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…)

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…)

Bamboo Structures

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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…)

Tallebudgera Residence

Wright FinalProject No. 5884

The project was to provide multi-discipline services for a new pavilion-style home on a 46,560m2 block at Tallebudgera, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The site is zoned as Rural Residential and adjoining properties include a horse riding area.

Site constraints per the Gold Coast City Planning Scheme include a low potential for bushfire hazard, acid sulphate soils, flood inundation and unstable soils. Despite these challenges, the majority of mature trees on the site will be retained, with the structure lightly touching atop a ridge.

The new dwelling will demonstrate responsible environmental management, with rainwater harvesting tanks positioned under the suspended timber floor of the western pavilion, and a package sewerage treatment plant. A neutral colour palette will further assist to minimise the impact of this development upon the site.

Scarborough Street

Project Number: 6531


BE Collective was recently commissioned to provide multi-discipline design services (structural, civil & hydraulic) for a unique and innovative multi storey development in Southport.

Our Team supported a relatively complex Development Approval’s process and have moved on to detailed design.


The project has made big waves in the industry – The Gold Coast City Architect recently referred to it as the most innovative site solution that he had seen in his time, predicting that the project would “become a precedent for Gold Coast and the wider region on how to best utilise small lot developments’’.

Focused on making the most of an extremely small site, and site frontage, the Scarborough Street apartments manages a ground floor café, 6 storeys plus a rooftop terrace – onto a site of only 410m2.

Drawing inspiration from polite high density structures in Japan, Architect Joel Alcorn from Kahrtel and his team aim to safeguard Australian cities from overcrowding by learning from areas already adapted to high density living.

‘’I think future planning needs to be at the forefront of our concerns in being better prepared for inevitable population increases and the livability of our cities.’’ Says Joel. ‘’ We are really happy with the proportion and uniqueness of the building. It’s been a lot of fun creating meaningful spaces with such difficult constraints’’.

Joel also kindly states: “We have been forever inspired by John and the BE Collective team, by their dedication and passion towards architecturally designed outcomes. A great team of individuals and a breeze to communicate with – quick responses to queries and always deliver on time.” Thanks as always Joel – back at you!