Manly Aquatic Centre

#The Manly Aquatic Centre located on the North Manly coastline of Sydney hosted this project as a major addition to the existing outdoor aquatic centre. The Indoor Aquatic Centre encompasses a total area of some 3,300m2, including over 2,000m2 of column-free space, supporting the numerous indoor facilities the centre provides its community.

The Manly Aquatic Centre incorporates a range of features, including an indoor 25m x 20m lap pool, indoor program pool, leisure pool with an automated pool cover, under pool concourse, & a spa. The trusses support box section rafters in a sawtooth configuration allowing abundant natural light into the pool hall at every truss. Each pool is filtered using its dedicated filtration & water treatment plant that is designed to comply with the NSW Ministry of Health – Public Swimming Pool & Spa Pool Advisory Document.

Each pool & water treatment plant system utilises the latest technology available in the water treatment industry, comprising Atlas Ultra Fine Filtration (UFF), automatic flow control by way of flow sensors & variable speed drives. Furthermore, the Oxidation & control of chloramines by way of high intensity, medium pressure UV plant, helps disinfection using a sodium hypochlorite solution manufactured on-site utilizing brine electrolysis using a Siemens OSEC electrolysis unit.  

pH correction using CO2 gas with a backup system using dry acid, automatic & proportional control of disinfection residuals & pH control using a Siemens water chemistry controller, & pool control boards complete with Program Logic Control & display panels controlling & monitoring all aspects of plant operation & water treatment.

Logan Enhancement Project

Project No: 7075

Building on our significant façade engineering experience, we’ve recently been involved in the Logan Enhancement Project. Our Client required specialist engineering consultancy and façade certification for the design of aluminium screening across a number of different bridges as part of the project.

The bridge screens have been sourced through PicPerf, Locker Group’s architecturally designed perforated panels range. The vandal-resistant panelling carries a natural tree-scape image, created through varying aperture sizes in the metal. We ensured that the pedestrian barriers were certified against a 2,000-year wind event, plus usual pedestrian and cyclist loads per main roads specification requirements.  BEC provided cost saving analysis, and assisted in streamlining aluminium thickness and grade to achieve the most cost-efficient approach.

UQ Sports Centre Façade

Project no. 6646

The University of Queensland recently redeveloped their sporting facilities, and required structural design and certification services for an intricate façade.

The façade itself consists of large perforated triangle elements fitted at different angles to an irregular frame. This made for more complex wind load calculations and requirements, especially when coupled with the sites location in Brisbane, next to a sizeable sports field.

The resulting façade looks great and isn’t blowing away anytime soon. (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…)

Belambi Street Modular Prefabrication

bel1Project No. 6397

BE Collective was extremely excited at the opportunity to work with renowned Sydney architect Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studios and Redwood Project’s Sam Graiche on an innovative residential prototype, involving a pre-fabricated modular construct.

The idea was to create a modular pre-fab that could be both cost and time efficient. Time and money could be saved by offsite manufacturing and standardisation techniques, and the existing home could be used while the new structure was being built. A pre-fab structure was found to be appropriate for the site especially in regards to the uneven sandstone ground that would normally make piles difficult.

BE Collective was commissioned to provide consultancy services relating to a range of design and engineering aspects, including modularisation and connectivity issues. In terms of structural design our initiative was to “dematerialise” without compromising structure. BE Collective representatives from the Brisbane office were flown to Sydney for a site inspection and to meet and collaborate between partners.

The balance of rigorous design and engineering requirements was facilitated through a commitment to collaboration and a high level of effective communication. (more…)