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Bubbling Springs, Hiddenvale

Project No: 6973

The Bubbling Springs Landscape Masterplan is a proposed eco-tourism site covering 11,000 Acres and accommodating approximately 290 people. The development will provide facilities to the Hidden Vale Adventure Park which is primarily mountain biking and trail running. The development is to be based on sustainable principles to minimise impact on the natural landscape while aiming to maximise the natural, educational and cultural values of the existing environment.

Following an information request from Council, Spicers Retreats reached out to us. BEC’s provision included Design and Documentation for an emergency Generator and associated fuel storage; Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids; maintaining the functional use of the proposed Wastewater Treatment Systems; Cold Storage for the Café/ Restaurant; and the location of generators and pumps for water reticulation for water supplies. We designed all documentation to include appropriate offsets and clearances for remnant bushland/vegetation.

Images: Tim Bardsley-Smith (more…)

East St, Toowoomba

Project No: 6880

BEC was commissioned to provide multi-discipline engineering consultancy services in support of renovations and an extension to a gorgeous 3-storey pre-war heritage listed dwelling in Toowoomba. The works included internal alterations, addition of Northern and southern veranda roof, reoccupation of veranda as bathrooms, and further external works.

We provided a dilapidation audit of the existing structure and prepared a structural condition report outlining key recommendations with respect to H&S and budget allowances. We prepared structural design of new works including footings, floor, wall and roof framing, bracing, tiedown and retaining walls. The BEC team also handled inspections and documentation for design and construction, coordination of energy efficiency report, and a soil testing report.

We provided extensive ESD services for the project too, which covered model creation and initial simulation; consultation with client, model glazing and insulation improvements, energy efficiency reporting, and glazing and insulation specifications. (more…)

Cannon Hill Residence

Project No: 6924

The BEC Team worked alongside Owen Architecture on the design and development approval of a new two storey house and associated external works constructed in Cannon Hill, on Dorothea St.

We provided detailed structural design and documentation, and detailed Hydraulic design and documentation including water reticulation, sanitary drainage and site drainage.  We also provided extensive Energy Efficiency design and assessment elements for the Class 1 dwelling, including software modelling and simulation; iterative model glazing and insulation improvements in consultation with client; and preparation of energy efficiency report to meet Queensland Development Code.

Barton Street

Project No. 6807

BE Collective was commissioned by Jason Bird (Founder, managing director, and designer at Luxxbox) to work on structural alterations and additions on ‘The Bird House’ as it has come to be known in the office.  The existing house is a two-storey construction with single-storey street frontage on stumps, and a lower storey which is part built in.

Our mission – as we chose to accept it – was to take the existing house and transform it into a modern dwelling that grows from and compliments the surrounding terrain. Our work included an extension, pool and carport to create a living space that a world class design professional would appreciate. 

The diverse professional skillset of our team allowed us control of the project across disciplines, meaning we could complete the revitalised building design; structural analysis and design; and energy efficiency design process comprehensively and internally. This enabled greater communication across disciplines and a unity of vision throughout every stage of the project. After taking over the design process, BEC was able to drastically reduce construction costs, while increasing thermal performance of the building and provide significant engineering solutions and comprehensive ESD for this structurally complex construction. (more…)

Princess Street ESD and Solar, Petrie Terrace

Project No. 6791

The BE Collective team were commissioned to provide ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) consultancy services on a fantastically designed bespoke home in Brisbane’s Petrie Terrace. We were thrilled to work in close cahoots with Owen Architecture – of whom we’re big fans.

We undertook the required energy efficiency analysis, satisfying the requirements for a Class 1 building in Queensland, covering insulation, glazing, shading, energy use, air conditioning, and lighting.

Our works also included design and specification for a large solar photovoltaic system, capable of generating 6.5 kilowatts of energy. We designed a tailor-made system for a FIFO worker, using in-depth analysis of energy demand and usage patterns. 3D modelling and hourly energy usage and generation data profiles were used to evaluate a range of solar energy options. This energy will be stored in one of the first Tesla Powerwall 2’s ever to be fitted in Australia.  The Powerwall 2’s 14kWh capacity Li-ion battery means the home will be effectively energy self-sufficient. As you’d expect this had the Musk-enthusiasts in the office waving their high-tech sustainably-sourced fan banners. (more…)