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.

Mainfreight Larapinta

Client / FK Gardener and Sons
Location / Larapinta
Value / $23 million
Services / D&C Submission – Integrated Structural and Civil Engineering, Architecture and Project Management
Sector / Industrial


McVeigh have a wealth of experience in bulky goods storage projects, and understand that the future operational functionality of this facility had a direct impact on our clients
bottom line. We therefore ensured we understood all aspects of the business operations, from the number of deliveries expected per day to how many forklift charge points  were required.


The current layout was scrutinised by numerous key members of our clients team, and the documented scheme accounted for intricate logistics and maximised site development potential. McVeigh understood that as owner occupiers, this project was not only a workplace but also a long term investment for stakeholders. We selected the most suitable and durable materials for the construction, whilst keeping minimal maintenance and cost a priority.


We also understood that safety was of an upmost importance and priority to the client, therefore we ensured that safety in design was both a major factor in shaping the final designs and was monitored and reported on throughout the process.


The cost saving measures table demonstrates the benefits of having architects, civil and structural engineers under one roof. The total construction dollars we identified in just our own disciplines alone totalled $2.2m; around 9.5% of the estimated construction budget.

Carlton United Brewery

Client / Carlton and United Beverages
Location / Pacific Highway, Yatala
Value / $25 million
Services / Architectural, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Project Management
Sector / Industrial


The exciting project comprised a 32,000m2 warehouse and bottling hall buildings and everyone involved was proud to receive the Structural Engineering Steel Design Award at the Australian Steel Awards for Queensland in 2005.


The McVeigh team provided significant assistance in the project management as part of the procurement, construction management and financial settlement for this project; and added value to the warehouse and bottling hall buildings by understanding the brief thoroughly and ensuring that our design resulted in a simple, low cost but flexible storage space that was easy to build, with only 6 internal column supports.


Innovative solutions regarding the steel work resulted in financial savings, particularly with the complex warehouse staging requirements, which would allow the contractor to construct the bottling hall extension without any disruption to the ongoing bottling operations immediately adjacent.

Brisbane Container Terminals

Client / Baulderstone
Location / Port of Brisbane
Construction Value / $80 million (total)
Services / Architecture, Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering
Sector / Industrial


The Brisbane Container Terminals new operations facility is a two storey building encompassing staff amenities, dining and kitchen spaces, offices and a training room on the ground floor. The first floor is office and meeting spaces for the corporate and management staff.


The challenge for the architectural team was to design an aesthetically pleasing building that was also able to reference an industrial feel to suit the buildings purpose and surroundings.


We succeeded in both our, and more importantly, the client’s vision for the buildings’ design, through the use of steel sheeting and a shed-like roof to incorporate an industrial design into a functioning, architecturally pleasing workspace.


The sun shading for the northwest and southwest was designed not only to serve as thermal comfort, but to also create an inventive break between extended expanses of one material. The wrapping wall/awnings and observation deck extend beyond the facade for definition from the concrete and glazing.


The colour palette has been kept clean and neutral to highlight the architectural design of the building and remain true to the industrial design brief. Blue glazing has been used for its energy efficiency which emphasizes the buildings Environmentally Sustainable Design qualities.