Bangkok Sustainable Masterplan

5Project No. 6589

The BE Collective team was  commissioned to provide ESD services in support of a huge 17-hectare high-density, mixed-use development concept in Suan Lum in the heart of Bangkok; master-planned by The Buchan Group.

Tasked with facilitating sustainability and environmentally conscious initiatives for a development of this size, the BE Collective team looked to push ourselves and the project beyond the typical ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘carbon neutral’ standards that are the core of most current energy efficiency rating schemes.

We identified the specific environmental needs of the Suan Lum district to be pollution mitigation relating to air quality, water quality, stormwater management and energy generation.

We envisaged a group of buildings that drew-in air pollution and breathed out fresh air for the neighbourhood. We pictured structures that harvested clean energy from the head of the sun and of the earth to mitigate its own energy needs. A development that took in the polluted water of Bangkok’s struggling waterways and returned it clean and fresh.

To facilitate cleaner air, we suggested high-volume, low-pressure scrubbing and UV treatment systems. While the majority of current external air pollution control systems are designed only to disperse polluted air in a space deemed less harmful (those used in underground traffic tunnels for example)  we nominated a system that would actively contribute to improving air quality.

To achieve higher stormwater management capabilities in the area and increase flood proofing, we suggested a network of storm traps, porous concrete pavements and bio retention including green roofs.

In order to mitigate our developments vast energy needs, we worked to incorporate a multi-pronged and multi-discipline strategy including photovoltaic glass, wind turbines, a tri-generation plant and an underground thermal labyrinth.

Through these initiatives we were proud to target a Platinum “World Excellence” rating through the LEED Neighbourhood Developments rating tool. This equates to the highest possible 6-Star “World Leadership” ranking in the GBCA’s Green Star Communities tool, which is the Australian equivalent rating system. (more…)

River Community Centre

1Project No. 6289

BE Collective provided structural and ESD services pro-bono for a unique sustainability project in the form of a Community Centre.

With a focus on Triple Bottom Line objectives (economic, social and environmental) BE Collective proposed the re-use of used car components in support of a ‘many hands’ construction methodology.

Car tyres were nominated as sacrificial concrete formwork about slender steel columns, to provide lateral stability and fire protection. These columns were nested within rammed-earth external and party walls facilitating both acoustic and thermal insulation.

Axles, drive shafts and shock absorbers that would normally be wasted would be repurposed as structural space-frame roof elements.

BE Collective chose a space-frame style roof for its inherent strength and to take advantage of the access to a ‘many hands’ volunteer labour force, facilitating rapid construction by a relatively unskilled workforce (more…)

Bamboo Structures

10010655_10153489485302328_4951293638511015058_o (1)Project No. 6482

Design students from the Queensland University of Technology were recently given the opportunity to work with Sydney based grass-roots design collaborative Cave Urban on the design and build of some unique bamboo art forms for the 2015 Brisbane Festival.

BE Collective has undertaken structural design and certification for a multitude of artistic and sculptural installations including:

– The Hybrid by Cezary Stulgis,

Digital Origami by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA),

Everyone, Every Day at the Vivid Festival by Kuuki,

Circle Garden Shelter Installation by Sou Fujimoto Architects, and,

– Emergency shelter installations by Donovan Hill and Conrad Gargett architects

The bamboo structures called “Gardens Install” and “Sunder the Sun” were exhibited at the 2014 and 2015 Brisbane Festivals.

The Brisbane Festival exhibition aims to explore and improve the use of locally sourced bamboo as a fully renewable and extremely reusable construction material. The resulting works have been featured at the Woodford Folk Festival as well as installed and displayed around the QUT campus and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

BE Collective is proud to have contributed to such an interesting and educational initiative, especially one with a focus on environmental sustainability. (more…)

Marquis North Apartments

Project no. 6232

Handford Road, Taigum

The Marquis North apartments at Taigum consist of two multi-storey residential buildings with a total of 24 No., 2-3 bedrooms units.

Our structural consultancy consisted of design & documentation of 2 separate buildings with reinforced concrete frame and load bearing block work to external and party walls. Due to the low-strength clayey soil over deep low-strength weathered rock a number of foundation options were investigated, including a high – level raft, bored piers, and piles. The contractor decided upon driving timber piles to an estimated depth of 6-9m. Typical floors comprised traditional reinforced concrete, with the first floor incorporating 1200 wide x 550 deep band beams to transfer loads to the columns in the ground floor carpark. The roof structure comprises steel beams with lightweight purlins atop 200 series block walls.  Reinforced block lintel beams facilitate large openings and plenty of natural lighting. (more…)

Queensland State Velodrome


Project no. 6454

Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane

In 2018 the Gold Coast will play host the Commonwealth Games and the new Queensland State Velodrome is the nominated venue for the international indoor cycling program. 

Laing O’Rourke consulted BE Collective to in order to identify a series of design and construction sequencing options for the stadium roof structure.
BE Collective’s sequencing options were developed with reference to concept documentation by Cox Rayner Architects and Planners, due to the complexity  of the structure and the associated potential program and budget risks identified in the tender briefing documents. 
A balanced score-card assessment based on the following in-house performance criteria was used to rate each of the three innovative design and construction options, including a cable-net structure:
  • Minimisation of Temporary Works Design
  • Member wall thicknesses efficiency due to sequencing
  • Speed of construction
  • Access for concurrent ground level works programme
  • Minimisation of onsite storage and assembly
  • Reduce working at height
  • Minimisation of temporary works
  • Maximisation of natural light (minimisation of shadowing)
  • Traditional construction methods
  • Innovation
  • Dematerialisation 
  • Minimisation of logistics 


Queensland Government media statement and image credits

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