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WestEnd Apartments – City Convenience without the hassle

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his season, we cover a number of bespoke homes that have been designed to meet specific client briefs, but which also required overcoming some rather significant challenges – such as highly restricted sites, building on a canal front, and in one case, working on a project while the clients were overseas. At Mt Lawley, BE Projects constructed a three-sided home on a tiny 180sqm triangular corner block for clients who were also the architects for the project. This home, which also serves as the clients' office, is attracting some interest in the local area. This project proves that with good design and innovation, it's possible to create a building that provides comfort and spaciousness, even where there are very tight size restrictions. In contrast to the three-sided house is a luxury 1,100sqm mansion at Peppermint Grove built by Signature Homes, which incorporates a number of unique design elements the clients had picked up on while working in Canada. During construction, the clients spent quite a bit of time overseas, which meant that communications during those times had to be done remotely. The clients' physical absence also required putting a lot of trust in Signature Homes to fulfil their requirements. The results speak for themselves!

At Port Coogee, City Beach Exceptional Homes has built a unique and striking home on a man-made island at the edge of the canal. Being situated so close to the water required careful selection of hardwearing materials, and the application of treatments to the steelwork. As part of the brief, the clients also wanted a full-size basement garage that would open out for access to the canal by boat. The finished home makes a bold statement, and is another home that is attracting some local interest. Another custom home was built in Mt Claremont by Princi Homes. The client saw another Princi home and decided he would like something similar – but still unique – for his block of land. Part of the brief was for the installation of custom mouldings to external openings and rooflines to create a timeless classic look. While getting the mouldings to fit presented some small challenges, you wouldn't know that from looking at the finished product. In East Freo, Core WA was commissioned to build a meditation centre as an attachment to a residential home in a busy built-up area. The clients had quite specific requirements for the centre, including that it be free from noise and distraction. Site restrictions also placed some serious limits on the positioning of the centre.

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The outcome however is a beautiful, peaceful space that has already won a Small Project Architect award. As well as these unique homes, we also cover the makeover of the building at 565 Hay Street that forms part of the Cathedral Square re-development in Perth. This 1960s office block, formerly the Public Trustee building, was stripped back to its bare bones and re-formed into a beautifully designed sustainable building that is contributing towards the revitalisation of the Cathedral precinct. In another custom development, Baldivis Secondary College recently completed its Stage 2 building project, the design of which is based on a contemporary interpretation of the typical Australian shed or warehouse. The design was arrived at not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for durability and faster construction. The college has won a number of awards for the design and sustainability of its buildings. Our other articles cover the Westend apartments at Yokine, and a number of company and personal profiles. Putting these stories together was very rewarding, and we invite you to peruse the publication and find something that attracts your interest.

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Core Developments & Construction

Darren Johnston Director and Founder Core Developments & Construction is more than just a custom home builder, they focus on delivering high quality projects, and building long-term partnerships in the industry and with clients. The family owned and run business is based in Osborne Park and takes pride in an ethos of fantastic communication, fairness and honesty. Core's state of the art client login system allows each person to keep track of their project at any time and communicate with the team at the touch of a finger, or click of a button.

of the global financial crisis. While the GFC didn't hit WA as hard as many other parts of the world, it did create uncertainty in the market. This meant breaking into the market was not without its challenges. Once the first client was secured however, more clients came in quick succession. Darren describes it as having synagogues, schools and nursing Darren brought this “snowballed” from that starting homes. Also, with Britain having experience – gained over more point. In fact, the company a lot of older buildings, he was than 20 years – with him when managed to quickly gain four involved in the conversion of he migrated to Australia from contracts all in the same street Victorian homes into modern the UK in 2006. He initially after the first one. apartments. This has provided started out in WA working for a The business started out him with the skills to tackle high end custom home builder, doing extensions and projects involving older homes to ensure he would be able to renovations, before moving into In the beginning that other builders might prefer translate his years of experience custom homes. Early clients Core's founder and director to steer clear of. into the Australian industry. With included a doctor's surgery, Darren Johnston says he was He found during his time in enough local experience and coffee shop fit-outs and even a “born into” the industry. He the business that each project impetus to start his own meditation centre, with the moved up through the ranks in brought new challenges and business together with wife client base growing mostly his family's business in the UK, some steep learning curves. This Rhonda, Core Developments & through word-of-mouth – the and was exposed to a diverse level of exposure and experience Construction was born! best kind of advertising there is. range of projects for a vast range enabled him to learn virtually of clients and cultural every aspect of the building “A scary start” Sustainable growth communities – with some of the trade, standing him in good Darren describes starting out as Core has been modelled on a projects including churches, stead for the future. a little scary, particularly in light very successful UK business, and Feasibility & Detailed Cost Planning Bills of Quantities/Schedules of Works Pre and Post Contract Construction Cost Advice Assets and Portfolio Valuation Assessments Contract Administration Contract Services and Dispute Management Serving the State of Western Australia QUANTITY SURVEYING & COST CONSULTANTS

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these days is involved in three major fields of construction – extensions and renovations, custom homes, and commercial projects. It is essentially a small family-run business, and while sustainable growth is very important and can be accommodated, Darren prefers to keep the business small and personal. He takes a 'hands on' approach to every project, dealing directly with clients and supervising every build on site. Every effort is made by Darren and the team to fully understand clients' needs and produce the desired results. Core prefers to use its own trades rather than hire contractors, as this creates greater responsiveness to the different needs of projects, delivers a speedier result and saves on costs for clients. The company is also involved in the project design phase, although in some cases clients may prefer to use their own designers. Darren states that a vast majority of Core's business is repeat business. This in itself is a great testimonial for the company, and is testament to the dedication to each individual and their project, which reassures clients of the commitment to quality and realising their dream. Sustainable projects Core aims for sustainability in the projects it undertakes. By incorporating good design,

correct building orientation and the right materials into a new home or renovation from the start of a project, it's possible to substantially reduce heating, cooling, and lighting costs without construction necessarily being more expensive for the client. Options for sustainability include water recycling, thermal mass, passive cooling, good insulation, double glazing, natural ventilation, energy efficient lighting, and increased use of natural light. The company is also committed to the efficient use of materials and reduced waste. In fact, Darren and Rhonda built their own house, which achieved an eight-star energy rating, in a matter of months. They now use their property to showcase the difference that good design and construction can make in terms of energy efficiency, aesthetics and comfort.

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Into the future While Darren is keen for the business to grow, essentially he sees the company continuing in the same vein as now, prioritising the personal interaction with clients by limiting the number of projects Core takes on each year. He hopes to continue building great partnerships and client relationships, and providing the same level of quality and sustainability that he does currently, well into the decades ahead.

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Up Close + Personal with Architect

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Up Close + Personal with

Troy King Director of the BE Projects

How did you get started in the construction industry? With a passion for tech drawing and maths I started my career in civil engineering, having graduated from Curtin University of Technology. During my time as a civil engineer, some of the projects I worked on included the Jandakot Airport redevelopment and the Glenariff Estate project. I later moved into construction working as a foreman and consultant and to project management. I really enjoyed seeing projects come to life and transforming concepts into reality for clients. Prior to starting my own business, some of the jobs I handled included project management and site supervision on the Perth Convention Centre Auditorium, Harbour Town and the first roll out of the Department of Building and Works BER packages.

In 2010 you founded your company BE Projects with colleague Dennis Beard. What made you decide to start your own business? I have a passion for construction and seeing the design develop into reality. I had so many ideas I wanted to implement to add a difference to both the product I delivered and to contribute to building industry development of a professional pathway for young people and trades. Dennis, who is an established builder in Perth, was on board with the idea and over the last five years

we have made steady growth to incorporate strong values and I believe we have a great recipe for success in the industry. In what ways does your company BE Projects stand out from the rest? We offer a personalised service for each project. Our values include good communication and following up on what we say we will do. We also have a strong teamwork culture, and working in a team means that we challenge each other to come up with the best solutions and outcomes.

Another factor is that we developed expertise in a range of projects in various sectors. We have project experience in commercial construction, primarily educational and municipal buildings, technical construction, as well as architecturally-designed residential construction. We can offer all services from the initial concept stage to the final outcome. Our very talented team enables us to provide this wide range of services, which includes tendering, administration, development and design management, project management and delivery. I believe that these factors give the company a strong ability to adapt to a wide variety of needs and projects. Some of our commercial projects have included a new sports pavilion and multiple

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With regard to achievements, our goal is client satisfaction – something we have managed to frequently achieve on the projects and services we deliver. Also, while we want the business to grow, it's important for us to have controlled growth so that we can continue to maintain the same level of quality control in our projects. What makes you happy in your work? I have a genuine passion for the projects we do and really enjoy what I do. I enjoy the variety and particularly love finding solutions and I get to do this every day with clients – especially when someone says: “You can't do that!” At BE, we don't shy away from challenging projects that deviate from standard construction.

How do you envisage the company in 10 years' time? BE Projects philosophy is to strive for continual improvement and to maintain our high standards, which means in the future we will be operating in a similar manner to now, but even better. What are some of the BE Projects is a company that challenges and achievements has a lot to offer in terms of of the business? diversity, adaptability, quality Starting out was a little daunting and ability to meet client needs. at first – especially in terms of The continual development of securing that first job! But once staff, trades, our processes and the momentum built, we have of course the delivered project, not looked back. Many of our I believe will ensure we cement projects are from returning clients. our place in the industry.

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community centres. We have completed many educational projects including new early childhood centres, multiple administration buildings, as well as remedial projects. A particularly interesting project was a new teaching area for the Perth Waldorf School – a unique design with large-span curved timber trusses. Technical projects include working with specialist trades to complete building works for multiple fire main projects, commercial kitchen installations and new science laboratories. The Architecturally designed residential projects are sophisticated projects both in design and in terms of size and shape of the block. This includes the recent completion of the 'triangle' home at Mt Lawley. This one consisted of a tiny 180sqm triangular-shaped block of land, with access issues. Another recent project completed in Gooseberry Hill, involved a challenging site with a steep 15m incline over the 35m block. The team accepted the challenge and developed innovate ways to make the construction possible.

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Up Close + Personal with

Matt Di Costa of Matt and Kim To The Rescue

When did you do your first renovation, and how did it go? Our first renovation was in 2007 in Embleton. It involved an 80sqm extension and complete rebuild of the front of the property. My dad helped me through this – he has been a building supervisor for 40 years, so I've always been around building. One of the first things I remember doing was playing with floorplans on the floor of dad's work office when I was maybe five years old.

In regard to Sky High Renders, our polished concrete finish on we've had many incredibly a large scale is both tasteful, difficult projects. The staircase at very dramatic and completely Keane Street in Peppermint plausible. It is a real benchmark Grove WA presented a few project and something we are issues. For one, we had to apply very proud of. What have been some of our polished concrete finish to your biggest challenges? rough cast concrete that was a The Leaf House, Adelaide. Well, there are two sides to my little bit askew. I won't go into This home is a benchmark in career. Sky High Renders, our the complete process, but it was green design, and is the most polished plastering company, airtight home in Australia. We and Matt and Kim to the Rescue, very elaborate. But that's why we love working with the David applied a zero-VOC concrete our show. finish to the entire interior. As As far as logistical issues, there and all of the guys at Steadman Homes. They create a student of architecture at have been a lot of them on the masterpieces, like art. The UWA, it was a very inspiring show. We renovate and rebuild project to be a part of. entire houses in four days, so it's challenges are fun to meet and the results speak for themselves. a very ambitious and high When you work for Steadman, House on the Hill, West pressure thing to do. We once you feel as though you are part Hobart. We were involved in a moved a freestanding 1.8m high of a movement. They are designzero-VOC project in Hobart. 300mm thick double brick focused, tasteful and refined, It was a two-storey place and bedhead wall with acrow props but perform with real heart. every internal and external wall and a sledgehammer. featured lime plaster walls. It is In episode three, we Do you have a favourite a landmark project and discovered 12m3 of asbestos in project, or one that you are representation of the future of the house. We had to get it out especially proud of? plastering. The walls actually in under two hours, and absorb CO2 like a tree does, so continue with the build. This was I have a few. they are breathable. The home a major setback – the type that is noticeably nicer to be in. Sky High Renders – could bring a renovation to a Keane Street, Peppermint grinding halt. It creates a lot of Grove. This stands out because Matt and Kim to the Rescue – pressure when that happens, and Episode three. Our most it was the first Perth project you have an entire house to recent episode is something that really showed how using build in 96 hours!

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that, as executive producer of the show, I am very proud of. We rebuilt a home to the highest standard in just four days. The style of the interior was new for us too. It pushes the boundaries of traditional and luxe – something Perth may not have seen too much of yet. I was very happy with the results and hope it excites people to be more daring with their own houses. I love style-mashes when executed well. There is also a surprise at the end that will blow people away – I won't say too much but it will not disappoint. Matt and Kim to the Rescue isn't just a renovation show. It is a show that uses design and logic to deal with people's problems. Esprezzo Café, Noranda Palms Shopping Centre – this was my first commercial project. We extended the floor space into the adjoining shop next door, and recreated the interior to an elegant industrial spec. I really enjoyed the process and look forward to working in this space again. What motivates you to do the work you do for people? My intention in studying architecture was to create public spaces, buildings for people that change the way they interact and feel for the better. I have



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always been torn between design and social work. I feel my strengths are understanding and feeling the grooves, ebbs and flows of societies, and I really enjoy creating scenarios that create change. I think it is my purpose, at least for the time being. I guess I should also mention that I feel like we only have 80 or so years to live, and to leave without having helped someone less fortunate is madness. My show asks a group of people to stop for four of those days to donate their time to change another's life forever. I think it's important to think beyond ourselves. Do you have a favourite architect or interior designer who particularly inspires you? Interior designers – Jonathon Adler, Abagail Ahern, and David Hicks. There are too many inspiring architects to mention.

What do you find to be most the rewarding aspects of your work? Sky High Renders – I love the challenge and the craft. We get to fly around Australia creating very specific looks for people's houses that are quite beautiful. We take it seriously and treat every job like it is our own. I love the fact that it is a craft, it has to be learnt over a long period of time. Like playing a piano. What do you see yourselves doing in 10 years' time? I have plans to live in New York at some stage. I guess careerwise I'd like to be working in major projects around the world. Ones that affect real change and deal with real problems. I'd like our show to reach a national platform. A lot of TV is pointless and for the money. My intention is to change that.

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The JCY Team To celebrate our 20th anniversary as JCY Architects & Urban Designers, we wish to thank our valued clients and business partners, our consultants, past and present staff, our families and friends and all other individuals and organisations who have been part of the life of the practice over this time. Initially founded in 1987 as Philip Cox Etherington Coulter and Jones (PCECJ), the practice has been operating since 1995 as JCY Architects and Urban Designers. With the recent retirement of Paul Jones and Richard Young, JCY is evolving. Led by Directors, Andrew Rogerson, Scott McConn and newly appointed Director, Ian Hart and assisted by Design Principal Libby Guj, JCY will see the strengthening of the important roles played by newly appointed Principals, Glenn Russell, Paul Steed and Will Thomson and Associates, Brett Chandler and Chantelle Beckett. This mix of experience and JCY's exploration of innovation has been

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our greatest asset, shared by the teams and individuals who have achieved so much to date and who continue to lead JCY into the future. These personnel have been responsible for JCY's projects being recognised through national and international awards including AIA Architecture Awards, the George Temple Pool Award and the Architecture Medal, the World Architecture Festival, RIBA International Architecture Awards, Property Council Awards, CEFPI Australasian Education Award, as well as Sustainability and other Industry Awards. We are also delighted to record that two recently completed

integrated campus building. The podium, the lower forum, the external skin and the atrium work together to create a building which is about natural and cultural landscape themes linked to the local Noongar Aboriginal people of the South West of Australia.

projects, Ngoolark, at Edith Cowan University Joondalup and Baldivis Secondary College have been selected as finalists for the World Architecture Festival to be held in Singapore in November 2015, following in the footsteps of numerous other nationally and internationally awarded projects completed by JCY. Ngoolark Student Services, Edith Cowan University 'Ngoolark' (the Noongar name for the Carnaby Cockatoo) brings to ECU a building and place with a new living and active platform for 'University Life', creating an interactive and

Baldivis Secondary College (featured on page 60) Located 45km south of Perth in a rapidly expanding region, focused on creating new residential areas, Baldivis Secondary College has not only created a unique and new model for schools but also a vibrant new community hub. Designed to accommodate over 1450 students from Years 7 to 12 the school has become a loved and respected part of the community as well as a vibrant and exceptional school. The design of the school is closely linked to the Baldivis physical, cultural and historic context, defined in great part by a long market gardening and industrial heritage underpinned by a strong community focused

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Ngoolark Student Services, Edith Cowan University on sustainability and community development. Ngoolark and Baldivis Secondary College now lead the way into the future as the finalists in the World Architecture Festival 2015, undoubtedly to be followed by other exciting projects which are yet to be completed, are in their early phases, or are yet to be commissioned. Other recent projects include: King's Square 2 The construction of KS2 by Broad is a 13 storey mixed use commercial office and retail building. KS2 is one of 4 new buildings in the first stage of the King's Square precinct, the redevelopment of the old Perth Entertainment Centre site. Designed by JCY, in association with Sydney based Crone Partners, the PCA A-Grade Commercial Office development has been designed to maximise daylight penetration and views, whilst also responding to environmental conditions to achieve a 5 star Green Star and As-Built rating and LEED Silver rating. Wesfarmers Court, Curtin University Curtin University's recognition to develop a student focused campus sees the Wesfarmers Court precinct to develop into the new 'gateway' to the Curtin campus, strengthening connections to the main, pedestrian avenues. The project consists of a steel framed structure inserted between the Curtin Business School, Angazi Cafe and the

Lance Twomney Theatre. The structure's large expanse, covers the entire courtyard to provide a framework defining a functioning courtyard with perimeter perforated screens and a fully operable roof canopy. The space has been dispersed with various loose furniture to allow for a versatile function area as well as the day to day social hub for students. Year 7 and Performing Arts, John Curtin College of the Arts (featured on page 66) This new Year 7 teaching facility has provided new accommodation for additional general teaching areas and associated student and staff amenities, science classrooms and additional dance studios. The design of the building has allowed direct connections to this central courtyard and the landscaped terracing that serve as a functional backdrop and amphitheatre for outdoor activities, teaching, social interaction and school performances. Current Projects: JCY are currently working on a wide range of projects including the Perth Childrens Hospital, Fremantle College, ECU Refurbishments, WA Museum CRC, City of Busselton Civic & Administration, Gilmore College as well as a number of multi residential projects for Lendlease, Psaros, BCG Developments, Foundation Housing, Access Housing, Department of Housing and Defence Housing Australia.

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With a client-centric focus, this locale continues to surprise



recinct on Ogilvie is fastly becoming a well-recognised address in the heart of Mount Pleasant and Applecross area. Setting a new benchmark for apartment living, Precinct on Ogilvie has become synonymous with style, class, premium living and custom-made amendments. This mixed use luxury project, developed by Norup+Wilson and project managed by Oracle Projects, will offer 34 high quality apartments over seven levels and 1808 square meters of stylish strata offices and retail space. When Builders Choice initially reviewed this project in September 2014, the project was well underway, with stage one on track for completion in August 2015.

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Now with stage one nearly completed, we revisit Precinct on Ogilvie in stage two. This development stage will consist of a 22 storey building, incorporating 212 apartments and a number of bars and restaurants at the ground floor and first floor levels. Norup+Wilson and Oracle Projects director John Norup plans to continue to set a new benchmark for apartment living, with premium finishes and an extensive list of optional upgrades helping to create a unique positioning in the luxury apartment space. “With the successful completion of stage one, we are now looking forward to creating and delivering a 22 storey building which will have all the world class facilities that you would expect for a high quality development and those facilities will be available

to Stage 1 residents as well. Currently we are progressing with plans to house a range of restaurants, wine bars and tapas, which encapsulate an elegantly designed double volume piazza. The outside dining areas within the piazza area will be under cover and we're planning some great artwork which will draw people in to have a look at the Precinct.” Progress on this project has been swift, with an innovative 'topdown' construction method utilised. This was achieved via piling the basements prior to the Main Building Contract. So when the Builder started on site they commenced with the ground slab and started building the floors up and then later commenced excavation of the basements beneath.

UNIQUE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR PRICINCT ON OGILVIE The air-conditioning system specified and installed by Aussie Air Projects at the Precinct on Ogilvy was designed specifically with limited ceiling space in mind to house the air-conditiong units. The Mitsubishi HI ducted systems have built in condensate pumps to remove condensate without compromising the ceiling height in the rooms. Each apartment is also zone controlled to give the apartment owners absolute comfort and control over each room. The commercial tenancies have their air-conditioning systems designed as fully ducted systems that have individual stand alone systems allowing each tenant full access and control over their system. Another inovative idea is the use of Jet fans in the basement car parks. The system senses the levels of Carbon Monoxide in the zone and ramps the fans up to freely move the air from the inlet of the car park to the outlet grilles and the far end of the car park. This eleviates the need for expensive ductwork. and grilles. When asked about the system, Aussie Air Projects Director, Dave Hughes reiterated the advantages of the car park exhaust system and the flexibility offered to apartment owners and commercial tenants alike with the type of units installed.

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“Not only has this enabled us to reduce the overall construction duration of the project by 5 months, but it has also provided savings on the overall building cost, which has allowed us to have extra spend on finishings such as bathrooms and kitchens to help bring the premium style of this building to life.” And the external façade has not been forgotten, playing a vital piece in the stylish and dynamic atmosphere of this building with no expense spared on the external elevations of the building. “The feature fins provide interesting aesthetics to the facades and the incorporation of the artwork into the front façade of the building will make the building a landmark in the area.” Not only will Precinct on Ogilvie be a landmark building, but is also unique in the residential apartment development spectrum as it delivers a level of customisation to purchasers rarely seen.

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John says, “the point of difference here is the ability for the apartments to be customised by the purchaser, to better reflect their own taste and make it feel like home. They can make their own colour selections and incorporate other changes to the apartments such as TV cabinets, supply of fridges, add power and light points and more. Whilst this is not normally available to apartment purchasers, at Norup + Wilson we manage the purchaser changes ourselves so it is not difficult to offer people choices.” With Norup+Wilson it's not only about style. It's about utilising construction methods that help them stay ahead of the game and

competitors. A prime example of this strategy is the use of light weight Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for external walls and party walls. This alternative provides an excellent thermal rating and will be a great benefit to the occupants of the building with reduced energy costs. “This is just one example. There are numerous things included in the development that a lot of our competitors just do not think about. We don't really want to educate them by providing all this information to them. Albeit the market needs to get up with what we are doing. Buyers are very discerning, educated and they know what they want. They need to be treated with respect and have choices.”

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Norup+Wilson believe in a client-centric focus, delivering a level of service and involvement that is unique in this space. They have allowed purchasers to inspect the project at various stages throughout the construction period and have also met with them to take measurements for their furniture and fittings. “It's been very enjoyable to have such a close relationship with our purchasers. Ordinarily they make a purchase and the next contact is final inspections and getting handed over a set of keys. At Norup + Wilson we want our clients involved and to have a buying experience that is enjoyable and hassle free for them. And we're glad to say we have a bunch of very happy purchasers.” “At Norup+Wilson we can say that with every new project we will try to do better than our last by continuously introducing new technology, new ideas and new products into the buildings. We're innovative and like to believe that we're changing the perception of apartment living.” With their consistent adaptation to better and new building methodologies, commitment to their clients and drive to deliver something above and beyond the market standard, Norup+Wilson are at the top of their game.

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LandCorp, Western Australia's land development agency, has a successful track record in redeveloping pockets of underutilised and disused land in established suburbs and enhancing local communities. Frank Marra, LandCorp Chief Executive, said these underutilised spaces offered a wealth of new residential development opportunities which are appealing to both new and local residents. “By revitalising some of Perth's best located established suburbs we can offer a mix of well-designed and modern housing opportunities. New residents are attracted to both the desirable locations as well as the diverse housing on offer that suits their lifestyles,” Mr Marra said. “The provision of high-quality and diverse housing choices in established suburbs also gives local residents who want to downsize their homes the opportunity to do so without having to leave their community. “The local community benefits from this development with new residents injecting a boost to the local economy while underdeveloped and often neglected sites are enhanced and integrated for the whole community.” Mr Marra said the transformation of Knutsford's 21 hectares into an urban community of 1,000 homes for more than 2,000 residents was being achieved through innovative master planning and design which was making the most of the prime location. Ideally positioned, Knutsford is within walking distance of the vibrant Fremantle city centre and is surrounded by a wealth of open spaces. This environment makes Knutsford a prime development opportunity considering Perth's growing and changing population.

Knutsford – Fremantle's Newest Sustainable Urban Residential Precinct



erth's residential property market is undergoing a fundamental shift in the types of housing being built in desirable, established suburbs, reflecting the demand for a new way of living across our city. This demand is seeing a range of different housing types, from townhouses to maisonettes to apartments, offering a connected, contemporary lifestyle close to shops, cafes and all the conveniences and services found in Perth's established suburbs. In the historic port city of Fremantle, on a disused parcel of land, the transformation of a former industrial site into a highquality, sustainable urban residential precinct known as Knutsford is now underway. Knutsford is one of LandCorp's exciting urban infill developments which are challenging our ideas on how and where we live in our city and realising the potential of prime locations.


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Monument Hill's manicured lawns, Stevens Reserve sports playing fields and the award-winning Booyeembara Park's 16 hectares of regenerated bush and parklands offer an unparalleled lifestyle for Knutsford residents, combining urban living with open space. Mr Marra said the development at Knutsford offered an opportunity for LandCorp to realise the potential in underutilised land in Fremantle, a desirable area where demand for housing is high. “The recently released State Government Perth and Peel@3.5 million report tells us that by 2050, 3.5 million people will be calling Perth home. We need to address this population growth today by building homes in locations where best-use can be made of already established infrastructure,” he said. “We also need to consider the changing demographic in the city. Perth's ageing population tends to be more active, with retirees having more disposable income, and being more likely to travel than ever before. Our experience is showing us that people are selling their larger family homes in favour of easy-care properties in central locations that are better suited to their active lifestyles.

commercial THE BUILDERS CHOICE “Knutsford addresses these factors through the provision of a diverse choice of housing to suit a wide range of buyers from families to retirees to single households. It is also positioned close to key infrastructure and services including educational, medical, retail and public transport facilities.” The exciting mix of housing being developed at Knutsford also provides affordable housing opportunities in Fremantle for those people who have been increasingly priced out of this sought-after community. Mr Marra said this was a key advantage of urban renewal projects where new homes, using modern design principles, allowed for more affordable housing than would usually be available. “While the lots sizes may be smaller and housing types include apartments and maisonettes, today's innovative community design which incorporates public open spaces means these developments are as attractive to families as they are to retirees and singles,” Mr Marra said. “We are finding the benefits offered by an urban inner-city lifestyle are attracting a wide range of people to our well-planned urban communities.” Delivering a vibrant residential precinct for more than 2,000 people within an established community requires a strong vision, one that is able to take into account the unique attributes and character of the Fremantle location while considering the needs of its new residents. LandCorp is achieving its vision through a 15-year development plan which will deliver a mix of contemporary housing options as well as new public open spaces integrating this new urban precinct to the existing Fremantle community. With multiple awards for its use of innovation and sustainability principles in urban infill and renewal developments, LandCorp champions sustainable land and infrastructure development practices and cutting-edge technologies in its projects.

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Creating sustainable communities that balance resource efficient design and quality of life for residents is a priority that is being realised at Knutsford. Strata dwellings will feature individual meter monitoring where residents can access their power use information on their iPads and computers and water saving initiatives can be seen in the water efficient fixtures and appliances in all homes. Mr Marra said the 4 Star Green Star sustainability rating achieved at Knutsford reflected the importance LandCorp placed on sustainable development. “Sustainable development is necessary when we consider the pressures placed on Western Australia's natural resources in delivering on Western Australia's housing needs,” Mr Marra said. “LandCorp works to achieve the highest standards possible meeting the housing demand for our growing population, in all our developments, and this year won the prestigious Urban Development

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Institute of Australia's Sustainable Urban Development award. “We are constantly working to achieve high sustainability standards and at Knutsford we comply with the 4 Star Green Star rating as well as applying sustainability requirements to the construction process.” The materials used in the construction of Knutsford must meet strict performance criteria and strict recycling requirements apply on site. Landscaping throughout the precinct is sympathetic to the local area with native plants used where possible and native trees providing shade to homes and the streetscape. The careful and considered planning behind Knutsford has helped create a new residential precinct which fits seamlessly within the surrounding established Fremantle community. Mr Marra said Knutsford was now in its second sales release and the development's success to date was due to the strong relationship between LandCorp and development partner the Knutsford Joint Venture.

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A FAB WAY TO BUILD MORE HOMES – PrefabAUS helps to solve the housing shortage in Australia



ustralia's current population sits at almost the 24 million mark, and is growing at an approximate rate of 1.4 % per annum according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2014. With the population expected to reach between 37 and 42 million by 2050, our cities are rapidly expanding to accommodate this rising population. HIA projections indicate that to meet the demand of our growing population, approximately 186,400 new dwellings are required to be built every year in Australia – with current construction figures indicating an annual deficit as a result of only 157,000 actual dwellings commencing per year. Currently we are

seeing traditional construction as the typical method that is being used to try and fill this demand. With a national annual shortfall of 30,000 homes and an additional 13,900 dwellings required per year in Western Australia alone, why is our need for more housing not being met…..and more importantly, how will this need be met? PrefaAUS

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One answer is building prefabrication. As a relatively new player to the construction industry, the uptake of this time-efficient, modern method of construction (as an

modular construction THE BUILDERS CHOICE alternative to traditional construction) could easily assist the industry in providing the dwellings required by the population. Prefab – short for building prefabrication – is the fabrication of any part of a building at a place other than its final location. It comes in the form of wholly prefabricated buildings, prefabricated rooms or pods, modular construction and components that are complementary to traditional construction. Adopted successfully in many countries (particularly throughout Europe) prefab offers many benefits. The building industry has already seen prefabrication deliver time savings, improved workplace conditions, supplier flexibility, improved building quality, reduced waste and increased sustainability performance as the main advantages over traditional methods of residential construction. The same also applies to the commercial building sector. In light of this, why haven't we seen the prefab industry thrive? In part, it is due to the industry's familiarity and comfort of hanging onto 'old' habits. In order for Prefab construction to take its rightful place in the building industry, the entire industry needs to work together to advance prefabrication, and make it more competitive and acceptable when compared to traditional construction methods. Prefabricated building needs to push into the construction and public mainstream the same way that traditional methods (such as double brick construction) have over the years. During the latter half of the last century the brick industry developed a strong campaign to promote the use of double brick in residential construction. We can see the success of this campaign in almost every suburb we drive through. This is exactly the sort of thing that the Australian construction industry needs to do for prefab building. We can take many positive lessons from numerous examples of successful prefab use in Japan, the USA, New Zealand and Europe. In Sweden for example, a large percentage of families live in high quality, fair priced, prefabricated houses. In Germany, their equivalent industry body has established display villages and show houses from different manufacturers, demonstrating that there is something for every taste and every budget, and that sustainable design is vital. In the UK, hotel chains such as Travelodge use modular construction for new projects, and often the fittings and furnishings are shipped in the modules. Recently, prefabricated student housing projects in excess of 20 floors have been completed. Fortunately, the Australian design and building industry is not without guidance on this growing method of construction – thanks to the inception and ongoing efforts of PrefabAUS.

Do you know what's new in new homes? As one of Australia's largest modular providers, Fleetwood's 40 years' experience makes it a national market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of modular and transportable homes. Modular acceptance has changed the way housing is developed, with many multi-storey apartment and housing projects in Australia now being designed and built as entirely modular by Fleetwood. The inclusion of bathroom, laundry and kitchen pods in projects ranging from single granny flat units to medium and high density residential buildings saves Fleetwood's clients valuable time and money. Apart from Residential Housing, Fleetwood also successfully operates across many other market sectors including Education, Commercial, Government and Lifestyle Villages.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE modular construction PrefabAUS, a not-for-profit organisation, is the peak body in Australia for the prefabricated building industry. Its mission is to represent, showcase and advance the industry through collaboration, innovation and education. Its members are from all areas of the construction industry – manufacturers, architects, engineers and researchers. PrefabAUS advocates for manufactured building by: Lobbying government to implement relevant policies that encourage the use of Modern Methods of Construction Being a key partner for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing Creating valuable connections for members with similar ambitions across the industry Collaborates with META (Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia) to drive sustainable economic growth and employment

Providing a forum to inform a wider audience of key advancements and research The interests of the prefabricated construction are well represented here in our state. Adrian Fratelle (Director of Fratelle Group) along with Peter Newman (Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University) are the Western Australian representatives on the Board of Directors of PrefabAUS. This means exciting times ahead for those who are part of the Australian construction industry. As an innovative nation, we should see many advances in the use of prefab construction within the country. These advances will see prefab become a much larger part of the construction industry's dialogue and deliverables. Likely, we will also see prefab help to reduce the predicted housing shortages within Australia.


The clever way to build… is with Smartsteel Traditional 'double-brick' construction of residential and lowrise buildings has its merits, but also has its downfalls. Outdated industry habits are now giving way to more efficient methods – and Smartsteel is leading this advancement. With its 50 year warranty, Smartsteel provides builders with factory-fabricated lightweight floor, wall and roof frames which are delivered to site…. ready to install! The inclusion of prepunched holes allows faster service installation on site. This all makes the construction process quicker, more controllable, and less dependent on site conditions. Smartsteel's light weight reduces transport costs, and its superior strength and ability to resist 300km/h winds makes it suitable for the northwest and remote regions.

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The GOOD OLD DAYS are gone... But Great Days Lie Ahead



here is a general acceptance that Perth is running out of unconstrained sandy 'A' Class development sites – especially as urban development moves down the southern corridor where higher water tables reside. These are the sites which land developers previously passed over in preference for the more unconstrained locations – but now they are taking a second look in the absence of better alternatives. From a simple site remediation perspective, modular and framed construction provides a better fit and a lower cost built form response to constrained sites. For double brick construction to sit on less than A class it still requires either a high degree of site remediation – imported sand, as much retaining and expensive, thicker concrete footings and more steel to mitigate against movement.


A great example of this is Cedar Woods' The Rivergums estate subdivision (Baldivis) and some of its other more recent land acquisitions – where some of the constructed lots can only achieve an 'S' classification. At The Rivergums, Cedar Woods still has plenty of 'A' Class lots. But there is a range of lots which are 'S' Class after remediation. S classification refers to a degree of soil movement, where expected settlement can range from 0-20mm of movement. The coastal plain in contrast, is generally A classification and therefore suits masonary construction. The prices at The Rivergums for the S Class lots are an average of $15,000 below surrounding competitor estate prices, to accommodate the additional build-cost of masonry on 'S Class' soils. However, if the lot purchaser was to build with light-weight construction on S Class, they can effectively pocket the lot price savings – as framed construction costs very little to build on these lots when compared to A class. This is why Cedar Woods has become a strong advocate for frame and panel homes at the Rivergums – because it represents the best value outcome for the customer. It is Cedar Woods' firm conclusion that both the development industry and the home buyer will be benefit greatly from the improved affordability outcomes that can be delivered by a more mature, mainstream and competitive 'light-weight housing' sector in Perth. “One of the ways to improving the diversity and competitiveness of ' framed housing' and seeing it get a greater slice of the pie, is to get more framed construction players in Western Australia”, says Karl White (Manager – Planning & Sustainability at Cedar Woods). “We have been working very proactively in this area for some time, by initiating a 'frame or panel only' display village, building a panel demonstration Home (which won the 2014 HIA Best Display Home

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE modular construction and Energy Efficiency Awards), supporting the Future Home Living panel display home, and promoting other frame homes throughout The Rivergums” “If I was to ask myself what is the best house and land package we can deliver in the future, it would be something like this: It would be located in one of Cedar Woods' Award Winning Masterplanned communities like The Rivergums; It would be panel or frame It would be located on a site which flows with the slope of the land, minimising the need for fill and retaining; Site conditions would, as close as possible, reflect natural capabilities and constraints of the land – where necessary intervention would be shared between both the civil works and built form responses; The house would not require artificial heating or cooling due to good design and thermal qualities and because off-the-shelf project homes start at 8 stars; It would look great with its Scyon cladding in support of the great support we receive from James Hardie It would be transportable modular – with frames and trusses built in a controlled environment where total waste can fit into a shopping trolley, and; Held in stock and delivered on site shortly after land settlement, reducing financing and renting costs during construction; It would contain an ancillary accommodation component to address the needs of the aging population, house the kids until they turn 30 or provide a supplementary rental income to improve affordability; and The combined affordability benefits of reduced land development costs, reduced housing construction costs, lower financing costs, reduced living costs and potential a supplementary rental income means the new owner is a low – moderate income earner – who could, otherwise not have afforded to own their own home….but now they can!

One of the homes that features at The Rivergums estate, is by Future Home Living, using proven and reliable panel systems which have been commonly used across Europe for over 30 years. With faster construction times, the homes are able to be built on concrete, timber and steel framed flooring substrates.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE modular construction During construction, there is a 60% reduction in site building rubbish, and a reduced carbon footprint due to low emissions during panel manufacture. From an owners' perspective, the homes are earthquake and cyclone rated, and are termite, rodent and rot resistant – making the home safer and more durable. The ongoing electrical consumption and running costs are also reduced due to the fully insulated cladding panels. Another significant contributor to the estate is Thompson Sustainable Homes – a Queensland company that now operates in Western Australia thanks to the involvement of Ian Holloway. As Ian reiterates, “Along the freeway running from Wellard to Baldivis (including Rivergums estate) are saturated clays in the soil. These blocks are then loaded with up to 2.5 metres of sand to achieve the required classification, and the engineers then ask for a heavy footing for double brick walls. This is adding $10-$14,000 onto the house price. With framed construction, there is very little additional cost”. “As well is savings in footings we also completed the first two homes in under 14 weeks. This provides major savings in rent, relocation, etc. This timeframe also included a complete fit out; airconditioning, blinds, lighting, living area tiling, carpets and internal painting. The other major bonus is the pickup of an additional 5% floor area because of the variation between double brick (with its 230 mm external wall) against framing which is a 90 mm wall”. “There are further bonuses and they are the advantages for the environment. The star ratings were in excess of seven. Waste is minimal – there were only two, 4 cubic metre bins used. Less concrete was used, timbers were from a renewable resource, and the home has less embodied energy. Heating and cooling is more effective because it acts like an 'esky' – you're literally only heating or cooling the air inside the building – so less overall energy is required”. It is evident that the Western Australian building industry is undergoing significant changes in the way it will deliver homes in

the future. With these changes, come changes in the buyer's expectations and increased choices. Overall, the buyers win, the environment wins, and the residential building industry wins. Not a bad outcome at all!

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Lightweight Timber Construction Heavyweight Solution For over four decades, Colli Timber and Hardware has provided the WA building industry and trade customers with a complete range of quality timber, building materials and innovative services – all designed to save both you and your customers time and money. And now we offer a complete lightweight timber construction solution including precision-engineered wall frames, roof trusses, floor cassettes and a complete range of associated building products. Quality builders involved in creating The Rivergums Estate in Baldivis for Cedar Woods Properties have already put us to the test and been delighted with the results. Ausco Modular proudly chose Colli to provide prefabricated timber wall frames and timber roof trusses for their modular display home and Thompson Sustainable Homes also chose Colli to provide timber wall frames and roof trusses for two timber framed homes they are building on the estate. For clients who are undertaking large or complex projects, you'll be pleased to hear that we also offer competitive pricing and our timely quotation service ensures that you can get onsite and underway with minimum hassle and loss of time. No matter how complex the roof, wall or floor design, you can be sure that our custom design trusses and frames will meet your exact specifications. No design is too small or large for our team and our trusses are available in both treated and untreated timber depending on your requirements. Utilising the latest in computer technology and boasting a team of design experts with substantial experience in truss design and manufacturing, Colli ensures that all of our prefabricated trusses are engineered to superior standard and quality. Driven by our philosophy that “We put our customers needs first, in all we do”, Colli ensure that our deliveries are always on time and are built to precise specifications and make use of only the highest standard in quality products. We pride ourselves on stocking a comprehensive range of quality building products. Our expansive and fully equipped store stock a full suite of building materials including cement, timber, plumbing accessories and brickies' hardware, all sourced from the industry's leading brands. We are proudly 100% Western Australian owned and operated, and understand the issues that impact the local trade and building industry. So, whether you're a builder, owner builder or professional tradesman, Colli Timber and Hardware has the right products for the job. To discover the best in customer service, range and value for money, we invite you to email us today at or call us on 9526 4200. We'll be happy to discuss your next lightweight timber construction project requirements with you.

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Family business takes a Modular approach Spagnolo Group applies progressive thinking to the current housing market


arc Spagnolo recalls that even at a young age, his family was already involved in the Western Australian property market. Marc took an early interest (at the age of 17) and has been selling and developing property since then. Spagnolo Group's main focus has been on self-storage facilities, land developments, and residential apartments. The company has been running for about 25 years and is entirely family owned and operated.

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This particular project began from an idea Marc had since he started to produce larger park homes for one of the villages the family company owns – as he could see that the quality and speed of construction where both improved significantly. Since the lot sizes in outer areas of Perth has decreased, the buying public are now wanting smaller homes with quicker build times. Marc strongly believes that the solution is to start building good quality modular homes. Once a land buyer has formal finance approval and title of their block, a modular home can be completed on that residential block much faster than in standard brick-and-tile construction. Also these modular homes are built in a controlled environment so the workmanship should always be perfect. The builder doesn't have any weather conditions to deal with and all contracts/trades have inspectors checking their work daily not just at the end of a project

– so any defects can be rectified at the time. The savings to the buyer also extend to site works, meaning that buyers have more money to spend on their finishes and fittings (such as a better kitchen for example). Another supporting factor for modular construction is that more of these outlying land developments in Perth are encountering poor soil conditions for traditional residential construction. Using concrete footings only solves that problem when the soil is removed and replaced with sand fill, and then compacted before strip concrete footings are poured in concrete. Brick and tile homes then simply sit on these concrete 'donuts'. In the case of lightweight modular homes, it only took Spagnolo Group 5 hours to have their block ready for the home to be situated on – as the home included its own prefabricated 'base'. Spagnolo Group (along with a large Perth builder) wanted to get into the house and land market so this project was considered a 'test run'. In doing so, Marc says that they have “had a few hurdles insofar as weight, and transport has been the biggest issue. This home had two modules, and each module weighs 32 tonne's having a length of 16 metres and a width of 4.8 metres. To overcome this the home was craned into position. Once this home was landed onto the site, we were onsite immediately – finishing off the home, including building the garage and large adjoining patio. It was all completed in 3 weeks after home was placed on site”. Regarding energy efficiency, the home also achieves a 6-Star rating. Moving forward, Marc say that the company will be looking at using framing for the whole home, but look at a light weight concrete bases so that it can eliminate the crane hire cost, hence saving the client more money. “I suggest people coming out to Baldivis to look at the quality and build of this home. Everyone that has been though it so far is impressed. We will be looking at house and land package with modular construction starting at $399k in the next few months”, Marc proudly says. SPAGNOLO PROPERTY GROUP 9525 7713

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Alternative Building Materials


n our second instalment of alternative building materials and what impact they might have on the Perth real estate market we are going to focus more on the end user, that being the home owner the project developer or the investor. For some of us, we remember the old brick is best advertising campaign that was mounted by one of Perth's leading brick manufacturers many years ago. The flow on effect at that time and the legacy it has left was purchasers, owners and developers all started to focus on brick as a preferred construction material, with the perception being anything that wasn't brick wasn't as good.

How they will influence the Perth market place

Meet our guest journalist Marc Drexel, a property consultant with over 30 years' experience in the industry. With a passion for engaged and connected communities and environmentally responsible outcomes. Marc specialises in identifying sites and advising his clients on the best developed outcomes. Marc also assist in coordinating proactive and accountable sales and marketing results for his clients. During the 30 years he has been in the industry he has been involved in some of Perth's leading projects and worked with many of Australia's most respected builders and developers. In some suburbs we saw the old jarrah weatherboard selling for less than the equivalent brick house even though they may have offered the same accommodation, finishes and block size. I'm pleased

to say the gap has significantly narrowed and as architecture evolves and the palette and choices of building materials expands we're seeing all building materials being looked at with

open eyes and little or no penalty being applied by the purchasing public. This bodes well to the various alternative building construction methods and choices now available within the market. If there is a trend starting to take traction, it is a desire to understand where materials come from, how much energy was used in their construction and delivery, how much maintenance will they require in the short and long term and at the end of the their life how recyclable are they, commonly referred to as a life cycle assessment. No matter what material you use, quality construction will always stand the test of time. ADVERTORIAL SUPPLIED BY CLIENT

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recognized by REIWA as the top franchise, marketing, and referral group on eight occasions. Ausnet has an extensive database of electronic marketing and customisable campaigns, and can use their resources to help give the developer a personalized service incorporating all aspects of the project. “In line with our shared vision, we will be able to guide our clients step by step with the 'one stop real estate shop' approach, supported by the Ausnet Group of companies, affiliates and industry partners helping our clients through their development journey,” says Marc Drexel, who is THE AGENCY'S Head of Projects. Drexel has a rich history in property consultancy spanning 30 years, and has a passion for working on quality development projects that are connected with communities. THE AGENCY Projects department will also focus on identifying development sites, as well as assisting in exploring the full development potential for various properties, working hand in hand to create project opportunities. “By working with

Ausnet's exclusive VIP client program, 'Club A', through workshops and key marketing programs, THE AGENCY Projects Department are able to assist potential developers to identify good development opportunities in the market, our property investment division is then able to match clients with prospective investments that will help them get exactly what they are looking for” says Ausnet's, CEO Paul Niardone. “THE AGENCY'S access to the entirety of Ausnet's resources, enables them to offer comprehensive services that are unlike anything else on the market right now. The variety of services available provides a comprehensive property development experience that is unrivalled by any other service.” Call Marc to discuss the services and opportunities we can offer to add Value to your developments and additional income potential. Marc Drexel on 0412 928 504 or 1300 AGENCY

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE alternative methods of construction Meet our panel of experts and their understanding of the drivers that will influence the building trends in Perth over the next 20 years.

Aaron Sice is a sustainable designer with a passion for applying the three cornerstones of sustainability: energy, diversity and future-proofing, to all projects large and small. Running his own practise for a decade he has worked on many exciting inner suburban projects. Anthony Pillinger is a trained Quantity Surveyor/ Project Manager and Registered Builder. Anthony has been a practicing Greensmart Professional since 2006 and his award winning company Swell Homes' work is largely composite construction, utilising conventional methods of construction for mass, and alternate methods for insulation and airflow. Phil Bertram has been in the business of creating and rolling out Property Investment Strategies for property investors for over 12 years. He has joined forces with Ausnet, WA's largest independent Real Estate Network, to fill a need for quality information in the investment field to clients wishing to purchase 'Future Proof' investment properties. Ian McGivern has a formidable breadth of industry experience and depth of construction knowledge which he draws on as Managing Director of The Goodland Building Company. Ian is the only multi storey residential registered builder who sits on the Master Builders Modular (Smart Construction) Committee and has recently successfully delivered a modular building. Cath Evans has over 20 years' experience in the urban planning and development industry. Underpinning her experience is a passion and desire to create vibrant and sustainable communities that retain a sense of place. Cath is also a current member of the HIA Environment, Planning and Development Committee, that advise on policy changes impacting the building industry.

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How do you think the market is reacting and is going to react to these changes? AARON SICE: The market appears to be reacting as if it's 'business as usual'. I guess at the end of the day, as a consumer, you want a choice; in previous years gone by, Perth-ites had little to no choice of building materials. I do see end-buyers still performing that dreaded knocktest, but then I also see endbuyers physically seeking out alternative products and almost 'snubbing' a double brick dwelling. Oddly enough, I'm also experiencing those who were staunch brick-buyers and builders starting to understand its limits with construction and insulation properties – possibly because the benefits of other materials are now becoming more obvious and apparent. However, I don't think brick and tile is going anywhere, anytime soon.

ANTHONY PILLENGER: Enhanced solar gathering, widespread household DC batteries, and residential oversupply would result in an explosion in electric cars. After this, these changes could well help shift our attention to even greater water saving. I am aware of recently developed composite products which comprise water filled walls for both ambient mass and drinking water. With energy self-sufficiency and oversupply to grid by residential houses, a collective drive for greater water efficiency would need to be encouraged. IAN McGIVERN: I believe the younger generation will have no issues with our changing

methods, as both overall cost and life cycle cost will partly drive the change. There appears to be an acceptance by younger people to change when factored with the environmental advantages. The reluctance of

lending institutions and valuation experts accepting alternative construction, against conventional construction, is starting to change. There will always be strong resistance from certain market sectors, as these groups have built a formidable business over many decades in bricks and mortar. PHIL BERTRAM: There has been a fairly negative reaction by many Bank Valuers to this change to date unfortunately. I have seen a number of cases where the valuation on a property has suffered as a direct result of the Valuer not considering light weight construction materials to be an option of comparable quality. For the most part however the market has been relatively open to it. Younger people have been far more receptive and in time I would anticipate that Banks and Valuers will begin to better understand the advantages in these alternative construction techniques. CATH EVANS: The Perth market has largely not moved away from the preference of double brick construction, as it is considered that this is more economical, has better resale value and performs well environmentally (better insulation and energy efficient). Further education and an increase in the awareness of the benefits of alternative construction techniques, in conjunction with the availability and cost of BRM's, will influence the market acceptance of these changes.

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Do you see any negatives coming out of these new trends? AARON SICE: Unfortunately, yes I do. New materials being used in somewhat inappropriate circumstances. End-user not understanding any care and maintenance issues from a new product. New providers of the endproduct not being in business long enough to effect a suitable warranty. However, these are the standard hallmarks of a new industry, just like Solar, Double Glazing, and Insulation etc. All these industries have overcome their downfalls and I am confident that as the construction market evolves, these issues will be better understood and avoided.

AARON SICE: One of the bigger benefits will be a wider pool of trades to construct a dwelling with – and a wider demand for different trades. There's real employment incentives when a new market opens up – which equates to more consumer choice, faster construction times, less interest paid during construction, a (hopefully) smaller carbon footprint and greater efficiencies – which means less waste, or waste that is more easily recycled/repurposed. Efficiency is the backbone of a good industry.

As they are lighter than conventional construction, they require less ground works and can be built on sites where previously the cost of ground remediation prohibited the construction. As higher density occurs, the cost efficiency in public transport improves; this will enable better public transport to be provided. This should slow down the urban sprawl and help alleviate the need for major capital works programs providing major infrastructure to our growing urban footprint.

PHIL BERTRAM: In many cases light weight construction reduces ANTHONY PILLENGER: Our build times significantly. This society's demand on fossil fuels results in less interest being would be drastically reduced payable by the client during (following residential electronic construction and less expenses to city vehicles being widely utilised). the builder, making a property These resources could be used more affordable to a potential more frugally and for services that investor. In the case of larger are not capable of being powered developments there are an by a solar powered battery. increasing amount of developments being built off site IAN McGIVERN:The use of light in modular form and then being weight construction provides assembled on site. This makes the better thermal efficiency, less process of constructing these embodied energy and faster build buildings much less disruptive to times. In general terms light weight the neighbouring residents. systems are recyclable and can be placed into perpetual service. CATH EVANS: Cost savings to the Modular prefabricated systems purchaser and better provide less disruption to the end environmental performance of user and neighbouring properties. buildings/ possible less waste.

IAN McGIVERN: As infill development occurs in the Perth CBD and surrounding suburbs, pressure will be placed on utility services such as sewer, water and power. These services will need upgrading, particularly sewer and water as the net is both at capacity and also ageing. Electrical services are not under the same pressure as water and sewer, as a result of new dwellings requiring less energy and the uptake of solar supply. This disruptive change


What are the flow on benefits with these changes?

however is placing a greater burden on electrical service provides as the income generated to maintain the supply network drops. This will have a cost impact on all users. PHIL BERTRAM: One of the negatives experienced by early adopters of prefabricated modular design was that the workmanship was not up to scratch, resulting in damage and warping over time as water and other elements penetrated the building's structure. Like any new technology it takes time for companies to build up to an acceptable and reliable delivery of quality. CATH EVANS: Not so much 'negatives', more challenges, particularly in the availability of skilled tradespeople in alternative construction techniques/ methods, and that can operate in the project home market, not just as a boutique business. Another challenge will also be educating the public that that alternatives exist that will allow the consumer to weigh up the benefits of a range of construction methods and materials, ultimately giving them more choice.

Future Vision Lightsview, South Australia Exemplar small lot housing and variable pallet of built form and material

We selected this project as a future vision case study as not only does it showcase flexible planning outcomes close to a major city but it celebrates affordable quality designed homes by delivering flexible choices in planning and most importantly in construction methodology. A walk through Lightsview reveals the outcome of design vision for this important inner-urban site: promoting fresh architecture and custom design. With 14 different allotment types on offer they have encouraged diversity across terrace and detached home designs – the diverse mix of design elements, colours and materials draw on the latest trends with a focus on enduring appeal, functionality and environmental sensitivity. From its energy-efficient design and construction to the large central private courtyard which enables light and ventilation into all living and bedrooms.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE training & development

Australian Vocational Education and Training Shines on World Stage


team of 26 of Australia's best young apprentices, trainees and students are celebrating an outstanding performance at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil. WorldSkills Australia's 2015 Skillaroos team proved to be fierce competition for the 58 other countries in attendance, earning a combined total of three silver medals, two bronze medals and eleven medallions of excellence: SILVER MEDALLISTS Harlan Wilton (Web Design), TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Joseph Pauley (Industrial Mechanics Millwright), Polytechnic West Jyothi Forman (Jewellery), Melbourne Polytechnic

MEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE Adele Di Bella (Pâtisserie & Confectionery), TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute Beau Kupris (Refrigeration & Air Conditioning), TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute Blair Watters (Car Painting), TAFE NSW Hunter Institute Dale Fisher (Graphic Design Technology), RMIT University Emma Hillier (Fashion Technology), TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute Hayley Parker (Hairdressing), Gordon TAFE


BRONZE MEDALLISTS Dylan Di Martino (Plumbing & Heating), Victoria University Sam Spong (Bricklaying), TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

Held from 11-16 August, this year's competition was the largest in WorldSkills' history. The competition utilised 213,000sqm of floor space – equivalent to roughly the size of 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Millions of dollars of infrastructure and resources

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John Reminis (Bakery), TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Kallon McVicar (Welding), TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Karl Davies (Automobile Technology), Federation University Nicholas Roman (Joinery), TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Samantha Johnson (Restaurant Service), TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute

and thousands of volunteers dedicating their time and expertise made the competition possible for close to 1,200 competitors competing in 50 skill categories. Albany-based fitter machinist, Joseph Pauley (pictured above) was surprised and honoured to win a silver medal in the Industrial Mechanics Millwright category. “When my name was called out as coming second place, I found it hard to believe,” says Pauley. “I knew I had done fairly well in the competition, but hadn't thought I had done well enough for second place.” The competition proved particularly successful for Pauley, who was also named Australia's 'Best in Nation'.

training & development THE BUILDERS CHOICE “When they were calling out the names for each country's 'Best of Nation' winner, it didn't even cross my mind that I was in the running. The person sitting next to me said, 'This will be you, Joe!' and I just thought, 'Yeah, righto – I doubt it!' I was pretty happy that I had done that well.” The 43rd WorldSkills Competition is the culmination of two years of dedication to professional development for the Skillaroos. Their journey started in 2013 with their medal-winning performances at the regional-level competitions. After advancing to the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, these talented individuals were selected to be part of the Skills Squad – a new concept WorldSkills Australia introduced in 2014 with an overarching goal of bringing the best team possible to the international competition. The Skills Squad spent several months training as much as possible with the aid of mentoring from WorldSkills Australia's team of dedicated Training Managers and Compatriot Support Experts. “When I first met Joe at the National Competition in Perth, I could see that he had some excellent trade skills,” says Peter Buttenshaw, who was Deputy Chief International Expert in the Industrial Mechanics Millwright category and spent the last year training Pauley. “Joe was extremely quiet and I think lacked confidence in his abilities. After working with him over the past twelve months, Joe has grown as a young man and his skills and abilities have developed unbelievably.” Both Pauley and Buttenshaw agree that Joseph's success at the competition were made possible in part by the ongoing support of Pauley's employers at Albany Engineering. “Sonny and the guys have been a great support leading up to and during the competition, giving Joe all the support he needs. “I think the skills and experience that Joe has taken back to Albany Engineering will be beneficial to his employer,” says Buttenshaw.

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What's next for Pauley? “My plans now are pretty much go back to work. I would like to do some more up-skilling in the future, and I'm also keen on staying involved in WorldSkills Australia in some capacity.” DISPELLING MISCONCEPTIONS In conjunction with the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, world leaders in vocational education and training gathered together at the WorldSkills Conference to discuss the latest issues faced worldwide by the sector. WorldSkills Australia CEO, Mark Callaghan also had a number of valuable meetings with industry leaders from around the world to discuss the issues each country face. “Raising awareness that vocational education and training can lead to viable career opportunities is well and truly a global issue,” says Callaghan. “University education continues to be the primary focus throughout the world, and a VET system such as we have in Australia doesn't even exist in some countries.” Callaghan asserts that competitions and events that celebrate trades and skills excellence play an important role in addressing the misconceptions of trade and skill-based careers and increasing the status of VET.

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“The benefit of WorldSkills is that it is a collaborative approach to the problem – it brings together industry leaders from around the world to talk about what works, what doesn't and what can be done to achieve better outcomes. While we continue to see an increase in the number of countries joining the WorldSkills movement, we are also seeing an increased focus on trades and skills via initiatives such as National Skills Week held recently in Australia.” Callaghan joined the 2015 Skillaroos as they were honoured for their achievements at the official launch of National Skills Week on 24 August. “We are very proud of the hard work that the 2015 Skillaroos have dedicated to their professional development over the last two years. We hope that their achievements serve to show other Australians and their parents that vocational education and training pathways are viable first choice career options.” To find out more about the 2015 Skillaroos and how the next generation of trades and skills talent will soon be following in their footsteps, visit:



The Duke of Carramar – A modern venue with traditional values


the public interest and was providing a much needed amenity to the area……and then by sympathetically changing the design and orientation of the venue to better suit the local residents nearby, we got the desired result”. The brief given by the Kapinkoffs to the project architect (Oldfield Knott Architects) was that the venue needed to be designed for the local residents nearby, and was to have a modern British theme. It also had to have an operationally focused design. The main aesthetic requirement was to take all the aspects of a traditional British pub and bring them into the 21st century. The Kapinkoff family wanted the venue to include all the features of those Westminster, Tudor-style venues, but modernise them. This meant including bulkheads above bars, having lots of exposed brickwork and plentiful wood, weathered and antique brass, booth seating, plush carpet, wallpaper and fireplaces. The final product now includes innovating lighting and design features such as the diamond LED feature ceiling above the restaurant. “It's definitely a focal point of the venue”, says Adam. “I also love the exposed brick, and if we did this again, we would have used a bit more”.


dam Kapinkoff is very proud of the latest member of his family – The Duke. Some might be mistaken for thinking that The Duke is a new sibling or child, but in fact it's the name of the Kapinkoff family's latest venue in Carramar. The Kapinkoff family company is well entrenched in operating hospitality venues in Perth. It currently operates 4 hospitality venuity for over 35 years, in both regional and metropolitan Western Australia, so it was just a natural progression for Adam to get involved. “Being a part of a family operation, I have been involved with this project right through from land acquisition until the first day of trading”, says Adam. “The project has taken a lot longer than we thought it would! The process commenced in 2007 with the acquisition of the land subject to liquor licence. Our original liquor licence application was unfortunately denied, even thought there was overwhelming support from the local community”. “The project had to endure two Liquor License applications and a Supreme Court determination before a Tavern licence was issued. By liaising continuously with the residents and proving to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor that this venue was in

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Frank Iemma (Senior Architect at Oldfield Knott Architects) since 1985 reflects on the project and its inception. “The project first came about in our office in 2007. The Kapinkoff family are repeat clients of ours, so we already had a good working relationship and understanding of how they operated. They wanted to develop what ultimately became an 1,100 square metre tavern with 3 areas – a Public Bar, a Lounge Bar, and a Restaurant – together with their associated courtyard/outdoor areas”. “It was very clear from the outset that the clients wanted a very functional and economic layout. Operations was important on their list of requirements. Visually, they also had a very clear direction, being the modernised British pub. They were keen to see us

incorporate lots of rustic finishes which included aggregate floors, timber and second-hand brickwork”. “We were subsequently engaged to provide the clients and their project with the building design, followed by the design of the interior, and then documentation and finally construction contract administration”. “The main challenge wasn't so much an architectural design one, but was one of approvals! The Liquor License grant process became drawn out, and ultimately ended up taking 6 years”. Frank says that the project's size is one of its greatest features. “Patrons feel comfortable as the internal spaces are not overly big, however they always looks full even at 50% patron capacity. Irrespective of the number of patrons, the


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venue and facilities are easily managed….so we think that we met one of the clients' main requirements” – And indeed they did! Overall, the Kapinkoff family is very satisfied with their new 'baby'. It is a testament to the family's clear vision and experience in the industry, married with Oldfield Knott's expertise and professional (and unwavering) commitment to is clients and their projects. And The Duke will surely provide the owners and their many patrons a great deal of enjoyment over the years to come – not unlike any new family member. As a final word on what the overall journey was like on this project, Adam says quite philosophically “Building large food and beverage venues is hard work but extremely rewarding!” A toast to The Duke!


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RAISING THE BAR – This new Bar and Bistro in Ashby gives the suburb a new local landmark



he 2,000 square metre plus tavern, the Ashby Bar and Bistro is situated on Pinjar Road in the northern suburb of Ashby, on the eastern side of Lake Joondalup. The venue has a 4 distinct areas – a 160 person Sports Bar with a TAB facility in it, the 200 seat Bistro and its South American inspired Garden Bar, a Liquor Superstore, and a Drive-Thru Bottleshop. Frank Iemma, Senior Architect for Oldfield Knott Architects says that the project first came to land in their office in 2006 when the firm was approached by repeat client, Endeavour Properties & Tenfold Investments (who also operate The Gate Bar & Bistro and The Brook). Frank, who has been a Registered Architect since 1989 and working with Oldfield Knott since 1985 has been directly involved in many such projects – but each with its own specific brief…and challenges. In fact, the Ashby may not have been at all if it wasn't for Oldfield Knott's experience in the area of hospitality design! For the Ashby, the client brief stipulated that they wanted a functional and economic layout to the new venue, with areas similar in size to the Gate Bar & Bistro. It had to appeal to the middle income belt, and have the design of 'a clubhouse'. This would have appeared to make the project relatively straight forward for the architectural firm.

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The tavern is one part of the greater Neighbourhood Shopping and Commercial Centre Site that also currently supports a service station. A supermarket, retail/food tenancies, an office building & a medical centre will eventually see the site fully developed. Ultimately, to bring a project of this type and calibre to its completion, Oldfield Knott applied many years of expertise, and fulfilled key roles in the creation of the venue – building design, interior design, documentation, and construction contract administration. The overall influences were contemporary, though the venue has a distinct Moroccan flavour to its interior. This gives it a character and feel that sets it apart from any other venue of similar size and function. Frank says that the terrace bar and courtyard area, and the building's vaulted ceilings and big roof are some of the Ashby's more notable features. That said, it would be remiss not to mention the 7 square metre outdoor superscreen. Materials include texture adding elements, such as slim face bricks, exposed aggregate concrete, and slate roof tiles. Additionally, rich fabrics in the Bistro add warmth and texture to the interior. Overall, the goal has been achieved – it looks and feels like a Clubhouse. From all reports, the venue is well patronised and as such has indeed been well received by the neighbourhood and local communities of the area. Oldfield Knott has successfully completed another hospitality project which it can add to its portfolio. It can also claim another satisfied client. Frank has been working in the specialty field of Hospitality for over 20 years. The Principal of the firm Ian Oldfield has owned & operated taverns and has intimate knowledge of all things Liquor Licensing. The firm naturally fell into hospitality after it was established in 1973.

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The practice not only undertakes commissions from clients in areas covering the hospitality industry, but also corporate, commercial, retail, research, public, tourism, recreational, multiresidential, aged person housing, institutional and fast food outlets. It presently has in excess of $1,000 million worth of current projects on the books and has a commitment to high levels of design, productivity and efficiency. Oldfield Knott's offices are located in Perth, Western Australia where commissions are carried out for local, national and overseas projects. To achieve this, the firm has brought together a highly qualified and skilled team of professionals and technicians. With two Directors and two additional principals in a team of over 45 Architects, Interior Designers and support staff, Oldfield Knott is well positioned to complete any scale or complexity of project. Each project's specific needs are analysed and a unique selection of Personnel is made. Directors select a team with the best mix of skills required for each particular project. Its greatest

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Taskers Falcon Apartments Delight in North Fremantle



empsey Gillespie Construction (DGC) is committed to construction of the highest quality. Falcon Apartments has recently completed, being stage one of the Taskers development in North Fremantle. The site is situated in a prominent position with panoramic views over the Swan River and Leighton Beach. The luxury apartment building consists of 51 high spec apartments. The clients design brief was to build the most luxurious apartment development in the Western suburbs, focusing on the highest standard of finishes and acoustics, to suit mainly local affluent downsizers. This was a design and construct project with the collaboration of Gary Dempsey and Drew Gillespie which commenced in December 2013, and completed in July 2015.

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The initial Development Approval (DA) was done by Architects Zuideveld Marchant Hur. The interior design was done by Akiva Design. The clients are Taskers Living. The Project Manager is Gary Dempsey Developments. Project description The finished building consists of 47 stunning apartments and four exclusive penthouses, built over six levels with 270-degree panoramic views over the river and ocean. Layouts include one, two, three and four-bedroom options all boasting large balconies. Architectural design has been done to complement the property's coastal surrounds and to take advantage of the West Australian climate. Features include a solar-heated mosaic-lined pool, sauna, fully equipped gymnasium, ground-floor cafĂŠ, located just 200m from the river, and a short stroll to Leighton beach front. The building also has a 30kw photovoltaic system to reduce communal power costs. Electric car charging facilities are available for all residents. The building also boasts a 6 star energy rating.


Exterior finishes and materials: The chosen method of construction was in-situ concrete frame structure with precast wall panels and curtain wall windows, finished in Alucobond and with an insulated Colorbond sheetmetal roof. Commercial double-glazing has been used for windows and doors, and the private balconies have frameless glass balustrades with marine-grade stainless steel hardware. Materials were carefully selected for various purposes, including resistance to corrosion and climate, aesthetics, thermal and sound insulating properties, and energy efficiency. These include: In-situ cast corners and columns – to eliminate visual joins and create a smooth seamless look. Alucobond cladding – chosen for various properties including low-maintenance, weather and shock resistance, ability to reduce thermal expansion, and a clean and consistent finish.

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Challenges and solutions There were a number of challenges in construction. DGC management stated that potential challenges and problems were considered and solutions created early on at the design stage, prior to any works commencing. During construction, frequent and open communication was also important for enabling good solutions to be developed quickly when issues arose. Specific project challenges included the following: Limestone caps over the site. This was dealt with by excavation and installing sheet-piling retaining on two sides of the site. Access constraints, including single access only to the southern end of the site. Good planning by DGC meant that road closures were avoided. Water mains required upgrading for the project due to the presence of a high-pressure gas main. This involved coring under McCabe Street and around existing services. Being situated in a residential area the risk for noise and disruption was present. This was managed though dustsuppression, ensuring the site was kept clean and operating during specific times only.

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Potential for traffic interference from crane use. To avoid this occurring, the crane remained onsite throughout. All of these challenges were managed without incident due to the professionalism, expertise and foresight of the construction team. Achievements Planning and communications: The project was completed ahead of time and within budget – a testament to DGC's good planning and continual monitoring. Open channels of communication and weekly subcontractor meetings to discuss matters of safety, quality and progress were given high importance. DCG believes in fostering good working relationships with subcontractors, and involved them in the design stage prior to works commencing.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE commercial Client relationships: A good relationship with the client is paramount to DGC. Formal monthly meetings were held with the client to keep them abreast of progress and developments. DGC management states that the company's “commitment to first class service has enabled the establishment of a trusting relationship with the client. We are committed to ensuring customer satisfaction from the initial planning to the final inspection undertaken by the purchaser. The builder personally undertook 51 handovers at Taskers Falcon, which ensured that customers were able to address concerns directly.” As with any project, client satisfaction is the final deciding factor as to its success. This has certainly been achieved in this project, with clients and purchasers showing delight at the finished product – no doubt as a result of DGC's commitment to good communication and to providing the best in every aspect of their projects.

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ased on a scenic site within the John Curtin College of the Arts campus, with views over Fremantle, the Indian Ocean and Rottnest on the horizon, this joint project between Emco Building and JCY Architects and Urban Designers, saw a new school facility come to life. The development of this new school facility consists of various elements, including the design and construction of a new, Year 7 facility, incorporating dance studios, classrooms and science labs and extensive architectural metalwork to the building façade. The external environment has been enhanced with landscaping and the

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creation of outdoor activity spaces which surround the new facility, facilitate recreational and performance areas and effectively create external classroom environments. John Curtin College of the Arts is a landmark school situated in Fremantle, Western Australia. It was the first school in Australia to offer theatre arts and dance as specialist subjects and has continued to provide specialised curriculum, extension and enrichment for gifted and talented Arts students and those identified as academically gifted. With such a rich history in the education and arts space, and the continuous preservation of the various architectural styles that form part of the overall building style, it was important that JCY Architects and EMCO Building took into consideration the institution's history, while preparing it for its future.

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The new facility has been developed with the intention to not only improve the learning environment but to also provide a natural flow and connection between the internal classroom and teaching areas with the external environment and surroundings. The site for the new Year 7 teaching facility is located on one of the many tiered plateaus surrounding the main school central facilities. The project criteria required it to be strategically positioned to simultaneously provide separation of the building from the sloping terrain, whilst enabling the creation of a central courtyard and amphitheatre setting reminiscent of the school's early building forms. The new facility has direct connections to the central courtyard and the landscaped terracing that both serve as a functional backdrop and amphitheatre for outdoor activities, teaching, social interaction and school performances, providing both teachers and students with a diverse teaching and learning environment. Construction of the new facility saw the utilisation of a refined building solution. This building methodology optimised efficiency when it came to the structure as it successfully avoided transfer slabs and unnecessary costly construction. This composition of simple and robust materials is elegant and finely detailed. Combining a simple palette of construction materials, the smooth finished neutral concrete panels contrast against the almost Mondrian style composition of the colourful infill panels. This project incorporated 'best practice' environmentally sustainable design and construction initiatives through the use of Our aim at Precast Innovations Pty Ltd is to deliver quality Architectural Precast Concrete products along with a high standard of communi- cation and service to Nicholas Aylmer 0416 134 414 our Clients.

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both passive and active building features and systems. To further enhance that nature of this project and its place in this historical institution, a Western Australian government initiative 'Percentage for Art Scheme' was leveraged. The objective of this scheme is to improve the quality of the built environment and the value of public facilities whilst creating opportunities for Australian artists through the commissioning of public artworks. This is financed using an allocated percentage of the cost of the project. As part of this project, several artists were consulted and two successful ones were selected to collaborate and contribute to this new facility. Artists Dawn and Philip Gamblen were evaluated to have what was considered the most interesting approach conceptually, thematically and visually, creating a sense of dynamic energy and liveliness through strategic placement of repeated forms. EMCO Building and JCY Architects and Urban Designers worked together to incorporate these artistic visions into the new building. They successfully delivered an outstanding array of work, which brought the new facility to life, including a sculptural veil that wraps the building facade, perforated patterns that encase the stairwells and embossed designs that adorn the concrete panels. All of which contrasted with the simple clean construction materials used for the main building framework. However, the most striking element was the complex folded screen developed from the simple geometry of the golden right

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triangle. Over 300 of these elements were installed and assembled over the building façade, creating a complex tessellation that ultimately delivers an intricate pattern. This stunning feature generates a constantly changing play of light and shadow and sense of dynamic movement. Simultaneously it serves as a façade sunscreen component. Not only is it extraordinary from a design perspective, but also it required extraordinary effort from a construction perspective. About the project, General Manager of EMCO Building Ron Keogh says, “The Year 7 Facility is testament to how good buildings result from good team work and mutual respect amongst the complete design and construction team. EMCO Building enjoy a positive and co-operative relationship with JCY and it was this relationship that ensured this complex build was completed within a tight timeframe and the college received this impressive new facility for the start of the 2015 academic year.” In addition, Glenn Russell, Principal of JCY Architects and Urban Designers remarked “This project represents an example of a collaborative synergy of architect and artist in the design of this wonderful project for John Curtin College of the Arts which is only part of the success. The quality and collective efforts performed by Emco Building and JCY Architects and Urban Designers, demonstrates a clear understanding of the architectural vision and a mutual interest in constructing a quality product for the school.” Completed in time for the start of the 2015 semester, this project has provided the John Curtin College of the Arts with an enhanced aesthetic, which stays true to its historical character. By marrying the great efforts of EMCO Building and JCY Architects, this new addition has greatly lifted the standards of the teaching facilities at the John Curtin College of the Arts.

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WestEnd Apartments: City Convenience without the hassle


he brand new WestEnd Apartments at Yokine have been designed specifically to suit city professionals, emptynesters, or simply those who want to live in comfort and style, while being close to the city and all it has to offer. The threelevel complex, located just ten minutes north of the Perth CBD and built by the Builton Group, is made up of two buildings which have five commercial/retail suites on the ground floor, and 36 one and two-bedroom apartments spread over the upper levels.


The builders and architects Builton is a Burswood-based design and construct company that comes under the leadership of Managing Director Troy Felt. The company has a reputation for delivering quality innovative building solutions in and around Perth. Its portfolio includes house and land packages, trendy apartments, commercial buildings, and mixed-use developments.

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The architect for the project was McDonald Jones Architects, a Subiaco based company with vast experience in commercial, residential, and hospitality projects. In this project, the builders and architects worked together to come up with a design that would suit buyers in the local region, and that would provide privacy, convenience and elegance in an attractive location. Apartment descriptions Location: Being only minutes from the Perth CBD and close to local amenities such as the Mt Lawley café strip, golf course, and public transport, the apartments offer the best of two worlds – that of the shopping and entertainment offerings of the city, but in a more congenial location that also provides its own benefits. The apartments are very light and roomy with full-size kitchens and bathrooms – characteristics that do not always feature in small inner-city apartments.

commercial THE BUILDERS CHOICE Interior: Inside, the apartments have clean lines and a light and airy appearance. A number of different colour schemes and layouts are provided to allow for varying preferences and tastes. Living spaces are open-plan, light and bright. They feature quality window treatments, fitted carpets and large sliding glass doors that open out onto private balcony/courtyard areas. Kitchens are well appointed and generous in size, with quality European appliances, stone benchtops, designer splashbacks, and ample cabinet storage space. Bedrooms are light and roomy, and come with carpets and builtin robes. Bathrooms have an elegant appearance and high-quality finishes and fixtures. The apartments come with underground parking, and a security system that includes keyless entry to the lobby for residents and an audio intercom system for gate and ground floor access. Good energy efficiency ratings have been achieved, with the Blythe Avenue building achieving 7.1 stars and Roscorla Avenue six stars, making both buildings compliant with government requirements. To explain the energy-star system further – buildings achieving six stars provide up to 25% savings on energy bills in comparison to five-star buildings, and are also up to 5°C warmer in winter and up to 10°C cooler in summer. Higher ratings of 7 stars or more provide even further cost saving and comfort benefits. This means WestEnd apartment residents can be assured of reduced energy costs compared to lower-rated buildings in WA. A particular feature of the apartments is shared stairway access from apartments, rather than the more traditional access from a shared corridor. Builton Managing Director Troy Felt explained that this was done to provide additional privacy to apartment residents and feel more like townhouse living. Main challenges and achievements Builton is a seasoned building company in Perth with many years of experience in construction in residential and mixed-use developments. Mr Felt says the project presented no major problems and that it all proceeded smoothly and according to Exterior: This mixed-use development consists of two separate buildings situated on the corner of Blythe Avenue and Roscorla Avenue in Yokine, connected only by a car-parking area. The buildings have a modern minimalist 'cube-like' appearance, and are painted in white with black highlights and detailing. External materials are a mixture of rendered painted walls, face-brick walls and lightweight cladding. Glazing used for the windows and sliding doors is 10.76mm thick laminate, selected for its noise-reducing properties, while balconies are fitted with glass balustrades.


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commercial THE BUILDERS CHOICE The design and position of the apartments means that owners or occupants can get to enjoy the spaciousness and privacy of a house, the convenience of a great location and proximity to the city, as well as the local offerings for shopping, entertainment and leisure. Sounds like a win-win all round really! And with capital growth and rental yields being relatively strong in the Yokine region, property investors could also possibly benefit financially by buying into one or more of these high-quality apartments.



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Background The Public Trustee Building and Law Chambers at 565 Hay Street were formerly one joined, rather uninspiring1960s office block, which unfortunately overshadowed the Cathedral Square and didn't fit well with surrounding buildings or contribute to the precinct's design framework. The aim of the redevelopment was to provide a remedy for the above challenges, and also create greater connectivity between Hay Street and the Cathedral, as well as improve the building's relationship to the streetscape and increase public interest and activity in this part of Perth. A 4-Star Green Rating was also required as part of the finished construction. For this project the decision was made to demolish the Law Chambers on the western half of the building (making way for the new City of Perth library), and reuse the remaining superstructure of the Public Trustee Building. The process involved stripping the building back to its basic structural 'skeleton' for redesign into a high-quality sustainable building tower offering eleven levels of courtroom and office space as well as ground floor retail and hospitality services. This method provided a number of advantages including lower energy use than would be the case for demolition and rebuild, as well as a savings on time and resources and less disruption to surrounding residents and business activities.

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he recently completed makeover of the 1960s office block at 565 Hay Street in Perth formed part of the redesign and redevelopment of the city's Cathedral and Treasury precinct. Redevelopment works have also included restoration of the old Treasury Buildings, construction of the new 5-level public library, upgrades to St. George's Plaza, and various other projects. ADCO Constructions, a highly successful building company that has had decades of experience in all facets of commercial, industrial and other types of projects, was commissioned to complete the internal fitout of the Hay Street building following completion of the base-build by Northerly Constructions. The client for the project was the WA Department of Finance, Building Management and Works (BMW). The Architect for the internal fit out is Parry & Rosenthal Architects. The completed premises will provide a new home for the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) with hearing and mediation rooms, judicial chambers and staff accommodation.

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Building fitout brief The brief for the building interior covered 7,700m2 of floor space, and included high-spec fitout for the following: Five floors of tribunal hearing rooms. One large hearing room. Four mediation suites. Twenty-eight offices for the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) judicial members. Six levels for staff and judicial offices. The project involved the extensive use of high-spec timber panelling and joinery, a highly sophisticated security system as well as the installation of detailed acoustic ceilings and partitions as expected in a Government building. Project Manager Tom Skinner of ADCO stated that the fitout was handed over progressively, level by level, to allow for the installation of client appointed AV, ICT and furniture contractors. Final handover was complete on 17th July 2015, with the SAT

commercial THE BUILDERS CHOICE beginning operations in their impressive new premises on 20th July. The SAT has entered into a 25-year lease on the premises, and is the first tenant in the Cathedral Square precinct redevelopment. Challenges The main challenge in the fitout involved overcoming site issues, such as minor discrepancies between base build drawings and actual on site as built dimensions, as well as ensuring the high quality standard expected of a Government building was achieved. These challenges were managed successfully by the team at ADCO together with the Architects and the consultant team, with the project being completed within budget and time deadlines.

‘‘Twenty-eight offices for the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) judicial members.’’ Achievements Mr Skinner considers the main achievements to be that of providing high standard offices for the Government on-time and within-budget, and attaining client satisfaction from BMW. Judging by statements made by the Finance Minister Bill Marmion client satisfaction has certainly been achieved, with Mr Marmion expressing his appreciation of the building's transformation. He stated at the official opening of the new State Administration Tribunal in July: “The innovative, repurposed State Administrative Tribunal building not only promises improved judicial service for WA, it marks the beginning of Cathedral Square as a vibrant new community and cultural centre for our city. I congratulate the Department of Finance, Building Management and Works in delivering this project to the Department of the Attorney General's design brief, and to the demonstrated high standard, both within time and budget parameters”.

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commercial THE BUILDERS CHOICE Certainly congratulations should also go to ADCO Constructions and Parry & Rosenthal Architects for their professionalism, expertise, and fulfilment of the project brief in every aspect specified. Features of the overall finished building The outside of the building is also impressive, featuring extended floor plates on some of the lower levels which provides a shaded colonnade for the ground level retail outlets. This section also has a terracotta façade that fits well with the precinct's heritage buildings, with its vertical and horizontal inserts subtly reflecting the cross symbols on nearby structures. Other specific features include a curtain wall glazing façade, integrated programmable LED light boxes that produce colourchanging lights and brighten up the region at night, as well as a 4Star Green rating, and 4.5 star NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) and energy-efficient lighting and mechanical services. Contribution to the precinct The new offices at 565 Hay Street have been designed to form part of the Perth's justice precinct, which also includes office accommodation for the Treasury and the Attorney General's Department, as well as the District and Magistrates Courts and the Supreme Court. The redevelopment of the Cathedral Square in St. George's Terrace is expected to create a new and modern hub for people to use in the city's heart that also celebrates Perth's history and heritage. It's anticipated that the Hay Street redevelopment will breathe life into an area of Perth that has so far been considered lacking in interest and vibrancy. By all reports so far, this project is a resounding success, and looks set to contribute toward revitalisation of the precinct for many decades to come.

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Innovative Secondary College in Baldivis Wins Design Awards



aldivis Secondary College is a new, vibrant and cutting-edge school catering for Years 7 to 12 students in the Baldivis region, south of Perth. The college is committed to excellence, interactive learning, integrity, mutual respect, sustainability and creativity. It was within this highly positive learning environment that the construction of the $25.3 million second stage of a $75.8 million building project was undertaken. The client for the project was the Department of Education. The company responsible for building management and works was Cooper & Oxley – a multi award-winning company situated in Jolimont that has over sixty years of involvement in the commercial construction industry. The project came under the leadership of Cooper & Oxley's site manager Adrian Hackett. Architectural design was undertaken by Perth-based company JCY Architects and Urban Designers.

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Project brief The brief was for the re-development of the existing community college, which included a two-storey arts and learning centre, new single-storey classrooms, and a physical education area, as well as outdoor courts and carparks. The design has been based on a contemporary interpretation of an Australian industrial shed or warehouse, while the overall school layout has been designed to create a community or village-like environment, where all elements of the school are linked in some way, such as through courtyards or walkways. The school currently has over 1,000 students, and the aim of the building projects has been to enable the school to increase its capacity further. The construction has been staged in order to minimise disruption to the school's daily operation, to provide a gradual connection between the existing and new sections of the school, and to allow for future expansion and growth in numbers.


Project description The re-development is constructed in concrete with structural steel framing, and cast in-situ and precast structural wall panels, and has considerable external metal cladding. Industrial paint in silver, charcoal, bright red, orange and yellow has been used to render the cladding and external walls, with sections of the building also being finished in complex custommade chequer plate sourced from China in red, green, orange and white. This unique plate material has the appearance of random placement and creates an artistic feel to the building. It is extremely long-wearing and resistant to rough treatment, and has also been incorporated into internal corridors for that reason. In general, materials have been chosen not only to complement the industrial-like design, but also for their robustness, durability and low-maintenance qualities, as well as to enable the construction to be completed within a tight program. The use of basic, bright colours was selected to reflect the safety-colour palette of industrial buildings. Sustainability has been incorporated into both stages of construction, and includes solar orientation, shading, insulation, water-harvesting and wind turbines. Landscaping includes considerable tree-planting to reflect much of the region's bush landscape. According to architect Will Thomson of JCY Architects and Urban Designers, the school has been designed to reflect the region, being “closely linked to the Baldivis physical, cultural and

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The school currently has over 1,000 students, and the aim of the building projects has been to enable the school to increase its capacity further. historic context, one being defined in great part by a long market-gardening and industrial heritage, underpinned by a strong community focused on sustainability.” He also states that “once the landscape is mature, the school will be defined as a set of warehouses in an indigenous forest setting.” Stage 2 of the project was completed on time and was opened by Minister for Education Peter Collier earlier in 2015. Project challenges Building in an operational school environment always comes with some challenges, and this project was no exception. According to Cooper & Oxley it required careful staging of works to ensure public safety and to minimise disruption to the normal function

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of the school. The company is no stranger to projects of this type and managed these aspects of the project professionally and successfully. Some delays were also experienced due the sourcing of materials from overseas. The window louvres for example were sourced from Germany, and not only had a long lead time, but were also late arriving due to delays in shipping. Cooper & Oxley states that the team managed this disruption “by removing the louvres from the critical construction and installing them after practical completion.” Another challenge was that of the unique chequer plate, which was sourced from a single supplier in China. This material came in a range of complex shapes and sizes, and placement of

the tiles had to be carefully coordinated off-site prior to its final installation. Achievements and successes Despite the challenges along the way, the project was successfully completed on time and within budget. However, as always, the main factor determining the success of any construction project is that of satisfied clients. Satisfaction has been thoroughly achieved in this project, with the school now providing a vibrant environment with modern learning resources for its students, and Principal Keith Svendsen describing the facilities as “outstanding.”

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The college has won an Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) award and a sustainability award, and a Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Australasian Education Facility design award. It has also been selected to be a finalist in the completed schools category at the World Architecture Festival in November 2015. The coordination between the builders, the architects and the clients on this project has clearly produced a very successful finished product, one that should endure for a long time to come and continue to provide a positive learning environment for current and future secondary school students from this part of Western Australia.

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Project brief The project brief was to construct a meditation and teaching space as an extension to the Kadampa community's existing property, which was a large early 20th century home on a site that had been reduced from its original size due to a previous subdivision. The property provides a residential space for community members, and is located in a built-up urban area surrounded by other residential and commercial properties. The brief came with quite specific architecture requirements that would be in line with the intended use of the space. There was also a requirement to separate the space from the residential home and surrounding activities and distractions, and to establish the meditation centre as an independently functioning space. Builders and architects Construction was carried out by Osborne Park company Core Developments and Construction (Core WA), owned and run by Darren Johnston, who emigrated from the UK in 2006 bringing his construction expertise with him. Core WA is committed to high quality construction in extensions, custom homes and commercial construction projects, and has a particular focus on sustainability, energy efficiency and reduced waste. Architectural design of the extension was undertaken by Bernard Seeber Architects in Fremantle, a company with a broad range of projects in its portfolio. Project construction There was a limited amount of space available for the centre due to a sewer easement on the northern boundary and street-front setback on the south side. The extension was carried out on the east and west sides, with a walled enclosure being built to separate

Meditation Centre a Surprise Hidden Retreat in East Fremantle



he Dharmapala Centre, owned by the Kadampa community and run by volunteers, is a Buddhist philosophy teaching and meditation centre in East Fremantle that adapts its teachings for a modern clientele. Staff at the centre offer classes, courses and retreats designed to give students the skills required to attain greater peace of mind and happiness, using methods they can incorporate into their modern busy lives. While the Kadampa community owned a residential home on the site in East Fremantle, they were using rented premises for the meditation sessions, and desired a space of their own that would incorporate a design that was sympathetic to and compatible with their philosophy, activities and core values. This led to the construction project.

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the centre from the residential space and provide a clear sense of independence, as required by the clients. The finished centre includes a large timber-lined space for meditation that can be opened out along one side into the walled enclosure, as well as a bathroom, kitchen, entry area and Dharma gift shop section. The side opening and roof openings allow in light, and provide ventilation. Specific features include a copper-lined door, window shutters and intricate geometric-patterned ironwork on windows and external doors. A strategically-located mirror also aids in the management of the internal space. From the street, this property looks like a residential home, other than the sign out the front indicating it is a meditation centre. Project challenges The home is situated on a small-ish and rather complex site. Size and other restrictions meant that the design and


construction teams certainly needed to think outside the square to provide a solution that would meet the client's needs, which led to the decision to build the centre in its current location on the block. Core WA describes it as being a “very tight site with a shared driveway.” According to the company, specific challenges included removal of the existing swimming pool and working around the main sewer, which resulted in the need to pile the site. Bernard Seeber Architects describes it in this way: “Planning and design referred to the core values of the Kadampa community through complimentary spatial clarity and appropriateness, while creatively occupying a restricted complex site.” Despite the restrictions on the property, the fact that the teams involved arrived at a workable and aesthetically pleasing solution is testament to their expertise and creativity. Successes and achievements As well as providing a peaceful and tucked-away meditation space for the clients, the project also won the Iwan Iwanoff Award for Small Project Architecture.

This award is for the most significant project for the advancement of architecture in the small architecture category. To provide some background, Iwan Iwanoff was a Bulgarian architect who studied in Europe and then settled and worked in Perth, building his own house in Floreat to experiment on with different styles and materials. This award is certainly a prestigious achievement for Bernard Seeber Architects and for Core WA, as it showcases the ways in which creative solutions and good design and construction can be arrived at even in highly restrictive situations. The Dharmapala Centre is now in full swing. Full use is being made of the space, with the centre offering weekly classes and support for the local community, indicating that this has been very successful project for everyone involved.

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Luxury Style and Family Living Combine at Peppermint Grove


ust a short distance from the Esplanade at Peppermint Grove, and overlooking the Swan River with views of the city skyline, is where you will find this architecturally-designed 1,100sqm luxury mansion built by Signature Custom Homes. This beautifully constructed home combines resort living with artistic style and quality workmanship in every minor detail throughout, without any exception or compromise.


The clients and their brief The clients, Simon and Donna Jackson, had seen a number of homes built by Signature Custom Homes and were so impressed by the quality of workmanship and attention to detail that they realised they wanted one of their own. The home was to have a unique look, and to incorporate some of the design elements the Jacksons had experienced during their time in Canada.

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They were actually based in Vancouver during the project, and were making occasional short trips back to Perth, which meant that most of the communication with the Signature Homes team happened remotely – either online or by telephone. This also meant they needed to be able to put their trust completely in the design and building teams from start to completion of the project. Signature Custom Homes' director Dave Steadman and the building team kept the Jacksons informed all the way through. This meant they were able to see the project go from a concept on paper to a building skeleton and then to a fully formed home, without being present for much of the time during the process. The builders and architect Signature Custom Homes is the luxury arm of the Steadman Building Group, and is involved in the design and construction of


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Stone Suppliers Perth Natural and engineered stone products from the specialists “We had a tremendous level of trust and belief in the Signature Homes team. We are absolutely thrilled with the result. The quality of the workmanship is secondto-none. It is this detail and quality that separates Signature Custom Homes from its competition. We are delighted with our house and throughout, our relationship with Signature Homes has been outstanding.” unique one-off properties. The company strives for perfection in every tiny detail of its projects, and has won a number of design awards, including Custom-built Home of the Year, Award for Innovation, and New Kitchen Project of the Year. The architect for the project was Gary Keen of Gary Keen Design – a North Fremantle company with very high standards and with many years of experience in commercial buildings, residential homes and multi-storey apartment projects in Perth. Home description Exterior: External features and finishes of the home include polished plaster, stone cladding, drystone piers, texture coated render, low-pitch tiled roof, expansive use of glazing, and an American oak front door. Driveways and walkways are made from washed aggregate and basalt tiling and paving.

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residential THE BUILDERS CHOICE Outside areas include terraced garden beds, a sunken fire pit, a large fishpond, a basalt stone-tiled pool and spa with its own stone pool house, basalt paved areas, two alfresco areas, an artistic staircase with basalt stone treads, and spaces for four cars in the two double garages. Interior: Once inside, it's clear this home has been built for luxury and comfort, fun and family living, working, studying, and plenty of entertaining – all in the one property and incorporated over three levels. Basement – this level is designed for recreation, relaxation and entertainment. It includes a guest suite, games room, gym, sports bar, impressive temperature-controlled wine cellar, and a theatre room with tiered seating. This level also features one of the alfresco areas, which leads out to the pool and spa. Second storey – this is the main living, dining and working level, and includes both formal and informal spaces. The formal living and dining area includes huge two-storey glass windows and a built-in bar, while the informal living area comprises a casual dining space and two separate living areas. It also opens out to the second alfresco area, which comes with its own heater, barbecue, wood-fired pizza oven, fridge and icemaker.

Particular features: Some of the special features of the home include: A lift to all levels. A communications room which provides fully programmable sound, video, lighting and security. A timber screen to the kitchen in aged oak. Custom oak doors. A 'drop zone' with cabinets for the kids to use for their sports and school gear. Floor finishes include lime-washed burnt oak floorboards, plush carpet upstairs, and natural stone tiles in wet areas. Challenges and achievements As the clients were based for most of the time in Vancouver, they needed to be able to place their full trust in Dave Steadman and his team. This was also the biggest and most complex single home project that Signature Custom Homes had undertaken up to that point.

There is even a butler's pantry with top quality appliances including Sub-Zero fridge and freezer, and food preparation and storage areas. Kitchen features include stone benchtops, oak breakfast bar, lacquered cabinets and scullery. Mr Jackson's office is also on this level, and has been designed for overnight conferences to take place without disturbing the rest of the household. Top level – upstairs is the sleeping area. It includes a master suite which comes with a customised bed with retractable television, and an ensuite with stone-topped vanity, freestanding bath and shower with frameless screen. There is also a private balcony and some great views of the river. There is a children's wing on this level with four bedrooms, each with its own ensuite and walk-in robe. The kids' area also comes with a lounge area for the family's three sons and a private balcony area for their daughter.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE residential Mr Steadman said that the trust placed in the team from the beginning came with an “enormous weight of responsibility for myself and my team to deliver on promises and fulfil their trust.” According to the clients, this has more than been achieved “We had a tremendous level of trust and belief in the Signature Homes team. We are absolutely thrilled with the result. The quality of the workmanship is second-to-none. It is this detail and quality that separates Signature Custom Homes from its competition. We are delighted with our house and throughout, our relationship with Signature Homes has been outstanding.” It certainly seems that Signature Custom Homes has lived up to its own standards of excellence and aspiration to perfection on this unique Peppermint Grove residence!


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Exceptional Port Coogee Canal Home Dazzles and Delights



esign and building company City Beach Exceptional Homes likes to live up to its name. The company's aim is for all its projects to be unique and exceptional, and to “stand out on their own.” Certainly this has been achieved with this unique home in Othello Quays Port Coogee. The home is positioned on the edge of the canal on a man-made island, and is apparently attracting a lot of interest from passers-by due to its striking red and white façade and minimalist appearance. According to owner and manager of City Beach Exceptional Homes, Brian Connor, the clients are extremely happy with the finished result. Their new abode has provided them with what Mr Connor calls a “lifestyle home” that is flooded with natural light and provides some great views across the water to Rottnest Island.

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Project brief The brief was for a custom-built low-maintenance and spacious family home on the Port Coogee canals, with a northern aspect to allow access to the canal and to take advantage of oceanic views. The clients also wanted a large garage area not only for cars, but also for storage of surfboards and kayaks and to provide easy access to the water. Home description The building: This is a three-level, four-bedroom 650sqm home which includes a full basement that is 250sqm in size and has enough room for five cars. The basement garage can be driven down into from street level, and can also be opened out onto the back canal – a feature which enables boat servicing and which also allows in extra filtered light.


The building has been oriented to take advantage of natural light and sunlight for warmth, which reduces the need for artificial light and heating. During winter, the floor absorbs heat from the northern sun, while in the warmer months shading and natural cross-ventilation are used to cool the house, reducing the need for air conditioning. Interior: The inside of the home has an uncluttered simplicity about it, with bold colours adding a sense of playfulness, and natural materials creating a sense of warmth and comfort. The main level includes living and dining areas, games room and a north-facing alfresco area, while the bathrooms and bedrooms are on the upper level, where there is also a balcony with glass balustrades. The interior of the home is light, spacious and modern, with quality finishes and fixtures. Finishes in the kitchen area include glass splashbacks and dark timber to add warmth. Bathroom finishes include bold red for the walls and large mirrors to create a feeling of space. Natural stone flooring has been used to add a warm texture.

High ceilings and the extensive use of low-e glazing – including three-metre high glazing across the rear of the house – allow in plenty of natural light and provide 180-degree views across the water. Exterior: Angular shapes have been incorporated into the façade which frames the front of the house, while a black blade wall that runs from the street front to the centre of the home provides strength to the structure of the building and also makes a bold statement. Materials include textured rendering and ebony stone facebrick boundary walls, polished plaster, and striking red and white feature



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THE BUILDERS CHOICE residential Project challenges Weather conditions: Being positioned close to the Southern Ocean meant that materials had to be carefully selected to suit the climate. This required using hardwearing materials and applying special treatment to steelwork. It also meant that there was a need to avoid the use of any timber linings, and to take steps to weatherproof the house to protect it from leakage. Sunken garage: In this design, the clients wanted a garage on the bottom level, but also desired that the main level access be close to the street. This led to the need to excavate to create a basement-level garage below street-level. The design is also unusual in that the basement is of a full size rather than partial, as is often the case with excavated lower levels. Mr Connor said this presented some challenges, but managing it was really only a matter of good planning to achieve the desired outcomes. Successes and achievements As well as good management of the challenges, there are numerous successes in this project, including:

Alucobond – an aluminium composite material that is practical and eco-friendly as well as beautiful. Materials were selected for lowmaintenance and also for the contrasting appearance between the rough/textured and the smooth/bright. Other features of the home include a pool, private jetty, and low-care waterwise landscaping.

The home's eye-catching appearance, which is, according to Mr Connor, creating quite a bit of public interest, with people “stopping to take a look.” Achievement of a home that meets not only the clients' brief for a light, bright and modern home with views and access to the water, but that is also low-maintenance, especially considering how close it is to the ocean. Construction was completed much more quickly than anticipated, taking around 15 months, with handover occurring six months ahead of schedule. Mr Connor said the positive comments from the owner's friends and associates on the quality of the finishes were very reassuring. “We strive to raise the bar with each home we build.” The building company is particularly pleased with the black blade wall at the front of the home, the basement garage, and the way the northern sunlight filters into internal and external living areas overlooking the canal and private jetty. Lastly, the clients are over the moon with their new home and lifestyle – which is what really matters in the end when it comes to the delivery of the finished product! They report being particularly happy with the home's spaciousness and uncluttered nature, as well as the pool, alfresco area and canal access. City Beach Exceptional Homes has been written up in several publications for its unique and stunning designs and use of natural materials. Certainly the achievements in this project show that the company has lived up to its own standards and its reputation with this home-on-the-water at Port Coogee.

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Custom-Built Classic Home in Mt Claremont Meets Expectations


ituated at the top of a hill in Mt Claremont with great views of the city stands this custom-built classically styled family home constructed by Princi Homes. The two-storey four-bedroom home has a number of special features throughout and really stands out in its position on the quiet street. The project brief The client is a real estate investor who purchased the block several years ago. He met Antonio Princi through a mutual friend, a real estate agent who was selling a property built by Princi Homes – a family-owned business based in Malaga that specialises in all areas of home construction and believes in providing the highest possible quality of service to all its clients. After viewing the property, the client decided that he wanted a similar home for his block of land. He met with Antonio and his son Anthony and hired Princi Homes to undertake construction of the home.


Home description Materials and external features: The finished home is over 460sqm in size, inclusive of outdoor living space such as the patio and alfresco area and the three-car garage. The home is constructed in double-brick with concrete

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footings and floors. Treated pine has been used for the roof structure, with Monier Horizon roof tiles. External walls have been plastered and coated with Dulux texture coat and finished with a double coat of AcraTex texture paint. Glazing has been done with VLam Hush glass – a glazing material with high noise-dampening properties that belies its thin and light appearance. A particular feature of the home are the pre-cast mouldings to all external openings and roof lines, chosen to create the timeless classic appearance that the client wanted. Outside the house, walkways in washed aggregate concrete with built-in garden planters overlook the home's alfresco entertaining areas. There is also a security camera system that covers the boundary and the entry point of the home. Internal features include: Grand entrance area and sweeping staircase with wrought iron balustrades and American oak handrails. Modern kitchen with gloss and semi-gloss pro-form cabinets, natural granite benchtops, impressive 3.6m-long breakfast bar and a two-way pantry that can be stocked with groceries from the garage passageway entrance. There is also a scullery area with modern appliances, including two under-bench ovens, a steam oven, and induction and gas hotplates. Alfresco area overlooking the yard with a six-burner barbecue and commercial rangehood, making it ideal for entertaining.

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Living areas downstairs as well as an office or study room, guest bedroom suite, and a large home theatre with ensuite that could double as a master bedroom suite if required. Laundry with full-height tiled walls, full-height cabinets and drying areas. Two large storage rooms lined with custom-built shelving that can be accessed from the garage entrance passageway. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with walk-in robes and ensuites and a master bedroom suite with sitting area. Spacious bathroom with dark-coloured tiled floor and freestanding bath. Ducted vacuum system to both levels. Internal security system.

Flooring differs throughout, with carpeting to the upper levels, theatre room, office/study, guest bedroom suite and the upper part of the staircase. Downstairs, the main floor is laid in polished tiles in a light earthy colour and the first five steps of the staircase are finished in dark-coloured granite. A particular special feature of the home is the use of sliding doors for most of the internal door openings. These doors open and close by sliding into the brick cavity walls, which means that most of the internal doors do not need to swing into the room space. Overall, the home has achieved a six-star energy rating which means it should be comfortable to live in even during a cool, wet and windy winter or a scorching hot summer.

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Challenges and achievements Princi Homes has been in operation since 1992 and is very experienced and accustomed to providing high-quality homes in the Perth region, so there were not too many challenges in this project. The only challenge was that of getting the custom mouldings to fit properly to achieve the distinctive but classic look that the client was after. It's evident from the finished product that the team managed to overcome any difficulties that this presented. As for achievements, Mr Princi said the main one was the quality finish that was achieved. “It's clearly visible throughout the entire home.� He also considers that the high level of client satisfaction is what makes this project such a success.

Overall, the home has achieved a six-star energy rating which means it should be comfortable to live in even during a cool, wet and windy winter or a scorching hot summer.

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“This project was a success due to the fact that the client was very pleased with the quality finish of the home and was satisfied with our customer service throughout the overall construction process,” he said. “The home was completed within a time-frame of 16 months, which was also very agreeable to the client.” The Princi Homes team is currently working on a number of other projects in the surrounding area and Mr Princi says every project is rewarding as each new custom home construction offers the opportunity to turn a client's idea into a unique and comfortable living space.

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nyone who's ever bought an odd-shaped piece of land and been told “you can't build on that!” must not have come across the builders and architect involved in this unique and unusual three-sided home in Mt Lawley. The building has been designed and built to suit its tiny triangular-shaped lot and to maximise every bit of usable space, while providing the clients with the privacy they desired.

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Builders for the project were BE Projects under the leadership of director Troy King, with Simone Robeson from Robeson Architects doing the design work.

It was also necessary of course to work closely with the council and owners of neighbouring properties to gain the necessary planning approvals for this unique project.

Project brief Clients for the project – a professional couple – were also the architects for the building, which was to provide them with their new office for the architectural business on the ground floor, living space above and a spare room with its own bathroom. The list of desires for the building included views to the outside – Hyde Park is close by – balanced with a need for privacy, and for the building to be minimalist in style with plenty of internal spaciousness and a luxurious feel. The clients contracted BE Projects to do the construction work – a company that is dedicated to meeting clients' needs and with plenty of experience in buildings that are efficient as well as innovative.

Finished result The completed project consists of a 28sqm home office accessed at street level, and a 70sqm living area above with a striking cantilevered triangular-shaped balcony which lines up with the site's apex corner. The home was designed economically, with savings in some areas allowing for the desired luxury finishes in others.

Project challenges This was no ordinary or standard build. The shape and size of the block at 180sqm presented challenges in itself. It is also positioned in a very busy area only a few minutes from the city, has an easement at the rear boundary, and is very close to power lines. According to Mr King, all this required a “careful and deliberate management process.” He also says that modified scaffolding was required for good safety management, due to the proximity of the power lines.

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Exterior: The exterior uses brickwork for the lower office level, while the upper living level is made up of sharp geometric shapes and has been rendered in polar white. This level also includes a projecting steel-box window with one-way glass, which allows the owners to see out while maintaining their privacy. Low-e acoustic glazing has been used to dampen noise from outside. The boundary wall has been painted with a rather hypnotic mural by a local artist, adding an extra creative flourish to the property. Interior: The inside of the building almost brings Doctor Who's Tardis to mind, in that it appears quite remarkable that it could have such a


spacious interior! The main living and dining area is minimalist, open-plan and spacious, while also possessing a sense of warmth and comfort. There are no cluttered or cramped areas inside, and there is also plenty of storage – which includes a low cupboard in hoop pine plywood right along one wall for books and magazines, and use of the under-stair space for storing the couple's pushbikes. Internal materials, fixtures and features include: Custom-steel for balustrading and steel-box window. Ebony-stained LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) beams for the stair treads. Flooring – burnished concrete flooring displaying varying colours and textures in the living areas, achieved by using a careful process while finishing the wet concrete and carefully sealing it with a natural oil. Hoop pine plywood used for panelling, cladding and for inbuilt furniture. Ensuite – charcoal mosaic tiles have been used throughout. There is also a custom mirrored storage cupboard to add a sense of space, a clear skylight above the shower for stargazing at night and Rogerseller plumbing fixtures. Kitchen – includes 2-pac polyurethane for cabinet fronts, matt ivory tile splashback, and an island bench with a polished Nero Marquina marble top. This is complemented by a marble table with black steel legs that fits into the island bench when not being used. Miele and Smeg appliances have also been installed. Glazing – clever use of low-e glazing has created a very light and airy interior. This includes a stunning waterfall skylight window above the staircase that adds a luxurious tone to the building.

design and construction have been cleverly and expertly managed to achieve what the client wanted in every minor aspect and detail. Mr King considers the main achievements to be the fact that the clients were satisfied with the results, and that they felt able to go away a couple of times during construction – which shows the level of trust that had developed in the relationship. He is also particularly proud of the unique waterfall window above the stairs, and the honed concrete floor which adds a warmth – unlike so many concrete floors which can be cold and hard in appearance and feel. The clients are obviously very happy with their office and abode, which certainly showcases their belief that it is possible to affordably develop small odd-shaped lots into spacious, innovative buildings. It also provides them with an excellent advertisement for their architecture business, which is now being run from the very office built by BE Projects.

The home has a number of inbuilt furniture pieces that have been designed by the architect and builder throughout the process. The clients have also added their own furniture to match the home's interior. Successes and achievements There are so many successes in this project it's hard to know where to begin. On a site of this size and position just being able to meet the clients' brief leaves little room for error! Both

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