to visit the occasion provides us with the stadium when it is finished. opportunity to thank the people and companies that have helped  Are there any innovations build and shape WWTT to that you care to share with where it is today. our readers? We have evolved since 1966, but  What exactly is planned at the end of the day, timber is for the event? timeless. Solid timber, any way First and foremost, it is a you dress it (or not) offers such a celebration, however we will be richness and depth. We aren't conducting factory tours sawmillers anymore, but sawdust throughout the day, showcasing remains in our blood. There is a machines and methods used on resurgence in the market to site. Here guests will witness integrate natural timber once first-hand how our veneers are more and we're committed to selected and pressed, in addition supplying this demand. to a number of unique We are constantly learning applications found in the how to do things better and industry. The event will also be a faster. By upgrading our great opportunity to network equipment, we are able to with influential industry machine more timber at once professionals such as architects, and keep our costs down. shopfitters, cabinetmakers, Manufacturing time is money builders and more. It's our way and we are able to pass the of giving something back to the savings on to our clients. industry. Finally, we have also Because we can perforate a organised a mini-tradeshow range of material on our CNC where you can browse through and along with our cut-and-edge our full range of products, meet machine, we are saving our suppliers and ask questions. commercial joiners considerable We're looking forward to installation time. seeing you there! 'peeled' from a solid timber log and then applied to a substrate to give the appearance of solid timber; this reduces a number of trees used in the production of timber furniture, and hence is more environmentally sustainable.

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Dasco Building Group Interviewed by Rocky Amatulli  Who are the key people behind DASCO BUILDING GROUP? Firstly, there's Damien D'Ascenzo (Director) who hails from humble beginnings as an enthusiastic young builder. Damien has honed his skills to become a dynamic building practitioner who consistently exceeds DASCO's clients' expectations with his attention to detail, innovative designs and professional business ethic. Damien, who possesses a high level of expertise and industry knowledge, has been able to create loyal and lasting relationships with leading industry subcontractors, suppliers and tradespeople ... giving him an impressive reputation as a reliable, trustworthy, quality builder. Backing Damien up is Wayne Gasmier. Wayne is DASCO's General Manager and is a 'handson' professional who held previous project and development management roles with Stockland, Australand and Dale Alcock Homes. His background in business analysis and planning has seen Wayne deliver numerous awardwinning projects and developments in the Perth metro area. His outstanding communication skills foster a

productive and constructive team environment which ensures DASCO consistently delivers exceptional results for its clients and stakeholders.  How did Damien and Wayne first come together? They first met when working together early in their careers in the mid 90's – employed as schedulers for one of the larger project builders in WA. This is where they first 'cut their teeth' in the housing/building industry. After some time working apart they again joined forces in 2013 to build (no pun intended) upon their combined experience and set about to take DASCO from where it was to the boutique builder it is today.  What roles do Damien and Wayne undertake within DASCO? Both Damien and Wayne complement each other's

market leader in the WA building industry. DASCO BUILDING GROUP, founded by Damien in 2000, is a wholly WA owned and operated boutique building company with a vision to provide innovative design, quality craftsmanship and expertise and skillsets which premium customer service when allows them to excel it comes to building multi-unit independently in their day-toresidential developments or day involvement in the business. bespoke architecturally-designed Damien plays a hands-on role at single and multi-storey luxury the 'coal face' of the business residences. From concept to overseeing the site operations construction, our team is and quality control of every committed to leading through project, working in close excellence, to ensure clients' collaboration with DASCO's projects become a reality. subcontractors and suppliers. DASCO provides the full Wayne plays an integral role in project solution from design, the business, overseeing office construction and project administration and the management services. And on estimating/contracts/prestart top of their individual portfolios processes, along with developing of expertise, the passionate and client and business relationships. professional members of the our Wayne also provides input with team are well placed to provide new project concepts and briefs, clients with industry insight on and their overall delivery. how best to achieve the maximum returns for their  Let's talk about DASCO investment properties, as well as then. Can you expand on providing project marketing what it does today? services. What we refer to as the With more than 20 years 'DASCO Vision' is indeed thriving industry experience between with our team's enthusiasm, Damien and Wayne, DASCO has energy and expertise evident built a reputation as a prominent every project it undertakes.

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low e glass which can also ensure that the building has a better thermal rating), we find this material has great potential to influence how homes and apartments are designed and built in the future.

 Are there any significant challenges you are currently experiencing? As is the case with the building industry, there are always challenges. Currently (particularly  Tell us about the types of in the multi-unit residential projects that are most sector) we are facing an enjoyable? Occasionally we become involved environment where project funding has significantly been in projects on a design-andtightened up by the banks, and construct basis which we enjoy subsequently the required levels due to being able to provide of pre-sales are higher. solution based outcomes to our Additionally, valuations are not clients throughout the entire always comparing favourably to project lifecycle. In 2014, DASCO was engaged to deliver ten Class 2 a project's feasibility which has a negative impact on viability. This apartments in Rockingham for their client who runs a short stay is prevalent with the current downturn, and is exacerbated by accommodation business for an oversupply of some products corporate lodging and family in the Perth market. holidays. We worked in close collaboration with the client to maximise the yield and outcomes  How can you overcome these particular challenges, if at all? for their project. Client There is no real formula here, but involvement is something we try to work very closely with encouraged by our team, our clients, their banks, sales particularly in the design phase agents and other key of these D&C projects as this stakeholders to achieve the best collaborative approach typically possible results. We effectively results in a more successful see ourselves as a partner in the outcome for the client and project, and with that level of their project. self-imposed commitment in  Where do you draw some of mind, we then also see ourselves your main inspirations from? as part of the solution process. In a competitive industry, we aim This drives us harder to overcome any obstacles! to be abreast of industry innovations, new products and  And looking further ahead. materials, and design trends in Is it clear sailing? order offer our clients the most up to date practices. We draw our We think not. Changing market inspiration from our suppliers and perceptions of typical (or designers, along with making sure current) building methodologies is something that the industry that we keep well informed of needs to keep persevering with. industry best practices. There has been ground broken  Are there materials that the here with modular construction, but declining housing DASCO construction team affordability is the real enemy. enjoy working with? Hopefully technology and Aluminium joinery and glazing innovation will be able to offset feature highly here; a feature. financial factors which diminish This can sometimes mean peoples' ability to own their own making this element 'minimalist' home. This goal to improve by creating greater expanses of affordability should drive us to glass by the reduction of mullions within framing. Coupled keep developing cheaper and with innovations in glass (such as more efficient housing solutions!

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BAPTISM BY FIRE – The Guildford Hotel rises from the ashes to reclaim its former glory



he Guildford Hotel is now open to be enjoyed by all once again, and the company responsible for this amazing refurbishment was Ultimo Design and Construction. The Guildford Hotel was destroyed by a fire in 2008 and sat vacant and derelict for many years. Ultimo commenced works in

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late 2014 and spent considerable time compiling building reports, cost plans and program estimates before undertaking any work on site. The restoration aimed to pay tribute to the 130 year old history of the Hotel. Ultimo director Nathan Stride was introduced to both the building owner (Luke Martino) and the tenant (Publican Group Australia) by the project architect, Fratelle Group over 2 years ago. The project integrated the base build and the fitout to expedite the building process. The initial challenges for the project stemmed from maintaining the integrity of the existing structure, meeting heritage requirements and retaining the elements of the fire damage in addition to providing a safe environment for construction personnel. Estimating costs to refurbish a building of heritage status, destroyed by fire and left exposed to the elements for over 6 years was undoubtedly a difficult task. Budgets and programs


‘‘The Guildford Hotel was destroyed by a fire in 2008 and sat vacant and derelict for many years’’.


were constantly revised to provide an accurate status of the project for both clients as it progressed. Significant innovation was required to meet the challenges of finishes, structural integrity and installation. For example, an existing chimney was supported in mid-air whilst it was cut and a 5m steel beam was threaded through its base. The iconic Belvedere was constructed on the ground and lifted into position where it was secured via pre-drilled bolted connections with only 2-3mm tolerance. Structural steel was laser cut and flanges fully welded to create the curved elements required to match the original design as the designated radiuses could not be achieved by rolling beams. Infrastructure also proved challenging with the requirement to install a sub-station, the relocation of street hydrants and resolving drainage issues between Main Roads and local government. Added complexity came from the fact that both clients wanted to activate the first floor of the hotel 10 weeks before project

completion. This required a new design, additional structural works and service upgrades. Due to the staging of the hotel works and the redesign of certain areas, the project incorporated 5 separate Building Permits. Compliance and approvals consumed a significant amount of time, involving liaison with consultants, certifiers and local government authorities. Recreating facades required deft skills and patience to reform ornate beams, lintels, and lettering (including fonts) to comply with heritage requirements. Masonry structures were photographed (and numbered) before being deconstructed and rebuilt for structural performance and satisfy requirements. Numerous internal walls were removed to make way for the new floor plan. Bricks were salvaged and upcycled to form a new water feature and new walls throughout the hotel. A number of the retained bricks bore markings across their internal face, suggesting they were made by convicts in the early years of the hotel’s construction. A significant proportion of the salvaged materials were upcycled into the hotel, including timber, masonry, windows and doors. Wall cladding featured throughout the hotel was salvaged from the original hotel’s timber floor. A single section of timber trusses survived the fire, interestingly these trusses were covered by the laser light roof sheeting which also survived. Trusses were retained and covered with Ampelite roof cladding. Salvaged jarrah beams were retained or repositioned throughout the hotel. A number of spans had to be reduced with new steel beams for compliance, however a surprisingly large number of floor joists were retained and continue to serve the hotel – with the benefit of being exposed and displaying herringbone struts. Bar tops have been constructed from original floor joists salvaged from the fire and years of exposure. In a tribute to the dedication and commitment of the contractors involved in this restoration, their names were etched into the bar’s brass inserts, which Ultimo hopes won’t be exposed for at least another 100 years.

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‘‘The restoration aimed to pay tribute to the 130 year old history of the Hotel’’.



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The bulkhead above the first floor bar utilises a steel beam which originally formed part of the belvedere and was contorted by the fire. Deformed stainless steel rods were installed extensively throughout the mortar joints to support walls deemed hazardous. The rods retain the walls’ deflections and curvatures and serve as a reminder of the fire’s heat and force. Structural steel within the front façade (James Street) has been treated extensively with AU22912 EC12068

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sacrificial anodes to prolong the lifespan of both steel and façade. This process, whilst expensive and laborious, prevented the entire front façade from being demolished and reconstructed. An original terrazzo floor miraculously survived the fire (despite it destroying the floor directly above) and subsequent 6 years of

exposure, and was successfully restored. Existing fireplaces have been retained on the first floor (even where floors had been removed) as well as 2 original open fireplaces which remain in use. The original cast iron spiral staircase was modified and retained in its original position on the James Street balcony and harks back to a bygone era.

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New materials including timber floors, structural steel, polished concrete, plaster finishes, vertical bi-fold doors, retractable roof’s and the zinc clad belvedere. Material selection demanded a balance between performance, heritage obligations and design requirements ... all impacting on construction techniques. With a limited selection of materials that could be used on the project, significant ingenuity, trialling of new methods and innovation was required to achieve the desired finishes. There have been modern upgrades to the hotel, with greased piled footings to accommodate the reactive nature of the clay



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The Guildford Hotel THE BUILDERS CHOICE foundation, a lift added, and a number of openings and doorways modified to meet current building compliance requirements. Finally, a local artist (Shayne O’Donnell) collected some of the buildings charred remains and used this charcoal to create new artworks of the Hotel. Ultimo Company Director, Nathan Stride worked with Trent Turner, Jill Johnson and Debbie Stride on the Guildford Hotel project. Ultimo specialises in small to medium commercial projects. The company’s strength is in its size, being a small family run company where all team members know the project intimately. Ultimo focuses on providing exceptional construction skills and customer service to its clients. Somewhat in the vein of the Guildford Hotel refurbishment, Ultimo is currently in the early stages of a new project which requires the demolition of three buildings and construction of a new 2 story retail outlet, retaining a heritage façade.

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WA is quietly confident that we will be able to meet the best from the other states across every category and match their skills – we are looking forward to the challenge!” For those competing in the open categories, the stakes are even higher: Stand-out national medallists from these categories may be selected to represent Australia as a Skillaroo at the 44th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017. Supported by the Victorian Government, the National Competition will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October. The event will feature 60 skills competitions, an in-house career expo and a range of fun and interactive Try'aSkill activities. The competition will take over 25,000sqm of floor space – roughly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground – and will use a staggering $10mil worth of materials and equipment including 8 tonnes of steel, 200l of paint and over 7,500 bricks. "The Australian athletes who have just returned from competing at Rio 2016 will be celebrated and be treated as national heroes for their wonderful successes, and rightly so. However when you compare the achievements of the extraordinary young men and women that compete at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition with the Rio 2016 athletes, the question has to be asked: Which of the two groups might have the greatest impact on Australia's future economy?" said CEO, Brett Judd. "The extraordinary young people that compete at the National Competition will come out the other side with enhanced technical ability but more importantly, they'll be more confident in the choices they make and be armed with a range of leadership and life skills that will serve them well as they look to start their own businesses, employ workers, pay taxes and have a positive, lasting impact on our society. "Opportunities like the National Competition are truly priceless for these young people and Australia as a whole. We look forward to seeing what they bring to the competition floor." Photo Credit: © WA Department of Training and Workforce Development. Reproduced with Permission

Young ‘‘Skills Olympians’’ heading to Melbourne for Ultimate National Showdown



s the Rio 2016 Olympians wrap up their celebrations, Australia's top apprentices, trainees and students are preparing to go for gold at Australia's largest trades and skills competition in just a few short weeks. (see the table opposite). These talented young people will join over 500 young men and women aged 16-24 years as they showcase their exceptional talent and compete for the coveted title of 'National Champion' in their respective skills at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne, all hoping to secure a gold medal and the coveted title of 'National Champion' in their respective skills. “We have a real depth of talent in building and construction categories this year,” says WA State Manager Fiona Johnson. “Team

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training & development THE BUILDERS CHOICE Representing the Building & Construction skills in “Team WA” are 22 young men representing 13 skill categories:





North West WA

Electrical Control

Jesse Turner

North Regional TAFE

North West WA

Electrical Installation

John Pattrick

Central Regional TAFE

North West WA


Andrew Wilson

Central Regional TAFE

Perth North


Conrad Yeeles

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth North

Electrical Installation

Daniel Evans

College of Electrical Training

Perth North

Painting & Decorating

Paul Lampert

MPA Skills

Perth North


Mitchel Sweeney

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth North


Luke Brown

MPA Skills

Perth North

Wall & Floor Tiling

Leighton Nunn

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth South


Ethan Warner

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth South


Simmion McGorlick

South Regional TAFE

Perth South

Electrical Installation

Jack Ladiges

College of Electrical Training

Perth South

Painting & Decorating

Michael Ingram

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth South


Elliot Thorpe

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth South


Mark Quattrini

MPA Skills

Perth South


Blake Watson

South Metropolitan TAFE

Perth South

Wall & Floor Tiling

Taylor Samson

South Metropolitan TAFE

South West WA


Nikolas Foster

South Regional TAFE

South West WA


Nicholas Johnston

South Regional TAFE


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Keith Hill

Girrawheen High School


VETiS Construction

Kennedy Sorrell

Christian Brothers College


VETiS Electrotechnology

Steven Wright

Karratha Senior High School

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Signature Custom Homes leaves it’s autograph in South Perth



avid Steadman is a well-known and established name in the Western Australian residential building scene. David is the owner and director of the Steadman Building Group, which is spearheaded by the prestigious Signature Custom Homes – the division which built this particular home in Ranelagh Crescent, South Perth. The company has built many outstanding homes in Peppermint Grove, Attadale and many other of Perth's elite suburbs. Signature designs and builds one-off custom homes that combine functionality with undeniable good looks. Every one of Signature's homes is put through the most rigorous quality controls to ensure the home is faultlessly built.

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The owners of Ranelagh Crescent were friends of good friends of David's, and were introduced to him and his business at a dinner. After several conversations and getting to know them better, David and Signature were commissioned to design and build their new home. The clients had worked all their lives for this dream home to become a reality, so David felt a tremendous responsibility ... not only because they were friends of friends, but also because of the impact this home would have on their lives. The owners wanted a home that offered them 'apartment-style living', where all their frequently used rooms would be on the second floor overlooking the Swan River, and where the guest rooms and other bedrooms could be located on the ground floor. The block was in a great location on the South Perth foreshore (even if it was slightly narrower at the back and widening up towards the front) so two of the major external influences on the design were the views and the proximity to the river. These elements impacted substantially on the design, with great results. With client brief, location, and site dimensions and orientation fully considered, what Signature Custom Homes created was a light,


‘‘The clients had worked all their lives for this dream home to become a reality, so David felt a tremendous responsibility ... not only because they were friends of friends, but also because of the impact this home would have on their lives’’. modern, minimalistic design which felt like a luxury apartment upstairs and accommodated the grandchildren and visiting friends and family and utility spaces downstairs. Signature then set about building the home. However, building a home of that size and standard so close to the river immediately posed potential problems; the high water table meant that Signature had a challenge to incorporate all of the needed accommodation without having to go underground, at the same time facing another challenge to provide the home with views to as many rooms a possible. What Signature was able to do to overcome this dilemma was to push the garaging to the rear of the home which enabled the clients to utilise the whole width of the site for the accommodation they required, and to still take maximum advantage of the views.

The home is now completed and the results are obvious. The ground floor has three ample sized bedrooms (with own ensuites), the laundry, powder room, massive theatre room, a loggia, lift, garage and large store. It also incorporates a pool and extensive planters and 'hard landscaping' which were all part of the building contract and equally as involved as the home's structure itself. Upstairs, the master suite (with ensuite and sumptuous walk-in-robe), and activity room dominate at the rear of the home. A walk-in-linen cupboard and powder room (situated not far from the centrally located wine cellar and lift) lead through to the kitchen/scullery/dining/living which take pride of place and enjoy the river views. There is also an undercover alfresco area which spans the entire front of the home, accessed from the living area.

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This stunning home is an iconic one-off design that has a very contemporary, architectural feel to it. The façade acts like a large frame for the glazing suite which runs the whole width of the front of the house, and up and down. The exterior incorporates Alucabond metallic cladding separated by negative detailing on the front of the home, which gives it a broad, horizontal, cubist look. Its sleek lines contrast with natural bookleaf stonework feature walls. The entrance portico which shelters visitors when parking at

the front door, resembles something that one would expect to find outside a hotel entrance lobby. Such is the grandeur and level of detail for this home. Internally, the combination of natural stone flooring and timber cabinets all combine with very the simple architectural spaces and minimalist ceilings and walls. These finishes add warmth and texture – something that a large home such as this needs otherwise it could feel bare and sterile simply due to its sheer size and scale.

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• Specialized construction of Architecturally Other complimentary features such as the use of lighting have been cleverly used thought out. The home has a combination of downlight, pendants, feature track lighting, uplighting and wall lights – each positioned meticulously to not only provide the required levels of light, but also for maximum effect and ambience. The home takes on a completely different personality at night. This planning and application extends to the gardens and exterior of the home, making it a true showcase home.

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‘‘This stunning home is an iconic one-off design that has a very contemporary, architectural feel to it’’. “We designed the home, did all of the interior design, designed and installed all landscaping, and pretty well built the home to turn key”, says David Steadman. “It is one of our proudest moments in custom home design and construction. The owners are absolutely delighted with their home. It is everything and more they dreamed of. I am honoured to have been part of making that dream a reality”. “All of our homes are designed by our award-winning design team and you can see and feel the difference. Build with us and receive a level of personal service and attention to detail you

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The Alliance Windows business is built around the principles and values of pairing great quality products with exceptional service, reliability and honesty. Our clients include large shop owners, commercial builders, other aluminium fabricators, plus a raft of small, residential builders and private clients. With some of the biggest key supply partners, not only in Perth but also the east coast, Alliance Windows can provide a range of flexible options to assist with both the design and construction of your project. Whether you require a Greenstar rating or are working to a budget or tight project timeline, we can provide accurate and fast service to meet your specific requirements.

The staff at Alliance have all been in the window industry for a minimum of 10 years and we all know what it takes to deliver a project on time and on budget. They’ve also all undergone extensive training in AS1288 and AS2047 and pride themselves on their planning, attention to detail, quality and service. At Alliance, we don’t see small projects as simple stepping stones to larger projects. Instead, we focus on providing good, old-fashioned quality, communication and service, no matter what the size of the job or type of project. We get as much of a buzz working on a small residential replacement as we do a multi-unit development or large commercial project. All projects are important to us, as are all of our clients. This is the type of relationship that Alliance has been built around.

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would expect from a boutique builder who consistently delivers exceptional quality homes”. The building group also specialises in what it refers to as 'demo and build', where owners love their block and location but don't have the accommodation or facilities they need in their current home. Another sector that the group is active in is the downsize market, for clients who need a smaller, more convenient home to live in rather than their present home.

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The Gap & Natural Bridge THE BUILDERS CHOICE


Albany showcases New Lookouts at The Gap and Natural Bridge


any of us will remember visiting Albany as children, or as adults with our own families or friends. A trip to Albany was not complete without a visit to the whaling station, the blowholes, and the Gap and Natural Bridge which are situated in Torndirrup National Park in a remote location that is extremely exposed to prevailing weather conditions and the vicious southern ocean coastline. Tourists to Albany can now experience the full force of the powerful southern ocean from the safety of a cantilevered 15 tonne lookout which extends 10 metres beyond the rock cliff face.

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The Gap's daring new lookout is the first of its kind to be built over the ocean in Western Australia, and forms part of major upgrade works to the tourism drawcard. The lookout offers a safe and accessible option for all visitors to enjoy a more exhilarating experience in this unique and beautiful part of WA. For the first time visitors can now safely watch the spectacular sight of powerful waves crashing against the cliff face just 40 metres below them through a see-through platform. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DePaW) in conjunction with GHD developed the design for the replacement of The Gap and Natural Bridge lookouts, including all associated facilities. As with the majority of Department of Finance projects, the construction of the Gap and Natural Bridge and associated upgrades was tendered via Tenders WA. From a field of 5 tender

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Gap & Natural Bridge

submissions, BGC Construction's regional team was awarded the $5 million contract to build the new facilities which included the stainless steel walkways, elevated platforms, two new lookouts, granite furniture, feature concrete paths, carparks and new signage. This project is an exceptional example of quality construction and exemplary safety management, particularly given its remote location and harsh natural landscape. This project is located on the harsh southern coastline in an isolated area approximately 20 minutes' drive from Albany. The site is extremely exposed to the prevailing weather and southern seas to the extent that flooding and excessive winds were common challenges overcome by the site team. The construction was not without other challenges as building a structure in mid-air over a wild and often unpredictable coastline is no easy feat. Access to the site was developed by the BGC team over a number of trials that involved submission of methodologies to the DePaW for comment and to ensure maintenance of the pristine

condition of the natural landscape. Eventually a system was developed using a geotextile blanket to provide a sublayer membrane with a decomposed natural granite road base (sourced from the local area) that was laid for heavy machinery access. This access 'track' was bunded to mitigate contamination to the adjacent landscape and prevent erosion. The track was repositioned during construction due to resequencing of works and developed further to allow access for a 200 tonne crane. The success of this system is a major hallmark of the project in the sense that BGC was able to access the remote area of the site and demobilise without leaving any traces of its presence. It's interesting that a number of comments have been received anecdotally from the general public, wondering “how the hell did anyone manage to build a cantilevered walkway in this location without using a helicopter!” The site was supervised from BGC's Albany office with a dedicated site supervisor. Communication from site was enhanced

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by a purposely built Next G booster that provided both mobile and data services from this isolated location that was previously without any reception. Temporary amenity and ablution requirements were also satisfied with development of power and water systems appropriate for this remote site whilst guaranteeing there was no risk of contamination of the pristine landscape. Compounding the challenges of building the lookouts and walkways was the importation of a specialised form of U2205 stainless steel (which required highly technical welding and polishing skills) from Sweden. The specified polishing levels and construction tolerances were extremely stringent. In addition the behaviour of the stainless

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Geopractika Pty Ltd installed permanent marine grade stainless steel rock anchors to tie down the impressive cantilevered platform at the gap and natural bridge in Albany. We are a West Australian family owned and operated business with over 50 years industry experience in all facets of ground support. For any enquiries phone Stephen 0411 140 160 or Warwick 0414 088 683.

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steel was unique and required countless experiments to develop the required weld and polishing procedures. Manufacture of the cantilevered lookout also required the development of unique methods to overcome the inconsistent behaviour of the stainless steel. Weld procedures and fabrication methodologies were revised

several times to combat the characteristics of the stainless steel during the different stages of manufacture. The project was managed from BGC's Bunbury office with a dedicated contract administrator who worked closely with GHD and DePaW. Whilst the project was well documented there were still considerable unforeseen issues that arose. Fortunately, with collaboration between all stakeholders maintaining focus on the paramount outcome of product longevity, quality was not compromised. For this reason however, the project suffered from significant delays as the works period more than doubled. The original 32 weeks contract period increased to 17 months, with completion achieved in early April 2016. It is fair to say that most projects of this complexity (particularly when considering the extent of delays) could have ended in substantial damages claims from the client, however that was not the case. The open communication and genuine stakeholder participation between the client-designer-builder team was crucial on this project, and although project delivery was achieved well after the original target, there was a clear understanding and genuine appreciation on behalf of the client for the continuous efforts of the BGC team to deliver this extremely complex project. Coordination of trades, access, quality control and managing tasks during the prevailing weather conditions was expertly managed by BGC's competent site team. The outcome is exceptional and has received commendation from the Principal. The new facilities are expected to attract a growing number of visitors to the region each year. Currently over 210,000 visitors per annum experience the beauty and impact of this natural coastal opportunity. As a very complex project with a high public profile, the successful delivery of these facilities is an incredible achievement which BGC Construction is proud of. An enormous amount of time and ingenuity was exhausted to ensure the 50 year life span requirements of the structure are met ... and the safety risks alone make this incident free project outstanding as far as building management expertise.

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Coogee Shopping Centre THE BUILDERS CHOICE


You can almost hear the waves breaking at the Port Coogee Shopping Centre



ort Coogee developer, Frasers Property Australia, is definitely one of Australia's leading diversified property groups with over 600 staff operating across Australia and New Zealand. Frasers Property's activities across Australia cover the development of residential land, housing and apartments, commercial, retail and industrial properties, investment property ownership and management, and property management. Developed by Frasers Property Australia, Port Coogee is a multiaward winning marina and residential community located 23km from Perth CBD and 5km south of Fremantle. The $2 billion

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development is one of Australia's biggest coastal renewal projects covering more than 85 hectares. As part of the development of the higher density marina village, a neighbourhood shopping centre was developed as a key piece of infrastructure and important amenity for the surrounding residents and wider City of Cockburn community. The Port Coogee Village shopping centre consists of a full-line 3,200sqm Woolworths supermarket including BWS, 11 specialty shops over 1,230sqm of retail space and a 188 space basement car park. Jack Davis (Frasers Property's Development Manager, Retail for this project) completed a Bachelor of Property and Construction and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at the University of Melbourne, before moving into a construction management role with a commercial builder. After three years he moved into a

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consultancy-based project management role, prior to joining Frasers Property (then Australand) to work on projects such as the Port Coogee Shopping Centre. “We wanted our new shopping centre to have a distinctive coastal design to complement the waterfront location and surrounding residential community. We aimed to combine a vibrant and charismatic design whilst guaranteeing that all the fundamental and functional requirements of a shopping centre were still delivered. Providing a platform to attract a quality mix of tenants to ensure the shopping centre became a valuable drawcard for the fast growing community was our ultimate goal,” Jack says. “The greatest challenge was providing a diversity of retail uses to ensure the centre fulfils its role as both a destination and convenience retail offering for its shoppers and the community. We wanted to provide the residents of the primary trade area and wider estate a 'new-to-market' high class offering for their shopping, leisure and social enjoyment whilst ensuring an eclectic and complimentary mix of retail uses to ensure the sustainability and viability of the asset and its tenants”.

Adco was engaged as the 'design and construct' contractor on the project. Adco has been trading for nearly 20 years and have a turnover just under a $1B AUD (though the company will break that ceiling during this financial year) throughout Australia covering all sectors within the commercial building arena. Adco Project Manager Derek Hammond (who comes from a trade's background and has worked and educated his way to overseeing large projects) had the role of managing both the design and construction phases of the works to the point that Adco and Frasers incurred no further design costs and completed the development on budget and to a tight programme. There were multiple end user briefs that Adco had to comply with, the main one being from the anchor tenant Woolworths. The Woolworths brief are extremely specific and we were not allowed to vary from this document in any way. This meant that Adco had to design certain aspects of the trading hours and access points to suit Woolworths. The biggest other design influence was ensuring that the external features of the centre blended in with the existing surrounding residential properties, the DA Conditions and the future apartment blocks planned adjacent to the shopping centre.

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Given the location and geology of the site, Adco encountered several obstacles to construction. First, there was the rock situated within the basement. This delayed the basement works by 3 weeks. The water table was also extremely high which again caused major issues when Adco tried to install the grease traps, sump pumps, travelator and substation pits. Dewatering licences needed to be obtained. The water being pumped out reached up to 500ltrs per second. Adco ended up using larger plant to remove the rock and engaged 4-6 pump sets running for nearly 6 days to reduce the water levels during the installation of the equipment mentioned above. Additionally, energisation of the substation was delayed due to the redeployment of resources after the January bushfires. The building is a mixture of steel, Alucobond, Bluescope roof sheeting, aluminium glazing, granite tiles and timber cladding (Shadow Cladd), stone floor tiling and internal skylights to provide daylight into the mall. The feature blades on the eastern elevation are a great architectural achievement; the size of the blades made it extremely difficult to detail and to manufacture. The metal sheets

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were then fabricated in 6 separate sections for each face which resulted in approximately 30 sheets per blade and Adco had 6 blades in total to supply. During the frame manufacture Adco had to ensure that the fabrication tolerances where reduced error to ensure the sheets would actually fit when they got delivered (8 weeks after the frames where installed). The shopping centre is not without innovation. It has a 50kW rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar system to generate renewable energy for electrical usage in the basement carpark and common areas including the mall and amenities. There is also electricity sub metering for monitoring, management and reporting of performance to each tenancy and building zone. The centre has cyclist facilities and change rooms for visitors and workers, high efficiency LED lighting throughout common areas, high efficiency water fixtures and fittings (with a minimum 4 Star WELS rating) and includes naturally ventilated entrance foyers and basement carpark. Derek reflects on the project despite all of the challenges that Adco and Frasers faced; “I've been reminded about the importance of good communication and strong collaboration with the entire project team (developer, designers, consultants, builder, authorities and sub-contractors) to ensure the project's vision and outcomes are aligned, and how all stakeholders sharing the same vision and can ultimately be celebrated in joint success”. Jack Davis also takes with him positive experiences from this project. He will be working on one of Frasers' most exciting projects yet, Burwood Brickworks (a 22ha site approximately 15km east of the Melbourne CBD). The new community will consist of up to 950 dwellings housing over 2,000 residents, public open spaces, and an Urban Plaza. It will all be anchored by a shopping centre which will push the barriers of sustainability as it aims to be 'the most sustainable retail centre in the world', which is a huge ambition and undertaking. The new shopping centre will provide in excess of 10,500sqm of retail and convenience space including a 4,800sqm flagship supermarket with 1,400sqm full-line liquor offering. There will be approximately 3,400sqm of specialty shopping space, including a dining precinct as well as street level and basement car parking. In the meantime, the Port Coogee Shopping Centre will remain unique in many ways, perhaps mostly due to its location; it is literally on the edge of the marina and just under 100 metres from the breaking surf. What a great way to shop!


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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Regatta Apartments


Rivervale’s Springs Precinct gaines NEW HOMES


otus was formed 5 years ago when Peter Jodrell, his son Simon, and close friend Adriano Piviali came together to start the company. Ever since then, Motus has been challenging the way Perth thinks about architecture. Peter has been practising architecture for 40 years and brings a wealth of experience to the youthful office. As a young studio (with the average age of team members being about 30) Motus is often told that it approaches design a little differently. Everyone in the office loves architecture and enjoys the challenge of creating unique spaces. Architecture has the ability to change the way we inhabit and interact with our environment, and this can significantly benefit

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people lives. This is the very reason why every member of the Motus team are in the industry. As a relatively small company, Motus has two distinct areas of expertise. Firstly they are experts at designing buildings on challenging sites, extracting the most out of what a site has to offer. The Motus team has a great understanding of local planning regulations which allows the firm to achieve much more in its projects than clients expect. Regatta Apartments are a great example of the application of this expertise. This triangular site presented many challenges and the results are obvious. Secondly Motus has a development management team with significant property development experience located within its office. This knowledge when partnered with the architecture experience means that Motus truly understand what clients require from their projects. Motus know what it takes to develop a site successfully by combining great design with a healthy bottom line return for owners. This project was one that Motus completed in-house. Its property team identified a unique vacant site in the new 'Springs' redevelopment situated in Rivervale, and Motus (acquiring the site

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with the assistance of investors) began working through the challenging design process that this triangular site demanded. Motus discovered that at the upper levels there would be river and city views ... which they wanted to take full advantage of. Motus also wanted to create apartments that were ventilated and bathed in natural light. In order to do this Motus decided to design a large landscaped area which would face north, at the front of the site. This meant that all apartments would have light and ventilation whilst maintaining privacy from one another. The design also ensured that each apartment took advantage of the views from the site. The boutique scale of the building (only 22 apartments) meant that each apartment has its own character and feel, which was a huge success with buyers who absolutely loved the concept.

The largest impact on this project was the aforementioned triangular shape of the site. This impacted on all aspects of the design. Additionally, the local planning policy stipulated that the building have a variety of heights, so Motus staggered the upper levels to achieve compliance. The bonus is this created spaces for some larger, unique penthouse apartments. There were numerous other challenges for the site. Significantly, the builder was restricted within the site by high voltage cabling that ran around both street frontages and was not located as per documentation provided by the authorities. This affected the basement's construction and required swift action during that phase of building. Motus overcame this issue by quickly redesigning the basement to allow for the high voltage cabling. The impact of the project's location within the larger Springs redevelopment zone (which had at least 10 other large apartment developments occurring simultaneously) also needed to be managed. As such, road closures and traffic constraints significantly impacted access during construction. The Builder overcame potential delays by working in collaboration with other


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‘‘As a young studio (with the average age of team members being about 30) Motus is often told that it approaches design a little differently. Everyone in the office loves architecture and enjoys the challenge of creating unique spaces’’. builders in the areas to schedule deliveries and works to occur at mutually beneficial times. Regatta Apartments is constructed of concrete filled blockwork, and has a steel roof with aluminium curtain wall glazing and render finishes externally. Internal walls consist of stud-framed plasterboard, and finishes and fittings include marble and ceramic tiles, composite timber cladding, LED strip lighting, timber custom designed cabinetry, with stone benchtops, and European appliances. As a result of clever layouts all apartments have 2.9m ceilings to living areas and master bedrooms, and large balconies, In fact, most of the apartments have windows on three sides allowing natural light and ventilation into every residence. The building boasts designer landscaping and a unique public art installation, along with a glass backed lift allowing views as you rise through the building. Technology is also used to benefit the building. Motus' design uses a central hot water recirculating ring main. This means the residents' hot water costs are reduced by more than 50%, with less maintenance required and hot water reaching each apartment faster. The central solar power system supplies all common area power. This all helps make the building more energy efficient, and with its high quality acoustic and thermal insulation it achieves a 7 Star NATHERS rating. The client wanted the development to have a boutique feel so as to appeal to a sector of the market that was not being catered to by the larger projects. This required high quality design, finishes and fittings…..which had to be balanced with the need to be cost effective and profitable. As a result Motus focused on making all the building structure and services as efficient as possible, so that budget could be spent on features and quality finishes where they mattered. Motus also took the opportunity to refine their skills further on this project. Having achieved a practical and appealing design with Regatta Apartments, the Motus team have drawn some lessons from the project. For example, they believe that there needs to be much more advanced inspection of services located within the road verge in future, given the incorrect documentation which was

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available to them on Regatta. They also discovered that building an apartment complex that is too well sealed is brilliant at preventing noise and heat intrusion and escape, but that can also cause the doors to whistle when extraction fans run. The up side is that this air-tightness helps contribute to the energy efficiency of the building – something that most residents welcome. On Regatta, Motus undertook the role of both the architect and development manager for the project. Motus fully managed the site acquisition, investor syndicate, development finance, sales and marketing. They were also responsible for all the design and documentation for the building, and were contract administrators throughout construction. The company has other projects well under way presently, including one due for completion in South Fremantle in September 2016. This project takes Motus' design principals even further, and is shaping up to be a great success. The team has also recently completed a restaurant fitout, with an upstairs bar to be renovated in the coming months. These two spaces will work closely together and become a great social focal point in Maylands.


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Motus improves lot use to add a Café to Apartments



he project brief from the client (who resides overseas) was quite simple: they wanted a leasable investment development on completion. They subsequently engaged Motus because they needed to work with a company they felt could 'provide a full service and take most of the stress out of the process,'…as well as deliver on the brief. Awarded the project, Motus had to design a product that offered a good yield for the site, was cost effective to construct, remained low maintenance, and also had all the features and architectural style to ensure the premises would lease quickly and

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for a good rent – all in all, quite a list! In this changing marketplace, the brief was challenging as there was significant competition for tenants from other available projects and rental product. Originally the client wanted to sub-divide the land and build two houses, however when Motus reviewed the planning codes they found that with a simple change of use the client could also incorporate a commercial tenancy on the corner of this Canning Highway site. The lot had 65,000+ cars per day passing by, so it was an ideal spot for a cafe rather than just residential. Once Motus secured the café approval the company then designed the two apartments that were sheltered from the traffic noise behind the café ... as well as an additional large 4 bedroom townhouse facing the side street. The development yield was significantly increased and the rental income generated from the café proved to be a great investment for the client.

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The main influence on the design was the location itself. The busy corner of Canning Hwy has its advantages (business exposure, signage, etc.) but also brought with it some disadvantages – mainly noise and diminished privacy. Motus has designed a building that creates positive outcomes from both these aspects, by focussing the commercial uses toward the busy and visible corner, and sheltering the residential components away from the noise. The design style needed to be appealing to both residential and commercial tenants. This was achieved by utilising an industrial material palette highlighted with natural timber / green wall features on the facades, and making the interior simple but refined. The entire project successfully leased within months of completion which is a testament to the fact that Motus successfully delivered on the brief. Motus was fully responsible for design, documentation, and all approvals thereof. The company also provided the client with contract administration during construction, as well as additional services after completion to assist the overseas client.

Motus' intention was that it would not appear that part of the building was commercial and the other parts were residential. The design team positioned the main architectural elements to face the prominent street corner. They used dado render for the main façade elements with glulam timber shading beams across the corner entrance. Behind the timber beams is a glazed façade that rises two stories and encloses the café internal stair and void space. This creates some very dynamic spaces within the café, while also positioning the café as a focal point for the passing traffic – which is great for business. The café is also provided with a roof terrace. This terrace has an operable 'Vergola' roof and shade sails that allows the café to adjust the outdoor conditions no matter what the weather. Motus has also incorporated a trellis systems on the façades of the building which over time will be overgrown by climbing plants. This will give the building a natural green wall effect which overcame the problem of not having enough space on site for planting and vegetation. Behind the café (and facing the side street) the two apartments are both located above the carpark. Each apartment has a generous

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balcony that is covered by a skillion roof with feature timber soffits that match those used within the café. The façade for the standalone townhouse matches the cafes strong angular forms, and uses similar materials. It also integrates a small balcony above the entrance, again using the same timber soffits. This townhouse is deceptively large, providing 4 bedrooms, 2 large living spaces and 3 bathrooms over 2 levels, as well as a north facing decked courtyard. It sits on its own green title and is a separate structure to the mixed-use building, not sharing any walls with it. The entire development uses a recurring palette of materials and bold architectural forms. The style combines exposed steel, concrete, Dulux Acrytex render finishes, raw plywood and Colorbond into the facades. These are softened by the timber column façade and green wall trellises to give a modern response to the building. This entire development sits on only 600sqm and has achieved a significant return for the client, as well as providing a great café business opportunity and modern residential dwellings for the occupants and tenants.

Acoustics and privacy were both difficult to maintain on such a small site located on a busy street. Canning Hwy also had a road widening which impacted on the site, and affected the corner design. Motus used high quality insulation and glazing to improve acoustics and provide acoustic separation between the café and residential spaces. It also designed the building so that the two uses would never impact one another. The highway road widening could

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have significantly affected the outdoor seating potential of the café, and it also forced the façade further from the street which reduced the internal area. Motus negotiated with the Main Roads to allow a canopy to extend over the outdoor seating that would be located within the verge. This improved the entrance to the café (on the corner) significantly. To combat the loss of internal space, Motus designed the roof top terrace to be an overflow space when the café is busy. The way in which this project integrates the two uses so seamlessly without impacting on another is unique and to be commended. The architectural style is also rare for such a small building as budgets do not normally allow such a diverse commercial palette of materials to be used. The use of the trellis

green wall is also rare for small projects and not often seen in Perth. Finally, the incorporation of a roof top terrace for a suburban café also adds value to the development, and creates a beautiful and unique space that diners can enjoy. At times, it was difficult working with a client who was overseas. In hindsight Motus feel that they could have implemented more technology (Skype video, joint Dropbox accounts, WhatsApp image, google drive accounts) earlier in the process to exchange information quickly and more easily. Motus run a small architectural and development management office. The lead designer for this project, Adriano Piviali, is a UWA alumni and gained his design skills working on private homes, before moving on to more complex apartment and commercial developments. Motus specialise in complex projects which require innovative thinking to get the most out of a site. The team prides itself on having a thorough understanding of the development codes for each of the projects it works on. This allows Motus to take advantage of all opportunities. The company has also developed very close relationships with a number of local councils over many years. Motus principal director Peter Jodrell currently holds positions on the City of South Perth and City of Subiaco Design Advisory Committees. These relationships can be so advantageous when working through a complex development. Motus also has development management experts in its office who understand financial and sales requirements for developing in Perth. Often Motus' clients are inexperienced and Motus is either able to guide them through the process or 'take the controls' letting the clients reap the rewards at the end of the project. Motus has a new project (approaching completion in September) in South Fremantle. This project takes Motus' design principals even further and is shaping up to be a great success. The company has also recently completed a restaurant fitout, with an upstairs bar to be renovated in the coming months. These two spaces will work closely together and become a great social focal point in Maylands.


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Roberto Santella Design makes plans ... which Prestige build on



oberto Santella is a building designer who started his career by working with an architectural firm for the first few years after graduating from Leederville tafe with an associate diploma in Architectural Drafting. He then went out on his own, designing for his clients in addition to working with building companies in Perth. “Having worked in the Perth residential home sector for the past 16 years, my business has evolved to provide building and interior design services for mainly higher end residential projects. I had done a few projects (including my own home renovation) with the

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builder of this particular project, Prestige Homes, so they were comfortable approaching me to design their project starting at concept design and planning and following through with issue of construction documentation in order to allow Prestige to obtain a building permit.” Being an investment development, there was an emphasis on maximising size due to re-sale data, and on controlling costs so as to necessitate effective construction design and detailing. The main influence on Roberto's brief from the client was the appearance of the development. The homes were subsequently designed with a Hamptons style aesthetic. Andrew James, director of Prestige Homes, undertook all of the supervision, ordering and contractor liaison on this project (as he does for all of Prestige's builds). Andrew began his building career

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by completing a Construction Management degree at Curtin University. Andrew began his working career at Mirvac where he worked on the Burswood Peninsula development and also The Point in Mandurah. From there, Andrew became Procurement Manager at National Lifestyle Villages and Ecofit Homes. Followed by a stint as a Project Manager at Jaxon, managing the Rivershores development in North Fremantle and The Bayton in Karratha, Andrew left in 2013 to dedicate himself full-time to create Prestige Homes as it is today.

Prestige Homes actually was started earlier, in 2010, and was set up to specialise in constructing small residential developments and upper end housing. The company has always provided its clients with full turn-key products with services including block subdivision, home design, construction and interior design. Generally, all that Prestige's clients have to do is either sell or move into the property, depending on whether built for investment or owner occupier. Andrew says that this triplex project was “designed to target older couples and retirees and we therefore decided on the more

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requirement, the roofs for example are quite small and detailed so there were a number of hips and valleys. Simpler roof design would have been cheaper to install, but would have looked exactly that – cheaper! Given the aim was to sell these residences to an older and more discerning buyer, it was important that the detail and ultimate appearance was not compromised by a natural tendency to simply cut construction costs. By working closely with the roof plumber and tiler to provide a watertight and high quality level of finish, Prestige ensured that the resultant homes look as appealing as possible.


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Notably, finishes and fittings such as Scyon Linea weatherboard cladding, Monier Horizon Roof Tiles (which give the home a shingle roof look), stone cladding, Caesarstone benchtops, European appliances, and full height tiling all contribute to the final product and help set these homes apart from other investment driven triplex developments. Even doors have been given the Hamptons treatment. The front doors are designed as double entry with square-panel glass and ornate handles, and the garage doors are also panelled and have clear glass inserts at the top. Combined with the light exterior walls and contrasting roof tiles, the scene is well and truly set as far as style of home is concerned. Textured Herringbone paving adds to the story by providing that 'established and natural' look to the driveways and pathways.

Internally the homes are light and spacious, having higher ceilings than conventional homes. All cupboards (kitchens, bathrooms and laundries) have recessed panel doors and antique hardware which again shows attention to both design detailing and construction procurement. Both the stone tops and floor tiles add a textural

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element to the interiors, breaking up (but not competing with) the generally lighter wall and cabinetwork tones. Feature pendants provide another reminder of the designer's style intention and builder's turnkey approach taken on these homes. The Hampton style that both Roberto and Andrew sought to be true to has been achieved and runs seamlessly from outside of the homes to their interiors. Roberto comments that “the most notable external features are the stone and weatherboard cladding which is typical of the Hamptons style. Internally, it is more about the sense of space achieved by the design and layout. I believe the size of these homes makes them feel much bigger than they

actually are, which is great for the developer (for selling them) and also for the purchasers (who will occupy and enjoy them). Roberto Santella Design has a number of residential projects at various stages of completion including a Palm Springs inspired renovation underway at 128 River Way, Salters point (valued at $1.5mil), another Hamptons inspired home under way at 2 Kent Street, Bicton (worth around $2mil) as well as a new contemporary home design at 35 Branksome Gardens, City Beach. Prestige Homes has a number of projects it is working on, including 3 Townhouses at 37 Gardner St, Como (which have an industrial feel), 16 units in Kensington and a large renovation in Claremont.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE The Grange Apartments


EMCO partners with Legatha to develop and build the Grange Apartments



MCO Building started life in 1986, and since that time has built a strong track record in all areas of the commercial and multiresidential building market. Originally known for its high quality work on small to medium sized projects, EMCO Building has always taken a considered approach to its growth by developing expertise in particular areas such as complex refurbishments, educational facilities, tilt up projects, apartment and multi residence developments, and large commercial/industrial developments. With that growth EMCO has embarked on new challenges and now offers the full spectrum of building services from refurbishment through to large scale new build structures and their associated infra structure packages. The company can easily handle projects with values up to around $75 million.

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Prior to joining EMCO, Contract Administrator Luke Morrison studied for three years to complete his Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture before completing the first year of a Masters of Architecture. He had always been interested in design and problem solving so naturally architecture provided a pathway. However in his later years of university, Luke realised that his skill set was more aligned to coordination, leadership and management, so he decided to switch to project management where the career opportunities quickly opened up. Luke has been with EMCO Building for two years, beginning his career as a Junior Contracts Administrator. During Luke's first year at the company, he was also attending university at night in order to complete his Masters of Project Management. Around that time, The Grange Rivervale (a relatively small project in comparison to EMCO's usual project list) came along. With the other PM's and CA's already assigned to other projects, EMCO's senior management decided this would be an appropriate project for Luke to run, and help establish his skill set in construction management.

The Grange Apartments THE BUILDERS CHOICE critical path to ensure no delays, absolutely crucial. Luke's role was a hybrid of project management, contract administration, and when the role demanded it, site supervision to ensure that all aspects of the site ran smoothly. The building comprises six different floor plans for its ten apartments. These apartments suit a variety of occupants and their lifestyles – from 1 bedroom/1 bathroom to 1 bedroom/1 study/1 bathroom apartments, and the larger 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments. Two of the smaller apartments (which are located on the ground floor) include spacious courtyards and garden areas, particularly for the corner apartment. All layouts offer good segregation between kitchen/meal/living areas and bedrooms/study guestrooms. Apartments 5 and 9 stand out in this respect given their 'L' shaped layout where the living and sleeping wings are exactly that – two separate wings at right angles to each other! The building's construction predominantly is comprised of solid brick, some of which is exposed as face-brick. Solid brickwork has also been used on all internal walls (unlike many similar developments which generally use stud walls internally nowadays). The exterior also features CFC weatherboard express jointed walls and powder-coated perforated metal screens. Although not initially obvious, the clever design on these screens mimic a road map showing the streets of the Rivervale suburb. The floor plate spacing and integration of overhead services allow for generous full-height ceilings starting off at a 2.7m minimum and up to 2.9m in bedrooms and living rooms. Again, this is unlike the lower ceiling heights often found in other apartment projects of this size and type. Continuing on the same path, The Grange includes full height glass sliding doors and full height balcony windows allowing more natural light to penetrate internally. The complex has a large state-of-the-art Schindler lift to all upper levels, individual lock up storage rooms for each resident located on the same floor, secure private parking for residents and an intercom system to the lobby entrance.

The Grange is an architecturally designed set of ten apartments located on the quiet and secluded corner of Wicca and Sydenham Streets in Rivervale. The project came about through a joint venture between Legatha Pty Ltd and EMCO Building to develop a residential complex that offered a unique set of finishes and material choices inside and outside of the building, all built in a contemporary style that still blended with its surroundings. EMCO Building was an equal shareholder as the developer with Legatha and also acted as the builder. The overall challenge for the project (meaning for Luke and the EMCO team allocated to The Grange) was having to complete the building on a tight time frame of less than 42 weeks ... and on a restricted budget. This made careful planning and meticulous coordination of all trades, and having a clear understanding of the

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Internally, to compliment the exterior quality and design, all apartments have hard wearing bamboo flooring, window treatments to all bedrooms/studies/guestrooms, quality finishes and fittings to kitchens and bathrooms (including European brand Bosch appliances) and reverse cycle airconditioning to the master bedroom and living areas. The success of this project can ultimately be measured by achieving

the completion of the building within the tight timeframe, and on budget. Given the budget, the apartments also succeed on another level by including quality finishes and fittings, energy efficient lighting, and numerous other features which make for affordable high-end apartments. Upon reflection, every aspect of this project taught Luke more about contract administration and project management.

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“In my respective roles, I had to be fully aware of what the drawings and specification required of me. I also had to know exactly what was happening on site ... and what would be happening on site next so that I could undertake well thought out planning of the programme. I learnt to become more proficient at communication with the clients, architects and through to the subcontractors on site. I consider this an

invaluable learning experience and never thought I would have been able to achieve this by the age of 23.” EMCO Building continues to have a diverse and exciting project list which Luke is again assisting with. He is currently working alongside two of his very experienced colleagues on the new Challenger Tafe Building located at the existing Murdoch campus, immediately South of the Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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AN EAGLE'S VIEW – Tallwood Constructions brings this elevated home in Eagle Bay to life



his home site occupied a commanding position, nestled high into a hill at the end of a cul-de-sac, and consequently required a design that would maximise the extensive views down to Eagle Bay. The four bedroom home was designed by Dane Richardson of Dane Design (a company renowned and extremely experienced in creating magnificent homes in rural settings in WA's south-west).

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The design cleverly used the block's steep aspect to the home's advantage by incorporating the games room and master bedroom suite in the front undercroft of the home, and then overlaying the other bedrooms kitchen, living and entertaining areas above this undercroft to elevate these rooms, further enhancing their views. All of these upper living areas lead out onto large external tiled terraces and outdoor BBQ area surrounding the in-ground swimming pool with glass balustrade allowing uninterrupted views down to Eagle Bay. Both master suite and games room are generous in size, averaging some 70 square metres in area each (including their respective ensuite and bathroom). This results in a small amount of retaining to both rooms as they are recessed back into the hill at their rear. Direct access to both of these lower rooms is via two separate staircases from the general living area floor above. On the upper floor (which is accessed at ground level on the street side of the home) accommodation includes a dining room and living room situated on both sides of the entry door. On the

left hand side past the dining room a passage leads to the kitchen (with laundry, powder room and cloak room situated behind) and the living room which is positioned at the ocean view side of the home and connects to the large terrace. Turning right from the entry door down the passage past the living room leads to the fourth bedroom/bunk room, main floor bathroom, third bedroom and the second bedroom which is also located at the ocean view side of the home but on the opposite side of the terrace from the living room. The terrace also hosts the below ground swimming pool on this bedroom side of the terrace. The covered terrace is the central connecting space for the 'u' shaped upper floor, and is just short of 150 square metres in area. Like the living room and bedroom two, the terrace has sweeping views down the hill and to the ocean. Tallwood Constructions won the contract to build the home through a competitive tender process. The site is one of the steepest and most difficult sites that Tallwood Constructions has built on – and they have certainly built on a few difficult sites! This site is also subject to some fairly extreme weather due to its geographic location and exposure given where the block sits on the hill. As the design and construction of the home were always about maximising the views – it was paramount that the quality of construction not only served justice to the home's elegant design and detail, but that it also respected the harshness of the site and environment. Externally, to combat the elements, the home incorporates double glazed windows and Danpalon roofing over the alfresco for dry winter outdoor enjoyment whilst still allowing plenty of light to filter into the centre of the home behind the alfresco. The extensive external terraces are finished with Ecotech 'Ecolight' tiles for durability. The

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‘‘Beginning his career in the building industry more than 30 years ago and establishing Tallwood Constructions in 1998, Alex says that he feels strongly drawn to assisting his clients realise the dream of their beautiful and innovative homes’’. majority of the walls and roof frame are constructed form SIPs panels (structural insulated panels) which are gaining popularity through increased use in both residential and commercial construction and provide excellent insulating and acoustic performance. Additionally, the choice of exterior 'finishing' materials for the home were of utmost importance for two same aforementioned reasons – to compliment the home and its surroundings, and to ensure durability and serviceability of finishes over time. The dramatic use of stone and dark stained timber are perfect examples, creating both a striking first impression and reflecting the natural setting of this home, but at the same time reaffirming the durability of nature's own construction palette. The home combines a balanced use of local dry-laid granite for external feature and supporting walls and planters, Queensland Spotted Gum cladding and sawn finish and stained in Black Ash. This Black Ash wall planking wraps its way from the front (street) façade of the home around to the entry door of the home to form a cosy entry nook, and helps bring the exterior natural finishes into the home. However, in contrast to the earthiness and ruggedness of the exterior environment and home's finishes, the interior is clean, uncluttered, calm and predominantly white ... with the exception of timber trims in the kitchen cabinetwork, and other timber cabinetwork and timber flooring in selected areas of the home such as the dining room, bedrooms and ensuite. In these areas, Tallwood laid re-cycled Grey Ironbark timber flooring and installed complimentary Grey Ironbark veneered cabinets. Cathedral ceilings throughout the home's living areas lend more space and light into the interior, further enhancing the calm spaciousness of this home's interior.

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Alex Campbell, builder, and director of Tallwood Constructions, possibly understates the complexity and effort required to build this home and finish it to the standard that was achieved by commenting somewhat casually that “a great design and good construction team are key to this smooth build,” but the reality is that without both of those ingredients, this home would not be as inviting and sturdy as it is. A great design is only that until a quality builder translates it into its built form. Often it is only then that the greatness of the design can truly be seen ... and experienced. Beginning his career in the building industry more than 30 years ago and establishing Tallwood Constructions in 1998, Alex says that he “feels strongly drawn to assisting his clients realise the dream of their beautiful and innovative homes” and that he is “inspired by the talented architects and skilful designers” he has been fortunate enough to work with. Tallwood Constructions specialises in the construction of luxury homes, knock down re-builds and significant renovations

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and additions. The company has stayed on the cutting edge of building technology, eagerly evolving to build more innovative homes as designs push the boundaries or materials and form. Alex and his team have learnt that Tallwood's clients need to be treated as trusted partners, and communication is key to a successful build as much as quality of construction is. As a result, Tallwood has gained a reputation for building distinct (and often challenging) homes on unusual (and often challenging) blocks! The home has been nominated in the HIA SW Housing Awards in the categories of Custom Built Home $1.5m and over, Timber Frame, Innovation and Outdoor Project over $100,000. Tallwood also have 2 homes nominated in the Perth HIA Awards in the Renovation and Addition Projects $700,001 and over. Tallwood Constructions is currently working on projects in Cottesloe, Ferguson Valley, Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup……and of course Eagle Bay.

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Georgiou constructs innovative new medical teaching facility at Curtin University



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practices. With respect to that research, Curtin concentrates its activities on energy and minerals, sustainable development, ICT and emerging technologies ... and health. In July 2014, Georgiou was awarded a contract valued at $37M to construct a specialist education building for the new medical teaching school at the Curtin University Bentley Campus. An integrated fitout for several floors was subsequently awarded resulting in a total contract value of approximately $42M. This fivestorey building (with a total of 6,350m2 of floor area) has been designed to accommodate a mix of formal and informal learning areas. An iconic design was selected by Curtin University as the new building is located at the entry to the new precinct which is part of the 'Greater Curtin' campus development. The architect and engineer wanted to push the design boundaries and initially contacted local WA precast concrete manufacturer Delta Corporation during the design phase where it was concluded that precast concrete offered the best solution in terms of constructability and overall quality of finish. The resulting complex, intelligent and challenging architectural design was


specified with exposed concrete and in-situ beams with feature textured surfaces which are in keeping with the high quality finishes of surrounding buildings on the campus. The building consists of large cantilever beams which float over the service road complimented by the external façade which features curved precast wall panels, manufactured using coloured concrete with an exposed aggregate finish and a thermal glass (which ties in with the curved fins) to add another dimension to the building. The complex build required large precast concrete beams and walls to be propped and tied in until the whole structural frame had been completed. The build required detailed forward planning to avoid any delays to the construction programme. These factors combined with the added difficulty of producing

such complex precast shapes and the high level of quality finishes demanded by the University lead to Georgiou to selecting Delta Corporation to supply the precast concrete to this high profile project. The contract also included an integrated fitout incorporating state-of-the art audio visual, communications, IT and security services. The internal finishes to the project are unique in Western Australia, with a 3 dimension fractural wall fabricated from perforated timber veneer wall panels being one of the building's many features. The complexity of the fractural design demanded a complete re-think on how it could be delivered. ShapeShift Design Technologies was engaged to bridge the natural materiality of the wood panels with a 21st century build method that could deliver that complexity and accuracy within the reality of a building site. From the original architectural design outline ShapeShift developed a full 3D model. The myriad of the hundreds of intersecting angles were incorporated into a series of large 3D backbones to which the individual panels were attached. The project changed from that of the most highly complicated carpentry to that of simply placing the CNC cut wood panels onto the faceted 3D backbone. All the correct angles and alignments were already built into the backbone. The backbone was constructed of a lightweight but extremely robust composite called ShapeShell ( The build solution is a great example of how more traditional and modern materials can combine with advanced 3D manufacturing techniques to deliver extraordinary results in a realistic timeframe and budget. All the building's finishes tie in together to create a dynamic and active environment for learning and interaction, and the external elements of the building have been constructed to create a free flowing, comfortable, yet precise environment for staff and students to have some time to themselves. The project required a very high level of interface in order to ensure it ran smoothly. Heavy emphasis was placed on the

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coordination and liaison with key project stakeholders including the client, designers and subcontractors. This also extended to communicating and building relationships with university staff to ensure Georgiou's movements were adequately understood and the comfort of students was affected as minimally as possible. In particular, being located next to Curtin's business school and buildings, Georgiou ensured there was minimal disruption to both students and staff in this proximity.

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Georgiou's environmental management of the site required the installation of noise and dust sensors located at various points throughout the build period. These sensors and other planning measures instigated by Georgiou mitigated any disruption by triggering associated controls such as water suppression and the planning of high decibel noise works outside of peak or exam times. Constant communication and coordination with the university was also required, particularly around the power and


communications works. The project team worked in with the university to successfully reschedule works around the student examination timetable to ensure decimal ratings remain low and vibration was either reduced or eliminated during these critical times whilst the building was delivered on time. The Georgiou team adopted electronic design management and defects management software to facilitate the raising design issues with the consultant team and to manage the

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defect rectification process with the one hundred plus subcontractors on the project. Apart from the feature curved precast concrete façade, the main atrium also draws attention in this building. A feature of the building interior is the central atrium staircase spanning five levels. Another impressive design feature of the interior is the widespread use of timber finishes used to line the main entry walls and extending throughout the atrium. A fractal wall sculpture using perforated timber panelling provides an interesting and impressive three dimensional feature around the central lift lobby and common areas. Building 410 has been designed and constructed to give staff and students a world-class interactive environment to expand their knowledge – fundamental to Curtin University's aim. From a       

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construction management standpoint, Georgiou had 115 personnel involved in the project at its peak, with Zero LTI's (Lost Time Injuries) or environmental incidents. The high standard of workmanship achieved is a testament to the work of Georgiou, the consultants and subcontractors – the final product is a building that Curtin and everyone associated with the project can be justifiably proud of.

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Site requirements on prominent corner drive unique solution for Aldi


etailer Aldi is now a force to be reckoned with in the Western Australian grocery market, with the opening of its first WA stores and distribution centre earlier this year. One of the things that national operators such as Aldi focus on is a common branding for ease of recognition from one store to another, particularly in roll-outs such as here in Western Australia.


Store Design by Maze To achieve the required branding, a generic design template exists for their stores, so this was one major design driver for this project. This specific site also had some other primary influences affecting it designers, Maze architects. This was a somewhat smaller site than

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desirable, and with shared and restricted access from the bounding streets and adjoining properties (coupled with and Council requirements in terms of streetscape and activation of the glazed shopfront), it was going to require some clever solutions to keep all stakeholders satisfied. The building was to be situated on a vacant greenfield site that was developed and subdivided by another party. As such there was a great deal of co-ordination required in terms of design, access, levels and services. The design challenges for Maze Architects also included negotiating zoning and planning requirements. The intersection on which the store was to be built was identified as a landmark location, so how the facades addressed both streets and the corner was scrutinised heavily. From the outset Maze Architects were also aware of a number of very specific client requirements for this project, especially in regard to the high level of finish that would be expected across all elements of the build. On the external structure, an extremely high quality finish for the tilt-up panels was of paramount importance, whilst internally, rigid specifications in regard to the finished product for both front and back of house areas was also clearly communicated by Aldi. The floor tiling to the main selling floor was


to be dealt with in a particularly uncompromising way. Both the concrete slabs and finished elements needed to achieve the specified standards, which were in many instances well above the norm for this type of work. To this end it was critical to get the right contractors who would meet this standard on board. Architecturally, the Aldi tower at one end of the glazed shopfront is normally a more prosaic element than in this store. Other design elements such as vertical aluminium fins, extended pedestrian awnings, artwork and aluminium cladding were introduced by Maze Architects (at the behest of the Council) to address specific requirements in the streetscape policy. Another feature is an articulated steel and louvred panels running parallel to the store along the secondary street, which again was a design initiative aimed to screen and provide visual interest to the streetscape.

Built by Lanskey Constructions Lanskey Constructions has undertaken a huge range of retail projects for all the major retail operators around Australia and whilst they were carrying out some Aldi base builds on other retail developments interstate, had not been involved directly with Aldi in any of their freehold builds. Lanksey WA State Manager Garth Hugo recalls, “It was an exciting opportunity for Lanskey when we heard about Aldi's planned expansion into WA given our existing strength in retail in WA and also nationally.” After a rigorous pre-qualification process in 2014/2015, Lanskey was successful in being appointed to the Aldi Builders Panel. The Aldi Butler project was tendered in October 2015 with award to Lanskey in December 2015. Lanskey was appointed as the principal contractor and mobilised to site with a 24-week contract programme in mid-January 2016. The total project end value was $4M. Garth noted, “Despite a number of challenges, the job was finished and handed over by original contract completion date which is a great credit to the entire team”. He adds “Having bespoke elements in this particular store meant both Lanskey and the designers had to work together to ensure quality and timeframe parameters were met. We are very proud of our culture of teamwork and that obviously assisted in the completion of the project.” One major construction challenge for the project arose in dealing with the subterranean rock that impacted on all aspects of Lanskey's upfront works, particularly foundation excavation and service trenching works for the main building, fire pump and tank room (a semi submerged structure) and large underground concrete storm water retention systems. Lanskey was aware of the existence of subsurface rock due to the geotechnical reports, and their experience on adjacent sites, however higher levels of rock than had been anticipated were encountered on the Aldi site. As dealing with this element was at the builder's risk on this project, the onus of any programme

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sequencing changes having to be made to avoid critical path impact on the overall programme fell with Lanskey – a challenge that they were obviously up to! Fortunately, the entire group (including the client, consultants and subcontractors) took a highly collaborative and pro-active approach in dealing with this and other challenges as they arose across the project. At times this involved accepting that in some instances continuity of work as programmed could not be achieved, and that alternative methods or sequencing needed to

be investigated and implemented. This highly communicative approach between all involved allowed Lanskey to understand, preplan and mitigate such issues in ample time and this certainly paid dividends for the project by allowing it to be delivered on the original contract programme completion date. Other Key Elements Externally, the building combines a variety of materials and finishes. These include concrete tilt panels, structural steel, Colourbond roof-

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sheeting, CFC and Alucobond composite cladding, Solteck glazing, Sunglow aluminium louvres, asphalt and concrete driveways and pavements. Internally, it comprises materials which include concrete slabs, general metalwork, ceramic floor tiling, and a grid ceiling with ceiling tiles. From a 'build' standpoint, there are a number of suppliers and trades that needed to be managed to create the structure. With respect to the fitout, this equally required the coordination and management of a number of specialist suppliers and trades. The store includes Dorma automatic airlock doors, a dock leveller, significant mechanical/electrical/hydraulic services (inclusive of coolrooms, freezers, refrigeration, POS systems, security and fire pumps and tanks) along with considerable general shop fit out livery and signage. MBL Food Services (the agent for Brice in Western Australia) also contributed to the fitout, being responsible for the supply and installation of all Wanzl gates and gate components. Wanzl has proven to be a leader in the field of control gates and manufacture premium products that provide unparalleled aesthetics with unmatched reliability – something that Aldi demand. Upon receiving the store layout plans, MBL Food Services advised what was required to control the entry and exit points of the store, along with freezer bumper railing to protect against trolley damage. MBL also supplied Perspex partitions to provide flow and control within the store. MBL Food Services worked closely with the store manager on the project to meet the completion deadlines.


Summary from the Builder Lanskey Constructions being a fully accredited national construction company, services a range of clients around Australia from offices located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The company has been established for 30 years and has successfully completed projects up to $70M in value for an array of diverse blue chip clients nationwide in the retail, commercial, industrial, health, education and petro-chemical sectors. Lanskey's clients' confidence is demonstrated by the fact that some 80% of the company's work is repeat business. Lanskey continuously strive to provide a 'best solution for the project' approach, through value engineering in close consultation with its clients and their representatives. This results in an on time, on budget outcomes without compromising the highest quality and standards on the projects it undertakes. Equally, Lanskey's approach to health, safety and environmental compliance is first class, resulting in an impeccable safety and environmental record to date. Summary from the Designer Derek Nash of Maze Architects believes the outcome for both the locality and the client has exceeded expectations. “Even though the Aldi design is generic, every site throws up design challenges that give a unique flavour to the end result. This is certainly true with this particular project. Other issues that the team successfully dealt with include a significant fall across the site, the solid limestone just below the surface, restricted access and low water supply pressure. With respect to the pressure this meant provision of fire tanks and pumps for firefighting purpose in what became an increasingly tight space, right on the main street boundary. Despite the difficulties a great result was achieved in all respects.” Watch the Video! Lanksey Construction have loaded a copy of the project video/fly through on their website

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Devlyn Constructions builds new KFC Outlets in Perth



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new build and the other being a refurbishment of an operating outlet. A factor in Devlyn's favour in winning the work was no doubt the successful completion of prior KFC projects. Devlyn Constructions was the head contractor for the projects and as such was responsible for the management and co-ordination of all trades and resources to site. KFC Harrisdale Devlyn Constructions successfully secured the contract for KFC Harrisdale for Collins Food Group. The project consisted of the construction of an entirely new KFC store which formed part of the development of a new shopping precinct for the Harrisdale area. Site works for the new store included installation of a multitude of soak wells, drains and sub-base for the installation of

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‘‘The main challenges on the projects were the tight completion schedules, ensuring that each project was completed on time’’. electrical and hydraulic works were also undertaken to meet the requirements of a busy restaurant. Construction of KFC Harrisdale was successfully achieved by Devlyn within its tight program. From start of work on site to practical completion was 14 weeks, and KFC Harrisdale was building certified and a certificate of occupancy was issued at 12 weeks. The store also received Health Department approval in 13 weeks. This allowed KFC to be open for business and fully operating at just 14.5 weeks. This project was completed on time, to budget and to a high standard of finish.

the drive though, car parking, and traffic areas. The structure of this KFC store was comprised of a prefabricated steel frame system clad in cement fibre sheeting with a profiled metal deck roof, as opposed to more traditional WA construction techniques. Internally works under the contract consisted of the entire in store fit-out, incorporating back-of-house works involving the construction of the kitchen, toilets, bin compounds, offices and other staff facilities. The front of house works included installation of tiling through-out, along with installation of new serving counters, ordering terminals, tables, and built in joinery items. Customer toilets and wash facilities were also constructed as part of the front of Devlyn's house works. Extensive mechanical


KFC Maylands Devlyn Constructions was engaged to undertake extensive refurbishments to the existing KFC Maylands store. The purpose of the refurbishment works was to refresh the existing tired store and to bring it into line with new KFC design standards. Works comprised of demolition of the entire front of house including counters, joinery and serveries, floor finishes and partition walls. The existing toilets were also demolished to allow for the expansion and reconfiguration of the disabled toilet. New tiling was installed through-out the front-of-house along with new serving counters, ordering terminals, tables, and built in joinery items. Backof-house works to the kitchen involved installation of a new fridge and freezer, and removal of all cooking and mechanical extraction equipment to allow for the existing grout to be removed and new epoxy grout to be applied to the entire kitchen floor. Fryers and


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other kitchen equipment was then re-instated along with new mechanical systems. During the front of house renovation works the entire building exterior was re-clad. Access for a new drive through ordering window was cut through the tilt up concrete panel and an addition constructed to the building to enclose it. New menu boards, canopies, signage and graphics were installed throughout, and landscaping works entailed new asphalt being laid down to the driveways, drive thru and parking areas.

The program for this project was only 8 weeks from start on site to completion, with the store remaining operational for the entirety of the project (with the exception of a small designated shut down period to allow for works to be conducted to the kitchens, POS systems and other systems that would impact drastically on store operation). This project was successfully completed within the allocated 8 week program, again to budget and to a high standard of finish.

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The Devlyn Approach and Team The main challenges on the projects were the tight completion schedules, ensuring that each project was completed on time. In the case of Maylands, additional pressure was added in ensuring that access was maintained, staff and public were not at any risk from works, and that the store could continue trading for the duration of the project. There are a unique set of challenges to overcome when working in a live kitchen set in a retail environment. Additionally, there were the KFC design standards that had to be adhered to. It was through tight site management by Devlyn's key personnel on the projects, coupled with the company's extensive experience in 'occupied premises' construction, that ensured Devlyn achieved positive outcomes is such a short periods of time ... particularly on KFC Maylands. Mitchell DeVries was the project manager for KFC Harrisdale. Matthew Piggott was the site supervisor for both KFC Harrisdale and Melville, and a portion of the works at KFC Maylands. Matthew Hall was the project manager for both the Maylands and Melville store refurbishments. Devlyn Constructions takes pride in its customer focused delivery of services, commitment to quality workmanship and its ability to deliver to even the tightest of timeframes (which was again demonstrated on these projects). Operating out of two offices, the Devlyn's head office is located in the Perth metropolitan area whilst its Bunbury office services the South West. From these bases, Devlyn Constructions has completed projects from Wyndham to Esperance and all throughout the Perth metropolitan area.

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The shopping centre owners were literally referred to Actus Associates by ALDI. Actus had been doing other work for ALDI, so ALDI knew of Actus' capability. In the first meeting with the shopping centre owners, Actus found that it could meet their requirements for the architectural services, however the client was also impressed with Actus' project management experience it resulted in Actus being engaged on the existing shopping centre redevelopment to be carried out alongside the new detached ALDI Store build. NEW ALDI STORE Actus designed and project managed the construction of this new store. The GLAR (Gross Lettable Area – Retail) for ALDI is 1535sqm which includes a back of house and amenities area. The 'ALDI' section of the project also included a new carpark and exterior lighting. The ALDI store build relied heavily on the design using existing services for the addition of the store, however some upgrades to the existing site services were required due to both the addition of the ALDI store and expansion of the existing shopping centre. This upgrade included electrical, plumbing and hydraulic services. Logistically, coordination of deliveries of materials and building supplies with an existing carpark and an operating IGA store meant careful planning was required, as was securely storing the materials on site.


New ALDI Store provides the catalyst for Shopping Centre Upgrade



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The vividly painted store exterior bears the now familiar ALDI signature design and colours. There would be no mistaking what this store is, however it would have been a mistake to leave the old and tired looking shopping centre looking like it did, so the shopping centre owners' decision was a timely one. CHAMPION LAKES SHOPPING CENTRE UPGRADE This section of the project involved a complete external upgrade of the existing shopping centre, along with an internal upgrade which is ongoing. It also includes reconfiguration of internal tenancies and upgrades to the centre's mechanical and firefighting (which are also ongoing). The greatest challenge faced by Actus during the centre's refurbishment was obviously working on the shopping centre while

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Champion Lakes it remained open to the public, and therefore protecting the public from construction activities was absolutely paramount. The project involved not only ensuring public safety (especially in close proximity to the ALDI store construction site) but also maintaining normal operations and trade for the shopping centre during the refurbishment – which meant car park and external façade works all had to be staged. This effect compounded and required considerable forward works and an innovative approach to the façade refurbishment due to the tight timeframe and the potential impact to the customers on a trading centre. Actus overcame these challenges by coordinating the delivery of materials with the work of that relevant subcontractor so that onsite storage was kept to an absolute minimum. Staging of the existing shopping centre's external works was implemented so that there was always at least one clear access way into the shopping mall at any given time. This allowed all of the existing tenancies to operate as normal whilst Actus protected the public from construction activities and hazards. The Actus design was able to make use of the original fascia and roof structures to facilitate a façade upgrade which has given the shopping centre a modern and fresh new look. CFC sheeting was specified for the upgrade of the shopping centre because of its durability and to aesthetically compliment the new ALDI Store. The new external façade connected to the existing substructure has hidden the old roof to give the shopping centre modern appeal. The facade was fabricated offsite and installed in minimal time thus reducing impact on the customers and the centre. Internally, Ampelite twin wall polycarbonate sheeting was used for the mall ceiling. This allows natural light to spill into the mall as well as providing an architectural feature to the ceiling, creating a warmer and more vibrant feeling. Overall, there is now greater security in the precinct with the addition of new cameras and improved lighting. Aesthetically, the centre also has landscaped verges and planting through the carpark area (which was resurfaced while the shopping centre was operating). There is now better pedestrian access with covered walk ways and new signage throughout the site. This all makes for a safer, better shopping experience at the centre. The Actus project team was headed up by principal, Adam Goodwin. Adam shares a passion for building and construction management and his experience spans over 25 years. As a high school student Adam gained hands-on work experience which was highly valuable when he re-entered the building and construction industry after several years in the Royal Australian Navy. A snapshot of Adam's building and construction work history features roles as

an apprentice, sub-contractor, contractor through to client-side project management and now consultancy. Adam was backed on the project up by two of his reliable team members. The first was Daron Naidoo (BArch., MSc (Proj.Mgmt.) an experienced project manager with over 10 years' experience working in the design and construction industry. The second was Domenico D'Alonzo who is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management and Economics) at Curtin University with the aim of completing his degree in 2016. “I believe that the synergy created by chartered building practitioners working alongside a registered architects is unique and the perfect recipe for absolute customer satisfaction. Customers profit from our architectural 'big picture view' and our project management 'checks and balances' on feasibility and costs. Our experience equips us to deliver various construction projects, including commercial, industrial, aged care, institutional, child care, healthcare and residential ... and in this case, retail.” “Our services include all stages of a project's life cycle – from Desktop Study, through to Planning Application and Contract Administration, to Tenancy Coordination and Post Contract Administration. As was the case for this project,” says Adam, “all of these stages of a project were undertaken in-house by our team of project managers, architects, architectural draftspeople and contract administrators.” “We are particularly proud of this project, firstly for having been awarded the additional work (shopping centre refurbishment) and secondly for managing the overall construction with minimal disruption to the main entrance of the shopping centre which ensured “business as usual” for the existing tenants. We can also report that the project did not sustain any OH&S issues during construction.” “This project has just confirmed that ongoing communication with all stakeholders is key to the success of any project and ensures that any obstacles can be overcome.”

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home renovations over $750,000, and the company also had 2 entries in this year's HIA Awards. Amongst its growing list of residential projects that the company is proud to showcase, is 12 Hurdles Drive, Floreat. And for one of the company director (Carl Morrone), this project offered the opportunity for to create his own dream home. “Given this was my home, I had an emotional connection with the journey, so I participated and worked on the project from start to finish. I knew what result I wanted in the end and worked with designers, suppliers and all of our staff to achieve the result I envisaged. I am pleased to say that I have not been disappointed in any way”, says Carl. “For all of the projects we undertake, our team is very 'hands on' and work closely with all our clients to achieve the best outcome for their individual project. I got to experience that myself first hand.”


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ransform My Space has been operating in the construction industry for over 7 years. The company was conceived by Carl Morrone who saw a gap in the market for competent builders who could refurbish or improve underutilised and underdeveloped buildings. Years later, Transform My Space has extended its services, and now also specialises in new home construction, renovations and larger commercial projects. Transform My Space was a 2015 HIA finalist for

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With this home the clients (Carl and his family) had specific outcomes they were seeking. First and foremost was achieving a highend, well-built family home which caters to a growing family. Part of that meant the versatility of the design (and site) to include a pool, gym and spacious area for cars and bikes for an active family. An extension of that lifestyle meant the home needed to provide a seamless transition from internal living to external entertaining areas. From an aesthetic viewpoint, Carl also wanted his home to use smart looking, new age products to provide a modern and eye catching but minimalistic look. And like any client, it was also important to maintain and stick to the established budget. The home is set over two levels and has a combined living area of just under 480 square metres. It employs the 'reverse living' principle in its design; the ground floor accommodates the entry,

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three bedrooms, walk-in robe and master ensuite, bathroom, laundry, powder room, walk-in linen cupboard large gym, and the double garage under the main roof, with a pool and deck outside. The ground floor also incorporates the garage which doubles as an additional large entertaining area. All garage shelving is concealed by electric roller doors, and additionally the glass bifold doors at the rear open up onto the deck to create a grand space. The upper floor (though only marginally smaller than the ground floor) comprises a huge 16m x 6m combined lounge/dining/kitchen which spans across that entire level from boundary to boundary. Furthermore, this level also includes a nursery, study, scullery, powder room and large balcony (complete with a garden wall) to the front of the home. Whilst the home's construction is relatively standard in the materials it uses (bricks, concrete, tin roof) it is the design form and balanced combination of materials that give the home its unique presence. The front elevation of the home is partly angled, this section being framed in a dark painted steel channel to accentuate the geometric feature (which took some skill in manufacturing, manoeuvring and installing). The otherwise painted render finish to the front elevation is broken up with vertical Spotted Gum feature panel to the front elevation with a narrow, tall window to one side. It is these design aspects and material combinations that make this home an individual amongst many other modern new homes in the Perry Lakes estate.

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Visible cues pointing to the quality of construction lie in the choice of supplies selected. For example, rather than standard 'domestic' sliding doors and windows, this home incorporates semicommercial and commercial grade sections which are sturdier and more robust ... and also look more appropriate given the somewhat 'commercial' look of the structure itself. These sections are simply more in keeping with the construction statement the home makes. Similarly, the external glass balustrading, exposed aggregate pavement and steel beams and fencing all exude both contemporary and commercial messages. This seems symptomatic of many new homes nowadays, blurring the lines between to older style 'residential' construction and encompassing 'commercial' construction to achieve more unique, aesthetically appealing and better performing homes. Other cues to the contemporary design, precise attention to detail and quality construction of the home are considerations such as the omission of all skirtings, architraves, cornices, doorframes and cabinet handles to achieve a consistently clean, minimalistic look, along with the contemporary design of slatted timber screens and cabinetwork, and porcelain feature tiles used throughout home on both floors and walls. Transform My Space has used 600 x 200 and 300 x 1200 rectified porcelain tiles generally throughout the home, with white gloss laid on the wet area walls. Laying the tiles on the stairs in particular meant sourcing a qualified and suitable stone mason to ensure a clean and neat detail for the

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steps and risers, as would be expected in a home of this calibre. Internally, the result is a very contemporary, easy-to-care-for home, which is definitely not sterile or cold in any way. In keeping with the standard set by the exterior and interior finishes, the home's fixtures and fittings also compliment. The kitchen appliances selected are all from the Miele Australia range, and bathroom fixtures throughout are from the Axson selection. Kitchen tops are Carrara Marble with cabinetwork fronts in warm Navurban Yarra Walnut, and the laundry and bathroom tops are Essa Stone Verona Mist. Wall colours are neutral but soft, not harsh or cold. The house feels like a home, where some modern houses don't. What isn't visible on this home but further reinforce the value of the design and quality of this build are the use of technology and

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innovation to achieve features such as the entry system, upstairs entertaining louvres and blinds in the balcony - again enhancing the family and entertaining experience, which is exactly what a home is supposed to do. Whilst keeping busy with this and other residential projects, Transform My Space is also active in the commercial build sector. The company has just completed the refurbishment and extension of the City Beach Shopping Centre at Empire Village.

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