Woolworths Meadowbrook

Client / Fabcot Pty Ltd
Contractor / ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
Location / Meadowbrook, Queensland
Value / $10.3 million
Services / Structural Engineering Services
Sector / Retail


McVeigh successfully delivered key structural engineering outcomes with an efficient design delivered on time to fast-track steelwork and precast panel erection on site. This was achieved by utilising McVeigh’s award winning integrated project delivery (IPD) method for the structural steelwork and precast panels for Woolworths Meadowbrook, an innovative shop drawing delivery method recently awarded by the Australia Institute of Steel Detailers at the QLD Steel Excellence Awards, August 2014.


The McVeigh team worked closely with SteelCAD drafting to exchange data rich 3D building information models (BIM) to eliminate re-work, simply utilising the 3D model created by McVeigh to complete the shop drawing process. Not only did this process allow shop drawings to be created up to four weeks earlier than the traditional process, it eliminated cumbersome RFI’s and site issues as the structural engineer was more engaged throughout the entire construction process from design, fabrication, erection and sign-off.

Total Tools – North Lakes

Client / Tomkins Commercial and Mica Properties
Location / North Lakes, Queensland
Value / $3 million
Services / Structural Engineering

Total Tools North Lakes is a large bulky goods retail centre comprising of four tenancies on a 6,761m2 block. The Total Tools tenancy spans 1,400m2 with adjoining tenancies at 1,553m2.

As owners of the estate, Mica Properties required a high quality and flexible development that would attract tenants for long term leases. Through the use of a clear floor span over three tenancies, flexible wall arrangements were designed to deliver a structure that is able to be adjusted for specific tenant requirements.

Large window openings to utilise maximum natural light presented a challenge in the design of the structural steel and tilt panels. This was overcome by working closely with the architect to achieve the desired outcome, while keeping the clients budget on track at all times.

Through the thorough documentation of the footings adjacent to an existing boulder retaining wall, we were able to identify and solve risks in the early design development phase which saved our client construction costs and enabled the contractor to remain on program.

By working closely with the mechanical consultant we were able to optimise our roof steel design to accommodate the air conditioning system and provide a structure that delivers the client key success factor of a flexible development.

McVeigh have significant experience in dealing with international steel fabricators. By drawing on upon this experience and working in tandem with the steel fabricator, we were able to deliver a significant cost saving and high quality assured product for Mica Properties.