Cordelia Street Office Building

Client / Abcor Property Trust
Location / 47-49 Cordelia St South Brisbane
Construction Value / $65 million (approx.)
Services / Project Management, Architecture, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Services Engineering
Sector / Commercial

 

The office building development located on Cordelia Street in South Brisbane is an 18 storey commercial tower, with four basements comprising 198 carparks.

 

The design solution was to produce a unique building which reflects its setting in proximity to the CBD, Southbank, South Brisbane, West End and the Cultural Precinct at Kurilpa. The building was designed to deliver the clients requirements to be an architecturally modern building which responds to the site constraints, climate and requirements of a contemporary workplace.

 

We effectively created a development that encourages connections in and around the site and provides significant amenities for users of the building as well as the general
public, while creating a sustainable building that is a vibrant addition to the emerging urbanisation of the South Brisbane Precinct.

 

We successfully delivered a Five Star “Green Star” building that delivers long term benefits to the client, their tenants and the community.

Maroochydore State High School (In Progress)

 

 

 

 

Client / Department of Education and Training
Location / Maroochydore, Queensland
Value / $4m
Services / Integrated Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering

This expansion provides an additional four new flexible senior learning areas and associated staff resource facilities over two storeys, increasing the school’s built capacity from 1,442 students to 1,745.

The client brief called for a flexible design solution that allows for future expansion for a further four learning areas with the lowest initial capital cost. Our design solution creates a distinctive, contemporary addition to the fifty year old school campus to reflect and enhance reflecting the innovative changes in learning. Extensive covered landscape areas with multiple seating configuration suits clusters of students. The design actively reinforces the collaborative social interaction central to effective senior learning environments.

The development also includes construction of three basketball courts as well as covered linked access to the circulation spine of the school.

McVeigh worked closed with our subconsultants to deliver the design and documentation ahead of schedule and were recognised by out Client for the smooth delivery of the project.

 

85 O’Connell Street Apartments

Client / Oracle Estates
Location / Kangaroo Point
Value / $4 million
Services / Integrated Architectural, Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering Services
Sector / Residential

 

McVeigh Consultants was commissioned by Oracle Estates to review an existing DA for 19 units, with a view to improve the quality of the floor plans and external appearance of the building.

 

Our design philosophy was based around the premise of simple lines, and efficient use of every square metre of GFA. With the rising cost of housing and the increasing difficulty for first home owners to enter the market, maximum efficiency and usability of all floor space was an important factor both to our clients and prospective purchasers.

 

This residential apartment project includes 19 units, incorporating open plan living spaces, and economically designed kitchen andbathroom spaces. The living spaces flow out into balconies, which increases the perception of living space.

 

The building site is located on a major thoroughfare through Kangaroo Point, and the project site is surrounded by 10-15 storey buildings. The designs inspiration evolves from this high density setting, i.e. the smaller white cube representing our boutique design enmeshed within the grey of the surrounding urban mass. This is represented with the  white / charcoal palette of colours.

 

A small project budget of $4 million, this design makes a small but lasting contribution to the Kangaroo Point streetscape.

Mowbray East Brisbane

Client / QM Properties
Location / Lytton Road, East Brisbane
Value / $12 million
Services / Integrated Architectural & Engineering Services

 

Mowbray East Brisbane is an eight storey multiresidential development featuring 56 one and two bedroom apartments, a two level basement for car parking, and a rooftop  recreational area for residents with views to the Brisbane river and city skyline. A commercial tenancy also occupies a portion of the ground level of the development.

Using our integrated design model, McVeigh were able to cater to the clients needs by providing an aesthetically pleasing building that maximises its use of a spatially constrained site. A precast patterned concrete wall, designed in the early phase of the project, was a result of merging the architectural and structural design processes to address one of the highly prominent eight-level high facades in this development. The building is primarily orientated to the north and east which provides good visual presence and overview.

The units of this development predominantly face the southern and western boundaries of the site. The compilation of the facades has been carefully chosen to achieve a balanced and simplistic design. Balconies and windows were either stepped in or screened to become a delightful visual element and counterpoint the more robust, harsh concrete elements of the building.

A Council road resumption decreased the width of the site by six meters, compressing the overall site and presenting a challenge to achieve the desired ratio of car park numbers to residential units. However, McVeigh were able to adjust the design and explore different structural systems that worked with the architectural layout and address the clients’ requirement for maximising the unit and car parking numbers.

We also added value to the project through our integrated design by minimizing the amount of transfer beams required within the building, while retaining the integrity of the
development.

Hamilton Mixed Use Development

Client / Bloomer Constructions
Location / Hamilton, Queensland
Value / $29 million
Services / Structural and Civil Engineering Services

The Hamilton Mixed Use development is an eight storey mixed-use tower with 200 hotel rooms over six storey’s, two storey’s of commercial space including a McDonalds Restaurant and one level of underground parking.

The McVeigh team worked closely with the architect to rectify and resolve the critical design issues at the front end of the project to eliminate risks and develop the cost plan accurately. Many engineering options were investigated, including precast concrete, composite construction and permanent form work to ensure the most appropriate and economical solutions were reached and implemented.

We worked collaboratively with Bloomer Constructions to ensure that an appropriate level of environmental testing was performed on the site to assess the level of contamination. This testing determined that
contamination in the ground from the sites industrial history fortunately had not contaminated the ground water resulting in a considerable cost saving for the client with the selection of a drained basement design.

McVeigh’s innovative approach allowed us to eliminate a transfer structure at ground floor and reduce the basement excavation by hanging the level two slabfrom the level three transfer structure.

 

25 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove

Client / Brisbane Housing Company
Location / Kevin Grove
Value / $8.4 million
Services / Structural and Civil Engineering
Sector / Residential

 

Located at the heart of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, 25 Musk Ave is a mixed unit development for the Brisbane Housing Company, an organisation that provides appropriate, secure and affordable rental housing in the city of Brisbane to people in need.

 

The 50 unit building has a concrete frame and blockwork construction with an internal atrium and courtyard connected by balconies. The site is cut into a hill and incorporates two levels of semi-basement carparking and commercial office space. Two levels of complicated transfer structures were required to achieve the best parking, office and residential spaces within the building.

 

McVeigh Consultants provided structural and civil engineering services to help achieve a robust, but cost effective building that complemented the neighbourhood within the client’s tight budget.

Brisbane 1

Client / R&F Properties
Location / South Brisbane, Queensland
Value / $150 million
Services / Structural and Civil Engineering Services

 

Brisbane 1 is an architecturally designed triple tower mixed-use development located just 1km from Brisbane CBD. The three-tower complex consists of one 12, 28 and 30-storey residential towers. The impressive complex includes 608 apartments and 11 retail stores, five levels of common amenities and three levels of basement carparking. All three towers have rooftop recreation spaces, with Towers One and Three boasting open air terraces.

We worked closely with the client to realise their key outcome of developing an iconic glass building in Brisbane’s CBD that provided large luxury apartments. Through close collaboration with the client and the architect on the project, we achieved an efficient structural design that integrated seemlessly with the architects design. We accomplished the clients vision and established certainty of the apartment layout prior to their marketing submissions.

By completing extensive wind tunnel testing, we were able to reduce the quantity of the core walls which translated into a substantial cost saving of $285,000 for the client. 3D modelling of the post tensioned systems allowed for a better understanding of potential clashes in the design of the concrete transfer slabs which created a more buildable design.

Wellington Point – Health Care Precinct

Client / TPM Builders
Location / Wellington Point, Queensland
Value / $6 million
Services / Structural and Civil Engineering

 

Situated in the growing Redlands area, the Wellington Point Health Precinct provides essential health care services to the bayside community.

Over a 1,900m2 site, the complex has two levels of basement car parking, a gym, large foyer, physiotherapy/podiatry studio and a doctors surgery. Level 2 has dental, orthopaedic and office tenancies. A rehabilitation gym features a 2-storey central void with large glazing lines to create an open feeling for the whole building.

Owing to the magnitude and variety of services that the development offers, flexible floor plans were a staple component to the successful delivery of this health care precinct. Through simplified detailing and by understanding the builders desired construction sequence, the development was constructed allowing the tennant occupancy of their the space in a guaranteed timeframe.

Schweppes Asahi DC, Heathwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Client / FDC Constructions
Location / Heathwood, Queensland
Value / $21.5 million
Services / Integrated Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering

 

The Schweppes Asahi Distribution Centre located in Heathwood involves a 17,639m2 warehouse and 1,134m2 of operations and office space with the potential for a future 4,418m2 growth area. Reaching up to 33m in height, this development is an excellent example of high bay warehousing, showcasing state-of-the art Automated Storage Retrieval Machines (ASRMs).

The warehouse was designed to be an ambient facility that provides storage, picking and cross docking operations for Schweppes. McVeigh were also conscious of the clients requirements of having the option for future growth and expansion with the facility and designed a solution to accommodate this.

Blenners Transport Development

Client / FDC Construction and Fitout
Location / Darra, Queensland
Value / $20 million
Services / Integrated Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering

 

The Blenners Transport Development encompasses 7,430m2 warehouse, amenities, receiving office, freezer/ chiller warehouse, ante room and forklift charge. The development also included a two level office, workshop, chilling equipment, truck wash and 115m2 of drivers amenities and relaxation area.

The contractor made clear the requirement to deliver a highly specified, high quality facility that would resolve the needs of the tenant through an efficient facility. Through the use of 3D modelling software and our integrated delivery model, McVeigh were able to take the client through the design elements in detail and provide them with certainty for their project.

McVeigh’s extensive experience in these kinds of projects continues deliver innovative ideas and results. By thoroughly investigating and understanding the end users operational requirements of the facility, McVeigh worked closely with the refrigeration consultant and contractor to resolve issues surrounding the slab and ground work requirements. The use of passive, underslab ventilation systems for the chiller/ freezer areas stopped the earth from freezing and expanding, which can cause cracks and defects in the finished product.

 

Through the use of McVeigh’s efficient steel design and documentation, the Client was able to speed up the steel work procurement to meet tight project deadlines. McVeigh utilised light-weight steel trusses to maximise spans over the chiller rooms which allowed for a flexible racking arrangement enabling an increased pallet storage floor area for the client.