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Barton Street

Project No. 6807

BE Collective was commissioned by Jason Bird (Founder, managing director, and designer at Luxxbox) to work on structural alterations and additions on ‘The Bird House’ as it has come to be known in the office.  The existing house is a two-storey construction with single-storey street frontage on stumps, and a lower storey which is part built in.

Our mission – as we chose to accept it – was to take the existing house and transform it into a modern dwelling that grows from and compliments the surrounding terrain. Our work included an extension, pool and carport to create a living space that a world class design professional would appreciate. 

The diverse professional skillset of our team allowed us control of the project across disciplines, meaning we could complete the revitalised building design; structural analysis and design; and energy efficiency design process comprehensively and internally. This enabled greater communication across disciplines and a unity of vision throughout every stage of the project. After taking over the design process, BEC was able to drastically reduce construction costs, while increasing thermal performance of the building and provide significant engineering solutions and comprehensive ESD for this structurally complex construction. (more…)

Mount Emerald Wind Farm

Parts for Mount Emerald Wind Farm’s giant new wind turbines have started arriving – and they are enormous. Each blade weighs 16 tonnes and is 57 meters long. Once constructed they will be the biggest wind turbines ever seen in Queensland, with the 37 tallest towers standing 90m tall – that’s excluding the additional height of the 57m blades. 16 slightly smaller turbines are also planned (though it is hard to attribute the word ‘small’ to any of these structures) which still stand 84m.

These monolithic wind turbines are part of a $380M project by Ratch Australia. The 53 Turbines will generate an estimated 500-600 GWh per annum. Over its lifetime the project will create 150-200 jobs and will power up to 1/3 of Far North Queensland.  The completed farm will reduce C02-e emissions by roughly 450,000 tonnes a year. For more info check out The Urban Developer article, or the Mt Emerald Wind Farm Website. (more…)