Nineteen Ave, Palm Beach

nin1Project No. 6376

BE Collective was commissioned by Modern Architectural Practice (MAP) to provide structural consultancy services for a two-storey townhouse (duplex) in Palm Beach. Featuring a curved deck, architecturally designed interior and exteriors including high ceilings, the project looks at home on its beautiful canal block.

The existing low-set brick home was demolished to make room for the new building. Geotechnical investigations revealed several meters of uncontrolled sand fill above weak estuarine soils. A Waffle slab and screw piles were deemed most economical to ensure bearing and stability in the sand.

A lightweight superstructure including fire resistant party wall construction was recommended and installed to minimise foundation loads and costs.

The project went swimming-ly – a bit like we want to when we see that lovely water view! (more…)

Brewhouse Brewery

brew1Project No. 6381

Located in Brisbane’s West End the Brisbane Brewing Co. Brewery features an onsite bar, deli – and of course brewery. The Brewhouse Brewery produces a delicious range of award winning beers including the sparkling ‘Sunshine’ lager and their infamous ‘Up Yer Kilt’ Scottish Ale. They also offer a comprehensive ‘Brewniversity’ course!

Tucked away in a re-purposed warehouse behind a fruit store, the Brewhouse project came with some interesting challenges and opportunities for BE Collective.

Challenges included:
– Working with and preserving the existing warehouse infrastructure to increase utility and stability;
– Improving roof bracing to resist increased lateral loads;
– Extensive slab manipulation;
– Drainage management.

Built Environment Collective provided a range of structural design and certification services, key commission aspects included:
– Demolition,
– Slab topping to achieve drainage,
– Load-capacity clearance for brew vats,
– Suspended slab design,
– Roof bracing,
– Planning and design of building additions,
– Ensuring continued project stability and quality through increased site presence commensurate with a renovation project.

Head over to the brewery to admire the BEC Team’s work over a local craft beer. Chin Chin! (more…)