ARFF Fire Station Ballina

Client / St Hilliers
Location / Ballina, NSW
Value / $5 million
Services / Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering
Sector / Aviation


The Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS)operate 22 airports around Australia. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has experienced a sufficient increase in passenger transit over the last 10 years leading to the required expansion of the airport.


St Hilliers and McVeigh worked together to service ARFFS with an operational facility that complied with the standard regulations and is in accordance with their Functional Design Brief (FDB).


ARFFS also expressed their desire to maintain good relationships with the local community throughout the project and beyond.
Concerns were raised by ARFFS during the design of the project regarding possible conflict with the Functional Design Brief. Through the use of detailed visual analysis workshops, McVeigh successfully worked alongside St Hilliers to provide certainty of the key statutory obligations, and was able to provide clarity and assurance to ARFFS for the designs of the runway and outbuildings in relation to the current Fire Control Centre.

AFP Office Building

Client / ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
Location / Cairns, Queensland
Construction Value / $6.5 million
Services / Structural and Civil Engineering Services
Sector / Commercial


The Australian Federal Police facility located in Cairns is a 3,200m2, two-storey commercial office building. The AFP building was designed to provide a safe environment to support AFP operations nationally and internationally on a 24/7 basis. The AFP brief was to design a building structure that achieves the level of robustness required by the Australian Federal Police Physical Security Requirements.


To achieve the strength, serviceability, fire resistance and durability requirements, McVeigh designed a structure using reinforced concrete floor slabs and column design, rendered corefilled blockwork external walls with sunscreens and ‘Alucabond’ cladding to exposed columns and beams. This product is aluminium sheeting used on the external surfaces to achieve a clean facade finish.


The site civil works included bulk earthworks, pavement layout and pavement design, stormwater catchment and drainage design and linemarking for the internal car park area, circulation roads and driveway crossover. McVeigh liaised with local authorities and neighbouring properties to successfully resolve minor site issues, such as a
pre-existing issue with the overland flow of stormwater which resulted in the implementation of stormwater collection and diversion to the lawful point of discharge.

Owens Transport

 Client / FDC Construction
Location / Whyte Island
Construction Value / $5.5 million
Services / Integrated Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering
Sector / Industrial


The Owens Transport development is a 1,500m2 warehouse with a 10,000m2 industrial container ready hardstand for a national container freight handling tenant.


FDC Construction and property owners expressed their desire for a quality designed and built product that would provide a valuable asset to the property owner and tenants, long into the future. Project time frames and budget were also key factors in ensuring a successful project.


McVeigh worked closely with high level stakeholders, both the property owners and end users, throughout the project life cycle to ensure the final product met and exceeded their expectations.


Careful coordination with FDC Construction ensured that quality was maintained throughout the build, which was being closely scrutinised by the property owners.


Challenging geotechnical conditions and unpredictable inclement weather could have derailed the project timeline, however each issue was overcome through the careful management of key issues and clear communication with the client.

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