Maud St, Heritage Commercial Mixed-Use


Project no. 6739

The Maud St site contains a stunning two-level heritage-listed warehouse building of approximately 1400 m2 and two smaller attached warehouse buildings at the rear of the site.

Owen Architecture (who we’re honoured to be working with) has proposed a mixed-use re-development that includes a flower market, commercial kitchen, roasting and bakery operations on ground level and function / conference room plus commercial offices on Level 1. The development is sensitive to the heritage nature of the warehouse and it is assumed that the existing building fabric is to be preserved to the maximum extent possible, including interior exposed brickwork.

With consideration to our extensive experience in mixed-use and heritage refurbishments, (Newstead Brewery at Milton, Wickham Hotel Refurbishment, Gambaro’s Restaurant and Hotel, Africa Hall for the United Nations) the BE Collective team have been commissioned to provide structural, civil, ESD and hydraulic consultancy services covering the design and construction phases.

We’re excited to be intimately involved in a project that has such aesthetic and cultural appeal.
More pictures to come stay tuned. (more…)

Vue Apartments, Windsor

IMG_2631Project No. 6208

BE Collective provided stormwater management and engineering services in support of a stylish new development comprising 33 new apartments over 7 storeys, and featuring some ground floor commercial space. Located about 10 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, the building takes full advantage of the street front access to Lutwyche road, and features some minimalist architectural façade work.

Our extensive civil works offering included bulk fill and excavation documentation, incorporation of associated DA requirements, and operational works documentation.  

With BE Collective’s expert help, the building was completed in late 2015. (more…)

Edward Street Vitrines

Project No. 6669

BE Collective were excited to be a part of the designing and specification of some beautiful new glass display vitrines located on  Edward St in the heart of Brisbane CBD’s high end commercial space.

The brief described an upright triangular prism with a bronze frame placed on top of a concrete plinth. The frame has to be strong enough to hold large safety glass panes and withstand moderate levels of pedestrian loads or force (from people clamouring to purchase the products within we assume).

Our completed documentation ensured compliance with strict architectural detail, provided an excellent level of durability and ensured a long life span.


Newstead Brewery – Milton

Project No. 6659

The Newstead Brewing Company is expanding their operations to the west side of Brisbane – to the sometimes fragrant home suburb of Queensland brewing – Milton. The new Castlemaine St (yes Castlemaine St) operations will complement the current brew house and bar restaurant in Newstead, with a new:

–  1,700mbrew house

– bar and restaurant

– function room

– street front terrace (directly opposite Suncorp Stadium)

– beer garden (our favourite kind of garden)

Our commission sees us engaging our high quality multi discipline team to offer both structural and civil services to a tricky commercial refurbishment. The existing 3,000m2 GFA building is over 2 stories. The post-tensioned slabs and precast walls are supported by piles up to 18m long.

Significant investigation and analysis of existing structure was required to confirm as-built condition and bearing loads. New foundations and plinths were required to support the significant wet-weight from brewing vats and other vessels up to 12 tonne each. The new foundations have been punched down between existing post-tension strands.

Reconfigured and increased hydraulic services demands to the change of use has necessitated new water and sewerage connections, with BE Collective performing the role of Queensland Urban Utilities Endorsed Consultant.

Construction started 15th August 2016. The BE Collective team will be in frequent attendance during the build and long past the first beer is pulled from the taps.  (more…)

Merinda Street House

1Project No. 6678

BE Collective was recently commissioned to provide structural design services for a large architecturally designed home. The project is visually very impressive, with huge open-plan spaces and ample windows and natural light. A large double-storey void and ‘parasol’ roof at the rear of the building frames a voluminous living and dining area which interfaces with the covered outdoor area via double-height glazing.

With few internal walls, and suspended concrete floors spanning 7.3 metres, structural steel K-bracing contributes significantly to lateral load capacity, and also to an industrial aesthetic. Other exposed structural steel features include a single stringer stair case and voids trimmed by channels. Finite element analysis was undertaken to optimise structural components. An up-stand beam has been incorporated to support a large 2.4 metre suspended concrete floor cantilever at the front of the house.

The building will enter its construction phase in the 2nd half of 2016. (more…)