Verde Apartments

verde1aProject No: 6441

Verde, the 12-storey, 82 apartment, development in West End was one of our most exciting projects to work on to date – we got to design and engineer what was the largest green wall in Queensland at the time. Our design made in onto channel 7 news and was featured in Brisbane Developments.

Our signature multi-disciplinary capabilities and long-term façade experience made us the perfect team for the Job. Designing a green wall façade required a range of specialist Structural, Civil, and Plumbing & Drainage contributions. Our solution also included the design of a 12,000 litre-per-day Class B grey water treatment irrigation system. The BE Collective Team were able to take care of the entire engineering scope under the one roof, and additionally offered a full multi-discipline scope of service for the rest of the building including

BE Collective provided Structural, civil, plumbing & drainage, traffic & ESD engineering consultancy services throughout:

  • The full 12-storeys of the building which cantilever more than 3 metres at the rear to facilitate parking via full height wall struts.
  • Our traffic engineering design which facilitates dedicated parking for 9 motorcycles – and over 100 bicycles, in support of sustainable design.
  • The landscaping inclusive of the green walls will require some 12,000 liters of irrigation water per day. 



WDEA Offices, Warrnambool


Project no. 6173

The new Western District Employment Agency (WDEA) offices in Warrnambool, Victoria, is a 2000m2 GFA 2-storey stand-alone commercial development. BE Collective provided structural, civil and sustainability support for the project. The principal consultant was extremely receptive to our sustainability initiatives, which lead design decisions across the other disciplines.  Precast hollow core planks were specified in support of dematerialisation and exposed thermal mass. Reverse veneer construction was achieved by adopting painted tilt-up concrete concrete walls in conjunction with insulation and light weight cladding.

The building is founded on shallow piers in weathered sandstone, and stormwater management was achieved via ground water recharge detention tanks. Construction completion is expected mid-2013.


Paga Hill Multi-Res


Project no. 6218

Paga Hill is a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. BE Collective were appointed in January 2012 to provide full structural and civil consultancy for this residential project, including construction phase services out of our PNG office. The project consists of 8 boutique style apartments with commanding views out to the Coral Sea.

  • Challenges in realising a development on this site include:
  • steep slopes and high retaining walls
  • accommodating tributary loads from a significant up hill development just meters away from basement excavations
  • earthquake forces
  • the distance of sewerage and stormwater legal point of discharge away from the site
  • logistics and construction materials supply chain
  • labour efficiencies.

Our structural design consists of a full reinforced concrete frame. Whilst block work will be used for external and part walls, the structural frame enables the block work to be constructed under the shade of the base-build, and at a leisurely pace.

The flooring system as designed incorporates a prefabricated sacrificial formwork called Ezideck to promote programme efficiencies.

Two rows of contiguous piled walls are required to achieve the basement excavation level, with additional piles and ground beams providing a stable edge to the steep driveway.

Tender returns are in as of August 2012, with construction due to start later in the year. (more…)

Belamar Towers, Talatona, Angola


Project No. 5926

An exciting high rise in a developing country. This project epitomises the BE Collective team’s ability to complete a multi-storey, cross-continent, cross-language product.
Our team provided structural engineering for these two 25-storey apartment towers located in Talatona, an emerging suburb 15km south from the capital, Luanda. The development comprises 468 apartments per tower, approximately 600 parking spaces, communal areas throughout several podium levels, including two swimming pools, a spa, and spa salons.
Floors were designed as unbonded post-tensioned flat plates, achieving longer spans with less weight, smaller columns and increased NLA. The post-tensioning strand layout was coordinated with integral horizontal services runs within the depth of the slab – in order to satisfy the client’s requirement for reduced floor to floor heights.