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.

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.

Brisbane Containter Terminals – Operations Facility

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


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.

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.