Hiron Street, St Lucia

Job No: 6923

BE Collective supported the circa $2mill alterations & additions to this architectural river-front home at St Lucia in Brisbane. The original home was designed by BVN, and detailed to the exacting standards of then Director Shane Thompson. The integration of services and finishes of the original build have facilitated an effortlessly pleasurable living experience. The current owners have invited Shane back (now as Shane Thompson Architects) to reconfigure and extend the home to facilitate expanded entertainment & guest suites.

Our multi-discipline commission included Structural, Civil, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Efficiency & ESD.

The energy demands of the property are substantial. Our brief included maximising alternative energy generation, which in this instance necessitated covering all available roof space with high-efficiency micro-inverter photovoltaics and the installation of a large battery array. In this instance 2 x Tesla Powerwall battery-units were adopted.

The structural aspects of the project included extension of the existing basement to side boundaries, and facilitating extension of the multi-storey reinforced concrete structure with portal-framing employed to facilitate full-width stacker doors.

All disciplines were documented & coordinated in Revit, including the plumbing & drainage and gas as required for multiple kitchens and basement fixtures. Civil earthworks were modeled in Civil3D. The existing stormwater system was modified to facilitate pumping of flood waters for those times where Council modeled 1% AEP levels are exceed in the future.

Carrathool Pedestrian Bridge

Project No. 7264

Carrathool Shire Council appointed Built Environment Collective to provide concept design & engineers’ reporting suitable for funding submission for a new pedestrian bridge.

The proposed bridge will span 42m across the Lachlan River, and is intended to facilitate public access between Hillston Memorial Park and Desatholon Park, in Hillston NSW.

BEC conducted feasibility studies for 3 different design options, including a steel truss, cable stayed & timber deck, and cable stayed with CFT (Composite Fibre Technology) deck option.  Our reporting included comparative analysis on each options’ structural system, construction materials, & associated construction cost. An engineers’ recommendation rounded out our report, leaving Council informed & well positioned to source & secure funding. (more…)

Esplanade Jewel, Bargara

Project No. 7107

BEC was recently commissioned to provide urgent assistance on a new mixed-use development proposed for beautiful Bargara. We worked in collaboration with Architect Tomas O’Malley and provided energy efficiency and specialist lighting engineering for the development, which consists of two residential towers and two townhouse blocks.

We provided energy efficiency NatHERs modelling and reporting specific to the unique townhouse types and top-floor unit types. The energy efficiency modelling was fairly straightforward, but the project’s specialist lighting requirements were particularly interesting.

The Jewel project is in the vicinity of Mon Repos, which is the largest rookery for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia. The significance of this, and the need to protect the marine turtle nesting grounds called for special care to be taken in the development planning. The potential impact of the development lay in its lighting; so we worked closely with turtle lighting expert, Dr. Kellie Pendoley Principal scientist and Director of Pendoley Environmental and Carl Gray, of Graylight to develop light spill management and mitigation strategies. Together, we produced a specialist lighting design which ensured that the local turtle population remained unaffected by the development, and that was hailed by Kellie Pendoley (who is also Australasian Region Vice Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group) as “setting a new benchmark for turtle aware lighting strategies”. 

Our combined efforts were critical in the development achieving Ministerial Approval from the Honourable Cameron Dick MP – Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – the first in the region to successfully do so. 


Macadamias Australia – New Facility

Project No: 7083

We recently came on-board alongside Architect Tomas O’Malley to assist Macadamias Australia with a proposed two-storey industrial and commercial complex. The Bundaberg development includes a processing facility, office area, and tourism facility.  Our team provided Energy Efficiency reporting which covered a preliminary design assessment, a detailed Deemed-to-Satisfy report, and Form 15 Energy Efficiency certification. We used the NCC glazing and lighting calculators to ensure compliance of glazing specifications and lighting energy use respectively. The facility’s façade is almost entirely glass, which made glazing for the western side particularly challenging.  We also ensured that the wall/roof/ceiling insulation was adequate, and specified the mechanical services performance requirements (air conditioning, ventilation, security, etc.).

Toowoomba Regional Council Project Management Services – Empire Theatre

Project Number: 7059

Winner: Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards, Downs & Western Division – Tourism & Leisure Facility up to $10 Million as ‘Empire Theatre Refurbishment Stage 1 and 2 Toowomba’

Builder: J Hutchinson Pty LTD T/A Hutchinson Builders

One of our latest projects has been gaining media attention, including a mention in The Chronicle. BEC was commissioned by Toowoomba Regional Council for the provision of hands-on Project Management Services. Our secondment into TRC to assist with the delivery of multiple council projects included the Empire Theatre Refurbishment Works.  The $6.32M program of major maintenance and refurbishment of the iconic Empire Theatre is currently underway and attracting attention. Take a look at some of the projects’ gorgeous photos from the MBQ awards entry below.