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eptember is a month that universally signifies change.

A change of season, colour, clothing, maybe even a home. Springtime in Australia also brings about a change in the sporting calendar.

We are delighted to bring you the September edition of The Builders Choice Magazine.

The Rugby World Cup in Japan precedes the AFL Grand Final, which marks the start of a new A-League soccer season. The sporting world never stops, and the same can be said for construction. We can draw distinct parallels between sport and construction; Hard work, training, planning, inspiration, skill, determination, innovation, and most importantly of all, teamwork. Teamwork is the cornerstone of the construction industry and in this latest edition of The Builders

Choice, team effort is at the forefront of our inspirational features and insightful profiles. We strive to showcase the very best that the building industry in Western Australia has to offer. This issue includes an of construction projects achievements.

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From vibrant and stylish apartments to future-proof homes, city-living, new shopping and entertainment experiences, aged care facilities and lightweight construction. Plus, with a big month of sport still to come, we also feature Perth’s world-class and award-winning Optus Stadium. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to, and participated in, this issue of The Builders Choice Magazine and we wish you and your team all the very best for a successful new season. Daniel Greenland The Builders Choice Team

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Ask any builder and they’ll talk about demanding the cheapest price from their suppliers in order to maximise their margins. Seems logical – but is it really the best way to make more money from supplier partnerships? We sat down with Mike King, Owner and General Manager of INFINITI AIR & SOLAR, to find out why upselling products and streamlining installation is proving to be more profitable.


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Why upselling to premium products leads to fatter profits So Mike – tell us a bit about how Infiniti came about? I formed Infiniti in 2016 after watching builders suffer work double-ups, cost blowouts and unhappy end-users due to poorly coordinated installation trades. To solve the problem, we developed a unique in-house service integration focused on making life easier for builders. And it’s been a resounding success. How does it work exactly? Well, rather than the traditional model of outsourcing contractors that you have no control over, we brought all our trades in-house. This meant we could deliver a seamless, more co-ordinated installation experience, in less time. In fact, we often install in just a day. We were

so confident this improved standards we decided to provide a full 10-year workmanship warranty, not just the token one or two years builders expect. And that confidence extends to the products we use, because we partner solely with ActronAir. This relationship allows us to install Australia’s most energy efficient systems, while giving builders access to our highly successful Builder Rewards Program. Looking at the figures - this Builders Rewards Program has changed how builders profit? Yes, it provides opportunities for builders to increase their margins by giving homebuyers more options within one brand. So just to unpack that, ActronAir has five levels of products, from entry to premium.

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This allows homebuyers to easily upgrade to superior air-conditioning features, without changing brands, early in the building process. It’s a really simple selling structure, but it has dramatically changed air-conditioning purchase habits.

of living. That means builders can easily demonstrate how their buyers will enjoy the superior energy efficiency they’re seeking when buying a new home.

Homebuyers are now considering air-conditioning features at the same time that they’re making other important building decisions, like selecting benchtops, carpets and window treatments. And that’s a crucial change in behaviour, because growing evidence shows today’s homebuyer is actively seeking out ways to make their homes more energy efficient, particularly in our era of climate change and rising utility costs. In fact, a recent study by the University of Melbourne shows homebuyers make decisions based on energy efficiency and are willing to pay more up front.

Why should builders trust your relationship with ActronAir?

We give them what they want through our making it easy to upgrade to premium ActronAir products. Our figures back this up. Since the program kicked off, builders who signed up as members have seen a significant shift in their product mix, with a higher split of premium products sold on an on-going basis. And what we’ve found is that by upselling to more premium products, builders profit more from a higher margin in every sale. In fact, member builders have gone from selling over 95% of the lower margin base products to just 30-40% of total mix on average - the rest is now made up of premium products, which deliver higher margins at no extra cost. That’s about a 60% increase in premium product upgrades – and the builders didn’t have to lift a finger. Quite extraordinary! So Infiniti has provided a clear blueprint to boost margins on their air and solar installations? Absolutely. And ActronAir makes it dead easy for builders too, from the easy to understand builder-specific pricing, to helpful marketing support and point of sale material, in-house sales product training and access to a competitive volume based pricing structure. The more you purchase, the greater the benefit. It’s a no brainer. Why have WA builders been slow to adopt ActronAir products?

I’ve always believed in doing what’s right – I know many people say it but that’s how I live my life. When it comes to air and solar solutions, my mantra is “if I wouldn’t put it in mine, I wouldn’t put it in yours”. You could describe it as thinking with my heart – I take corporate responsibility seriously. So for me, what I saw in ActronAir was shared values, and a vehicle to deliver on our promise of making life easier for builders. We want to be 100% transparent as a supplier, where the products are well designed and the price is the price without any hidden charges. That’s why we committed to exclusively selling ActronAir products, which are designed specifically around end-user needs, the people buying the houses our clients build. Sure, we could sell multiple brands, but we have absolute confidence in the value ActronAir delivers. Other installers recommend products that give them the biggest kickback – we recommend the product that’s right for you. It’s proven to be an extremely rewarding relationship so far - we are four-time ActronAir WA Dealer of the Year, and counting. And we’re committed to working together to open the eyes of builders across our wonderful state as to why partnering with us just makes good business sense. BC

Well, they tend to stick with names that have been here for a while like Daikin, LG and Mitsubishi. Yet on the east coast, 70% of new homes built have ActronAir installed! So our state really needs to get up to speed with the undeniable benefits. We can prove ActronAir products offer the best performance and value for WA conditions. They’re Australian designed and made specifically for Australian weather conditions and ways

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Albert Pang of President Constructions and Parm Tjhung of Parm Tjhung Design have both achieved individual recognition in the building industry. Having recently completed two outstanding projects together, Albert and Parm represent the importance of a solid understanding between architect and builder. Their combined accomplishments prove that teamwork is paramount and that a shared success is the best.


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Tell us about yourself and how you got into your profession? AP: Since I was at a very young age, I was always interested in Architecture and Constructions. I was always fascinated by looking into buildings with interesting structures and designs.

This has enabled me to undertake projects of choice with clients and developers looking for the same outcome – A great product at a great price.

PT: Since childhood, I’ve always wanted to be an architect. Never a pilot or a doctor.

I established my own building company in June 2008. So far it has attained contracts in excess of $ 30,000,000.00.

Tell us about your business operations and services? AP: President Constructions Pty. Limited is one business whose focus is to bring a quality product to our clients at the best cost price possible. After becoming disillusioned in how the industry is being pushed to cut costs to produce a not necessarily good quality, but good looking product, I realized that the only way to maintain integrity was to open my own company.

I have more than 25 years’ experience in the building industry, both in commercial and residential projects.

All the projects are fully insured and use the best of trades and quality products within the parameters of each and every contract undertaken. PT: Parm Tjhung Designs Pty Ltd is an award-winning design and supervision service. We are experienced in residential and resort developments in Australia and overseas. The company is well respected in the design of buildings in many areas of real estate developments.



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A career highlight came alongside U.S architects Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp when designing and documenting various areas of the New Parliament House in Canberra Australia, including an early-stage construction administration role. How do you see your own role within the company? AP: I am always proud of my work and always do my best to achieve the best outcome for my clients. Most of the projects, I personally supervise the work from start to finish. PT: As the owner and designer of the company I have always taken pride in the product delivered to the client. From where do you draw your inspiration? AP: Mostly by looking at beautiful buildings, bridges, etc. Either in Australia or overseas. PT: Not sure about this, I have never thought about it until now. It could be heritage from the country I came from (Indonesia). It could be from my travel and other people’s great work. Perhaps a natural interest in space efficiency and flow, ergonomics, interior design, and landscaping. What are some of the main challenges you have faced over the years? And how did you overcome them? AP: Difficulty to find good trades. Most of them had no pride in their own workmanship and no loyalty whatsoever. To overcome this problem I usually treat my trades with respect and offer fair prices and responsibility. Now, most of the trades who are working with me have been doing so for more than 10 years. PT: Council regulations and red tapes at the planning stage. I overcame them with patience and perseverance to achieve amicable results for both the Council and the client. What are the key lessons you have learned from your experiences in the industry? AP: To treat your clients with the utmost respect and service. Always consider their requirements and do the best to oblige. PT: Always approach a job enthusiastically, big or small. Clients remember what you did and didn’t do right. The industry will always go up and down, but be prepared to diversify when it’s lean. In what ways has your industry changed and evolved since you first started? AP: Safety in the workplace is more and more stringent. These days work safe officers will visit the sites more often than when I started. PT: It is more safety and health-conscious now. A shift towards catering for retirement, downsized living, and now baby boomers are coming to roost. Aged care is also coming into focus. Tell us about your relationship with each other? And when did it start? AP: It started about two years ago when my client asked me to price two houses in Winthrop designed by Parm. I was successful in tender and ended up building the houses. I was very impressed with Parm’s designs and drawings which were very comprehensive and easy to follow. During constructions, he was very helpful and co-operative in any matter that I was not sure about or had any queries. He is very friendly with a very good temperament.

Parm Tjhung (right) Albert Pang (left). A partnership built on shared values. we have put the same attention to details, and are equally proud to have produced both houses for the respective owners. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? AP: Golf, travel and spending time with the family. PT: Pot around, golf, travel. How would you describe your dream home? And where would it be? AP: It would be a two-story house located near the city with less maintenance. Currently, I am living in a two-story townhouse with a loft in East Perth. PT: A simple but stylish single level home with lots of convenient user-friendly features, and a courtyard garden for outdoor entertaining. It would be in Applecross, not far from the river. BC

PT: Two years ago, when I was introduced to Albert by a mutual client. We both believe and always strive to go the extra mile for our clients. Tell us about the projects that you have worked on together? AP: A Winthrop residence. The client wanted to downsize from their three-story to a two. It was a challenge and we were pleased to meet with the client’s wishes and needs. PT: At Heatherley Parade, Winthrop. The block shape of this house is narrow and long, which is reflected in the home design. Whilst this house is slightly smaller and different in its design,

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ne of the great privileges as a writer for the Builders Choice is meeting with the people behind the awe-inspiring projects we feature.

I recently met with Darren Williams at his new home in Jindalee and instantly recognized that his life is quite literally built around his passion - his business. Fish Doctor is a family business run by Darren and his wife Melissa, ably assisted by their three young children. Darren and Melissa’s home is awash with aquariums inhabited by a colorful array of fish and corals.  It’s a fabulous sight and is still a work in progress.   Darren has just recently returned from Reef Stock ­— An International Saltwater Aquarium Exhibition in Sydney — which he describes as “exhausting”, but “well worth the effort.”  “It was a pretty full on weekend,” Darren said. “Logistically it was a big challenge; the whole day

before traveling is spent packing corals. But the chance to exhibit our business alongside the best in the country is too good to turn down.” Darren’s work is as niche as it is fascinating. So, where did it all begin? “It goes back to me initially leaving high school. I studied a couple of years full time to complete my Certificate II and Diploma of Aquaculture. “I was working for a freshwater fish importer here in Perth before I moved over to Queensland. “There I spent three years working for Cairns Marine - the biggest marine aquarium specimen collector in Australia - shipping fish all over the world, from little Nemo’s to big sharks and stingrays!  “I moved back to Perth and started up Fish Doctor in 2005.  “At the time I was working a seven day fortnight at Midland Brick. This allowed me to have seven days of the fortnight to slowly take on more jobs and build the Fish Doctor business.  

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The corals are a service Fish Doctor also offer to their clients and in turn, the propagation lessens the strain on the wild corals being collected from the ocean.

“I got to the point where I would work through the day on Fish Doctor, get an hour or two of sleep, do a 12 hour night shift at Midland, and then go back to it. “Eventually I pulled the pin which was just over 10 years ago. I’ve been running Fish Doctor solely full time ever since. It’s grown into a monster.”

The success of Fish Doctor is testament to Darren’s hard work and the support of his family.

Darren’s qualifications and comprehensive background in wholesale, retail and on-road maintenance makes him unique to his field and desirable to luxury builders who require a specialist on the job.

“I love going to work in the mornings,” Darren said, “Not that many people can say that.

“I do everything from start to finish,” Darren said. “From the initial concept and design, through the construction process and up to the custom builds and then the ongoing servicing.  “I do a lot of new installs through builders I am working with at the moment, like Azure Luxury Homes. “A lot of the work is the on-road servicing and maintenance so it’s a complete start to finish. I sit down with the builders during the design phase to make sure that the plumbing is ran under the slab, the right electrics are used, the drainage and all the amenities are in place.  “They are the sort of things that you have to get right, especially when you’re dealing with high-end homes. The last thing you want when you’re doing a water change on someone’s aquarium is to be laying a hose over their expensive flooring! 

“The kids are really enthusiastic about the business and always look after the fish and the coral on the rare occasion Melissa and I are away. “I’m always looking to pick up more custom builds and generally continue to grow the business.” BC

“If you allow for those things during the initial design process then it’s just a matter of a disguised pipe out the front of the property that can be easily hooked up to hoses on the back of my truck for water changes. “It just makes it a lot quicker to do the servicing as well. So from design, throughout the building process, constructing the aquarium, installing it and stocking it, we offer the complete service.” Darren has an aquaculture license which very few people in WA have. This allows him to propagate corals. Coral propagation refers to the cutting and growing of coral and is often accomplished through a process called fragmentation or, as it is commonly called, “fragging.” 









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TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Go to https://ctf.wa.gov.au/school/students-and-parents/school-based-programs/ and apply today. The Scholarship Program is a VET in School program designed to deliver the best students to industry. The qualifications are endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and can account for four units towards WACE upon completion. The course will run with Certificate II programs at specialised, handpicked RTOs that also includes 20+ hours of mentoring and specialised training completed by industry specialists and experienced mentors. The students will need to apply and successfully complete an interview process to be considered for this program.

TRY-A-TRADE PROGRAM The Try-A-Trade program is managed and 100% funded by the CTF and is available to all year 9 and 10 students throughout Western Australia.


he program, designed as a first step for those who demonstrate an interest in building and construction, gives students a taste of different trade areas to allow them to make more informed choices.

They run between March and November and are three days in length. Try-A-Trade introduces students to a real trade training environment, with courses coordinated and delivered by specialist trade training organisations and trade qualified lecturers. CTF’s Industry Training Advisors attend each course and deliver presentations to the groups providing key information and guidance towards the next steps in their career and education.

Students who successfully complete this two-year commitment will be highly sought within the industry after graduating school. Students that successfully complete one of the following qualifications as part of their WACE can apply to the CTF for an Award of $250.


The Trade Pathway provides students with the essential theory, skill and workplace experience for entry into construction trades. During the first year of the course Year 11 students will undertake key competencies common to a range of trades and combine this with site-based work experience. In the second year (Year 12), students can select from six trade-specific competencies and combine these with site-based work experience. Upon successful completion, students will receive the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trade Pathway).

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The Business pathway provides students with essential skills, knowledge and work experience across Years 11 and 12 that will help towards entry into further study and/or employment in key construction occupations such as estimating, scheduling, administration, design, planning, and drafting.

· Carpentry · Painting & Decorating · Plumbing · Tiling · Electrical There is also a one–day program that introduces students to another aspect of the industry, focusing on careers in design, business, scheduling, estimating, drafting, planning and more. Try-a-Trade programs are delivered to thousands of WA school students each year. And because the CTF fully funds each course, there’s no cost to the schools and students who take part.

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TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Upon completion, students will be awarded the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Para-Professional Pathway).

CERTIFICATE II PLUMBING It covers practical and theoretical training plus work experience placement for students interested in pursuing a career in plumbing & gasfitting or roof plumbing. The course is the same as would be completed during a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ and directly articulates in a plumbing apprenticeship. All plumbing apprentices would have completed this course prior to attaining a plumbing apprenticeship. Students that successfully complete the Certificate II in Building and Construction (through either Pathway), the Cert II Civil Construction or the Certificate II in Plumbing are eligible to apply for a $250 Award from the CTF. Applications for the 2020 Scholarship Program are now open!

CAREER PROMOTION SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS One of the CTF’s Industry Training Advisors can be booked to come to your school and talk to students about the many career opportunities in the construction industry. The Advisor will provide expert knowledge of the industry, the apprenticeship and traineeship system, the span of careers available, and will no doubt have some great stories to tell about career development. The CTF’s representative will discuss your requirements and tailor a presentation to suit the age range and/or the number of students in each group. If you would like to arrange a guest speaker for your student program, please contact CTF on 9244 0100 or email inquiries@ctf.wa.gov.au. BC

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PERTH’S GAME CHANGING STADIUM Builders Choice takes a look at some of the contributors that helped to create the OPTUS STADIUM and set it apart from other world-class venues around the globe.


ptus Stadium has transformed the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events and in doing so has become an Australian national icon in a short space of time. Over 100 contracts were used in the construction of the venue, from the pouring of the first concrete slab in mid-2015, to the final blade of grass being

cut prior to its first major sporting event in January 2017. In its first year of opening Optus saw over 2 million fans attend 43 major events and has since been named the most beatiful sports stadium in the world after winning the World Architecture and Design Award for Sports at the 2019 Prix Versailles. The multi-purpose, 60,000-seater, outshone New York City’s Louis Armstrong Stadium and China’s Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium to claim the World title.


Every design decision was made with a singular vision; To achieve an unsurpassed visitor experience. A STADIUM BUILT FOR THE FANS KEY FEATURES • ‘Bowl’ configuration gives every fan an exceptional view and maximizes atmosphere • Seats 60,000 (AFL mode), 65,000 in rectangular mode and up to 70,000 in concert mode • Sight screens positioned to reduce impact on fan views

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• Architecture and landscaping reflect the state’s proud sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage • Striking bronze facade — in anodised aluminium — reflects WA’s unique geology • State-of-the-art, world-first LED lighting captures home-team colours at night • Lightweight fabric roof covers 85 percent of seats

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CPP WIND ENGINEERING AND AIR QUALITY CONSULTANTS CPP were invited to participate in the Perth Stadium project at the concept design stage. Dr Matt Glanville of CPP Wind Engineering in Sydney said it was amongst the largest stadium projects they have worked on, covering many different aspects of wind engineering. “We provided scope to investigate structural aspects of the wind design, particularly the roof, which needs to withstand 1000-year return period wind loads. It’s a lightweight fabric roof,” Dr Glanville said. WIND TUNNEL TESTING The tunnel blows air in a straight direction towards the Optus Stadium model. Using a circular turntable which can rotate 3600 it can replicate the full-scale wind environment for each wind direction, on a model scale, for this Perth site location. Without wind tunnel testing it is almost impossible to forecast the magnitude of ‘hotspots’ (localised peak wind pressure areas) on a building surface induced by highly turbulent peak wind gusts that a designer may not intuitively locate. It is now common to find wind engineers seated on expert panels of design professionals to assess competitive designs for state–significant developments. “People now realise the importance of wind engineering in building and structural design,” Dr Glanville said. “We are most effective at the front end of design. “The reason we do wind tunnel testing and have been commercially for the last 50+ years is because the tunnel can reproduce scaled turbulence important for measuring peak gust wind speeds and design pressures on buildings.

Photos of the Optus Stadium model in the CPP wind tunnel – The CPP Sydney wind tunnel is a 20 m long two-storey structure with a 110 kW axial fan in the top section of the closed loop driving the air around. The test section is in the bottom half of the tunnel and comprises a circular turntable that they place their models on. The model of the structure being tested is placed in the centre and surrounding it are models of other buildings typically within a 500 m radius of the proposed structure. A window is placed in the side of the tunnel at this point to allow observations of the test. In the lower part of the tunnel between the fan and the test section is what they call the fetch, a series of blocks that can be raised or lowered within the tunnel to create a scaled version of the atmospheric boundary layer, which reflects the likely wind conditions in the area.

“The elderly and frail can have difficulties even standing during strong gusts. To ensure safety in the public domain we need to mitigate conditions through wind breaks and landscaping. “Wind tunnel testing helped determine the locations of windbreaks and landscaping around the perimeter of the stadium.”  >>

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OPTUS STADIUM CFD generated wind streamlines superimposed over a photo of the Optus Stadium wind tunnel model. CFD is well suited to modelling bounded wind flow through the confined space between the roof and seating bowl, but will not properly model the turbulence of unbounded wind flow over the upper roof surface – wind tunnel testing is needed to capture peak wind loads on the upper roof surface induced by turbulent gusts.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY The stadium site is exposed to strong prevailing Perth winds from the east, south west winds, and on summer afternoons the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ from the ocean can be quite strong. “In this controlled wind tunnel environment, we can change the combinations of ground level ‘roughness’ to represent terrain and buildings surrounding any given site,” Dr Glanville said.

People now realise the importance of wind engineering in building and structural design

“We can then reproduce atmospheric boundary layer profiles as they will exist at any project site location. We used a hotwire probe at different locations within and around the stadium model to measure the different local wind velocities. “We take all the velocity measurements from the tunnel tests and combine them with the Perth wind climate data. We determine the wind velocity and its probability of occurrence then compare that with third party pedestrian wind comfort criteria.



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“We also investigated wind driven rain penetration into the stadium and carried out a few studies to optimize the size of the open roof/ façade gap. “We investigated the sensitivity of the gap on concourse wind comfort, rain penetration and also thermal comfort. The gap provides natural ventilation to the concourse which is a positive during summer.”

STRUCTURAL AND CLADDING STUDIES This value engineering exercise ensures the safety of the stadium structure under wind loading and ensures correct wind load distributions are determined for the roof structure. The same tests were used to determine cladding loads for the stadium façade and identified local ‘hot spot’ wind pressures where the façade needs additional localised strengthening. Internal partitioning loads were also derived from the wind tunnel test results but with reference to CFD simulations.

Wind driven rain simulation conducted using CFD.

COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (CFD) Wind tunnels are still the test method of choice for overall structural loads, facade pressures and environmental flows, such as how gusty is it for people standing outside a stadium. However, while you can measure wind speeds in the tunnel, you can’t normally see them. 


Wind affects our world. We know how. CPP provides industry-leading wind consulting services to architects, engineers, and developers around the world. When you know how wind affects our world, your buildings can be safer, more comfortable, and more efficient. CPP’S SERVICES INCLUDE: • Wind Loads & Cladding Pressures • Natural Ventilation Assessments • Exhaust Dispersion Modelling • Space Vehicles & Launch Structures • Pedestrian Wind Comfort

• CFD Simulations • Daylighting & Shading • Solar Glare & Reflectivity • Wind on Solar Arrays • Full Scale Building Monitoring

Contact CPP to ensure that wind is accounted for in your design.

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Thermal comfort CFD simulation inside the concourse.


“In the wind tunnel air is the testing medium,” Dr Glanville said. “It cannot be seen without flow visualisation tracers such as smoke, whereas CFD output is highly visual with colour streamlines and contours. “The windiest zones we conventionally represent by the red end of the visible spectrum; the calmest zones are blue and violet colours. “It’s easier to interpret and, although CFD is not so good at predicting the gustiness of external flows, it is very good, in fact superior, to wind tunnel testing, when looking at tightly bounded flows inside a building.” For Optus Stadium, CPP investigated the height sensitivity of the upstand at the top of the seating bowl. Image: Kingspan Insulation Australia.

“The concourse at Optus Stadium is semi-enclosed, so we have trouble modelling viscosity within a small physical scale model,” Dr Glanville explained. “This is where we use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) - a numerical model of wind flow through the stadium interior. “CFD can reproduce wind flows and thermal ranges inside the building.” With both tools it is possible to fully replicate the wind environment inside and outside the stadium.

CFD can reproduce wind flows and thermal ranges inside the building.

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The negative with CFD is that it struggles to reproduce turbulent gust wind speeds which are important for planning pedestrian wind safety and also structural design wind loads. That’s why both wind tunnel testing and CFD are used hand in hand by CPP. As well as taking wind velocity readings at pitch level, where the players are, CPP also took measurements at various heights above the field of play, with the emphasis on understanding the range of wind speeds that could be experienced throughout the football projectile path.

BIG RIVER GROUP Big River Group was chosen as the preferred Anti-Slip plywood supplier for the flooring of this challenging structure. Big River Group’s Anti-Slip plywood is a high strength F17 structural plywood. The timber features a textured paint finish with crushed glass for maximum wear

and slip resistance. The reverse side of the panel has a phenolic film for moisture protection in damp, wet and external areas. It’s an ideal solution for construction sites and medical environments, in both permanent and temporary applications where safety is paramount. The product is available in three standard colours and a range of sizes and thicknesses and can be custom made. Anti-slip plywood can also be scarf jointed if larger sheets are required.

AIR QUALITY ISSUES With regards to kitchen, generator and smoke exhausts, CPP used the wind tunnel and tiny scale stacks and piping to represent exhaust points on the scale model, to simulate the dispersion of those exhausts from different relief points and their potential to re-ingress into the stadium. It made recommendations on exhaust flow rates and stack configurations to minimize any air quality impacts. Dispersion of vehicle emissions within the enclosed basement carpark were made using CFD modelling. PERTH PROJECTS AND BEYOND CPP have used wind tunnel testing on several major Perth projects including Fiona Stanley Hospital and Elizabeth Quay developments. Eastern state projects include Barangaroo, the new International Convention Center and Theatre in Darling Harbor and Queens Wharf, Brisbane. CPP have also worked on projects in Southeast Asia including the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. CPP worked on the Optus Stadium project for 2 years.


CPP also took measurements at various heights above the field of play

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Image: Kingspan Insulation Australia.

With sustainability and energy efficiency a key consideration in the design and operation of such a large facility, the designers specified the high performing Kingspan Kooltherm Insulation as the thermal insulation for soffit application. The key features of Kingspan Kooltherm are its ability to deliver high levels of thermal resistance within a very thin fire-resistant profile, with a fast installation method. Up to half the thickness of the equivalent conventional bulk insulation, Kooltherm allowed for the maximum use of space and ceiling heights. This coupled with the fact that it is a product manufactured, tested and certified in Australia gave the builder and contractor peace of mind when it came to compliance and continuity of supply, delivered directly to site on demand through Kingspan Insulation’s Perth distribution centre. This is a project that Kingspan was involved with for over 3 years from design through to delivery, and we commend the design teams of Perth’s Cox and Hassell Architectural offices, the builder Multiplex and the interior package contractor Cubic Interiors on a job well done. The State of Western Australia is very proud of its world-class stadium, and you should be as well, we sure are.

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I ns ul a ti o n

Is your soffit insulation fire compliant or not in 2019? Test reports indicating the group number of wall and ceiling linings determined under versions of the BCA applicable prior to 1st May 2016 were given a concession period of 3 years to adjust to the new standard AS 5637.1. This concession period expired on the 1st May 2019. Be sure your supplier provides you with proof of its AS 5637.1 fire compliance group number for the product you are using before installation, as the cost of using a non-compliant insulation could be devastating.


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AS HEALTH CENTRE The idea of incorporating a child and parent centre into an existing primary school is a unique and innovative approach to local health care, providing many benefits to families residing locally. WORDS PAUL GOLDIE


he recently completed Child and Parent Centre at Westfield Park Primary School is an impressive example of the concept, delivering a large range of services for those within its catchment area. The array of programs and services at Westfield Park include antenatal

education and child health, parenting information and programs, kindergarten, mental health support, and occupational therapy and psychology. RIVETT INVOLVED FROM THE START Rivett Construction was involved in the project from the commencement of construction through to the designing of the space in cooperation with the project architects. The project involved the refurbishment of an existing building, starting with a complete gut-out of the internal space. In order to achieve this some existing walls were removed, as were most ceilings and all of the fixtures and fittings. The new walls, including operable walls, were then installed, flushed and sheeted. New services were installed and the floors and walls were made good. Finally, the new fixtures were fixed of and the building painted. Rivett Constructions also built the new playground outside the building.

T. 08 9387 2945 W. rivettcs.com.au

The building was thus opened up to create a friendly space where parents and children can come to receive medical care on all levels, from postnatal and paediatric care through to an onsite psychologist. NEW OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

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The new outdoor adventure playground for children, available for the use of both visiting children and students, provides a comforting, safe environment.

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The application of Environmentally Sustainable Design principles demands the selection of location, materials, energy and waste management be considered for any development.

Parents also find the facility inviting and friendly with features which include kitchen, play rooms, and the availability of staff to provide advice. Throughout the process of construction Rivett Construction Director Steve Rivett and Construction Manager Robert Connolly had to deal with many changes in use of the existing structure, which at times created difficulties of varying degrees. However, working with architects Hodge Collard and Preston they ware able to ensure the Department of Health brief was exceeded over all stages of the project, delivering a suitable and pleasant environment for the parents and children of the local community who attend and use the facility. >>


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Challenges during the project included meeting the budget, which was achieved through strict planning; completing the construction within the specified time frame, and building within a working school environment, which necessitated routing families and children around the worksite. Founded in 2012 by Steve Rivett, Rivett Construction is a medium-sized construction and consultancy firm specialising within the industrial, institutional and commercial construction markets within Western Australia.

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TWENTY YEARS EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The company draws on 20 years of experience within the construction industry in Western Australia with involvement in projects ranging in value from $0.5m to $27.0m in metropolitan, regional and remote areas. With extensive contacts within the construction industry, Rivett Construction seeks projects from selected clients with a focus on a narrow range of projects under $10m in value.

The project involved the refurbishment of an existing building, starting with a complete gut-out of the internal space.

Director Steven Rivett is responsible for the operational performance of all construction projects in Western Australia including all time, cost and quality aspects. He is the senior client contact, maintaining open communications regarding progress and issues affecting each project undertaken by the company. >>

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WESTFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL Construction Manager Robert Connolly is responsible for managing building contracts on-site, liaising with the contracts manager, client, sub-contractors and other trades, and co-ordinating all aspects of the works so that the building project is completed in line with requirements, within budget and on time. Robert has a commercial background of over 30 years with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of each project, and is able to advise and implement cost savings at all times, representing the company in a professional and proactive manner in all dealings with those associated with, and affected by, the building project. The application of Environmentally Sustainable Design principles demands the selection of location, materials, energy and waste management be considered for any development. Rivett Construction believes that ESD needs to be incorporated into both the base design of structures and the construction phases. Company personnel have experience with the Greenstar initiatives within both the design and the construction phase of projects, which has been demonstrated in the successful Gosnell Civic and Administration project achieving a 5-star rating for the construction phase. BC

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The array of programs and services at Westfield Park include antenatal education and child health, parenting information and programs, kindergarten, mental health support, and occupational therapy and psychology.

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Unique, stylish and energy efficient apartments in the heart of the city. PHOTOGRAPHY TRASKO INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHICS


ituated conveniently close to the Northbridge cultural precinct and the Perth CBD, Verdant is a 21-storey residential development on Stirling Street. Verdant features 137, one and two bedroom apartments featuring high ceilings, generous balconies and stunning views over the city. On the 20th level of the building there is a rooftop terrace which comprises a

common alfresco lounge, pool, gym, sauna, private bar, dining space, yoga deck and open-air cinema. Verdant’s thoughtful design and layout has a strong focus on energy efficiency which is highlighted by mechanically operated glass louvres which make plentiful use of natural light and ventilation. The building incorporates an eye-catching, three-story green wall adding a thick flourish of greenery to the streetscape. Hence the name; Verdant. The Verdant apartments are in a choice location with arts, entertainment and transport all within walking distance. EFFICIENT FEATURES


• Solar gas hot water • Cross ventilation • Optimised building orientation

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• Low energy light fittings • Low flow water fittings • Energy efficient blinds and screens

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adjective: verdant 1. (of countryside) green with grass or other rich vegetation

FineForm is one of the prominent formwork, concrete, reinforcement and precast installation companies in Western Australia, through its ability to provide solutions for the whole structure of the project.




Innovative design. High class finish. Safety. Speed. State of the art equipment.

Highly coordinated. Efficient install.

Mobile and Tower pumping.

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Verdant residents can enjoy uninterrupted views of the city and Perth hills

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THE ARCHITECT - MJA STUDIO Our brief from the builder was to develop a design approach for the next generation of inner city apartments in Perth.  A lofty, hotel like entry experience is embraced by one of Western Australia’s largest living walls and welcomes residents and their visitors home.  The floor plate design has been manipulated to maximise frontage to each apartment, maximising access to natural light and ventilation and reducing energy demands, some apartments even become triple aspect homes which is almost unheard of in high rise apartments in Perth.  The upper most floor delivers an extensive leisure opportunity for residents with everything from rooftop cinema and games room to sauna, pool and gym.

Phone: (08) 9582 6611 www.cays.com.au

This democratic approach to design ensures even if you have a lower level apartment you get access to the best views and amenities in the project. The design of Verdant integrates high levels of considered landscape and artwork into the building and coupled with the varied programme of amenity and generous apartment design creates a very liveable alternative to the long commute. MJA_studio is an energetic architecture practice with significant experience in delivering award winning multi-residential and mixed use developments.  >>



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Triple T Plumbing and Civil is a leading hydraulic and civil contractor servicing the Western Australian construction industry for over 25 years. Triple T provides our clients with quality design, construction and maintenance services for major industrial and commercial projects. Proud to have delivered the hydraulic services at Verdant Apartments.

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MJA_studio draws on its wide experience in hospitality, leisure, and commercial projects to elevate the living environs of their multi residential projects beyond just apartments and into homes where quality of light, space, ventilation and resident comfort is always prioritised. MJA_studio is based in Subiaco and Melbourne, working on projects across Australia. FINEFORM CONCRETE One of the many challenges presented with Verdant was the varied construction methods throughout the building such as: Traditional Suspended Slab Formwork, Bubbledeck, Hollow Core, 44 The Builders Choice Magazine | September 2019

PreCast Walls and In Situ Walls (Traditional Formwork). FineForm Concrete’s experience with combined construction methods proved invaluable, thus ensuring the efficient and accurate cycle of typical floors, delivering a high quality finished product to the client. Double height balconies and the cantilevered sixth floor slab provide striking architectural elements to the façade, however, these elements offer a challenging construction methodology. FineForm’s expertise made these complex elements appear simple, whilst still upholding the highest level of safety and effectiveness.

With a relatively small building envelope and boundary to boundary structure, detailed planning and delivery was crucial to ensure the construction programme remained on track. Stirling Street holds a large traffic footprint, therefore to ensure the safety of pedestrians, personnel and other parties, a traffic management system was required when transferring materials from roadside to the job site. This included halting of traffic when cranage was performed over Stirling Street, restricting footpath access and displaying correct road signage.

The design of Verdant integrates high levels of considered landscape and artwork into the building

SCOPE OF WORKS • Formwork Design • Concrete Pumping • Concrete Finishing • Precast Installation FineForm is one of the prominent formwork, concrete, reinforcement and precast installation companies in Western Australia, through its ability to provide solutions for the whole structure of the project. FineForm has worked throughout Western Australia with completed projects spanning from Perth metro to the Pilbara mining sector and offshore works at Christmas Island. Highly experienced personnel, as well as its extensive range of plant and equipment, allows FineForm to complete all facets of the formwork and concrete trades on inner-city projects like Verdant. BC

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DRIVEN BY LOCATION AND INNOVATION The municipality of East Fremantle was created in 1897, and still to this day retains its heritage homes, gardens and streetscapes. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY DMAX


hat’s not to say there isn’t room for modern living amongst the historic charm of the area. The town is bounded to the north and west by the Swan River which provides many properties in the area with exquisite views.

This modern contemporary build - a hidden gem to the rear of an apartment block – does just that. A lift to a roof deck allows the owner to enjoy summer nights watching the sunset with a stunning vista across Fremantle and beyond. Architect Michael Sorenson and builder Spadaccini Homes have captured the client’s imagination and needs perfectly. It is easy to see why from the entrance alone. A narrow bluestone paved driveway leads to a twisted metal standing seam façade, softened with timber cladding and blended with concrete and glass. Step through the beautifully hand-crafted and integrated timber front door and a stream of light and warmth greets you. A WARM, WELCOMING AND LIVEABLE HOME The ground floor dedicated art studio is all boutique and custom-made featuring heated concrete floors, off-form concrete ceilings, Tasmanian Blackwood and polished plaster.

T. 08 9445 8888 W. spadaccinihomes.com.au

The ceilings shoot off in all directions turning you around to a kitchen that is both minimalistic and beautiful with a counter-levered island bench that defies gravity. At the top of a suspended off-form staircase the top-floor features two porthole-like-windows opening out to the Indian Ocean.

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Louvres keep the rain and direct sunlight out but are angled to admit ample light and provide a cross-flow breeze from the Fremantle docks. The master bedroom is accompanied by a bathroom and the laundry is also shared on this floor.

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MAIN FEATURES • Internal balustrade by Custom Timber Works • Internal plastered picture hanging system • Internal polished plaster to bathroom walls • Concrete benchtops

• Polished concrete floor • Lift • Thermal insulation This is a warm, welcoming and liveable home, focused on passive design principles creating natural and honest living spaces both inside and out.

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It’s both inspiring and stimulating, an individual design driven by its location along with innovation. Brian Coulson, Supervisor at Spadaccini Homes said he “worked with a fantastic client, one of the best we have worked with, everything went very smoothly.”  Spadaccini Homes is passionately driven and renowned as one of Australia’s top boutique builders, specialising in the construction of high quality new homes within the metro and surrounding areas of Perth, Western Australia. They strive to be recognised as the builder of distinctive, quality constructed homes that are the result of a mutually rewarding process and embody every requirement of their discerning clients. Spadaccini Homes is active in both the MBA and HIA in Western Australia and have received numerous industry awards over the years, including the prestigious 2009 MBA Bankwest Western Australian Home of the Year. Sorensen Architects has been a small practice in Margaret River since 1995.  Their designs are location driven, innovative and individual.

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In recognition of this, Sorensen Architects was awarded an Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2013. BC

• Landscape Designers and Draftspersons; • Project Managers and Estimators • Site Supervisors • Horticulturalists • Construction & maintenance employees

The Urban Landscaping team has established a reputation for excellence in design and construction, and consistency of workmanship. In recognition of our pursuit for excellence we have been awarded numerous Landscape Industry of WA awards for our projects.

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STATE FITNESS OF AND THE ART AQUATIC CENTRE With a contract value of $23.3 million, the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre is, unsurprisingly, so much more than a gym and a pool. WORDS PAUL GOLDIE PHOTOGRAPHY SITE VISUALS


uilt on the site of the previous aquatic centre, the magnificent new leisure centre rises like a phoenix to encompass state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a plethora of sparkling indoor and outdoor pools, all housed in a modern and attractive structure. The City of Armadale chose PS Structures for the build and Donovan Payne Architects for design.

In-ground works consisted of pad and strip foundations, with associated cast-in HD bolt for structural steel frames and intermediate foundations for tilt panel construction. In situ concrete pool shell structures were used and sequencing of works for associated foundations were co-ordinated with pool structure installation as backfill and consolidation around the pools needed to be completed prior to the foundation install. NO SECOND CHANCE Quality of site preparation and concrete works relating to the pool shells was critical as there would be no opportunity to re-visit these structures following associated foundation works. Structural components for the building frameworks consisted of tilt panels to the numerous areas of the dry side facilities including the gym, administration office, staff training room, group fitness area and plant rooms.

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Structural steel framework formed the main pool and wet side facility structural work. This consisted of a column and beam braced frame with long span truss members providing clearance over the pools.  A 3-coat epoxy surface treatment was required throughout the structure due to the environmental factors of a building of this nature. The main entrance area is supported by numerous ‘tree’ columns that have been integrated into the structure and façade treatments.  >>


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The construction of these features was accomplished by providing curved PFC elements with plated face and edge treatments. SUBSTANTIAL CIVIL WORKS Associated civil works consists of four stormwater retention and attenuation cells within the southern car park area, two sewer pump stations each of which caters for a separate section of the site facilities to the south (dry side including toilets and changing), and wet side facilities to the north. The main car park area has been reorientated and additional parking provided. The external paving/hardstand has been extended by over 5100m2 of exposed aggregate in-situ paving.

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In-ground works consisted of pad and strip foundations, with associated cast-in HD bolt for structural steel frames and intermediate foundations for tilt panel construction.

External finishes include the main feature cladding to the
building which consists of full height Kingspan Evolution
Axis 1000mm wide insulated panels, with integrated aluminium window, door and curtain walling elements. The roof is a combination of Bondor SolarSpan insulated panels with traditional built-up system to curved entrance areas.>> Bondor State Manager for WA, Grahame Tuttleby said, “Bondor was delighted to supply our popular Solarspan Roofing Product for the main roof of the Armadale Aquatic Centre.






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“The panels were 200mm thick, featuring Bluescope Basalt on both the roof and ceiling together with Bondor’s Solarlap joining system.

sections while the lower areas are fully operable to allow access

“All panels were produced locally from our factory in Canning Vale where we have capacity to produce a range of Roofing and Architectural products.


“Bondor was delighted to work with Donovan Payne Architects, PS Structures and Adesa Services to provide a thermally efficient and visually pleasing roof system for the Armadale Aquatic Centre.”

stainless-steel handrails and TGSI installation.

Timber louvres have been installed to the roof openings above the external ASHI-YU pool area and vertically to the creche walls.

to external landscaped areas and the existing splash pad/play The






Pool heating is provided by a geothermal bore located in the northern section of the site. Water is extracted from a depth of approximately 195m at a temperature of 46 degrees Celsius. It is then piped via insulated stainless steel pipework to seven


titanium heat exchangers within the existing and new plant room

The northern aspect has been provided with full-height glazing





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Pool services have been upgraded within the existing plant room area with new pumps, filter media, chlorine lines and controls.

Integrated BMS controls between mechanical and pool contractors control panels then regulate the ‘call to heat’ and flow to the HX units. This is then piped to the injection bore which is fitted with control valves at the bore head which regulate pressure and flow of the re-injection side of the system. Service installation consists of conditioned areas to all parts of the building with the exception of the outdoor leisure, ASHI–YU and existing pool area.  A chilled water with heat recovery air conditioning system has been integrated with the geothermal system to provide heating during the winter months. This is delivered by a series of air handling units for heating and cooling and fresh air provision to manage chlorine levels within this environment. 


The spa.


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POOL SERVICES UPGRADED Pool services have been upgraded within the existing plant room area with new pumps, filter media, chlorine lines and controls. The new plant room extension was fully fitted out to cater for the new pool installation. A high quality finish to all areas was specified and this was combined with the durability requirement for a facility of this nature, with material choices reflecting these requirements and the volumes of visitors anticipated at the facility. The project duration originally called for was 56 weeks but this was extended to 58 weeks following the award of a two-week extension of time for weather-related delays. Practical completion of the project was achieved on February 18, 2019 with contractual matters being finalised by March 31, 2019.

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Pool heating is provided by a geothermal bore located in the northern section of the site.


PROJECT MANAGED BY SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS The project was successfully delivered with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contract utilising a Shared Savings model. Successful Projects were engaged by the City of Armadale to prepare the contract documentation, to project manage and superintend the on-time, under budget delivery of this project. The procurement approach and contracting model provided the City with certainty of project cost and the savings model provided funding for additional scope. The contracting model results in alignment of the project team to overcome obstacles and achieve savings. When combined with detailed planning, efficient project management and project superintendence, optimal project delivery is achieved for all parties.  >>

LEADERS IN THERMAL & ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING SOLUTIONS Bondor was delighted to supply our popular Solarspan Roofing Product for the main roof of the Armadale Aquatic Centre. The panels were 200mm thick , featuring Bluescope Basalt on both the roof and ceiling together with Bondor’s Solarlap joining system. All panels were produced locally from our factory in Canning Vale where we have capacity to produce a range of Roofing and Architectural produts. Bondor was delighted to work with Donovan Payne Architects, PS Structures and Adesa Services to provide a thermally efficient and visually pleasing roof system for the Armadale Aquatic Centre.

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ARMADALE AQUATIC CENTRE Successful Projects thanks the City of Armadale for the opportunity to be part of this project and PS Structures for their proactive approach to construction management. PS STRUCTURES STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE Founded in 2002, the project builder PS Structures Pty Ltd is a medium sized commercial builder consisting of professionals striving for excellent service in the highly competitive construction industry of Perth. The company’s management staff, who have all worked on demanding projects in many parts of the world, are well aware of the objectives to be achieved in terms of completing the works to a suitable standard within the costs required to the satisfaction of all parties. Teamwork within the company’s immediate structure and the greater bounds of the project team ensure that a true team environment is achieved in order to pursue the final objective: the timely completion of the works, within budget, to the satisfaction of all parties. BC

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With more homebuilders moving away from traditional double-brick construction, lightweight framing methods commonly used in the Eastern states are becoming more common in Western Australia. WORDS PAUL GOLDIE


ne of the main benefits of lightweight framed constructions is that they can be prefabricated and installed onsite in a fraction of the time of traditional building practices and will cost less.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIALS According to Ross Squire Homes’ Senior Sales Consultant Adam Steel, timber and steel are the two most important materials in lightweight building. Location is also an important factor in choosing materials. “If you’re building within a couple of hundred metres of the coast, timber frames would be your best move as some builders would not offer a warranty on a home built with steel frames close to the ocean,” Mr Steel said. “The negative to steel is it can rust, even though it is galvanised. “If a customer is too close to the coast we check if they can get a warranty with the steel frame and tell them when a timber frame is their best option.” INSECT DAMAGE CONCERNS Although timber frames are generally treated for termite damage and come with guarantees, Mr Steel said many people were still worried about the possibility of insect damage. “Some people are paranoid because they know someone who has had white ants in their house,” he said. “Even though you have warranties, they do feel happier with a steel frame.” While white ants can still damage other parts of the home, Mr Steel said it was more important to manage them through physical barrier systems and treatments.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS The environment is another factor to be considered when choosing the right material. Steel production requires large amounts of energy, but is 100 per cent recyclable, and current framing products often include recycled content.

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LEADERS IN THERMAL & ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING SOLUTIONS Bondor was delighted to supply our popular Solarspan Roofing Product for the main roof of the Armadale Aquatic Centre. The panels were 200mm thick , featuring Bluescope Basalt on both the roof and ceiling together with Bondor’s Solarlap joining system. All panels were produced locally from our factory in Canning Vale where we have capacity to produce a range of Roofing and Architectural produts. Bondor was delighted to work with Donovan Payne Architects, PS Structures and Adesa Services to provide a thermally efficient and visually pleasing roof system for the Armadale Aquatic Centre.

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“There’s a low economic and global impact if it is locally grown plantation timber,” Mr Steel said. “A steel component requires a lot of processing to become a usable product, whereas timber is just milled.” Timber maintains its structural integrity longer than steel when exposed to heat, according to Federal Government research, although at the end of the day both materials are susceptible to bushfires. Mr Steel said while both timber and steel had their advantages he would recommend, depending on the circumstances, combinations of both. “Timber is great in the roof because it doesn’t conduct heat and doesn’t move day to day, so it’s a bit quieter,” he said. “Steel is fantastic for wall frames because it’s a really true, honest, straight, lightweight and strong product.”  >>

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One of the main benefits of lightweight framed constructions is that they can be prefabricated and installed onsite in a fraction of the time of traditional building practices and will cost less.

Concrete products are also proving to be ideal in lightweight construction. For example, MaxiWall and MaxiFloor, which are autoclaved aerated concrete lightweight materials, have the potential to improve the sustainability and affordability of homes. MaxiWall external wall system is designed for the construction of low-rise multi-residential buildings and houses using timber or steel frames. It’s fire resistant, energy efficient and cost effective. MaxiFloor is designed to provide a superior flooring solution by utilising its strength and excellent airborne noise transmission properties resulting in a quiet floor unlike particleboard flooring. MaxiFloor also has superior thermal insulation properties keeping a house warmer in winter and cooler in summer and reducing overall energy costs. BIG RIVER GROUP Big River Group manufactures and distributes timber and steel formwork products, timber flooring, structural plywood and related timber products, and distributes a broad range of other building products, including MaxiWall, primarily to the commercial and residential, non‐ residential and infrastructure construction market segments.

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NASH CODE OF ETHICS Cold-formed steel framing is increasingly being used for both residential and commercial projects in Western Australia. Steel framing has been a leader in off-site construction with a long history of panelisation producing a high quality product that is rapidly assembled on-site. NASH members operate under a Code of Ethics and have the expertise to supply a quality steel framing products in a timely manner. For contact details www.nash.asn.au NASH has developed the following Standards for cold-formed steel framing and these are referenced in the National Construction Code: • NASH Standards – Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing: Part 1: Design Criteria Part 2: Design Solutions • NASH Standard – Steel Framed Construction in Bushfire Areas These Standards have been developed to allow the easy design of cold-formed steel framing.


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MAKING THE MOST OF THE SPECTACULAR VIEW IN ATTADALE This new home on the fringes of the Swan River is the epitome of luxury, designed and built to indulge a young modern family. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND


he riverside suburb of Attadale is situated along the southern side of the Swan River and is renowned for its luxurious high-end properties with breathtaking views over the Swan River, city and parklands. With that in mind, it is little wonder that Azure Luxury Homes was asked to build this new three-story family home with the design services of Alana John Design.

Azure Luxury is a fresh and innovative building company based in Perth and founded in February 2011 by a team of highly experienced registered builders with a focus on professionalism, attention to detail and client satisfaction, all with a personalised service. The main design objective was to utilise the views of the park from the main kitchen and central dining area, with the focal point being the vista of the river and the city. The house is built on two blocks, with a house footprint size of about 1100 sq. meters. This allowed for the use of a big back yard for a growing family. The size of the garden and the positioning of the kitchen also allows the adults to keep an eye on the children playing in garden. FULL HEIGHT WINDOWS PROVIDE A SEAMLESS INTEGRATION

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Full height windows provide a seamless integration of internal and external spaces and provides uninterrupted 180 degree views of the Swan and surrounding area. In fact, there are not too many rooms in the home that don’t have access to the stunning panorama. The clever integration of space coupled with Schuco sliding windows and aluminium doors help to achieve a seamless transition from the internal living areas to the external alfresco. Materials were carefully considered to enhance the luxurious look of the home which includes natural stone cladding and tiling to wet areas, timber feature joinery throughout, and splashes of specialised, sleek stainless steel bench tops to the main kitchen and alfresco areas.

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Materials were carefully considered to enhance the luxurious look of the home

The main living quarters of the house are all equipped with their own en suites, as well as access to a study area and roof terrace. Some of the more notable features of the residence include: •

Double sided lift to all three floors

Undercroft area with a gym and powder room

Home theatre and games room

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Aquarium in entry made and fitted by Fish Doctor.

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• The house has full electrical automation for blinds, curtains, lights, music and security which can all be operated from a main touch pad, iPhone or iPad • 13m Aquarium custom-made and fitted by Fish Doctor which provides live artwork to the entry hallway The project, which took approximately two years from start to completion included some special construction details due to the homes’ location on the riverfront. Azure Luxury Homes Director Steve Di Fulvio said; “A rising water table was a major factor that had to be encountered and dealt with.

Full height windows provide a seamless integration

“De-watering and specialised waterproofing methods also needed to be taken into consideration and applied. “The client also decided to add an aquarium during construction which was made to work on site.” Azure Luxury are currently working on the construction of two client homes including an undercroft garage for a property in Applecross which will showcase the use of Form Concrete and will be opened to the public. BC


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In order to downsize in style and meet the client’s needs this new Winthrop home required thorough planning and meticulous attention to detail. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND

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hen it comes to constructing the perfect home at the request of the owner there a few better examples than this Winthrop residence. This project posed a challenging combination of practicality and style for designer Parm Tjhung and builder Albert Pang of President Constructions. “The Client wanted to downsize from their three-storey mansion on a large block to a cosy two-storey home on a smaller block,” Mr Tjhung said. “The intention was to make the house future-proof with a requirement that it must have user-friendly design features on the ground floor for day to day living with one eye on taking them towards a later stage of life. “In the living area, there was a need to create an airy and spacious feel to defy the compact size. An open plan was highly desired and made the most sense.”  The owners of this delightful corner block share the home with their adult son which necessitated that the home was designed for wheelchair accessibility and mutual privacy. Another requirement to the build was a master bedroom interconnected with a study on the ground floor.   DESIGN SOLUTIONS With regard to the external appearance, the client desired a flat roof that had to be stylish and maintain a modern look moving forward. The client’s distinct preference for a flat roof in lieu of a pitched roof presented a challenge; How to avoid the house looking like an office?  The solution was a façade made up with a vertical central element and horizontal massing of different depths.

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Externally the building has a balanced dynamic and lightness, whilst internally circulation space has been carefully considered

“The right juxtaposition of the horizontal and vertical elements, with generous overhangs to protect the windows and doors, give the building a balanced dynamic and lightness it needs whilst also giving the home a wow factor. This Winthrop property sits neatly on a corner block with a long primary street boundary facing north, with the opposing street boundary facing East. With these factors in mind, Mr Tjhung saw an opportunity to allocate the main living areas – the kitchen, dining, alfresco and lounge – in a position that would best take advantage of the morning and northerly sun aspects. “All the rooms open and flow into each other,” he said. “To introduce an open and spacious feel I located a void above the lounge area, opening the ground floor ceiling to a two-storey height. “The master bedroom and the study are interconnected on the ground floor, with three other bedrooms on the upper floor. One bedroom has its own ensuite for the adult son, with the other two bedrooms sharing a bathroom between them.” 


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FUTURE-PROOFING Certain areas and features of this home have been included to take care of the family’s needs moving into the future and circulation space has been carefully considered for the easy manoeuvring of a mobility aid. The master ensuite has been designed so a wheelchair can do a 360 degrees turn within the bathroom area. Inclusions of grab rails for the toilet and within the spacious shower stall further enhance easefulness, as does the flooring which has been finished with non-slip tiles.


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The right juxtaposition of the horizontal and vertical elements, with generous overhangs to protect the windows and doors, give the building a balanced dynamic and lightness

The internal doors to the master bedroom, study and ensuite are all 870 doors giving a clear opening of 820, which is adequate space for a chair to pass through. When required, the study is envisaged to be a carer’s bedroom one day, with the interconnecting door to the master bedroom. In order to meet with the client’s wishes and needs this project required thorough planning and meticulous attention to detail. The result is a bright, spacious and homely two storey. Additionally, the correct sun orientation of the house, the generous eave overhangs and the minimal need for air conditioning ensure that this home provides a comfort, elegance and privacy that the family can enjoy all-year-round, for many years to come.             This property was listed as a Perth entry at the 2019 HIA Western Australian Housing Awards which recognized the best in Australia’s residential building industry.  Parm Tjhung Designs Pty Ltd is a successful and award-winning Australian Architectural Consultancy firm experienced in residential

and resort developments in Australia and abroad. The company is headed by Parm Tjhung, a well-respected veteran of design and buildings in many areas of real estate developments.   President Constructions Pty Ltd are registered builders and a HIA member. By utilising continuous services of professional and experienced trades they ensure clients find complete satisfaction with their finished project.    President Constructions services include single level and two storey homes, Strata development, multi-unit constructions, extensions and additions, kitchen and bathroom renovations and shop fit-outs. BC

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Credentia construction oversaw the base-build construction works for this exciting new development which conveniences the Ashby community.

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he project consisted of 1300m2 of combined retail space for the landmark tenant Farmer Jacks plus 6 stand-alone specialist tenancy spaces for a cafe, hair and nail salon, and fish and chip shop. The civil scope included addition stormwater drainage to the existing Ashby Tavern carpark, installation of two new grease traps, resurfacing the existing carpark and creation of additional car parking spaces for the shopping center. The structure consists of full height concrete pre-cast panels with a timber truss framed roof to the external tenancies with a steel-framed Farmer Jacks flat roof and feature turret. Inside the main Farmer Jacks tenancy, back of house works include two cool rooms, chicken cookers and kitchen space which further incorporated two mezzanine decks. One deck was constructed with a suspended slab for Farmer Jacks staff and management rooms. The other a suspended steel plant deck for all of the plant and equipment in addition to the centre’s main flat roof. All new landscaping complements the external surroundings and neighbouring businesses. Credentia Construction Site Manager Chris McEwan said that, “working in close proximity with live businesses and residential properties was a challenge. “The site is located between the busy Ashby Tavern, adjoining bottle shop and a petrol station, which shares a carpark and roadway,” he said. “At times during the construction, public access was restricted to enable service feeds to be installed from Pinjar Road to the site.” To mitigate the disruption and maintain public access between these roadways, Credentia completed the trenching in two stages, closing one half of the road at a time, enabling public vehicle access to pass through. Pre-cast panel deliveries and crane positions were coordinated with the access requirements and all surrounding business were notified regarding the staging of panel erection, mobile crane locations and truck egress, ensuring minimal disruption during trading times.

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All new landscaping compliments the external surroundings and neighbouring businesses

Credentia developed a detailed traffic management plan which managed entry and egress to a site which documented all gates to be manned, controlling public safety and ensuring truck drivers were across the truck routes during these high-risk precast panel installation works. Following completion of the nine month project, Chris McEwan said, “The project ran seamlessly from start to finish thanks to the collaborative approach shared amongst the consultants (Led by Oldfield Knott Architects) and our dedicated team of subcontractors. The quality of workmanship and detail should be commended ranging from finishes to precast concrete panels, minor particulars like feature mouldings and exposed aggregate pedestrian paths and pram ramps.” Credentia Construction Directors Willie Boylan and Ron McDermott both commended Site Manager Chris McEwan for the high standards he set with regards to health and safety. The site was always very clean, ensuring a safe working environment, and as a result, the site had no lost-time injuries (LTIs) setting a high standard for all projects. Ashby Village is well received within the community as local residents praise the construction works and share excitement for the growing community within Ashby enjoying the convenience the Village provides for their daily needs. SCOPE OF WORKS • Bulk excavations •  In-ground services and reticulation through-out the building (electrical, gas, stormwater, wet fire and potable water). • Concrete footings, ground floor and suspended slabs and pre-cast panels • Structural steel for flat roof to Main Farmer Jacks Tenancy and steel beams and columns for mezzanine plant decks and mezzanine staff rooms and amenities. • Combination of ceiling grid and exposed feature columns, beams and services spray in Stepney (grey paint finish) in the Farmer Jacks tenancy with viynl flooring throughout shop floors. • Timber trusses to external tenancies and feature turret • Internal and external painted • Roof covering and plumbing

• Cantilever structural steel awnings with colour bond roof sheeting and CFC sheeted soffits. • External concrete hardstands for loading bay and bin store areas. Bitumen carpark spaces and resurfacing to existing roadways. • Exposed aggregate concrete pedestrian footpaths and walkways. • Metalworks (stainless steel bollards, trolley bays, bike racks, bumper rails, downpipe protectors, feature dry bars with modwood cladding and pop concrete benchtops.) • Landscaping /irrigation and Vergola louvre system 


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The project ran seamlessly from start to finish thanks to the collaborative approach shared amongst the consultants

•  Cat 1 works to specialist tenancies (electrical, hydraulic and mechanical) with flush plasterboard ceilings and full height block

• Mezzanine deck with staff lunchrooms, manager’s office, kitchenette, cash rooms and amenities.

party walls in each tenancy) • Tiled public amenities with a flush, painted plasterboard ceiling throughout. • Internal roller shutters in main tenancy and Roller doors in loading bay areas. •  Back of house works (stainless steel benchtops throughout and chicken cooker facilities.) • Feature signage • Early access and coordination with Farmer Jacks Fitout crew.

SPECIFIC MATERIALS • Precast reinforced concrete panels • Colourbond roof sheeting • Vergola louvre system • Structural steel (beams, trusses, columns, purlins etc) • CFC sheeting to soffits • Plasterboard sheeting (aqua check, standard, etc throughout) • Vinyl flooring


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trusses to external tenancies and the feature turret.

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Jabez Roofing’s highly trained teams have decades of experience in timber and steel roofing jobs and handle all aspects of roof guttering, box gutters, metal roof covers and metal decking. Services also include timber floor framing; Prefabricated floor trusses and I joists with particel board T & G flooring. All external weather board claddings, blue board, E-Color bond & Zincalume metal fascia & accessories. H2 treated pine, and H3 CCA or LOSP treated pine. Jabez Roofing specialize in all commercial buildings including apartments, retirement villages, schools and hospitals.


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A HOME DESIGNED WITH WELLBEING IN MIND This new aged care facility incorporates unique and innovative features to encourage a social and interactive lifestyle. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND

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he Little Sisters of the Poor mission began in two small cottages on Adelaide Terrace but before long it was obvious that larger accommodation was needed. In 1921, the Sisters moved to Glendalough and took residence at the former St Kevin’s Industrial School for Boys. This site near Lake Monger remained home throughout the 20th century but despite regular maintenance the building continued to degrade. Following the completion in June of a new build by Komemo Construction, the Sisters now have a home befitting the hospitality and care they provide. It is a residential aged care community with internal communal lounges, presbytery, convent and chapel. With the overriding goal being to maintain the residents’ wellbeing in body and mind, Salim Lee Architects Planners were chosen for the project. Alongside, Project Architect Frank Del Borrello and Marc Jones from Komemo Constructions over saw the project. The project comprises of a series of buildings starting with a 60-bed aged care facility which is separated from the more privately accessible buildings of the convent and presbytery. The community building is divided into four, 15-bed wings. Each of the four wings has spacious, bright and airy streetscapes with living areas at the end of each wing. Each room has its own private ensuite and comfortable sized bedroom with access to a wall-hung smart television. The TV is programmed to receive “live” mass celebration from the chapel for those residents unable to attend. Wi-Fi is also made available, not only for the residents, but also for visitors within the facility. Each bedroom has its own separate entry defined with a colour and stained glass panel and letterboxes.

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Spacious lounges, a café, day spa, gymnasium and landscaped gardens all form part of the building for the enjoyment of the residents

These rooms exit onto a common 5 metre wide “streetscape.” An 8 metre high acrylic roof makes it easy to visually assess the weather conditions outside. Face brickwork and painted walls combined with landscaped pockets, path lighting and benched seating all further enhances the openness of the passage. Unique and innovative features, including original artwork, sculptures and atrium lounges invites a social and interactive lifestyle. All four wings lead to their respective dining areas connected to a common central atrium lounge having a 9.5 metre acrylic roof with a central pergola and landscaped area. The walls have been adorned with a historic display of the founding order of the Sisters in mosaic tiles. Intentional use of various types of floor covering assisted in determining space allocation throughout the facility. This was further enhanced by the furniture layout setting.






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collage of photographic imagery of Perth’s yesteryears. Spacious lounges, a café, day spa, gymnasium and landscaped gardens all form part of the building for the enjoyment of the residents A garden setting atrium from the entry lobby provides an alfresco garden with a pergola walkway set around a water pond feature. >>

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Externally, pathways and landscaped areas provide an opportunity to enjoy the outdoor settings. A communal space adjoining the aged care facility provides an outdoor area with a covered barbeque facility and a “grotto� for contemplation and mass services. This space is separated by a pergola structure and landscaped strip with tall hedges. Within the complex, but separated for privacy, is the presbytery/guest house and convent. These form an integral part of the facility offering spiritual guidance and dedicated

devotion for the wellbeing of the aged residents. Central to these buildings linked by a covered glass enclosed walkway is the Chapel which offers solemn reconciliation and communal gathering for praying, meditation and mass services. Due to the harsh conditions of temperature differences in the old Chapel, floor heating was installed for the better comfort of the aged parishioners for its daily use. The simplicity of space and diffused natural lighting and vaulted aisle ceiling with stained glass windows provides a solemn place of worship.


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“The brightness and space is contributing to the well-being of the

Mother Superior, at The Little Sisters of the Poor, believes the new facility is already having a positive effect on the residents. “Maybe the first thought which comes to mind is the word “Home”, Sister Angela said. “The design and the workmanship all make to provide a very home-like atmosphere for the elderly poor whom we care for. “As the residents’ wishes are always foremost in our minds, this new building caters for all tastes and choices. “The lay-out of the home provides for those who wish to avail of quiet places and those who are very sociable and want to mix with others.

residents and we see an improvement in those who previously did not interact much, in that they are brighter and more cheerful now.” At the end of the build, Architect Frank Del Borrello said, “This project has provided great satisfaction from inception to completion, helped by dealing with positive minded clients and passionate tradesmen. “Difficulties were encountered during the project, and we have been fortunate to overcome these interventions to reach our goal to complete the building which could not have been achieved without a diligent builder and his sub-contractors.”


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Built by MK Building Solutions and designed by the owner in consultation with Kevin Cheung Ho Yan from BIMspace, the modern design of this North Perth home is the ultimate in urban city living. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND

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ucked away in the leafy suburb of North Perth, Alma Road provides the perfect location to get creative with a new build. The owner explains how he decided to take a design course and worked on a concept with MK Building Solutions for several years before bringing his dream to realty. “I had completed a Master Degree in Building Information Modelling at UWA to learn how to design, document and coordinate the design using the latest design technologies,” he said. “My wife and I were looking to live close to the urban centre. The trade-off was land size. We solved this by building multistorey and introducing private elevated courtyards on each floor to maintain the connection to the outdoors.” The small block size meant that liveable real estate was at a premium. As such, the design was documented and coordinated using 3D modelling. The architectural, structural and the mechanical services were included in the model to ensure the building elements fit and that all available areas were capitalised. A point cloud laser scan of the neighbourhood was used to put the development in context with the existing developments. By doing that, the designers were also able to check whether the height of the dwelling would be too overwhelming or dominating to the surrounding developments. A sustainability consultant and a landscape consultant were engaged for the design, and during construction mindful steps were taken to placate neighbouring properties. The owner said, “We chose the structure of the building to be prefabricated structural steel with timber infill framing. The intent was to limit the impacts of the construction on the area with cleaner and quicker trades. “The steel also enabled us to span larger areas without the need for interim supports. Having large open areas on the ground floor was very important to the overall feel to the ground floor living area.”

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Not only does this urban new build feel open and full of light, it offers generous views overlooking Perth City, and a vibrant stroll to shops, parks and cafes. Although location was never an issue, General Manager at MK Building Solutions, Laila Ansari said, “The well thought out layout makes great use of a small plot of land with clever outdoor space solutions and ample living space internally for a young growing family. “The design requirements asked for 42% open space which makes the footprint of the building 116.7m2. “To utilise the area most efficiently the design went 3 storeys. This gives the building a total building area of 262m2 (including elevated courtyards). On each storey there are open courtyards to achieve the requirements. “The Lot had a couple of level differences meaning the west elevation was retained 1m high along the whole elevation. The ground floor lounge toilet and laundry are sunken into the ground by 1m. “The project is also a good example of how to use small R40 block in urban areas.”  >>

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The family room is accentuated with a vaulted ceiling in excess of 6 meters and floor to

THE HOUSE LAYOUT The ground floor has a single garage, a small laundry, toilet, walk-in pantry, large kitchen, and dining area. A large master bedroom on the top floor has access to a roof terrace and is also complimented with a spacious walk-in-robe and ensuite. The top floor openings were designed to look inwards into the green open spaces. Cross ventilation openings were recessed behind parapets with fans installed in all living areas and bedrooms. On the 1st floor there are three spacious bedrooms and a large bathroom.

ceiling windows allow light to flood the area. Overlooked by the walkway to the master suite, the family area opens onto an elevated private courtyard enclosed by internal glazing and screening. Instead of having the green plot ratio on Ground floor, the design strategy was to scatter green pockets of vegetation along with green walls across the three floors within the built form. This means each floor has its own outdoor area which is inviting yet privately tucked away in the midst of the urban jungle it’s situated within. The use of canister lighting and up-lighting wall sconces throughout the home diffuses the lighting to create more shadowing allowing the mood to feel more dramatic and edgy. The white cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom are adorned with River White Leathered finish Granite offering a level of elegance to an otherwise simplistic colour palate. Internally, recycled WA Blackbutt has been used on all floors, recycled Jarrah treads on the staircase, and Jarrah door frames with an oiled finish. The door frames are finished with a shadow joint to match the ceiling walls junctions throughout the house.

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As you walk through each level of this three storey home, you get the feeling of being transported into a New York loft style apartment.

Kitchen bench tops are real granite 20mm and tap ware and fixtures are in the matt black design range. A softener has been installed to manage the water quality and for a glass of something stronger built-in recycled black butt wine racks are on display. The exterior of the building is wrapped in Colourbond and red bricks with prominent steel framed window boxes. Aluminium doors and windows are double glazed units in a sumptuous satin black colour. Ground floor walls were built using a recycled red brick with a white mortar. To bring the look from the exterior inside this brick has also been used internally on the staircase and entry wall. The staircase balustrades are a vertical stainless steel rope that spans from the ground floor to the third floor. Recycled Jarrah hand rails are offset from the wire wall. The balance between utilising old and new materials with recycled red bricks and recycled WA Blackbutt flooring helps brings the house to life along with other considered design features. The completion of the project took seven months from start to finish with the clients happily moving in with only a few minor internal details to finish off. Laila Ansari added; “We at MK Building Solutions would like to take the opportunity to thank the owners for entrusting us to build their dream, family home. “Additionally, thanks to their adjoining neighbours for their patience, the City of Vincent for their cooperation and the manager of the Little Gem Café and Spa Massage for giving us access to their facilities throughout the build.” BC The Builders Choice Magazine | September 2019 83



LUXURY ON THE BANKS OF THE SWAN RIVER Architect John Colliere revisited the 1990’s to transform this beautiful Bindaring property into a modern-day masterpiece. WORDS DANIEL GREENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT FIRTH

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erth’s waterfront properties surrounding the Swan River are some of the best and most valuable homes in WA and one of the very best views and locations available can be found on Bindaring Parade, Claremont. Providing close proximity to prestige private schools, the beach, and the Napoleon Street Cafe strip, this location is in high demand.  Bindaring Parade’s east side properties are located on a narrow 45-meter-wide strip of land poised 38 meters above the Swan River. The property’s North-East facing block features a steep bank of natural vegetation that drops down to the water’s edge.  From this unique vantage point, this majestic home enjoys uninterrupted views of the Swan as well as amazing 180° views over Perth CBD, the Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and the Perth foothills beyond.  This site provides a unique Zen-like quality and a beauty that is hard to describe. It makes living in this apartment a very special and privileged experience for the owners to enjoy.    THE OLD PROJECT This featured additions and alterations project was carried out within an existing luxury apartment constructed in the 1990s. Unusually, both the donor apartment and the new additions and alterations project were designed by the same architect; John Colliere of the Claremont based architectural practice, Colliere Architecture.  “Originally, the donor site of the 90’s apartment project was a private school,” Mr Collier said. “They sub-divided the lot into three blocks, creating six apartments, three sets of two. “The configuration of the design solution for the site was quite unusual, a bit like a Rubix cube. 

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A site of indescribable beauty and Zen-like qualities

“The middle two of the six apartments featured an 8.5-metre long swimming pool and alfresco on the roof. “They were premium sites.” The original apartment provided an already luxurious 362 m² of internal living area, a 203 m² five-car garage and cellar together with 160 m² of terraces and balconies.  “Having an apartment with a five-car garage, cellar and a lift was very unusual at that time, more so than now.” “The apartments were aimed at successful couples with older children and they sold to high profile owners.  “But it wasn’t focused on young children.”   THE NEW PROJECT The new owners loved the original apartment with its elegant, generously proportioned spaces and rooms, quality finishes and tall 3.4-meter ceiling heights.   However, to maintain and extend the quality of their home, they sought out John Colliere, wishing to adapt and expand an already luxurious apartment.  >> The Builders Choice Magazine | September 2019 85


To suit their needs the new owners wanted Mr Colliere to create a relaxed family entertaining area suitable for their growing number of grandchildren. “The owners came to me and said; “We would love it if you could work out a way to give us a family room. “The redesign required meeting the new design brief.” Planning changes allowed an additional 32 m² of internal floor area (now 394m2) to meet the requirements of a new family room and subsequently a total reconfiguration and modernization of the kitchen, scullery, pantry and laundry areas. Mr Colliere and Associate Director, Philip Geraghty, worked closely with the owners to extract the benefits of new planning codes brought into effect since the original building was completed. 86 The Builders Choice Magazine | September 2019

“Philip and I worked closely with the owners on the interior design, detailing and integration of services. “The projects construction was made that little bit more challenging by the owners opting to remain in occupation of the apartment during the construction of the works.   “To allow the owners to remain in residence during construction, we worked in close collaboration with Jason Snell of JRS Building Services to ensure that all works and services remained uninterrupted.   “Considerable challenges were easily met with the excellent on-site working relationship.”   One of the main construction challenges of the design was to integrate these new requirements and additional space under the existing apartment and its swimming pool above.    “We worked closely with the original structural engineers, Airey Taylor, to carefully integrate the new transfer beams and structural requirements, Mr Colliere said.   “Like most alterations and additions projects, there were many construction and detailing challenges to overcome during the demolition and construction phases including working close to the apartment owners living above to minimize construction noise and service interruptions.  “However, these considerable challenges were easily met with the excellent on-site working relationship we enjoyed with JRS and their quality on-site trades contractors.    “The successful collaborative approach achieved the very high-quality standard of finish evidenced in the photos. From an architect’s point of view, it’s a truly great pleasure to work with quality tradesmen and builders.” 

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THE ARCHITECT  John Colliere’s projects have received a number of prestigious national and state awards. The practice specialises in luxury apartments and homes, resorts, mixed-use development, adaptive reuse, and heritage projects. BC

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REDEVELOPMENT BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO CBD Located in the heart of the Perth CBD, the Raine Square Redevelopment is a major refurbishment of an existing shopping centre and heritage precinct. PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHEN NICHOLLS


uilt was engaged to undertake the Raine Square redevelopment at 300 Murray Street - A project that has transformed the existing retail and hotel complex into a major retail, dining and entertainment precinct. The addition of the new Palace Raine Square Cinemas, featuring Palace Platinum, brings the welcome return of a cinematic experience to the Perth CBD.

This project included the extensive refurbishment of existing podium buildings and delivered 14,000m² of dedicated retail space. Coles Central also returns to Raine Square alongside a range of specialist stores and boutique retailers. The scope of the redevelopment involved the following: • The redevelopment of a heritage precinct with both state and city listed buildings • The large scale demolition, reconfiguration and upgrade of a shopping center in an existing tower podium • The replacement of all façades to the shopping center podium

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• The construction of a new interconnecting laneway linking William St to Murray St • The construction of a new dining precinct • The construction of a 13-screen cinema with bars and lounges • The creation of a new public landscape plaza • The construction of a new Bankwest roof top garden

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• Refurbishment to the Bankwest main lobby • The demolition of the former Moon & Sixpence pub to allow for the construction of a new 3-storey glass box for future high-end retail

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A careful restoration of some of Perth’s most beloved heritage buildings

• The complete transformation of the Wentworth Hotel through major structural remodeling and strengthening works • Internal upgrade to the Royal Hotel. • Landscaping for Murray Plaza • Feature lighting to Raine Square interior and escalators linking to shops, cinemas and public transport. PALACE RAINE SQUARE MOVIE THEATRE Located on the top level of the new Raine Square redevelopment, the luxury complex features nine traditional cinemas and four Palace Platinum boutique screens, all fitted with handmade leather reclining seats. Palace Raine Square is a sophisticated, unique architectural space featuring four bespoke bars, with the cinema rooftop terrace overlooking the Yagan Square and the nightlife of the city and Northbridge.  >>

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Palace Platinum transforms the traditional cinema experience into first-class luxury. With an exclusive private bar and lounge, Palace Platinum features boutique cinemas with stylish décor, individual tables and footrests and personalised in-cinema service. THE WENTWORTH BUILDING Featuring 60,000m2 of exclusive office space, Wentworth is a designer workspace for business retail and leisure that features heritage brickwork and foyers and is situated directly above Raine Square’s dining and entertainment precinct and surrounding buildings.

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Some of the unusual complexities with this project included the following: • The construction site encompasses an entire inner-city block with two major Intersections and two major transport hubs nearby • The redevelopment was heavily staged and consisted of 8 separable portions and handovers • The redevelopment was highly visible to general public with significant public interfaces • The project required the maintenance of all services to a 38 story office tower with a blue chip tenant • The project had significant variations to the design to suit tenant and client requirements throughout the construction  >>

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With six Raine Square buildings dating back to the 1800’s it was imperative to be mindful of these heritage locations during planning and construction. Speaking to Architecture and Design magazine, Charter Hall’s Regional Development Manager for WA, Bradley Norris said, “The key was to consider how the buildings were being used at the time and the relationship they would have with the development. “We really saw the importance of these buildings and we think the precinct wouldn’t be the same without them. 92 The Builders Choice Magazine | September 2019

“The biggest challenge was keeping an eye on the buildings’ past while modernising them for the future. We didn’t want to rush – we took our time. One of the things we really thought about was what you could do to open up the internal spaces.” Built was appointed to the $56m Raine Square project in July 2017. This project was the winner of the 2019 MBA Award for Best Refurbishment or Renovation, $50 - $100m. BC

The new retail podium features a green wall of natural vegetation.

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COASTAL LIVING M/28 by Match is a modish addition to the eclectic South Terrace neighbourhood built with a nod to the past and a high five to the future in one of the most desirable and vibrant corners of the greater Fremantle area.


ocated in the heart of South Fremantle on the iconic South Terrace café and restaurant strip, M/28 by Match is a three-storey mixed-use development comprising of 20 apartments and six commercial tenancies to the ground floor designed to achieve a 4-star green rating. Of the 20 apartments, there are four 1x1, three 2x1 and thirteen 2x2 apartments with a mixture of single and split-level apartments. M/28 is designed with coastal dwellers in mind including most South Terrace facing apartments enjoying views across the harbour whilst the apartments on the south side of the building benefit from two private courtyards for entertaining and outdoor living.  The apartments are accessed from the pine-tree-lined Charles Street into a private lobby which includes a lift to all levels and a main stair-well showcasing feature tiling and a timber slatted ceiling with detail lighting.

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Michael Read, Director of M/Construction (part of M/Group), said, “The building appeals more to the owner-occupier market and astute investors typically wanting two-bedroom apartments. The considered building layout creates a diverse housing solution that responds to changing social demographics.”

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Designed by David Barr Architect in collaboration with Cameron Chisolm Nicol, the building includes protruding box shapes on the north and south elevations finished with a Venetian plaster creating a standout feature along with unique vertical slats that encompass the building in certain areas. These elements help set M/28 apart from its surrounding structures. The slatted balconies along South Terrace also incorporate a full-length shelf angle which is beneficial to the residents as a countertop for décor and entertainment. In addition, the residents

Each apartment has a contemporary and eclectic mix of materials, textures, and finishes that evoke a uniquely South Fremantle feel.

have access to a common courtyard on the first floor with Australian native planting in concrete planters. Greenery and vegetation have also been added to the southern rear entrance off South Terrace. DESIGNED





IN MIND WHILE RESPECTING THE FABRIC OF SOUTH FREMANTLE’S PAST. In collaboration with the architects, M/Construction Project Manager, Joshua Stott explained how plans were amended to change levels of the original building design. “The building’s form and scale were developed with respect for neighbours, stepping from three storeys at one end to two at the other, thereby negotiating the height change between an existing heritage pub on one side and single storey housing on the other.  >>


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Designed with contemporary coastal living in mind while respecting the fabric of South Fremantle’s past.

“On its southern boundary, where the project abuts an existing heritage house, the building height was stepped down and then later, following negotiation and collaboration with the local authority and neighbours, altered to further reduce the effects of overshadowing and overlooking. “The two-storey high brick boundary parapet wall on the eastern side, which was originally part of the existing factory that was demolished, had to be incorporated into the new building design.” Internally, the finishes of the apartments flow from the industrial to the contemporary which is achieved using timber and light, concrete-look colour schemes along with matte-black accents. The project team was also able to accommodate purchaser design changes with minimal disruption to the program. Each apartment has a contemporary and eclectic mix of materials, textures, and finishes that evoke a uniquely South Fremantle feel.

For the external finishes Joshua noted that, “Due to the close proximity of the ocean, the project required extra attention to the selection of some materials and products such as stainless-steel hardware and treatment of the external metalwork finishes. “All screens were originally designed to be timber. However, due to the fire requirements and regulations, they were redesigned to be aluminium wood-look screens which is better for future maintenance and longevity.” Minimum waste was another important factor and it was achieved by choosing specific products which were all accounted for during the build.  Coordinating a project amidst the busy pedestrian and road traffic of South Terrace was a logistical challenge for Joshua and his construction team. “Main challenges included ensuring neighbours, including residents and businesses, were not impeded by our construction schedule. There was pressure from both boundaries regarding their concerns with disruptions. “To combat this both myself and the Site Manager had regular meetings with them, providing open communication, and keeping them up-to-date with different construction milestones and all potential impacts to them.” 

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All challenges were dealt with which therefore enabled construction of the project to be completed three weeks ahead of schedule. M/Construction have a transparent and flexible process on delivering the best possible outcome to the client, while at the same time maintaining a strong sense of control over a project’s development. This approach provides a number of benefits — shortened program times, improved value and the opportunity for innovation. BC

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