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The delivery of Margaret Court Arena delivered intricate challenges, both in terms of construction and programming. A key innovation of this project involved taking a proprietary, cost effective, structural ceiling system used primarily in the preparation and erection of flat portal frame roofs and applying it to a saw tooth roof with a 29 degree pitch. A pre-fabricated approach enabled a completely safe working deck for the roof to be assembled on the ground and lifted into place as part of the overall structural steel module in large prefabricated sections. The new facilities will help ensure Melbourne maintains its mantle as Australia’s sporting and entertainment capital for years to come.
This exceptional facility houses immaculate, purpose-built rooms for a plethora of different practices. A multi-storey structure framed with timber and steel houses rooms for general practice, consulting rooms, ancillary suites for podiatry, dental, physiotherapy, eye and ear services and much more. There is also additional room for administrative services such as a boardroom, training areas and staff relaxation facilities. Over 12 months this demanded an enormity of complex services for the process and systems in place. The result of all is an efficient and modernist delivery of cutting edge health services.
Tim has been in the building industry for 16 years, and during that period he has shown remarkable industry skills. Tim has been responsible for project management, contract administration and coordination, site supervision and works programming, and has excellent people skills, and particularly in dealing with clients and subcontractors. Tim is currently employed with Kane Constructions Pty Ltd and has had a remarkable advancement in his construction responsibilities. He has been responsible for approximately 26 projects, ranging from $1m to $50m, and a number of these were extremely challenging. We were very impressed with Tim’s enthusiasm, motivation, grasp and management of a wide range of technical and complex issues of a project. He has also exhibited strong and very effective management and leadership skills.
This project is defined as the phased construction of a new 80-bed aged care facility. Safe work practices and a safe working environment are communicated and subsequently maintained by a rigorous regime. Despite this, subcontractors are keen to sign on again as the level of review, shared information and guidance by staff ensures that subcontractor activities flow logically and safely with due deference to other trades simultaneously at the work site. As Principal Contractor on the site APM Group take ultimate responsibility for the management and delivery of the project with particular focus on safety and quality.
Camberwell Grammar School is undertaking the next phase of their master plan, which is the construction of a sports complex, chapel and function centre. All personnel on this site have been charged with the responsibility of seeking a safer workplace, not only for themselves, but also for the people working around them. The initiative encourages all on site to stop and think: “Safety first, Think, Organise, Proceed”. Strengthened by the project safety management plan and its procedures, the project strives to achieve an injury-free workplace. The ongoing process of identifying and assessing workplace hazards through auditing and review begins well before the first day on site.
The Melbourne GPO building is heritage-listed on both the State and National registers making it one of Australia’s most important public buildings. The partnership with H&M was critical. The need to maintain a close working relationship was of paramount importance due to the complexities of the process and existing heritage conditions. In this particular fitout the installation of a “vinyl compass” to the ceiling beneath the clock tower signifies the geographical centre of Melbourne. With heavy emphasis on public protection, the existing canopy was removed and replaced with a new mirror-polished stainless steel canopy with hidden fixings. Floor finishes are made from European oak and imported Italian Carrara marble.
The Candowie Reservoir Upgrade project involved nearly doubling the dam’s storage capacity by raising the dam wall and spillway by three metres in order to secure a reliable and affordable water supply for future generations in the Bass area. The embankment upgrade raises the existing crest wall using a combination of pre-cast panels and cast in-situ works in order to construct the new embankment fill behind the new wall. New permanent anchors were also installed to meet required seismic loads on the increased height of the outlet tower. The spillway and its training walls also required attention. Water levels had to remain high and works were to be undertaken in a live operational environment.
The Predator precinct is located on the site of the old lions enclosure, which is of historic interest. The intention of the project required rejuvenating the area, whilst keeping a close connection with the previous lion enclosure. There were many challenging aspects of the project, including traffic and pedestrian management being critical, to ensure the project was delivered on time and within appropriate safety measures for the public and staff. A key innovation involved the structual glazing to clear viewing sections of the animal enclosures providing an up close and personal experience with the lions on the other side.
The scope of works involved in this high profile project required the expertise of Melbourne Facades to provide a highly glazed feature façade incorporating both steel framed and conventional curtain wall, a structural steel bridge line and various internal and external glazing. A steel die-grid was developed which, in addition to maintaining a highly architectural appearance both internally and externally, also served as the structural backbone of the façade. As well as new elements, the development is successfully integrated into the existing heritage façade, this emphasised the careful workmanship that was needed to protect and preserve the heritage features.
Since 1978 Edmanson Constructions has specialised in Commercial and Institutional projects for some of Melbourne’s finest clients. With director Andrew Edmanson in control, Edmanson has been able to forge ongoing relationships, not only with these clients but also with his Sub Contractors due to his honesty and respectful approach to the tendering and contract negotiations, and also in his endeavours to provide a safe and co-operative approach to all on site activities. The Master Builders Specialist Contractors committee applauds Edmanson Constructions commercial culture and congratulates them on being this year’s standout nominee.
The building façade was broken down into a few major elements only, with a particular focus on the approach to the building heading south. The feature screen on the northern corner of the office is emblazoned with the Bayport logo. The ribbed-pattern concrete panels along the west wall to the factory capture the attention of vehicles as they drive past, as does the reflective metallic aluminium cladding to the stair core, which changes colours and character throughout the day. Whether it is the grand entry foyer to the office or the vast expanse of polished concrete on the ground floor, this office presents like no other.
This development comprises of 450 apartments over three stages with stage one consisting of 190 apartments with a two-level basement car park in addition to gym, pool, sauna/spa, café and retail space. Due to the large footprint of the building, prefabrication and loading were key factors in ensuring the project deadlines were met. The sawtooth-shaped façade of the building presented some issues during construction due to the use of screens becoming restricted.
The Resurrection church project is very unique in its inclusion of modern materials, finishes and architectural detail’s, combined with religious themes. A gigantic rammed earth wall wraps around the north and west face to tieback the facility, providing thermal mass for heating in winter and protection of direct sunlight in summer. A structural steel portal frame connects with the rammed earth wall to create a vaulted ceiling racked from the entrance up to a large void over the sanctuary, with a domed skylight for natural light. Given the highly detailed, complex construction methodology to complete some of the building elements, the close coordination of all project stakeholders was critical.
This hospital required the addition of 21 new mental health wards with support areas such as dining, gym, clean utilities, dirty utilities, group room and staff areas. This expansion needed to be achieved whilst increasing the available parking on the already-tight site to meet statutory requirements. A main focus of both the hospital and local authorities was to limit the amount of disruption to the area caused by the construction works. This was achieved by installing a state-of-the-art modular facility in lieu of using traditional construction, thereby speeding up the construction process while limiting the number of works and material deliveries and storage required on site.
The Coppersmith Hotel was a complex project that saw a new boutique hotel constructed behind a 145-year-old heritage façade. This involved full demolition of the existing structure whilst retaining the south and west elevations, with a steel structure from the ground to roof. The lavish fitout encases a sophisticated restaurant and bar, 15 boutique hotel rooms and a rooftop terrace for bar and hotel guests to appreciate. The design entails extensive bespoke joinery and metalwork items as well as a range of intricate high-end fixtures, fittings and finishes to complete the luxurious design.
This construction dramatically revitalised and expanded the new “fresh food precinct” that encompasses an ALDI Store and five additional tenancies inside an extension to the Northland Shopping complex. The existing car park was demolished to redirect the flow of traffic to the centre, while the current bus interchange was relocated to maximise convenience. A complete redesign of the development is prevalent to onlookers with the implementation of an aesthetically pleasing composite panel façade. This reconstruction ensured that access to the shopping precinct is far simpler and a heavy flow of pedestrian traffic can now be handled effectively as shoppers’ safety is made a paramount focus.
The angular roof and its complimentary design features are a visual treat for golfers working their way among Huntingdale's eighteen holes. Its welcoming entrance and grand corridors lead to an elevated, expansive dining area with sweeping views over the golf course with large windows that frame the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. Upon entering the clubhouse, one is immediately compelled to gaze upwards to admire the intricate, raked and folded timber ceilings. Additional luxurious interior features of the clubhouse include copper paneling, stone fireplace mantles, timber veneer joinery and chandelier lighting over a grand staircase. Externally, the eye-catching terracotta-tiled, multi-pitched roof provides a highlight of this new two-level clubhouse surrounded by pristine landscaping.
Moose Enterprise had a vision for an office that reflected innovation and fun; therefore, the architectural response is playful and creative. Moving through the interior, there is an important connectivity between the levels via the central void. Staff will be delighted with the sharing, communal atmosphere of the lunchroom. An industrial aesthetic complements the free form of the architecture in the expression of building services and the creation of lofty spaces between “floating” ceiling elements. Creating a healthy work environment was fundamental, so a provision prior to the construction was an abundance of natural light, which is why a bocce and basketball half court were built. This construction boasts a richly- coloured exterior with internal practicality.
The Owen Dixon Chambers West project involved the extension of the existing, operating 20- storey tower to incorporate an additional five levels of chambers and one level specifically for the plant room. The robust structure incorporates steel framing with a Hebel plank floor slab and a shimmering glass façade. The state-of-the-art external design is complete with a fully-glazed curtain wall and aluminium paneling. Internally, this construction puts luxury on a pedestal with feature stone wall paneling, stone lobby floors and ceramic tiles in the bathrooms. A state-of-the-art security system has also been installed so staff can seamlessly utilise keyless swipe entry throughout.
Structurally, this building is robust and incorporates high-quality materials that are also aesthetically pleasing. A mix of steel, timber and concrete elements are used to accentuate the externals of this building to onlookers. Encased within are plastered walls with custom timber ceilings to the main foyer, an integrated reception desk, carpet tiles and laminated benchtops that create the ideal, sturdy workplace for students. The sporting facilities are extensive and luxurious, including a basketball court with retractable backboards so students can also utilise this space for badminton, volleyball and indoor tennis. The entire building is surrounded by pavement and pristine landscaping that create a practical space for students to enjoy free time.
This new complex, known as the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, is a state-of-the-art, multi-agency facility boasting a contemporary façade with the incorporation of high-quality and robust materials to maintain its purpose for years to come. Included within are a range of emergency-response and management-learning environments designed specifically to meet the MFB's requirements. The contemporary academic building comprises offices, classrooms, meeting rooms and a spacious gymnasium. A practical learning environment is recreated within the building to reflect the Melbourne urban landscape, which provides staff with an ideal and expansive training arena.
The Western Precinct Redevelopment involved a heavy upgrade of Margaret Court Arena to an independent and fully functioning multi-use arena with 1500 additional chairs added to the seating bowl. An operable roof and a fully enclosed foyer have been built, which are aesthetically appealing for visitors and also bring an open and airy atmosphere to the arena. There are ten new food and beverage outlets that provide variety and will cater easily for everyone's needs in a seamless and efficient manner. The joinery and internal finishes to the project include bluestone paving and timber-veneer feature stairs. The majority of materials utilised were selected in neutral colours so that particular features will be effectively offset.