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profile

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EXPO 2018 - Showcase Wesbuilders July Expo and members

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Cutting-Edge Civil Contracting... with Pave-Mix

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Contents from the team

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Latest news from The Builders Choice Magazine

Boutique Architecture... with Neil Cownie

design ideas

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

profile

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Up Close + Personal with Managing Director, Andrew James

training & dev

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Home with a view – Luxus Homes

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Pemberton Apprentice Training to take on World’s best in Russia


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state-of-the-art

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Government Project in Mirrabooka

sleek integration

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Breathtaking Contribution to Cottesloe Landscape

regulate buildings

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Residence designed to fit the future

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Timber and Steel Framing for Tomorrow

river vistas

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Building to comply with Bushfire Attack Levels

cottesloe home

american methods

blended facade

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Obtaining approvals – the biggest challenge

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Cascading Sophistication in Mosman Park

new warehouse

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High praise from International Supplier


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georgiou

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family-friendly fun modern learning

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One Planet Community – Pacesetting Sustainable Living in Fremantle

Major Beachside Skate Park Project in Scarborough

Transformation of School Project in Bayswater

cool cafe society

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bgc construction

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Successful Completion of Challenging Margaret River Project

Meticulous refurbishment of popular neighbourhood Dome

display listings

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USEFUL REFERENCE WITH 12 ADVERTS TO THE PAGE

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30 River, and a new a stage project for St Columba’s Catholic Primary School in Bayswater by Rivett Construction. Elsewhere, we go inside a warehouse/office he New York Times probably harmonious integration with water. project in Canning Vale by Commercial Design expressed it best. In a review of a Of course, we also showcase a diverse array Management; the first apartment new book conceived and edited by of other outstanding projects with development in Western Australia to be Phaidon, the newspaper gushed, "...Let distinctive qualities – but water tends to be recognised in the One Planet Living (OPL) water in, where possible, not hope to a common, and often inspirational, factor. program, constructed by Georgiou Group in subdue Mother Nature... Live with the In this latest issue, for example, we check Fremantle; and the second largest skate park water, rather than struggle to defeat it.” out Australian Development’s luxury in Australia, part of Scarborough’s foreshore Living on Water is described by the residential project in Cottesloe, where they redevelopment, including Western Australia’s publishers as showcasing “the finest examples maximised the views overlooking the ocean, largest competition skate bowl created by of residential architecture that have one thing as well as a stunning townhouse in Mosman MG Group. in common – their special relationship to that Park built by Lime St Projects with the Swan We also gain insight into the business most essential of elements: water. These River playing a key role in the design. philosophies of some of the leading figures homes have been designed with water as a Other exceptional residential projects and companies in the Western Australian fundamental key to their very essence – highlighted in these pages include cuttingbuilding and architectural industries, whether built with a water view, built on edge home builds in Mt Pleasant by Luxus including Prestige Homes WA managing water itself, or built to be reflected in water – Homes and Shayne Le Roy Design; in director Andrew James; “boutique architect” and the results are stunning. This is a global Kelmscott by Ironstone Homes; in Floreat by Neil Cownie; Castlerock, developers and tour that provides endless inspiration.” The Mosman Bay Luxury Homes; and in Cottesloe managers of purpose-built governmentfeatured homes included one in Australia (The by Prestige Homes, who also completed a leased office buildings; and bitumen paving Pole House in Fairhaven). multi-storey complex in Kensington. and earthworks specialists Pave Mix. Understandably, with our focus on The importance of continuously Finally, we discover how locals in Kingsley Western Australia, The Builders Choice upgrading modern-day educational facilities had their private “The Block moment”, Magazine features many exceptional is highlighted by BGC Construction’s Rapids observing work progressing on the Dome projects highlighted by their proximity to or Landing Primary School project in Margaret Cafe refurbishment.

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WESBUILDERS 2018 EXPO

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Wesbuilders was formed in 2004 by thirteen dynamic small to medium sized builders operating in the residential housing market in Western Australia. The founding members of Wesbuilders Co-operative formulated a business plan to deliver benefits to Members through preferred supplier agreements that focus on key brand attributes. Wesbuilders is now owned by more than one hundred builders, turning over more than $400 million per annum. Importantly, each of these owners continues to operate independently and have full control over their individual building company. Wesbuilders’ Members deliver quality new homes, renovations, unit developments and commercial projects throughout Western Australia, having access to more than one hundred Preferred Suppliers which deliver quality products and services at competitive prices. The Members of Wesbuilders access a comprehensive and growing range of products and services, receiving financial and service

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benefits based on the collective volume of their co-operative. The co-operative is a company with a conventional board of directors. Each member has equal voting rights with the co-operative focused on boosting financial returns and providing efficient business solutions to Members. Wesbuilders hosts regular educational, technical and networking forums to ensure Members have access to, and apply industry best practices. Wesbuilders major event for the year is a Trade Expo. This is an invitation only event for Members and Preferred Suppliers of Wesbuilders. This year’s Expo, which was run on the 26th of July, was a tremendous success attracting over

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70 Preferred Suppliers showcasing their goods and a total attendance of over 450 people. Held at Optus Stadium, taking up all three River Rooms (over 2000m2) guests and exhibitors were treated to an amazing new venue with magnificent views of the Swan River and Perth City. Major Sponsor for this Year was Bristile Roofing along with Bar Sponsor CSR Bradford and Food Hut Sponsors Eternity Tiles, Stinson Air and Mr. Wet Wall. Expo began at 3:00pm and at 7:00pm the exhibits closed and everyone was invited to the Champions Terrace for further refreshments, time to network and be entertained with the fabulous Optus Stadium light show.

Wesbuilders Core Values Our core values act as internal drivers to meld the culture of Wesbuilders. They are the cornerstone of how we behave. ■ A focus on members and suppliers ■ Build and develop strong and lasting relationships ■ Teamwork ■ Innovation ■ Accountability It’s what we value at Wesbuilders. Wesbuilders Brand Pillars ■ Quality Members ■ Quality Suppliers ■ Personalised Service ■ Competitive Prices ■ Peace of Mind Our Vision To be the preferred Co-operative in our chosen markets that delivers outstanding value to its members. Our Mission To provide our members with the best range of suppliers of product and services to the building industry that assists them in growing and developing their business’s profitably.


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Preferred Suppliers Wesbuilders ’Preferred Suppliers include many of the biggest names in the Western Australian Building industry, servicing our membership with quality products & services. Members enjoy access to a growing network of Preferred Suppliers chosen not just for their ability to deliver innovative product solutions and competitive advantage but also most importantly the highest levels of quality and service. The range of Wesbuilders Preferred Suppliers provides members with premium solutions in product and service assisting them to deliver quality projects to their clients in the greater Perth and South Western areas of WA. If you are a provider of products and /or services to the construction industry and have an interest in becoming a Wesbuilders Preferred Supplier you can register your interest via the Suppliers tab at www.wesbuilders.com.au Alternatively you can give our Procurement Manager Glenn Pusey a call on 0488 000 463.

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Wesbuilders offer Members a wide range of benefits and services Financial – over 100 Preferred Suppliers providing , Special rates and discounts, Price protection, Access to new products and innovation, Commitment to service standards. Securing Projects – Wesbuilders secures leads from our members, designers and the public, so that our Members can quote and win new business. Research and News – The ‘Latest News ‘on their website features up to date information on new products, Preferred Suppliers, awards, design, fellow members and any critical changes in the industry. Support Services – Wesbuilders offers a range of support services including Member to Member referrals for high quality contractors and suppliers, Assistance in efficient business management, Solution-based advice on construction and business issues. Events – Technical forums to improve construction knowledge and ensure best practice; Business improvement forums to improve business productivity and performance. Site visits provide a hands on approach to learning and practical application of products and services; Networking forums to provide the opportunity for Members and Preferred Suppliers to interact, one–on–one, to develop mutually beneficial relationships; Research on new and innovative products; Our annual Trade Expo Showcasing the latest products and services the industry has to offer. Access to Information – Members have unlimited 24/7 access to the Wesbuilders secure *Portal* to search for products and Preferred Suppliers, review pricing and service standards, manage projects and request quotations from Preferred Suppliers and get in touch with the best suited organization.

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For Pave-Mix, running a familybased small business is much more than simply bringing materials and fully experienced operators to a project. “We bring our commitment to quality and an exceptional safety record,” note managing directors Nick and Robert Sciorilli. “We strive to make a difference by delivering outstanding results on time and on budget, and with clients in the industrial, commercial, government and residential sectors Pave-Mix continues to be one of Perth’s leading service providers in the industry.” In addition to servicing metropolitan areas in Perth, Pave-Mix also has a major portfolio of projects in surrounding regional areas. Established in 1977, the company is a preferred WALGA supplier and a member of the Master Builders Association. ■ What are your principal operations and services? “Pave-Mix has an extensive background in civil contracting, car parks/driveways, bitumen paving, kerbing works, stormwater drainage works, tennis/basketball courts and

Cutting-Edge Civil Contracting... with Pave-Mix Specialist Expertise, Quality Commitment and Exceptional Results multi-play courts; and we also specialise in the repair and maintenance of existing car parks and driveways. “Specifically, we offer: construction of new car parks, driveways and multi-purpose playing courts for the commercial, government and residential industries; installation of stormwater drainage works for the same sectors; general site clearing and sand pads: removal, stockpiling and shredding of vegetation, disposal of rubbish, fences and debris; setting out and construction of asphalt, kerbing steel bollards and linemarking/signage, as well as concrete footpaths and crossovers; installation of car park lighting; profiling existing

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asphalt in preparation for new surfaces; and refurbishment of playing courts and existing car parks/driveways.” ■ What do you believe are the key qualities that make PaveMix stand out from other companies in the industry? “Drawing on our founding managing directors’ 41 years of expertise, we develop a proven project methodology that focuses on establishing the safety and security of the work site. Particularly for repair works, we offer a detailed approach to looking at existing infrastructure and requirements to make informed recommendations for long-term results. “We employ a highly qualified team of machine

operators and skilled labourers who are well versed in working on government agency, WALGA and commercial projects, are trained and competent in safe work practices, and have the necessary construction industry accreditations. Pave-Mix enjoys a high retention of dedicated staff – on average they have worked with Pave-Mix for five to 30 years. “Owning a comprehensive fleet of modern equipment and machinery that is maintained by our in- house mechanic means we have the most suitable and reliable equipment to carry out multiple works.” ■ Having an established and long-standing local network must also be one of your strengths... “Yes, for the past 20 years, we have built a large network of experienced, qualified staff, as well as accredited suppliers and subcontractors. Using our network, we have the capacity and the ability to deliver projects using local products, people and businesses. “Pave-Mix delivers quality projects and value for money because both our experience


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and our consultative process permit us to identify savings and efficiencies as required. As we (managing directors) and the key project/contract manager are directly involved in the provision of our services, we can maintain low overheads to support our pricing, while adding the value of our industry expertise in the delivery of each project.”

■ What are your main commitments to environmental sustainability? “Across our business, Pave-Mix undertakes a number of effective environmental initiatives to minimise our environmental impact. “We conduct regular audits to identify any potential hazards and appropriately implement action plans to minimise and/or reduce the impact. Pacesetting Initiatives “We prepare and implement to Enhance Environmental site specific management plans Sustainability including occupational health, ■ How important is corporate safety and environmental and social responsibility for traffic management, as well as Pave-Mix? site risk assessments and controls “As a small business, our people to ensure our services take into are our livelihood and Pave-Mix account any unique factors, is committed to developing and including day-to-day operations retaining our good staff. We that can have an impact on the offer a collaborative work environment. environment built on respect “In addition, we set high and trust. This has proven to be recycling targets – our 2018 waste an effective initiative, resulting in recycling target is 99 per cent. high retention of dedicated We have a minimal footprint as a staff. Our general manager has small business and we recycle all been with us for more than 20 used materials at relevant years. Our founders still work at recycling sites. Pave-Mix and our staff have “To further reduce emissions, worked for us on average for we purchase diesel-powered five to 30 years. vehicles, and safe delivery “Pave-Mix proudly supports schedules are organised to local sporting and social clubs, maximise truck load sizes, including the Perth Soccer Club, reducing time on the road and with community sponsorship, and emissions. Our fleet also makes significant charitable procurement program ensures donations. For more than 10 our vehicles are current and pass years, we have donated to a required emission and road range of charities as part of our testing requirements. company culture, including “We also require all charities for disadvantaged subcontractors to adhere to children and women’s shelters our environmental management such as Mission Australia, policies and systems as a Asbestos Diseases Australia, minimum on site, including Foodbank Australia, St Vincent de reducing environmental Paul Society, GiveNow (WA Deaf impacts. This strict requirement Society), Children’s Leukaemia means that, as the lead and Multiple Sclerosis Society of contractor, we can control and WA. We will continue to donate help reduce our supply chain’s to a range of charities.” impact on the environment.”

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Up Close + Personal with Managing Director

Neil Cownie

Like life in general, the world of architecture has undergone a dramatic evolution this century. Even going further back... As Boutique Architecture... with Neil Cownie leading Western Australian Holistic Passion, Innovative Design and architect Neil Cownie recalls of his Sustainable Vision own start in the industry as a graduate, “My role was to print tracing paper hand-drawn drawings developments, and hospitality on an ammonia printer. Yuck! I can Perth before heading to London for five years. On and interior design. still remember suffocating in that returning to Perth in 1991, he print room. Now we find some Close Involvement offices not even printing any hard joined Phillip Cox Etherington Coulter Jones for three years, Crucial to Success copies at all.” Neil’s early art-based influences then Overman & Zuideveld for ■ So what does he believe are another 16 years, including the the key qualities that make also came from his father and last 10 as director. In 2009 he Cownie Architect stand out older brother. “My father was an left O&Z to start his own from other companies in artist and head artist at the West architectural the industry? Australian “I believe that a rounded Newspaper for “I consider myself as practice. enjoyed experience in all aspects of many years. In the much an interior “Iallreally aspects of architecture is needed before you days before designer as an the profession can really add value to your client’s specialist 3D artists projects. This is the real benefit and model makers, architect, which I feel and resolved that I could that I offer my clients; when people would look is crucial to any better offer my designing I not only consider the to the artists at best design outcome, but also the the West success when it comes clients this holistic passion implications for budget, Australian to to designing housing and knowledge buildability, and the long-term provide the vision or hospitality” for design and maintenance of the building. I for proposed new construction enjoy setting up the contractual developments in arrangements with the builder to WA.” Meanwhile, Neil’s bother also through a boutique practice.” Now established at Neil find the best value for money in studied architecture and went on Cownie Architect for nearly 10 our projects, and find that to join Wylie & Skene Builders, years, he is able to bring to the collaborating as a team always where he remained a director for brings the best results. many years. ”I feel that I developed practice his years of experience in design, documentation and “I consider myself as much an an understanding of both the administration of commercial interior designer as an architect, creative and construction worlds projects, mixed use and which I feel is crucial to any during my formative years.” success when it comes to Following his graduation as an apartment buildings, exclusive designing housing or hospitality. architect, Neil worked briefly in single residences, housing

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Clients get me 100 per cent involved in all areas of the service. Every project and every detail leaves my hand as a hand-drawn design or detail before it is then electronically converted.” ■ From where do you draw your inspirations? “I treat each project as a completely new journey with my clients, their aspirations, their history, the history of the site and the parameters of site and climate. I am particularly interested in creating new work that is ‘of its place’, which is achieved through site-specific extensive research. By this I mean that the finished building should look like it belongs in the street and neighbourhood.” ■ Which projects do you enjoy most designing, and why? Is there a particular project dear to your heart? “I have over the years enjoyed all sorts of projects both big and small. Without doubt, the most successful projects are the ones where there is a synergy between everyone involved, between the client, architect, builder and tradespeople and artisans. Teamwork brings the best results. For such teamwork to occur there needs to be both clear direction and transparency right from the beginning of the design stage of the project. But the best project is always the next one!”


profile THE BUILDERS CHOICE Firm Commitment to Modern Sustainability Trends ■ What are some of the main challenges you have faced on projects/designs over the years? How did you overcome them? “The age-old challenge is working with the client firstly through their anticipated initial budget and initial aspirational brief, to the reality of the actual cost of their aspirational brief and the subsequent resolution of a design that achieves the best outcome within the desired budget. “I find that working independently as an architect, alongside the consultancy of a quantity surveyor, brings the best combination of ongoing crosschecking of costs during the design stage, while benefiting the client with the independence to competitively negotiate the construction cost once the design and documentation is complete.”

“Work with people, not against them. “Good results only come through teamwork. “Show respect for tradespeople, suppliers and consultants, and the knowledge of their unique skills. “Make sure that a contract is tight, clear and transparent, so that everyone knows where they stand.

“Good architectural documentation is worth the investment and saves everyone from a ‘fight’!” ■ Above all else, what would you most like to be remembered for among your clients, colleagues and peers?

“Hmmm... how about the guy that won millions in Lotto, then kept designing buildings in between exotic overseas trips, as that is actually what he enjoys doing! “As that has not actually happened, perhaps a guy who was good at collaborating, to draw out the best from all contributors on each project with the intention of achieving the best result possible.” ■ A home tends to reflect the personality of its owner. How would you describe your ideal home? And where would it be? “So many ideas and so little time! Here is a list of ideas rather than a description... winter sun- seeking living spaces... dappled shade for the summer... a retractable glass roof for star gazing... a trafficable roof-top garden... intimate spaces rather than big spaces... a house that could accommodate the whole family when they are around but that can be ‘shut down’ in components for when it is just the two of us... and of course room for the dogs. As to where it is: somewhere central with a view and access to shops and transport.”

■ What are the key lessons you have learnt from your experiences in the industry? “If you don’t know something, then don’t pretend that you know – seek advice always.

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PROFILE

Up Close + Personal with Managing Director

Andrew James Quality of product, attention to detail and a high standard of follow-up are qualities about which Prestige Homes WA managing director Andrew James is passionate. Prior to founding Prestige Homes, Mr James studied Construction Management and Economics at Curtin University and obtained a Diploma of Builders Registration from TAFE. He then gained a credit of Masters in Management from Sydney University of Technology. He has also worked at the coalface, with a career that spanned employment as a brickies’ labourer to assistant construction manager, supervisor, contracts administrator and development manager for Mirvac, group procurement manager and business development manager for Lifestyle Villages and Ecofit Homes, and finally as a project manager with Jaxon.

Passion for quality Mr James believes it is his passion for quality that sets Prestige Homes apart. “We are a family owned, West Australian company and we understand how important our clients’ homes are to them, their family and their future,” he said. “When a client approaches us we understand that they are Clients are his best building their dream home. We advertisements understand that a home is more establishment of Prestige Homes “Seeing an idea starting from than a building, it is a living WA Pty Ltd. Operating since 2010, its infancy and developing into environment for their family. Prestige Homes covers all facets of something individual and unique “It is indeed one of the construction including residential has always appealed to me. biggest financial investments developments, high-end housing, Mr James said that when he most people make in life, but residential renovations, and factory eventually set up his own business it is also so much more than conversions and extensions to he deliberately chose the word that. The quality of our build, commercial offices. ‘Prestige’ because it represented the attention to detail and our “Starting something from something of quality. expertise in design and scratch and seeing it through to “This became the cornerstone construction ensure the completion it what satisfies me of my philosophy: to build a highest quality results that the most,” Mr James said. product and a reputation, based will give lasting returns both “All through my university on architectural quality, detailed financially and in quality days, whilst completing my construction and approachable of living.” construction and engineering service – while at the same time Mr James said that once the course, my ultimate aim was to being affordable. consultation begins with a “Every build and development client, he works towards Prestige Homes established 2010 build a great reputation based on design, construction, service I am involved with is an exciting understanding their vision and The culmination of his study and and affordability. and satisfying experience.” work experience has been the how to make it a reality.

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‘‘Prestige Homes covers all facets of construction including residential developments, high-end housing, residential renovations, and factory conversions and extensions to commercial offices’’ Advice for clients “We will offer advice on how best to achieve our clients’ building goals and work with them during an intensive planning phase so we have a clear scope of what needs to be achieved. “Our experience in modern building and design approaches is at our clients’ service to help provide as smooth and cost effective a process as possible. “We are also happy to provide advice on strategies for how to maximise clients’ outcomes according to the budget we are working with. The quality of our work speaks for itself. Prestige Homes build premium quality houses and developments quality that lasts for the life of the building.” Client relationship paramount Mr James said the client relationship is paramount in every aspect from design, construction and interiors

through to costing and delivering the finished product. “Prestige Homes is about delivering a product that surpasses our client expectations. “From the beginning I use quality architects, subcontractors and suppliers of integrity – trusted colleagues. The result today is a personalised successful building company producing an outstanding product with satisfied clients who suffer no buyer’s remorse. “My clients are my best advertisements.” Prestige Homes has just recently completed a two-storey residence in Cottesloe and a 16unit development in Kensington (see article in this issue of The Builders Choice). The company is currently working on four three-storey terrace homes in South Perth and four two-storey townhouses in Como.

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Home with a view

Perth is endowed with many areas that feature attractive and often stunning views, whether they be in the hills, on the coast or around the river.

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hen a residence is to be built on a site that features inspiring panoramas, the challenge for architects and builders is to ensure that house they design and construct will take the best advantage of its scenic surrounds. This was very much the case for LUXUS Homes and Shayne Le Roy Design when they designed and constructed a family residence on The Esplanade, Mt Pleasant, where the site featured an abundance of attractive scenery. Mr Le Roy is one of Perth’s leading luxury residential designers and was awarded Designer of the Year by the BDAWA in 2013.

Maximising the remarkable views With the site being situated on the banks of the Swan River, the clients envisaged a design that would maximise the enjoyment of their remarkable views while at the same time providing a relaxed, resort style of environment for their young family. They were also keen to provide a safe and separate outdoor area for their children, away from the bustle and intrusion of the riverfront road.

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‘‘The sloping elevation from back to front together with mature council trees in the adjacent riverfront park were major considerations in bringing the design elements together’’ Working closely with both the client and designer through the design and development stages, LUXUS Homes was able to facilitate the multitude of ideas into the construction of a warm and welcoming contemporary home. The sloping elevation from back to front together with mature council trees in the adjacent riverfront park were major considerations in bringing the design elements together. Design worked around site constraints By working within the site constraints, a design evolved which allowed sympathetic use of the contours to overcome a lack of ground level visibility while also providing an entertainment deck which would capture the full extent of the commanding views. The design for the site also provided the basis for integrated but individual living spaces that could provide privacy and retreat for both parents and children through the construction of a tri-level home.

The site also provided its challenges. By creating an under croft and sinking the garage, the non-essential living areas of gym, theatre, cellar and pool bathroom were moved to street level, effectively overcoming one of the major site obstacles. As a result, the first floor became the home’s focal point with the open plan living and kitchen areas flowing into an elevated entertainment deck and outdoor alfresco. Although this provided uninterrupted views and the additional privacy and respite from street noise that the clients sought, it also generated its own challenges in that the deck included a swimming pool. Waterfall edge to the pool a perfect solution The solution came easily by simply incorporating a waterfall edge to the pool. Functional and aesthetically pleasing, the edge maintains a level of privacy while also providing an interesting and imposing facade when viewed from street level.

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‘‘By creating an under croft and sinking the garage, the non-essential living areas of gym, theatre, cellar and pool bathroom were moved to street level, effectively overcoming one of the major site obstacles’’ With the home being located on a busy promenade, noise attenuation was a priority. Double glazing ensured that noise would be greatly diminished while at the same time providing beneficial insulating properties for the east facing property. An impressive roofline that extends from the second storey to incorporate and cover the first floor entertainment deck is a major feature of the facade. Lined with cedar and supported by stainless steel and cedar columns, it gives the home a grand but warm presence from street level. Marine aquarium a unique feature The home incorporates a number of unique features including a fully equipped marine aquarium which adjoins the entry and living areas.

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The pool also includes an innovative and rigid pool blanket which operates from within the base of the pool shell, providing additional safety and allowing foot traffic. As a major part of the brief was to create a feeling of warmth, natural products were used extensively throughout the residence. Timber features heavily with windows, columns and eave linings all being cedar. Stone in its many forms has been used extensively, both internally and externally, and on feature walls. Key member of the executive team, Sales and Marketing Director Jarrad Cranston, says his focus is to facilitate business development and to provide personalised support to clients with the end-to-end building process.

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‘‘Double glazing ensured that noise would be greatly diminished while at the same time providing beneficial insulating properties for the east facing property’’ “LUXUS Homes is a tight-knit team that specialises in building architecturally designed homes across Perth and the wider metropolitan region,” he said. Commitment to building strong client relationships “As a company, we aspire to deliver only the best with award-winning quality and finishes being the keystone upon which we build every home. Underpinning this philosophy is our commitment to building strong client relationships by providing professional and attentive support which extends beyond the normal building period. “From providing guidance with design and selections decisions through to post handover support, we see building as more than just the construction phase.

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Mr Cranston said LUXUS Homes is supported in its approach by a team of talented trades and premier suppliers who, through longstanding association, understand the company’s desire to deliver the best. “A reflection of our performance is the number of awards that have been consistently bestowed upon LUXUS Homes by both the Housing Industry and Master Builders Association WA in the last decade.” Mr Cranston said LUXUS Homes is currently nearing the completion of what he calls “a concrete masterpiece” in Applecross. “Innovative in its design, it incorporates a remarkable and impressive concrete sail which extends from the top floor to ground level. Poured in-situ, it proved an architectural and engineering challenge which we were more than happy to take on!”

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Training & Development

COMPETITION IN RUSSIA 2019

Pemberton Apprentice Training to take on World’s best in Russia

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wenty-three young Australians have won the right to join a team who will train towards selection to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills International Competition in Russia, in 2019. And Pemberton apprentice cabinetmaker Kevin Dirks is among them. Kevin, 20, is employed by Glen Holst Furniture and is a student at South Regional TAFE. In being chosen, Kevin is now a member of the Skills Squad team, which was selected after their success at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Sydney last month. The championships saw more than 400 of Australia’s best apprentices and trainees compete for the title of National Champion in one of 50 trade and skill categories.

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Kevin won silver in the Cabinetmaking category and is now working towards representing Australia at the world’s biggest skills excellence competition, in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019. The best young apprentices and trainees from more than 70 nations will compete in Kazan for the title of World Champion. The Skills Squad team members, who range in age from 17 to 23, will spend the next 10 months working with a dedicated training manager. Kevin will work with Ashlee Scinocco from South Metropolitan TAFE. Skills Squad team members have been selected from a broad array of trades and skills, ranging from traditional trades such as Bricklaying and Cabinetmaking to skills of the future including Cloud Computing and IT Network Systems Administration. The team of 23 includes five females in the trade/skill areas of 3D Digital Game Art, Car Painting, Beauty Therapy, Fashion Technology and Graphic Design Technology. At the last international championships, held in 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Australia finished the competition in 10th position in the WorldSkills International rankings.


Training & Development THE BUILDERS CHOICE WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said the goal in 2019 was to “maintain and improve on Australia’s top 10 finish”. “Representing Australia at the World Championships, which can be likened to a skill Olympics, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Skills Squad team members and we are committed to provide them with the best opportunity to prove that they should be selected to compete in Russia next year,” he said. “Many of the skills being represented are in the skills shortage areas for Australia. For WorldSkills to have outstanding competitors in these areas is very encouraging and an absolute credit to the competitors, their training providers and employers.” Mr Judd congratulated them on their selection as a Skills Squad team member and said Skills Squad members would need to show dedication, commitment and excellence to be chosen to represent Australia in Russia. “It’s wonderful to see the opportunities these young people are being given through their trades and skills.” Mr Judd also recognised and congratulated the training managers on their appointments and applauded them for their commitments to developing their industries and mentoring the Skills Squad members. A training camp will be held in early September for Skills Squad members and their training managers to develop training programs. About WorldSkills: WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes that skills drive your future and Australia’s prosperity. Since 1981 we have been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service oriented careers in Australia and have raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians, as well as their parents, industry and employers that our nation’s future depends on an effective skills training systems. For more information visit www.worldskills.org.au

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GOVERNMENT OFFICES

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INVESTMENT EXPERTISE

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hen it comes to developing purpose-built government-leased office buildings, Castlerock are the consummate specialists. They have more than 15 years of experience developing and managing government offices, and have a finely tuned understanding of how to successfully meet the specific needs of the sector, and provide opportunities for property investors to invest in commercial offices tenanted by government departments. Along the way they have gained an exceptional understanding of this asset class, and how to best develop and manage these assets to ensure the government has a long-term commitment to each building.

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Castlerock were, therefore, the ideal partner for Centrelink when a major construction project was commissioned for a building housing three government departments in Mirrabooka – all completed to 5Star Green Star standard. They also had the advantage of working with a team of top industry professionals including: PWD Construction, Eco Seal, CD Building Group, Portform Construction, Interactive Security, Davidson Projects, Belpile, Infinite Energy and WA Shotcrete. Established in 2000, Castlerock are a privately owned company specialising in developing, acquiring and managing office buildings leased to Commonwealth and State Governments throughout Australia. “Through our property funds we offer investors access to a stable portfolio of government-leased property investments. Our funds are designed to minimise risk, while providing attractive yields and the potential for long-term capital growth. “We have successfully developed over 25 office buildings leased to government departments across Australia, and we currently manage over 50,000 square metres of government-leased office accommodation.”


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“Castlerock have more than 15 years of experience developing and managing government offices, and a finely tuned understanding of how to successfully meet the specific needs of the sector”

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According to Castlerock, their simple investment structures, with government- backed tenants, “are designed to have less risk than more complicated property, (making) them attractive to long-term investors who are seeking a stable income flow and the potential for capital growth”. When it comes funds, they develop new portfolios of government-leased buildings, “which can offer investors some flexibility in the method and timing of distribution payments. This enables investors to choose a fund they believe best suits their income needs.” The objective with their funds, they note, is to develop and purchase a portfolio of Commonwealth and State Governmentleased assets located throughout Australia “that can provide investors with a secure and growing income stream, and long- term capital growth”. They form close partnerships with advisers such as accountants and financial planners to help identify investors who might be interested in their funds. Wide Spectrum of Expertise in Development and Management Castlerock’s aforementioned 15 years of experience developing and managing government-leased office accommodation across Australia includes funds management, property development and property management. “We have successfully provided our investors with secure and growing income stream from our property funds. We build longterm relationships with our government tenants and our high

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occupancy and retention rates are evidence of this. We operate under an Australian Financial Services Licence issued by ASIC, to comply with the prudential and disclosure requirements necessary under Australian law.” When it comes to property development, the Castlerock team have a reputation for delivering projects on time and budget. They have the expertise to provide clients with a comprehensive service, including: ■ Identifying and securing suitable sites. ■ Developing submissions to prospective tenants and negotiating lease agreements. ■ Arranging funding and long-term finance. ■ Obtaining planning permits and other statutory approvals. ■ Designing high-quality, energy-efficient, cost-effective buildings. ■ Integrating the fit-out design with the base building architectural and services design. ■ Managing the construction to ensure projects are delivered within budget and on time. ■ Managing the project from conception through to delivery. Castlerock currently manage 30 properties leased to government departments. As they custom-design and construct governmentleased buildings, they have a clear understanding of the requirements for ongoing facilities management of their properties. In this respect, their skills and experience span a diverse array of areas: lease management, facilities management,


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environmental performance, building maintenance, building and engineering services, landscaping and fit-out services. They are also solidly aware of the benefits of incorporating sustainable design principals into their developments. “We are a responsible investment and property manager and actively pursue sustainability for the benefit of all our stakeholders. We recognise that commercial properties have an impact upon communities and the environment. By embracing innovation and striving to continuously improve building efficiency and effectiveness, Castlerock make a positive difference.”

obtained Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation from the Federal Safety Commissioner for their OH&S policy. Previously, they also achieved AS/NZS 4801 accreditation.

Their approach to sustainable property development aims to reduce consumption of natural resources through: ■ Greater energy efficiency ■ Conserving more water ■ Reducing waste ■ Improving overall environmental performance ■ Maximising the sustainable use of resources ■ Extending durability and functionality Castlerock also recognise the need to provide a safe and healthy working environment, and to that end they have

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KELMSCOTT RIDGE LINE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Kelmscott ridge line

‘‘Some builders prefer to avoid projects in the less settled areas of the hills, mainly because of the BAL regulations and difficult terrain. Ironstone Homes specialise in the problematic blocks and achieving architectural statements”

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in defined bushfire zones. A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a means of measuring the severity of a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact. It is measured in increments of radiant heat expressed in kilowatts/m2. Some builders prefer to avoid projects in the less settled areas of the hills, mainly because of the BAL regulations. There can also be substantial difficulties involved in building on difficult blocks, which may present with considerable slopes, rocky outcrops and be strewn with boulders. However for Ironstone Homes the challenges of meeting BAL regulations and dealing with difficult blocks are their bread and butter. Ironstone Homes principal Troy Butcher said the company specialises in the difficult builds that no one else wants to know about.

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Project on Kelmscott ridge line An example of Ironstone Homes’ experience and expertise in this area was exemplified by a recent build on the Kelmscott ridge line. The site overlooks the Brookton Highway valley and is precariously steep with only a small section of the lot being useable for building. Surrounded by natural bush and located within a high bushfire risk area, a strong design process in line with alternative construction methods was required to meet the budget, BAL40 construction complexities and to maintain the beauty of the natural landscape and surroundings. In collaboration with Darklight Design, Ironstone Homes resolved a construction methodology that would sustain the bush fire attack necessities and meet budget requirements. Using this base methodology, a simplified rectangular pod for each core family and private area was positioned along the ridge line. Interconnecting passages and bridges then link the zones. This reduced the building’s impact on the natural

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landscape and kept the structure below the pods to a minimum, thereby saving on build costs. The building footprint did not follow a conventional bush pole home which allowed for a modern interpretation of the traditional pole home architectural style, external cladding and roof forms. Cladding the house in low maintenance and fire-retardant materials, such as metal cladding and fibre cement claddings, created a striking home that literally hangs off the side of the ridge line. Steep site a challenge Ironstone Homes’ Troy Butcher said that apart from BAL requirements, the greatest challenge was the steep embankment on the site. “Our philosophy is to try and eliminate as much site work as possible and try and deal with the block, because site works are costly and if you can avoid them, do so. And these costs can be avoided through smart design.”


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Mr Butcher said that being a clay site, there were problems with site works and the time of year. “We got stuck with doing site works in the middle of winter,” he said. “We had all the footings dug and it rained, it just poured. And because the soil doesn’t drain up there, and there is rock underneath it, we had to shut the site down for four weeks until it dried out. Another challenge was access to the site and getting diggers down to it. “With those hilly sites there is granite there and you just don’t know when you are going to hit it,” Mr Butcher said. “We were very lucky and only had a couple of footings where we hit stone. So we had to design around the problem: instead of having smaller, deeper footings, we designed the house, in consultation with the engineer, to have wider, shallower footings, the idea being the less you dig in the ground the less likely you are to hit rock.” BAL specifications a major consideration Building to BAL specifications using non-combustible materials was clearly a major consideration and much research was involved in

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finding suppliers who could provide compliant materials at a suitable price. Mr Butcher said that windows were a good example of the difficulty in finding the right supplier. “There are a number of BAL 40 windows available, but there are three ways to create a BAL 40 compliant windows and one of them is a lot cheaper than the other two. We were able to find a window supplier (BGS Windows) that had had all its windows tested and therefore didn’t have to have screens and some other requirements.” The supplier chosen by BGS Windows uses the fully-tested and certified system. AWS has 50 tested windows to BAL 40. This range allows BGS to glaze within 400mm of the floor without requiring screening. Aluminium Innovations supplies to the WA market the full range of AWS BAL 40 tested and certified products in the residential, commercial and thermally broken systems Products from BGS Windows used on this project include Frame 400 commercial, 616 awnings, 618 magnum sliding doors and 462

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commercial sliding windows. 6mm toughened glass was used throughout together with aluminium mesh to screens which included BAL 40 rated splines. Non-combustible materials used throughout Mr Butcher said an adjustable stump system using Duragal, made by One Steel, was employed on the site. “So we have non-combustible stumps, a metal bearer and on top of that we went to a timber floor joist. The whole house is actually timber-framed but we made it comply with metal wall cladding and fibre cement cladding. “What we have done is build a pole home using metal poles, metal claddings and non-combustible material.” Ironstone Homes are currently working on a BAL 40 house in Darlington and a BAL 29 house in Wandi. Other projects include a renovation/extension in Swan View and another in Kelmscott (BAL 40), an A-frame house in Darlington and a farmhouse in Narrogin.

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‘‘Cladding the house in low maintenance and fire-retardant materials, such as metal and fibre cement claddings, created a striking home compliant with BAL40 parameters and quick build times on budget”

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COTTESLOE MASTERPIECE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Cottesloe masterpiece

Residence designed to fit the future

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hile most new homes are designed with younger people with children in mind, few include features that will be useful to the occupants as their lives progress. Planning for the future, indeed the inevitable, is rarely part of the design brief for a family home. A recent residential project in Cottesloe by Prestige Homes, however, has taken into account the current and future needs of the owners, who are an older couple. The house was designed by their son, architect David Mitchell, who has worked in house design around Perth for some years and is now a project manager for a development company in Sydney.

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Prestige Homes director Andrew James has known the clients for many years and was thus able to refine the house’s response to their needs. Prestige was engaged as the builder to provide a full turn-key product and, as the detailing was minimal, they worked with the architect during construction to finalise all outstanding details in order to achieve a high end product. Apartment and lift Design features in the two storey home which will allow a comfortable progression of the years include an upstairs selfcontained apartment which could be used by a resident carer should the need arise. The home also has a lift core so that a lift can be installed at a future date if required.


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‘‘Venetian render and paving/cobblestones provided something of a European character, while curved walls, both external and internal, also contributed to the overall effect’’ Further enhancing the house’s suitability for future ageing, there are no steps into the house at any entrance. All hallways, door openings and the downstairs ensuite have been designed to cater for wheelchair access and the home has been specifically designed to be low maintenance. The downstairs section of the home includes a kitchen, pantry, living, dining, laundry, powder room, master bedroom with walk-inrobe and ensuite. The upper level can integrate into the ground floor so that the building can function as a four bedroom house, or it can potentially be used as a self-contained apartment incorporates three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, kitchen, living and dining. Art deco influence The architect, interior designer and owners all had a substantial influence on the project in terms of design and construction, with the residence being designed to provide an art deco/beach feel. Venetian render and paving/cobblestones provided something of a European character, while curved walls, both external and internal, also contributed to the overall effect. Despite a world-wide search, broadline glass as required by the original design could not be found so narrowline glass with

low iron and was substituted. The glassed area features detailing on the flush sills to the ground floor with electric awning windows downstairs. The upper floor ledge and windows have been waterproofed. A high level finish of cabinetry works is a highlight of the interior of the house. Other highlights include marble mosaic to the ensuite walls, commercial windows and doors, sisal carpet to the stairs and upstairs, with oak herringbone parquetry timber flooring. A large timber veneer pivot door separates upstairs and downstairs.

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High quality an achievement Prestige Homes’ Andrew James said that getting the last two per cent of quality to the level required was one of the greater achievements in building the residence. “The finer details on this type of project are what everyone sees. Everything was considered on this project to achieve the high level of finish that has been accomplished. “The architect and the client were an absolute pleasure to work with and everyone involved should be very proud of the end product.”

Founded in October 2010, Prestige Homes’ services include: complete design and planning services; new builds – commercial and residential; renovations – commercial and residential; residential building developments, from design through to delivered product; and, project management services for developers. Project Homes has an experienced network of relationships with architects and design consultants to assist creating their clients’ vision and provides detailed costing and scope to avoid any hidden expenses. The company also provides boutique building services for a hands-on approach and a higher standard of finish throughout the build.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Cottesloe masterpiece

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OVERTON TERRACES

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Overton Terraces

SLEEK INTEGRATION

Breathtaking Contribution to Cottesloe Landscape

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t was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australian Development Capital. For their latest landmark property development, an enclave of 11 luxury residences in Cottesloe, they were able to take advantage of an elevated site with context and contours that accommodated a residential-scale development maximising views overlooking the ocean and adjoining Civic Centre. The result was Overton Terraces: a benchmark for modern beachside living in Western Australia. “We believe,” said ADC directors Adam Zorzi and Rod Hamersley, “that our response to the opportunity, formulated with our design team and our builder, is worthy of this truly

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spectacular location. Every day atop Overton Gardens will be truly experiential, and as such this opportunity is limited and highly sought after.” Banham Architects worked closely with the developers and builders to take this concept to the next level, articulating a response to the brief that has “a warm coastal feel, strong linear expressions, and a focus on the internal and external spaces themselves. The design is not cluttered with unnecessary features, but rather makes the most of the abundance of solar light, fresh salt air and natural landscape that the location affords.” Known for some of the finest bespoke homes in Perth and the south-west area, home builder Adrian Zorzi also ensured that attention to detail throughout the residences was unrivalled.


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“Every day atop Overton Gardens will be truly experiential, and as such this opportunity is limited and highly sought after”

Cleverly integrated into its exceptional location, the sleek, linear design incorporates three townhouses, six luxury apartments and two penthouses. Each residence is distinctive, all flowing with the same clean style and providing ample opportunity to connect with the location’s breathtaking views. In fact, for Rod Hamersley, the residences are unlike anything else in Cottesloe. “Overton Terraces provides the only opportunity to purchase a brand-new apartment in Cottesloe, and is situated in a location that won’t be matched again. Recently, the Town of Cottesloe has received criticism for the lack of progress in the area over the last few decades. Hopefully this project demonstrates that thoughtful development, completed to a high standard, can make a positive contribution to the landscape.”

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Overton Terraces

“We have adopted an approach and philosophy in our work where we endeavour to create beautiful and inspiring spaces” To mark the project’s practical completion in June, leading local businesses Mobilia and Linton & Kay Galleries were commissioned to style one of the residences and showcase the impressive development. “Mobilia and Linton & Kay Galleries are leaders in their respective fields,” said Rod Hamersley, “so for us it was about providing them with an amazing canvas to work from and then allowing them to fill the spaces with some fantastic pieces that perfectly complement the space – creating the perfect setting to sit back and enjoy the spectacular Cottesloe sunset.” Modernist Minimalism Style... and Creative Vision According to architect Steeg Banham, the Overton Terraces style can best be described as modernist minimalism. “We have adopted an approach and philosophy in our work where we endeavour to create beautiful and inspiring spaces. Materials should be natural and/or

contextual, and as few as possible. We believe this emphasises the quality of the spaces and views and creates a building that is timeless.” As for his overriding focus when articulating a response to the brief, he said he was keen to highlight the views and optimise this aspect from as many apartments as possible. “We also sought to maximise the size and amenity of the dwellings as much as possible to ensure they were befitting of the location. “The site is always the key driving element to any design, especially in this instance where there were so many planning constraints, a steep slope and tight access restrictions. This required a very unique and creative solution.” Referring to these challenges in integrating the project with its original surroundings, he added, “There were a host of stringent planning constraints regarding height. This led to the solution of terracing the apartments down the site so that no part of the building was more than two stories

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Overton Terraces

“The design is a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces, with the highest level of finish and attention to detail ever delivered for a project of this nature in Cottesloe” above the street level. There were also the views from the historic Civic Centre gardens that had to be protected.” Another major consideration was creating a “connection” with the location’s ocean views. “By incorporating roof planters, we were able to screen all the neighbouring roofs from the views to the penthouse apartments. By using native beach vegetation, the aspect appears as though you are sitting in the sand dunes looking out to the ocean. The palette of materials also reflects the location, with Portuguese limestone tiles that mimic the beach sand and random split-stone walls that mimic the coastal limestone cliffs. “As the townhouses aren’t high enough to gain the expansive ocean vistas enjoyed by the apartments on the upper levels, the focus for these units are secluded landscaped courtyards.” As to be expected for such a cutting-edge project, it incorporates significant design innovations, including a one-way vision solar film on the large bedroom windows facing the street. “This provides privacy to these rooms without impeding the view, and it also provides protection from the glaring setting summer sun.” Referring to ADC’s decision to develop the project in Cottesloe, Rod Hamersley explained, “Based on our research and knowledge of the area, we identified that there was significant supply

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constraint in Cottesloe of high-quality apartment product and subsequently pent-up demand from buyers. The property is located in an elevated position facing the Indian Ocean, and neighbours the Cottesloe Civic Centre, so we knew that the opportunity would never be matched again. “The residences’ design is a direct response to the location – neutral tones, clean lines, seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces, and the highest level of finish and attention to detail ever delivered for a project of this nature in Cottesloe. Each residence is unique, with no two floor plans the same. The architect selected Portuguese limestone as a key feature of the internal and external spaces of the project, which has come up beautifully in this location. “Our role is to identify the opportunity and bring the appropriate partners to the table to deliver on our vision for the site. Banham Architects and Adrian Zorzi Builders were the perfect partners for this project and they have delivered on the brief, creating spectacular beachfront residences with an impeccable attention to detail.” As for the future, he said, “We would love the opportunity to purchase another site of this calibre in Cottesloe, but unfortunately there are limited opportunities with such incredible views available.”


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FIRST AVENUE KENSINGTON

THE BUILDERS CHOICE First Avenue Kensington

BLENDED FACADE

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“The initial planning application had 67 objections,” he said. “The site was zoned R80 but it was R15 over the road, demonstrating poor planning and a lack of integration in the suburb. “To get the project approved the development was taken through the DAP process. It took around one year to receive approval and a number of changes had to be made.”

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ocal residents and councils can often have a substantial influence on a building project – even to the point of forcing its termination – particularly if that project is a unit complex and more so if it is planned to have multiple storeys. A recent project managed and built by Prestige Homes in First Avenue Kensington was very much an example of how local sentiment can impact the design and building of a multi-storey complex. Prestige Homes’ principal Andrew James said getting the development through planning was the biggest challenge of the project.

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Council and residents one of the biggest influences The desires of the council and residents very much dictated the feel, the bulk and the scale of the building and they were one of the biggest influences on the project as a whole. Responding to the desires of the neighbours, the project was designed to have a character and feel similar to the surrounding homes. “The facade needed to blend in with the streetscape,” Mr James said, “but, as it was a development, we needed also to maximise the yield to make the project viable.”


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“To get the project approved the development was taken through the DAP process. It took around one year to receive approval and a number of changes had to be made” The required character of the building was attained through the use of red brick and weatherboard cladding which was painted white. Feature garden walls were installed outside each entry and at the rear of the driveway. The project comprises 16 units over three levels with a mix of one bedroom and one bathroom, two bedrooms and one bathroom, and two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The complex

contains undercroft car parking for 16 cars and four visitors’ bays, and there are four lobbies with stairs. The units feature spacious bedrooms with built-in robes, open living/dining/kitchen area, kitchen with stainless steel appliances including dishwasher and refrigerator, European laundry with washing machine/dryer, spacious bathroom, large balcony, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning throughout, secure car bay, storage room, NBN ready, and communal outside courtyard.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE First Avenue Kensington

‘‘The required character of the building was attained through the use of red brick and weatherboard cladding which was painted white. Feature garden walls were installed outside each entry and at the rear of the driveway’’ Location close to attractions Location is another attraction with a number of venues within one to three kilometres distance: Crown Casino, East Perth, Albany Highway cafe strip, South Perth foreshore, Perth Zoo, McCallum Park, and there is a bus stop within 250m of the complex. Prestige Homes was the project manager and builder and the Kensington project is the largest they have undertaken thus far. The company was engaged at design stage, assisted through planning and then provided a full turnkey product through to landscaping and blinds. Prestige assisted in the amalgamation of the two lots on which the complex was built and also with the titling of the units. Architect Mark Setorio from Mark Anthony Designs provided the design, with a number of other consultants being engaged due to the size of the project. The main materials used in the build were brick and weatherboard cladding, engineered timber flooring, stonetops, and brickbond wet area wall tiling.

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All up, the project consumed 250k of bricks, 220m3 of concrete per level, 50t reinforcement, and 750m2 washed aggregate concrete and paving. Company offers range of services Founded in October 2010, Prestige Homes’ services include: complete design and planning services; new builds – commercial and residential; renovations – commercial and residential; residential building developments, from design through to delivered product; and, project management services for developers. Project Homes has an experienced network of relationships with architects and design consultants to assist creating their clients’ vision and provides detailed costing and scope to avoid any hidden expenses. The company also provides boutique building services for a hands-on approach and a higher standard of finish throughout the build.

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‘‘Prestige Homes was the project manager and builder and the Kensington project is the largest they have undertaken thus far’’

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE First Avenue Kensington

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TIMBER & STEEL FRAMING

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imber and Steel framing is the construction method of choice for homes in Australia & other parts of the world such as North America and Canada. In fact Australian house framing systems have been built on traditional North American framing methods with materials and technology suited to Australian conditions. The majority of Australian homes are built using framing and then clad in a combination of brick, timber, fibre cement and

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other materials. During the past 4 years West Australian designers and builders are incorporating alternative construction methods with their more traditional Brick construction system for many reasons. Speed of construction for second floors, reduced block sizes, energy efficiency just to name a few. The most common form of low mass wall construction uses lightweight timber or steel framing as the structural support system for non-structural cladding and linings such as fibre cement, plywood and steel. Insulated lightweight walls reduce heat loss and can have minimal embodied energy, depending on the cladding material used. Fibre cement sheet, plywood and other sheet cladding systems have low embodied energy and generally low environmental impact. They are very durable – although maintenance is required for any painted surface.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Timber & Steel Framing

Timber used for framing is a renewable building material and is sourced from sustainably managed plantations and native forests that can be harvested and re-grown again and again. Australia currently has around a million hectares of plantation pine forests that is used for the majority of framing. This will ensure that Australia has a reliable source of framing timber into the future and highly efficient mills and healthy competition means that timber framing is the most cost-effective construction solution. Although timber framing has been used in Australia for many years, framing systems has been refined to cater for the changing size and shape of Australian houses. Experience gained through earthquakes and cyclones has lead to design standards that ensure that timber and steel framing can be used throughout Australia and is supported by proven fastening, bracing and cladding systems. Prefabrication and Modular Construction Both Timber and Steel framing systems can be designed and partially assembled off-site. A typical prefabricated house frame can be delivered on the back of a single truck and then craned or lifted in to position where the floor, wall and roof elements can be fixed and braced together. This means that frames are factory accurately constructed offsite while site preparation can be completed so that on-site erection time can be minimized. Design Flexibility and Superior Performance Framing systems are lightweight which allow for any design style to be accommodated. Elements can be easily joined together and extensions and alterations are easy. New and innovative cladding

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plywood, fiber cement or engineered timber. These systems usually achieve high levels of structural efficiency with high insulation levels. Many now use environmentally preferred materials. One Australian SIP system, for example, uses panels made from forestry waste through a carbon zero manufacturing process. While already an environmentally preferred product, its sustainability performance could be further improved through use of recycled cellulose (paper) insulation as a substitute for the rigid foam insulation material. The range of SIP products are growing rapidly. These systems can be particularly effective

because they position the mass where it is most useful and can use environmentally preferred materials to provide insulation and structural integrity. Autoclaved Aerated Concrete AAC, contains closed air pockets that make it lightweight and fairly energy efficient. These systems fit between high and low mass with either moderate density, such as AAC where high mass concrete is used to trap tiny air bubbles. Medium to low embodied energy, fair thermal mass, reasonably good insulation.

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CONTEMPORORARY HOME STYLE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Contemporary home style

RIVER VISTAS

Cascading Sophistication in Mosman Park

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he Swan River played a key role in the design of this stunning townhouse. The site in Mosman Park had an eightmetre fall from Riverside Drive down to the river and, using the natural contours and limestone outcrop, the house – designed in conjunction with Matthew Crawford Architects and built by Lime St Projects – was devised to maximise the views across the river. The main objective, in short, was to create a sophisticated townhouse, featuring a contemporary design with a focus on light and airflow and an exceptional river aspect.

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“From the outset,” said Matthew Crawford, “the challenge (and equally the opportunity) offered by the steeply sloping site was to create two distinct residences that made the most of the stunning views across the Swan River. “Working within the building codes, to the last millimetre, it was possible to create four cascading levels of accommodation, each with fantastic views. This means that the views over the water to the limestone cliffs of Blackwall Reach are available to both levels of both houses. Further, to satisfy the strata title conditions, all the living spaces between the front house and the rear house are completely separated vertically.” The home embraces both the open air and the north-eastern rear aspect, with natural light being a key aspect in the clients’ brief. “Working within the height constraints of the Mosman Park Planning Scheme, the objective was to achieve a spacious design with a unique streetscape;” explained Crawford.


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“The challenge offered by the steeply sloping site was to create two distinct residences that made the most of the stunning views across the Swan River”

“The floor plan is flexible in design, with living on the ground floor, flowing out to the north- eastern-facing al fresco areas. It is suitable for a small family, mature retirees and anything in between. The upper floor houses three very generous bedrooms, all with river views and personal en-suites.” Expansive Outlooks... and Contemporary Styling The second major challenge for Matthew Crawford Architects – who, noted Lime St Projects director Russell Smail, did a fantastic job – was to ensure privacy between the two houses. To that end, devices such as the pebble roof (over the lower house) create a calm outlook from the upper house; while the breezeblock wall and lightwell in the lower house incorporate light and air into the deepest part of the plan. Each house encompasses three bedrooms on the upper floor, with their own en-suite bathrooms, and the master bedrooms

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Contemporary home style

“The objective was to achieve a spacious design with a unique streetscape – The upper house offers expansive views to the north-east, including the Perth city skyline” benefit from large, well-appointed dressing rooms. The lower floor houses living, kitchen and dining areas, studies, laundries, powder rooms and access to outdoor entertaining spaces. These lower levels also extend out to a large lawn with landscaped gardens and a pool. The upper house has the advantage of a large open-aspect terrace located above the garage of the lower house, offering expansive views to the north-east, including the Perth city skyline. The palette of materials is contemporary: gunmetal grey metallic cladding, texture coat render over brickwork, and commercial grade aluminium joinery with large-format low-emissivity glass windows. The lower house roof incorporates a double-layer torch on membrane covered in river-washed pebbles. This enables the roof pitch to be safely minimised in order to maximise the views from the upper house. The same membrane system is used to ensure the long-term watertight qualities of the lower house sitting room, which is located under the garage entry driveway. A variety of materials were used both internally and externally, including: stone-covered roof, metal cladding, glass, French Oak timber floors and textured plaster. Light, bright and white European styling with sophisticated black, grey and stainless steel accenting gave a minimal but warm feeling to the home.

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Design + Construction Lime St Projects is a boutique residential design and construction company “focused on creating sophisticated, unique functional spaces”. Headed by directors Damien Fraser and Russel Smail, they specialise in designing and building houses “that reflect the personal experiences and needs of our clients, blending texture, colour and space to create a perfect home. “We are professional, but work without humour is not our style. The process of designing and building your own home should be enjoyable; yes emotional at times but something you should want to do again. If we achieve this, then we have succeeded. We pride ourselves on communication and, quite simply, we take our responsibility to you personally.” Lime St Projects has been honoured with several HIA awards over the years, including: Finalist 2018 Australian National Townhouse Development of the Year; 2017 Townhouse of the Year; 2017 Townhouse Development of the Year; Finalist 2017 Perth Home of the Year; Finalist 2014 Renovation/Alteration +$1,400,000; Finalist 2013 Custom Built Home $1,600,000- $2,600,000; and 2013 Australian National Townhouse Development of the Year.


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CANNINGVALE NEW WAREHOUSE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Canningvale new warehouse

High praise from international supplier

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to take on full design, documentation and contract administration through construction to completion of their new warehouse and office complex in Canning Vale. “CR Laurence Co has over 40 locations around the world and our Canning Vale Operations, in my judgment, is our best facility by far,” the client said. “It’s nice to hear our customers say, ‘Wow’ when they visit our beautiful new showroom and customer trade counter. Keen architecture, you guys are the best and we really enjoyed working with you. Again thanks for all your help with this major CRL project.” Lead designer and contract administrator for the duration of the project was Joseph Panetta. Sanpro Construction were the builders for the project, which consisted of a 4,400m2 warehouse and a 600m2 office/showroom.


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‘‘Joseph and Adam both were so professional from the design development process to groundbreaking, final inspections and completion’’ Functionality and aesthetics required Requirements of the design brief included: priority to provide staff with an appealing and comfortable work environment through functionality and aesthetics; maximise the footprint of the building beyond initial expectations; 1 metre elevation of the building to enable greater street presence and easy access for large delivery vehicles; and, to provide an impactful entry statement. Like all building projects there were a number of challenges to be overcome, not the least of which was the long distance communication with a client located in Los Angeles, which required a commitment to frequent communication through Skype and email. Again, due to the overseas location of the client, addressing the difference in design perspective required a trustful and positive relationship to enable transparent negotiations around design possibilities.

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Lack of site space a challenge The challenge of a lack of site space for essential services was overcome by a design concept that enabled services to be located on the roof of the building and concealed by a strategically designed facade. One of the more notable features of the project was the entry statement with its diverse palate of materials across the facade that featured a strategic colour selection to tie into the tenant’s corporate branding. A large range of materials from various suppliers was used on the project: ■ Alpolic cladding ■ Dark bronze anodised aluminium window framing with double glazing ■ Concrete panel with Acratex paint finish ■ Exposed steel ■ Fielders Boulevard Finesse cladding ■ Glosswood ceiling lining ■ Garrison fencing ■ Arcadia spur louvre screen

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CDM diverse but attentive Senior Commercial Designer at CDM Joseph Panetta has been with the company for 12 years. He specialises in commercial, mixed use and industrial developments. In addition to design, he manages projects through the documentation, tender, approvals and contract administration. His objective is to achieve not only functionality, but inspiring and individualised design outcomes for our clients. “CDM is a full service building design agency,” Mr Panetta said. “Our company is diverse enough to handle all aspects of building design, yet small enough to pay attention to each and every client.”

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‘‘The challenge of a lack of site space for essential services was overcome by a design concept that enabled services to be located on the roof of the building and concealed by a strategically designed facade’’ Established in 1985 by Gary Keen, CDM is an innovative, design driven practice. “We provide a complete design service from developing concepts, to council approval, detailed design and documentation and contract administration” Mr Panetta said. Attention to detail paramount “Attention to detail is paramount in our practice and our service. We believe a successful design should not only meet our clients’ needs, but exceed their expectations. “We approach each brief, each client and each site as a unique opportunity. We believe that

great buildings result from great partnerships with our clients. Every project is driven by clear communication with our clients and a commitment to work collaboratively to achieve a unique and high quality outcome.” In July of this year, the Building Designer’s Association (BDA) presented its annual Design Awards. CDM was successfully awarded in two categories: “Best New Commercial Building Up to $2M” and “Best Commercial Alteration/Addition over $2M”. CDM is currently working on multiple commercial projects ranging from renovations of existing buildings through to brand new builds on greenfield sites.

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LIV APARTMENTS

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Liv Apartments

ONE PLANET COMMUNITY

Pacesetting Sustainable Living in Fremantle

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remantle is in some impressive international company. Three years ago the city became just the second officially endorsed One Planet Living City in the world, and now that standardbearing status has been consolidated with Liv Apartments becoming the first apartment development in Western Australia to be recognised in the One Planet Living (OPL) program. It is only the fifth formally endorsed One Planet Community in Australia and one of fewer than 20 worldwide. Developed by Defence Housing Australia and constructed by Georgiou Group – highly regarded in their own right as pacesetters in cutting-edge construction practices – Liv Apartments is located at the

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gateway to Fremantle, with an approximately 118-metre frontage to Queen Victoria Street on the western site of the site and neighbouring buildings on the boundary to the north and south. All 166 units and the commercial tenancies that comprise Liv Apartments feature environmental, energy and water-saving initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption and the occupier’s bills. These include solar panels, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy- saving ceiling fans and public plaza space with a lawn. Georgiou was awarded the design and construct contract for the $61 million Defence Housing Australia (DHA) project in September 2016. Completed in August, the development is located at Queen Victoria Street Fremantle, previously known as the Toyota Fremantle site. The redevelopment comprises residential apartment accommodation (166 units) and ground level commercial/retail suites (1,325 square metres) totalling approximately 14,000 square metres of net saleable area with associated external works.


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“The Georgiou mixed-use development has made a significant contribution to Fremantle’s ongoing role as a global trailblazer in sustainable living” Twenty of the apartments will be retained by DHA in various locations throughout the building – to provide accommodation for service personnel. All apartments and commercial units will be individually strata titled. The current planning approval includes the 166 one, two and three-bedroom apartments within the approved envelope, together with associated private basement car parking across three split-levels. Commercial and retail units have been incorporated on the ground level, fronting Queen Victoria Street.

increase sustainability of the built. Additionally the project recorded no time lost to injuries and no environmental incidents, and all site materials have been recycled where possible. As for the main materials used, HASSELL Architects specified Accoya timber for certain facade elevations, due to the longevity of the timber; and recycled bricks (from the demolition stage) and jarrah

Close Working Relationships... and High-Quality Finishes The project team worked closely with the client and design consultants while delivering the early works package to identify cost-saving approaches and ensure planning was on track before construction commenced. As soon as the head contract was executed, physical site works were able to start, and this close relationship has been maintained throughout the project to guarantee a successful completion. One Planet Living was assessed to

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“Georgiou’s Liv Apartments is the largest single development in Western Australia to be recognised as a One Planet Living (OPL) community” timber sleepers (sourced from a south west rail project) were both used in the landscaping areas. According to Georgiou, the main challenges surrounded the site being predominantly limestone and a high water table. There was also great complexity with the internal facade elevation, with daily sequencing and scaffold modifications the key to maintaining the programme during both the design and the construction stages.

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Other major highlights of the project include high-quality finishes within the apartments and facade; improvements in safety procedures with the subcontractors; bringing together a solid and experienced team; and the aforementioned strong working relationships with Defence Housing Australia, the superintendent, subcontractors, suppliers, the City of Fremantle and the local community – plus, of course, the prestigious One Planet Living endorsement.

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“We are driven by innovation, efficiency and planet stewardship and we see sustainability as a part of everything we do” Georgiou met this One Planet Living standard with the incorporation of an intensive landscaping design to the ground floor and level one podium area; and the installation of ceiling fans in the apartments and solar panels on the level seven roof. They also installed a GAIA Machine, which dehydrates organic waste from the residential food and beverage tenancies and diverts from landfill. Compost is used for the community gardens and the water produced will be used for irrigation.

Living Within the Planet’s Means One Planet Living’s vision is of “a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness”. Fremantle became a standardbearing Australian link to this global concept in October 2015, when Bioregional announced the city had been endorsed as the world’s second One Planet City (after Brighton and Hove in April 2013).

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Awarded national recognition by Bioregional Australia for its application of the One Planet Living (OPL) Principles in September 2014, Fremantle had been using the OPL Framework for the previous two years, including “the development of a holistic and comprehensive strategy designed to guide progress towards a ‘One Planet’ lifestyle for the council, residents and business community by 2025”. Fremantle’s internal “Sustainability Integrators”, who had been trained in using the One Planet Principles, developed its One Planet Strategy and One Planet Action Plan. This outlined the city’s targets across the 10 One Planet Living Principles for their internal operations and their vision and aspirations as a whole. These aims are based on the Common International Targets for One Planet Councils devised by Bioregional, and each has an accompanying indicator, monitoring mechanism and baseline. The plan also details the actions that need to be taken to implement these ambitious objectives, including: ■ All new commercial, mixed-use and multi-residential developments to be designed and constructed to achieve a rating of no less than 4 Star Green Star (Australian environmental construction accreditation). ■ Reduction of council water consumption by 25 per cent against a 2005 baseline by 2015 and 50 per cent by 2020

■ Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from council travel and haulage by at least 30 per cent by 2020 (from 2010). ■ All product suppliers and service providers for the council to meet best practice for sustainable and ethical sourcing by 2020. ■ Development of a One Planet Champions group working towards all One Planet Principles on behalf of the community. With its Action Plan in place and a commitment to ongoing sustainable development across all of its operations, Fremantle met the criteria needed to achieve One Planet endorsement. Coinciding with the official announcement, Fremantle mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said, “We are driven by innovation, efficiency and planet stewardship and we see sustainability as a part of everything we do. Our action plan will act as a living document and will be reviewed annually, enabling us to respond effectively to emerging changes. We look forward to embarking on this vital and exciting journey.” Added Ben Gill, international technical manager for OPL Communities, “Fremantle has been a leader in sustainability for many years. The way it has embedded the One Planet Living framework into its operations and vision for the city demonstrates its desire to help put the world on a path to a sustainable future. As well as reducing the city’s environmental impact, the Action Plan will also deliver a higher quality of life for residents and create new business opportunities.”

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MARGARET RIVER PRIMARY SCHOOL

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Margaret River Primary School

STATE-OF-THE-ART SCHOOLING

Successful Completion of Challenging Margaret River Project

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hen any area experiences significant growth, one of the key community services invariably requiring urgent attention is schooling. Such was the case in Margaret River back in 2016, and to help address this vital issue they turned to BGC Construction. Numbers were approaching capacity at Margaret River Primary School at the time, prompting educational authorities to commission construction of an important new piece of infrastructure: the Rapids Landing Primary School. The $16.7 million contract was awarded to BGC Construction through Tenders WA just two days prior to the 2016 Christmas shutdown, with work commencing in late January 2017 and the

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project achieving completion on 9 January 2018 – just in time to welcome its first cohort of students for the 2018 school year. The new independent public school is highlighted by state-of-theart facilities and a new oval that has been made available to the local community, accommodating the increasing number of junior and senior sports activities within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. Regional Manager of BGC Construction Ross Marshall said he was extremely pleased with the quality of work and the fact it was completed within the tight timeframe. “We delivered the project on time and within budget, making it a successful contract all round. “Given the regional location, challenging timeframe and inclement weather delays, the BGC team is to be congratulated for their outstanding achievement – with particular thanks to Christian Niedo and Craig Winter, who led the regional team.”


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“The new independent public school is highlighted by cutting-edge facilities and a new oval that has been made available to the local community”

Completion of the project would not have been possible, he added, without the input of several other BGC divisions, including BGC Brikmakers, BGC Plasterboard and BGC Cement. The programme was set for commencement of the scholastic year in 2018 and therefore set in stone. “This dynamic project was not without the typical construction issues. However, the collaborative effort of BGC’s project team and the support from the architects (Kent Lyon) and the client was a catalyst for the successful opening of the campus to accommodate its first students on day one-term one 2018.”

Conventional Complexity... and Diverse Array of Materials and Details Extending over a 61,000 square metre site, with 3,400 square metres of built area, the construction project was relatively high in detail and conventionally complex, with a vast degree of materials and construction details and a particularly challenging site. The works under contract included a new primary school, with the cluster of buildings including administration offices, a dental therapy clinic, four teaching blocks with an early learning centre, a resource and staff building, and a covered area with canteen and music room.

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“This project’s programme requirements were extremely challenging and, also considering the location and inclement weather, the result is outstanding” Other elements included bike racks, gabion walls, stone feature walls, a limestone-block amphitheatre, 67 car parking bays, play equipment, fire tanks and pumps, a cricket pitch and cricket nets. According to Ross Marshall, the sheer size of the challenging clay site and typical Margaret River inclement weather was overcome by successful planning and execution at a site level. “Several delays were experienced due to inclement weather and design changes

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but BGC were able to deliver the project ahead of their entitlement for additional time, and provide early access for staff to set up for the pending students.” The buildings are typically concrete slab, double brickwork, and metal roof structure with metal roof cover. The feature brickwork is striking, in contrasting colours that dominate the nominated facades. Coloured corflute panels, painted fibre cement sheeting

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“We delivered the project on time and within budget, making it a successful contract all round” and coloured brickwork complete the mixture of materials for these vibrantly modern buildings. Internally, the buildings are simple and practical, predominately finished in limestone-coloured face brick and gyprock cladding or gyprock ceilings. Selected painted colour panels, fabric cladding, feature ceramic tiling and skylights add to the stimulating interiors. The rooms feature WI-FI distribution and the installation of cutting-

edge technology and equipment, allowing teachers to use on-line resources and for students to learn and create collaboratively. The landscaped yards and sporting ovals are extensive and finished with a focus on maximum practicality. Areas for rest and play have been included with an amphitheatre, sand pits and hard courts, while paved link-ways facilitate transfers between the buildings.

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ROSCOMMON HOUSE

THE BUILDERS CHOICE Roscommon House

GARDEN ETHOS

Stylish Integration into Local Neighbourhood

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he contrasting aspects of Floreat’s building legacy and modern-day “garden suburb” focus presented an intriguing challenge for the developers of this impressive home. “In my search for the unique attributes of the site for Roscommon House,” explained architect Neil Cownie, “I looked to the history of the suburb – its town planning, architecture and ideals of the original subdivision – for direction in creating a new house with a strong ‘sense of belonging’. “With a significant legacy of modernist and brutalist buildings still remaining in the suburb, I felt a responsibility to produce a design

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for this new house that not only served the needs and desires of my clients but was also in conversation with the ethos of the suburb, without mimicking or replicating the past.” Mosman Bay Luxury Homes subsequently transformed Neil Cownie’s design into an exceptional home featuring an undercroft double garage, open plan living areas on the ground floor and an impressive upstairs private roof garden off the master bedroom. The kitchen and living area opens out to an expansive al fresco area; the three bedrooms include a master room with en-suite bathroom, two rooms sharing a bathroom and a separate powder room; and an office and reading room are also located on the ground floor.


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“The individual design with top-quality timber and brass finishes sets the house apart from other residential projects” The owners’ brief for a mostly single-storey home – in tune with the area’s style (which dates to the 1960s and early-1970s) – encouraged the architect to focus on integrating the building with the landscape, thus reducing the impact on site and effectively embedding the house into its neighbourhood surroundings.

He paid meticulous attention to respecting the suburb’s gardenorientated history, creating a landscaping concept that blurs the boundaries of inside and outdoors through the use of “pocket” courtyards and roof terrace gardens. “The spatial arrangement of the pocket courtyards is also driven

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by environmental concerns,” said Neil Cownie. “The building is teased apart to maximise winter solar penetration and to capture prevailing cooling breezes.” Complementing the house’s passive solar design, the front roof conceals a 16.5kw photovoltaic array comprising 50 panels, which boosts the property’s energy self-sufficiency; while timbers and finishes within the house were sourced from sustainable resources.

The distinctive finishes “were chosen for their modesty and their ability to age gracefully as the house endures, with all of them reflecting the ethos of seeking beauty from imperfection”. According to Neil, the design scope included not only architecture but also interior furnishings. “This holistic design opportunity enabled all aspects of the house to reflect its important ‘handmade’ aspect.”

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Top-Quality Finishes and Custom Designs Interior furnishings reinforce this artisanal concept through such elements as heavy linen with exposed hand-stitched edging; a custom-designed dining table, external dining table and bedside tables; and the family room rug. The custom-designed pendant lights illuminating the main stair void are integrated with the fluid forms of the recesses in the off-form concrete ceiling above. The choice of a floral print fabric for the living room further reflected the “garden suburb” planning of the original subdivision. The walls and ceilings have been designed as a series of unadulterated planes and blocks of interlocking sculptural shapes, emphasised through the services and lighting being generally discreet or even hidden. The lighting is separated from the ceilings by its suspension below, with only feature pendants of a handmade quality being highlighted – also the case in the dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and main stair void. The timber cabinet work and timberclad wall elements merge as one to simplify the visual impact of the home’s diverse spaces; and the fluid kitchen island bench, with its hovering stone top, pays tribute to an iconic beachside concrete kiosk building that has been preserved by the local community. Other significant features include a timber-boarded concrete tilt panel and brick construction with standard insulation; anodised aluminium frames upstairs and downstairs; reverse-cycle air-

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“The spatial arrangement of the ‘pocket’ courtyards is also driven by environmental concerns” conditioning; and a concrete swimming pool and pool house. For Mosman Bay Luxury Homes, the main challenges involved incorporating significant timber bordered concrete finishes to the internal walls and ceilings; other complex finishing details such as curved timber ceilings and custom pendant lights; a driveway with concrete block set-outs; construction of the front door with its brass detail and custom door handle; and a scotia lining set-out throughout the interior areas (approximately four kilometres). One especially satisfying milestone, they noted, was completion of the concrete structures, while other resounding successes

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included the window and glass work (three months – leading to lock-up stage) and the joinery works. Mosman Bay Luxury Homes praised the “high standard of workmanship from most trades – in particular, the carpenters (Wesprojex) and form workers (Grafform)” – and highlighted the architects’ excellent use of the site’s orientation to enhance solar efficiency, ventilation and light. In conclusion, they said, “The individual design with top-quality timber and brass finishes sets the house apart from other residential projects.”

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Design aesthetic ■ European-inspired design, developed specifically for the Australian market. ■ Structural glazed system for optimal design flexibility. ■ Uninterrupted views with minimal visible aluminium. ■ Integrated glass and frame solution with no visible seals for a high quality, aesthetically pleasing solution. ■ 24mm interlockers for a more visually appealing solution.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

Major Beachside Skate Park Project in Scarborough

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seamless construction phase was a resounding testament to the skill and experience of MG Group’s management and trades team. Providing a vibrant new life to an iconic Perth beach precinct that is popular with tourists and locals alike, the Scarborough redevelopment project has transformed the beach area into an engaging, friendly and yearround leisure complex for people of all ages to enjoy. The $100 million development features the new Transit Hub, Scarborough Beach Pool, Sunset Hill and changes to parking and roads to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, while also improving connections between foreshore businesses and the ocean. The beach development was further enhanced with the upgrade of Scarborough’s local surf club in April. During the official inauguration of the overall redevelopment, Premier Mark McGowan commented, "Scarborough Beach has always been popular with Western Australians and tourists, and this


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“Creating a 12 foot deep skate bowl is considered to be the most complex and challenging design requirement of any skate park building element”

transformation is sure to rival other beaches around Australia as one of the country's top tourist destinations. Tourism is an important economic driver for our state and providing quality tourist experiences is important in attracting world-class events to Perth and facilitating ongoing investment and development." Cultural Hub at the Heart of the Redevelopment Popularly known as the “Snake Pit”, the skate park and bowl has been described as “a nod to Scarborough’s cultural heritage when the area was synonymous with rock’n’roll and FJ Holdens”. The competition-grade skate bowl is set up for local use, events and global competitions. The scope of MG Group’s work, which began in July 2017 and was completed in March this year, included: drainage, detailed earthworks and excavations, forming and pouring walls, forming and pouring concrete skate elements, stainless steel balustrade and stainless steel cast in the skate elements.

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“Scarborough Beach has always been popular with Western Australians and tourists, and this transformation is sure to rival other beaches around Australia as one of the country's top tourist destinations”

In addition to the skate park, MG Group’s contract with Georgiou (for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority) comprised additional hardscape concrete works for detailed in-situ walls and stairs throughout the northern end of the foreshore precinct. In all, the work completed by MG Group extended over 4,000 square metres. MG Group’s dedicated project management and on-site trades team consisted of up to 30 direct employees working to an extremely tight programme. The key challenge, according to the company, was to manage the complex scope of the concrete and civil works in accordance with the project schedule, while also strictly adhering to quality, safety and environment aspects. Another challenging aspect involved relocating the fragile Scarborough Tower Clock, a state- registered commemorative structure dating to 1979. “Our company project-managed this contract working closely with Georgiou and provided all in- house qualified tradespersons

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and employees to maintain the level of finish and quality required by the client.” Cutting-Edge Boral Concrete Products The Scarborough foreshore project by MG Group featured Boral’s decorative concrete range of Colori and Expose. Coloured Concrete: Colori provides opportunities to individualise a project by choosing full- depth colour from the extensive range. Colori uses world-class pigments that are UV-stable, non-fading and weather-resistant. Exposed Concrete: The Expose decorative concrete range is created by removing the surface fines from the concrete, resulting in the internal aggregates being exposed and highlighting the natural elements of the stone. Expose is ideal for use in outdoor areas, with the more heavily exposed finish perfect for driveways or areas requiring more grip.


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“The Scarborough redevelopment project has transformed the beach area into an engaging, friendly and year-round leisure complex for people of all ages to enjoy”

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EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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MODERN LEARNING

State-of-the-Art Transformation of School Project in Bayswater

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ducational centres are vital community assets that require meticulous care and attention when earmarked for major refurbishment work. In the first place, the priority is to minimalise disruption; and second, to ensure the finished project is of an impeccably high quality. This was the challenge faced by Rivett Construction when contracted to carry out a stage project for St Columba’s Catholic Primary School’s new administration building, undercover hardcourts and restoration of the original church building into a multi-purpose teaching space (for a total value of $4.2 million).

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In the end, the project was a resounding success – but not before Rivett were faced with an unexpected additional challenge. The original brief for the existing church was for a minimal cleanup and repair. However, on investigation, the building was found to require a significant refurbishment and structural repair. Fortunately, all those involved were fully committed to the new construction requirements and parameters. According to director Steven Rivett, “The school took the brave decision to complete the restoration work to a very high standard, creating a learning area that would be the envy of other schools, a boon for the students and staff, and one that the school can be very proud of. “We were able to develop a great working relationship with the architect, school and consultant team that allowed a very difficult project to be completed with minimal disruption to the operations of the school. This was fundamental to the success of the project, given the occupied nature of the existing school and the tight confines of the site.


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“The restoration of the original church building has created a fantastic learning area that the school can be very proud of” “In addition, solid relationships with subcontractors and suppliers allowed for buildings of exceptional quality. Without this team we would not have been able to achieve what has been achieved. Now the school can continue to meet the needs to the community moving forward, with quality facilities.” The project was required to be completed in stages. The new administration building was on the edge of the site and completed first; the undercover area was in the centre of the school site, creating limited access and surrounded by existing building and facilities; and the original church building was further into the school and was required to be completed last. The staging system

was formulated to ensure that the school administration and essential services would not be disrupted throughout the project. The original construction programme was extended to accommodate the additional work discovered within the existing church building, and the initial stages of the project were eventually completed and handed over to the client for occupation nine weeks ahead of the initial programme. For Steven Rivett, the highlight of the church section of the project involved the repairs and restoration of the original brickwork that was uncovered under plaster and 1950s sheeting. “This has created a modern space that utilises the original 80-yearold materials and workmanship.” Close Interaction with School Community and Public Commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission, in conjunction with St Columba’s School, the project was a continuation of previous development stages of the site under the

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“There was a very good team relationship developed between the client, architect and builder during the project”

direction of Parry & Rosenthal Architects. The school has been expanding and developing over the last 80 years, and this latest stage seven of the project was aimed at continuing the design themes and modern facilities required for the school community’s current and future needs. The main challenges at the start of construction, recalled Steven Rivett, were highlighted by the extremely tight working space and the school’s ongoing operations. “Being a legacy inner-city school, there was close interaction with the school community and the public. Limited site access and facilities required that the project have a tight schedule and coordinated delivery of materials and equipment.” Parry & Rosenthal Architects were the project architects, and the construction work consisted of the aforementioned three key elements: ■ A new 360 square metre administration building, Type A construction, with limestone facings and Colorbond roofing to match the existing new buildings. ■ New undercover sports courts, featuring structural steel and a Colorbond roof structure.

■ Restoration of the existing 80-year old church, including the entire removal and replacement of the roof structure, and internal brickwork repairs to completely match the original face brickwork. One important consideration was that all the building details and finishes needed to match the original building following years of renovations and additions. The construction team were also required to remove the existing boundary limestone retaining walls and replace them with a 90lineal-metre by four-metre high structure. The restoration work comprised: ■ Removal of all wall linings and plaster work, and re-pointing of all internal and external brickwork with heritage lime mortar. ■ Replacement of all services. ■ A complete new roof structure utilising traditional hardwood exposed timber frames and joinery to match the original timber beams. ■ New acoustic ceilings. ■ Replacement of original arched windows. As for the materials, the new buildings took their design cues from the previous stages. Parry & Rosenthal Architects continued the use of

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locally sourced limestone face blockwork, heritage handmade bricks and steel Colorbond roofing to match the existing buildings and the original materials used onsite and in the Bayswater suburb. This ensured that, while the buildings were new, they blended into the streetscape. The boundary retaining walls were constructed in face limestone random blockwork with steel insets that meet the structural and aesthetic needs of the location; and the undercover area has been surrounded with translucent Everbright sheeting to provide protection from adverse weather and allow significant natural light to enter the space. Diverse Experience, Contemporary Vision and Quality Commitment Founded by second-generation builder Steve Rivett in 2012, Rivett Construction is a medium-sized building and consultancy firm drawing on 20 years of experience within the construction

industry in Western Australia. “Our vision is to be recognised as construction leaders within Western Australia through the quality of our projects and the strength of our relationships. Quality building and contract excellence is fundamental to the reputation that we want to maintain. “Our personnel experience brings 50 years of successful construction projects valued at more than $292 million and including regional, remote and local Western Australian construction projects. Our experience ensures confident planning and decisionmaking, and a systematic approach to construction and development. “We can offer the flexibility and versatility of a smaller builder with the experience, structure and financial resources of a larger firm.”

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DOME CAFE

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Undertaken by Buckingham Re-Development Co. and designed by NOMA architectural studio, the project involved extending and altering the existing Dome Cafe with an upgraded commercial kitchen, expanded al fresco area (including added louvre system and outdoor heating) and new building for the dining area. All the work had to be completed in accordance with the Dome concept – one of the most globally recognisable brands in the cafe business – including equipment, fixtures and fittings, contractors and design. “We loved the cafe we had and so did our customers,” explained owners Linda and Andreas Walewski. “We just needed more of it. We wanted to keep the friendly feeling of community and to provide the full Dome experience of ‘A Place of Warmth and Comfort’ by installing booths and bench seats. We were keen for the addition to look seamless, as if it had always been there, and we wanted to maximise the outdoor area so that it could be used in all weather conditions. And the kitchen, which was the starting point for the whole project, needed to be completely upgraded and extended.


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“After the first meeting with Simon Venturi, our architect, it was clear he understood what we wanted and he worked with us to achieve everything in the limited space available.” In addition, they said, “We wanted to keep as much of the cafe running as possible throughout the building process so that our regular customers didn’t miss out on their coffee.” To that end, Buckingham Re-Development Co. took special measures to minimise any particularly loud building work during operating hours, scheduled early-morning or night crews, and managed to erect false walls and hoardings to create maximum interior space, as well as a fence around the building area in time for the official announcement of the project – plus, of course, the aforementioned observation windows for building aficionados! “We needed to work within strict time parameters and Buckingham Re-Development Co. avoided any major disruption to allow us to trade over Easter, before beginning the main part of the build and then completing the project three days early to allow us to be up and running at full capacity for the WA Day long weekend.

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“The completed cafe delivers everything we asked for and looks even better than we could have imagined” The Buckingham Re-Development Co. team went above and beyond to deliver what we wanted, especially when situations arose which weren’t exactly as expected. They were always willing to listen to a ‘change of plan’ and accommodate this whenever possible. “We had a dedicated site manager, who was always just a phone call away and who had the best positive outlook. We have also never before seen so many tradies cooperate together on one site; they were exceptional, working around each other and just getting on with the job. “The completed cafe delivers everything we asked for and looks even better than we could have imagined.” And the ultimate accolade? “Our regular customers are back and they’re loving it, and we have so many new ones who tell us they hadn’t been in the cafe before and they love it now too.” Seamlessly Stylish Comfort The key objective with the design was to create a family-friendly layout, with seating arrangements for casual dining. The style had to flow seamlessly from the original areas into the new and al fresco spaces. The revamped Dome Cafe features a comfortable ambience and enhanced neighbourhood cafe environment, highlighted by a natural

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material palette of dark unpolished timber floors, jarrah timber, wainscoting curved to the shape of the wall, and fancy cornice that is in keeping with the brand’s identity. The project required a solid working partnership between the tenants (Linda and Andreas Walewski) and the landlords and property owners (Gerard and Leonie O’Brien). Buckingham Re-Development Co.’s main construction activities were centred on tenant works including the kitchen equipment and upgrade carried out in accordance with the plans from the Dome Project Management Team, cornice, timber floors, tiling, new timber bi-fold doors and painting; and landlord works covering an extension of the base building to accommodate extra tenancy premises, plus all earthworks, demolition, concreting, structural steel, al fresco louvres, brickwork, render work, roofing, awnings, Alpolic canopy, glazing, doors, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, ceilings/wall linings, toilet upgrades, limestone walls, mesh screens and painting. All the standard features of the Dome Cafe design were incorporated into the dining area (fancy cornice, rustic timber floors, wainscoting, lighting); and the operable louvre system facilitates year-round use of the spacious outdoor al fresco areas. Locally sourced materials were also used in order to reduce construction time.

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“We wanted to keep as much of the cafe running as possible throughout the building process so that our regular customers didn’t miss out on their coffee” As noted previously, the main challenges involved carrying on construction works while the cafe continued to trade and clients were accessing the areas. The build was undertaken in phases, with the construction team hoarding off areas they were working within, then slowly closing out the restaurant area – leaving the front counter to serve takeaway options to customers. The final works required the entire premises to be closed for a minimum period of time, allowing the owners to maximise their trading options throughout the build period. This tight time-frame for completion of the refurbishment clearly called for meticulous forward planning and scrupulous adherence to the scheduled time-scale. Furthermore, as the venue required a full refurbishment and upgrade to the back-of-house, this work needed to be carried with minimal loss of operational time for the client. In the end, the builders were able to successfully coordinate the tenants’ trades work so that it coincided seamlessly with the

base build and fit-out without losing precious time and disruption. Exercising an exceptionally high level of quality control throughout this project, BRDC eventually met both the time and the budget schedules.

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THE BUILDERS CHOICE Dome Cafe

“The key objective with the design was to create a family-friendly layout, with seating arrangements for casual dining”

Fashionable Hub for Community Pleasure The Dome cafe-restaurant is a popular licensed culinary reference point in the Kingsley community, with people in the surrounding areas tending to be extremely loyal to their local cafe. The daytime cafe serves the coffee, morning tea, lunchtime and early dinner crowd – transforming the establishment into a haven of chilledout music, superb food and excellent company; while on Friday nights it hosts live music events that attract residents keen to enjoy both the entertainment and a sumptuous meal. Meanwhile, the Dome Cafe Kingsley team of dedicated staff have become a part of a community family and provide customers with impeccable customer services. Not surprisingly, the project was exceptionally well received by the local community when it opened on its scheduled completion date. The owners and team held a well-attended evening function to welcome back their customers, with live entertainment facilitated through the new lighting and sound systems. Those attending were able to see first-hand how the completed project delivered a delightful space which transitions smoothly between each meal time, from early-morning coffee connoisseurs to lunchtime diners, and well into the evening for all members of the community – and a wide variety of tastes.

Personalised Attention and... Western Australia-owned and operated, Buckingham Re-Development Co. highlights its main company attributes as trustworthiness, versatility, experience, excellence and competitiveness. “We deliver what we promise on the project site and maintain a focus on building strong relationships with clients, architects, consultants and tradespeople. These linkages, along with integrity, deliver on-time projects to budgets. “We have the experience and specialist teams to develop highquality buildings using cutting- edge building technologies and design. Our in-house resources are able to deliver desired outcomes, and our versatility and flexibility are maintained in highly complicated environments. “We have been involved in many projects in the Perth metropolitan area in our 35-plus years of building across many industry sectors. Today, we showcase an extensive list of successful commercial construction projects. “Buckingham Re-Development Co. has an innovative outlook with highly skilled personnel and quality-minded leadership. Our commitment to deliver excellence requires the best people working together. Our project managers personally attend project sites to manage the building process, staying on track to achieve the set objectives and client expectations. “We are always examining our competitiveness within the market to clients receive the best value. Buckingham Re-Development Co. also tailors its services to provide design support, preliminary budgeting, resource and logistics planning, scope management, project scheduling, project administration and supervision, as well as ongoing maintenance for the client’s assets.” Buckingham Re-Development Co’s projects have been honoured with state and national awards from several industry groups and institutions, including the WA Architecture Awards, Master Builders Awards and Heritage Building Awards. Their dedicated team of construction professionals has worked closely together for many years, another “central core of the company’s strong culture”. Located in Northbridge, architectural studio NOMA* works closely with experienced consultants and contractors “to deliver engaging, sustainable and socially responsible built environment outcomes contributing to local communities”. Simon Venturi leads a small team undertaking a diverse range of commercial, retail, public space, adaptive re-use and residential projects. “Developed from our involvement in local community groups, local council design review panels and academic research, as well as architectural practice, our highly contextual approach generates high-quality outcomes.”

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