Overcoming a Logistical Gauntlet: Space Efficiency Key to Delivering North Sydney’s Tallest Building
Considering the worksite was situated essentially boundary to boundary between Denison Street, Spring Street, and Little Spring Street, the construction of One Denison was no easy task. These narrow streets are home to other large commercial buildings, restaurants and popular parking facilities.
Slender Bridge Design Innovation Saves $5m in Construction Costs on the Albion Park Rail Bypass
A slender bridge design consisting of bespoke concrete deck planks with integral supports and increased plank spacing permitted a reduction in the depth of the deck for higher clearance in flood events and accommodated large-height vehicles.
Adelaide’s New High-Tech Building, GPO Exchange, Provides Smart Insights into Building Usage
The 20-storey A-grade commercial building has raised the bar for smart buildings through its more than 25 separate building control systems, including a self-service visitor management system, smart lighting and monitoring system, and electric vehicle charging.
Desert Rose House: University of Wollongong’s Highly Sustainable Smart Home Designed for the Elderly
A 200-strong team of students from University of Wollongong (UOW) and TAFE NSW built a user-centric home developed for the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. The highly sustainable smart home developed by Team UOW was named after ‘an iconic flower that flourishes in challenging environments’.
The Impressive Basement Retention System used to Retain Coode Island Silt in Port Melbourne
An impressive shoring arrangement has been used in a basement retention system on a difficult site comprising sand, Moray Street Gravels & Coode Island Silt under hydrostatic pressure less than 100 m from the shore of Port Phillip Bay. A redesign nominated the use of over 1 m diameter hydraulic MEGA braces in lieu of ground anchors to support the 2-storey basement’s 8 m deep, 500 mm thick diaphragm walls.
Central Station Raises the Roof: Northern Concourse Canopy Taking Shape
Over two thirds of the 2,240sqm sweeping prefabricated steel-framed roof has now been erected by Laing O’Rourke and their subbies. Eight hockey stick-shaped girders support prefabricated steel assemblies that make up the roof structure.
Unique Propping Design Suspends 400 t Heritage Clock 55 m High During Restoration Works
The intricate bracing and propping design by TTW enabled the building’s 400 t heritage clock tower to be suspended over the live construction site while the building is being restored. The solution also allowed bracing of the 65.5 m heritage facade while Shell House was completely gutted and upgraded, including demolition of its structural system.
Australian-First Sees Two Buildings Joined Together for Brisbane’s Midtown Centre
Two 1980’s government office buildings are being ‘stitched’ together and topped with 7 new levels to create a single A-grade office complex, which the structural engineer says 'demanded a process of staged demolition and propping to support the retained structure.'
World’s First AI-Driven Facade for Proposed Towers at Sydney's Tech Central
Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) won the design competition for Central Place Sydney, a $2.5 billion development in Sydney’s new tech hub adjacent to Central Station. The designers of the 150,000 sqm, 37 and 39-storey dual tower complex have promised “one of the most contemporary and sustainable workplaces in the world with its cutting-edge design”.
WATCH: Construction of Italy’s New Genoa San Giorgio Bridge Completed to Replace Collapsed Morandi Bridge
Construction of Italy’s new Genoa San Giorgio bridge has been completed on an expedited works program just 15 months after work began to replace the collapsed Morandi bridge which killed 43 people in August 2018.
“Soil Like Toothpaste”: The Making of Brisbane Airport’s Ambitious New Runway
The completion of the new runway, which is situated on a reclaimed portion of the Brisbane River delta, marks the realisation of a 50 year vision for Brisbane Airport and almost 8 years of construction, in what is one of the biggest engineering feats in Australian aviation project history.
Australia’s Most Slender Tower: Collins House
Designed by Bates Smart, Melbourne’s 60-storey Collins House is the most slender tower in Australia, rising 184 metres on a 480m2 site which equates to a slenderness ratio of 16.5. By comparison, the world’s most slender skyscraper has a slenderness ratio of approx. 24.
‘Largest Fish Market in the World’: Hansen Yuncken Appointed Head Contractor on Stage One of Sydney Fish Market Redevelopment
Hansen Yuncken has been appointed head contractor for the stage one works with construction on the brand new Sydney Fish Market in Blackwattle Bay is set to begin within weeks.
Sydney's Newest Motorway Takes Title for the Longest Road Tunnel in Australia
The New M5 section of Sydney’s WestConnex, also known as the M8 Motorway, has opened to traffic after 4 years of construction. The project included construction of a four-level interchange at St Peters which included 10 bridges, two spanning the Alexandra Canal, and the longest being 288 metres.
‘Superfloor’ Connects 3 Buildings Together for University of Melbourne’s New Innovation Precinct
University of Melbourne's new innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect, brings to life an ultra-modern work, research and living space comprising three separate buildings connected by a single 'superfloor' to promote collaboration.
World’s Tallest Hybrid Tower will Operate off 100 Percent Renewables
A 40-storey timber-steel hybrid tower has been announced for tech giant Atlassian’s new headquarters adjacent to Sydney's Central Station designed by architects BVN and SHoP with engineering by Eckersley O’Callaghan and TTW.
Australia’s First Double Helix Bridge Opens in Sydney
It’s the first double helix bridge in the world to have a dilating diameter - getting larger over the supports (where bending moments are higher) and narrower midspan (where moments are lower) - whilst each steel plate used to make the box sections varies in thickness depending on structural demand to reduce dead weight and material consumption.
‘Friendly Neighbour’: Sydney’s Tallest Residential Building Designed with Environment & People at the Core
505 George will be 6 Star Green Star focussed on reducing energy use and environmental impact. This is the second time Australia’s Architectus (100 Mount St, North Sydney, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta) and German architectural heavyweight Ingenhoven (Marina One Singapore, Breeze Tower, Osaka) have teamed up on a Sydney project after 1 Bligh St.
Morandi Bridge Replacement to Use Robots to Monitor for Corrosion
The new bridge, which is colloquially called The "Pergenova Bridge”, is being delivered by Salini Impregilo and has taken just 7 months to construct up to this point thanks to an expedited administrative process. The new bridge has been designed with durability top of mind - a simply-supported beam and pier structure which Piano says has full accessibility for steel maintenance.