Regional, Medical Plays to BubbleDeck's Strength
Using BubbleDeck, leading national builder Hansen Yuncken has responded to the numerous challenges of building large span slabs in a major regional medical facility, at the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC). The AWRCC is a three-level building of approximately 8,000 square metres plus internal courtyards.
The prefabricated slab system's reduced need for formworkers and other site crews has allowed Hansen Yuncken to quickly and safely build a conventional concrete structure in a regional centre using local contractors.
Typical of medical facilities, AWRCC requires complex setting-out in the slab to accommodate services including setdowns for bathrooms. By prefabricating the slab Hansen Yuncken have avoided the additional cost and time involved in forming these items on site, and eliminated the headaches of setting-out errors. Adding to the complexity is the strongly articulated facade, particularly in the courtyards, which BubbleDeck's prefabricated slab edge form has delivered precisely, economically and safely - the photo of the completed panels in the precast yard gives an appreciation of the work involved.
In the future, as the AWRCC evolves to meet the needs of the local community, the BubbleDeck flat plate slabs spanning two ways with no load bearing walls will readily accommodate changes and additions to services without the compromise needed to preserve post-tensioned or prestressed structural elements. Using a lightweight slab has also supported (pun intended) the important design criterion of being capable of later adding four floors as needed.
Due for completion in the third quarter of 2015, the AWRCC uses approximately 6,000 square metres of BubbleDeck precast panels, manufactured by Bianco Precast in Adelaide and trucked approximately 860 kilometres to site.
Tower Springs Out of the Ground
Finbar Group Limited are the first to commence construction in Landcorp's new redevelopment Springs Rivervale.
Spring View Towers is a 188-apartment complex comprises an impressive 16- storey tower and 9-storey building which will be the flagship development in the exclusive new Springs Rivervale.
Karim Yngstom of BubbleDeck says: "By utilising the BD230 BubbleDeck system with an additional 20mm of topping we can achieve maximum flexibility of design by incorporating all set downs in the slab surface and keeping the slab soffit flat to allow services to run unimpeded through the slab."
This exciting redevelopment project is transforming an unloved pocket of land on the Swan River into a fresh and dynamic riverside community.
Located at the crossroads of Great Eastern Highway and the Graham Farmer Freeway, Spring View Towers will offer views towards the river and city skyline while proximity to public transport, access to the CBD, the airport and major arterial road systems.
Finbar Reports on BubbleDeck's Green Credentials
Publically listed property developer Finbar Group Limited has given a notable testimony to BubbleDeck's sustainable built environment credentials in their 2012/13 annual report.
Finbar Group Limted report that as an example by using BubbleDeck, the 32,000m2 Adagio Apartments in East Perth saved approximately:
- 6,400m3 of on site concrete
- 1,024 concrete truck trips
- 10,880GJ of embodied energy in production and haulage
- 1,728t of CO2 emissions
New Perth Office Development Underway
999 Hay has recently broken ground and is heading at full speed towards the first delivery of BubbleDeck panels.
Moving on from their successful partnership at One 70, PACT Construction are once again in charge of construction on this latest Qube Property Group development. PACT Construction and Qube Property Group have chosen the BubbleDeck system for its large span floor plates, flexibility in retro fitting and ease of construction.
Designed by Eames Architects 999 Hay consists of approximately 11,500sqm of commercial office space with highly flexible office floor plates, secure vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle parking over two levels and a proposed restaurant at the ground floor level. 999 Hay is scheduled for completion in mid 2015.
Mint view from City Apartments
Located on Hay St just opposite the historic Perth Mint, Au Apartments consists of 192 apartments over 10 levels across two separate towers which are connected by a spacious entertainment deck incorporating solar-heated swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and lounge facilities.
Finbar Group Limited's latest city apartment development is rocketing towards completion by taking advantage of the speed of BubbleDeck slabs.
The $108million dollar development built by Hanssen Pty Ltd has utilised the BubbleDeck floor system in unison with additional precast component to ensure that Au Apartment achieves fast floor cycles required to deliver the development on time and budget. Hanssen Pty Ltd is scheduled to complete Au Apartments early in 2014.
Exciting Design Continues at ECU
The new Student Services building at Edith Cowan University is the next architectural feature at the Joondalup Campus. It has been designed by admired Perth architectural firm, JCY Architects and Urban Designers, to create a new, active space for university life.
Drawing together the main student services under one roof, the new building will provide a vibrant marketplace area. The project is on target to meet the equivalent 5 star plus greenstar rating target and will incorporate state-of-the art technology, including large media displays that will display signs, live information and student art.
Built by PACT Construction, the new ECU Student Services building will use over 9,000 square metres of BubbleDeck precast panels over five levels.
Delivery of Bubbledeck panels is scheduled to commence mid 2013. The large nine metre spans required a unique solution with the Bubbledeck Engineers working hand in hand with the lead structural engineers BG&E to limit deflection while retaining a thin slab.
The new Student Services Building is expected to be open to students and staff in early 2015.
Bubbledeck Customers Come Back For More
Binary 1101 Hay Street is the latest project from Qube Property Group and Dorado Property to take advantage of the Bubbledeck voided slab system.
Both developers have utilised the BubbleDeck prefabricated construction system in previous projects, in fact the whole team involved in Binary 1101 including Qube Property Group, Dorado Property, Meyer Shircore Architects, RED Engineers and Resolute Constructions have experienced the simple construction methods of BubbleDeck on previous projects.
Having recently used Bubbledeck on the 100 Havelock St Office development, builder Resolute has moved directly to commence Binary 1101 Hay St. Given the limited space on the tight rectangular site it called for construction system that minimises waste on the site and BubbleDeck was perfect to fill this role.
Located on Hay Street in popular West Perth, Binary 1101 comprises of two levels of car parking and four floors of office space with a large roof garden, with a meeting room and reception area at the ground floor. The building has a net lettable area of 2,419 square metres and designed to achieve a 4.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and 4 Star Green Star rating.
Fast Floors for Bluewater
Builder Dempsey Gillespie has chosen the BubbleDeck voided slab system for use in the new Bluewater seven level luxury residential development located on the beachfront at Scarborough, 10km west of the Perth CBD.
Bluewater Apartments development is made up of a mix and one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments and split level penthouse house apartments, all with views over the Indian Ocean.
With a focus on speed of construction, the builder is using the BubbleDeck precast system in conjunction with the AFS wall system to ensure fast floor cycles and deliver the building on time. Bluewater utilises a mix of BD280, BD340 and BD450 slabs showing the adaptability of the precast system to meet a variety of structural solutions within the one project.
Placement of Bubbledeck prefabricated panels commenced in late 2012 and will continue until midway through 2013.
Quality and Sustainability for ONE70
The new ONE70 office building now under construction in Railway Parade, West Leederville is a benchmark sustainable development by QUBE Property Group for the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). This strategic relocation for WALGA is designed to provide a new working environment that promotes greater productivity and functional integration well into the Association's future. A quality project team comprising Hassell, Aecom, Aurecon, and PACT Construction are working together to deliver the five-star Green Star office by late 2013.
As the preferred way to achieve the large spans (typically 9.5 metres by more than 8 metres) required, developer QUBE Property Group and builder PACT Construction endorsed the BubbleDeck prefabricated lightweight slab system for its simple construction and sustainable concrete building credentials, proven by QUBE's and PACT's previous
experience with BubbleDeck.
The building utilises a total of approximately 10,000 square metres of BubbleDeck semi-precast panels, and delivery by licensed BubbleDeck manufacturer Perth Precast commenced in mid-November 2012.
Landmark in Leederville
National building construction, engineering and property development company Georgiou Group has commenced construction of a landmark mixed-use development at the corner of Loftus Street and Railway Parade, West Leederville. Comprising three levels of underground car parking, five levels of office space, and three levels of apartments, the building features a distinctive design that will make it a feature of the busy West Leederville precinct.
The design by Meyer Shircore architects calls for large two-way spans typically 8.5 metres by 8 metres, and structural engineers RED specified BubbleDeck's BD280 slab throughout to achieve a low cost concrete slab with simple construction. The one prefabricated system meets all of the different requirements of car park, office, and residential areas.
Delivery commences early in 2013 of a total of approximately 13,400 square metres of BubbleDeck semi-precast panels made by licensed manufacturer Austral Precast.
The development is situated in a precinct which is the subject of a combined effort by the Town of Cambridge and City of Vincent to significantly increase development around the Leederville railway station and revitalise areas isolated when the Mitchell Freeway separated the Leederville area.
Building The Future
Now under construction by Resolute Constructions, 100 Havelock is a Qube Property Group office development at the corner of Havelock and Wellington Streets, West Perth. Architects Meyer Shircore and structural engineers Resource Engineering & Design (RED) specified the BubbleDeck concrete slab system for its efficiency in spanning up to 8.5 metres from column to column, with no beams.
The building comprises 2 levels of car parking, ground floor office tenancy including a café, and four floors of office space. Approximately 5,500 square metres of BubbleDeck slabs will be used in constructing the building.
With an eye to the future of construction, BubbleDeck and Resolute recently hosted a visit at the building site by Masters of Architecture students from the University of Western Australia.
Of the visit UWA unit coordinator Assistant Professor Sophie Giles said, "The students are really excited to see this system. I'm interested in showing them the sustainability advantages due to the efficiency on site and reduced materials use.
"We're trying to focus the students on the benefits of designing from the ground up – or inside-out if you like – they need to review the needs of builders and property developers before they start. UWA really appreciates BubbleDeck and Resolute taking the time to be involved in field trips like this and being proactive about educating architecture students. Getting them onsite at this early stage of construction is a fantastic opportunity for them."
During the visit, Resolute project manager Sam Bicknell commented on BubbleDeck's simple construction advantages:
"The speed of the system is important for us, and our client. We can get the job done quicker than with in situ slabs, which results in cost savings.
"This is a really tight site with close neighbouring properties and access issues and not much room for storage of gear. BubbleDeck arrives ready-made and is put in place the same day. This helps a lot on sites like this."
More Medical at McCourt
Designed by Meyer Shircore Architects and now under construction by Built Environs, McCourt Street Medical Centre (on the corner of McCourt Street and Railway Parade, West Leederville) comprises 32 medical consulting rooms over six floors with a net lettable area of almost 3,800 square metres. With two levels of basement car park offering a total of 128 car bays, the building uses a total of approximately 6,000 square metres of BubbleDeck lightweight slabs.
"This is the second medical use building by Meyer Shircore to use BubbleDeck," said BubbleDeck Design Engineer Pete Adams, "the architects find the flat plate slab greatly simplifies the coordination of services, which is a particular challenge, and we have now developed a good body of knowledge about the specific requirements of these buildings."
Although using BubbleDeck for the first time, Built Environs' experience of installing the prefabricated panels fulfils BubbleDeck's promise of simple construction and reduced risk.
Bubbles Keep Rolling In The Pilbara
Having successfully delivered Finbar's pioneering Pelago West apartments on time and on budget builder Hanssen has moved directly to commence Pelago East, the second stage of the Karratha apartment project.
Pelago East uses a total of over 35,000 square metres of BubbleDeck semi-precast panels, prefabricated in Perth and trucked over 1,500 kilometres to the building site. Minimising the site activity required allows Hanssen to control the cost of building a conventional large span concrete structure in a remote location where materials costs and overheads are high. As the crew is already mobilised, the building of stage two is expected to be completed in just 15 - 18 months, aided by BubbleDeck's simple construction.
"With projects now complete in Karratha and Port Hedland, BubbleDeck has proven its economy and low-risk credentials in the challenging construction environment of the Pilbara," said Karim Yngstrom, founder of BubbleDeck Australia & New Zealand. "With the Pilbara Cities initiative gaining momentum, prefabricated construction systems have an important part to play in delivering flexible and functional major buildings for the region."
Pelago East comprises 174 apartments and 2,000 square metres of commercial space. Learn more about Pelago East.
Innovation in Margaret River
BubbleDeck is in use at a new 7,500 square metre retail centre comprising supermarket, specialty retail, and commercial space near the main street of Margaret River, in the heart of Western Australia's south-west region. The centre is envisaged to provide a new level of amenity to the town centre precinct for both residents and visitors alike.
Situated on the corner of Town View Terrace and Willmot Ave in Margaret River, the site slopes steeply from the rear, meaning that the loading docks had to be built above the retail level to be accessed from the rear of the centre. The heavy loads involved offered a challenge to the design team, solved by a combination of BD340 and BD450 (340mm and 450mm finished depths, respectively) flat plate slabs.
Faced with the steep site, builder Cimeco required innovative solutions to build the development economically within a strict budget. BubbleDeck's prefabricated panels and flat soffit fit the bill, allowing simpler construction of the multiple setdowns of the retail level (see photograph), and easier installation of services under the slab. The panels are manufactured in Perth at Austral Precast's state-of-the art automated precast plant before being trucked to site, some 280 kilometres south.
Innovation Adds Up At Fifty Albert
Leading builder Hickory Group have again chosen BubbleDeck to deliver low cost concrete slabs, this time at Fifty Albert apartments set in the leafy green Domain precinct of Melbourne. Using BubbleDeck prefabricated panels makes for simple construction of the building's twenty-one levels of sweeping, organic facades; while the lightweight slab's reduced material use and recyclability compliment the environmental aims of the sustainable development.
On completion Fifty Albert will offer 284 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxuriously appointed apartments, and boast five-star amenities from the ground floor concierge lounge to the rooftop entertainment area.
Quiet Achievement in Joondalup
BubbleDeck is helping architects Meyer Shircore and builder Cooper & Oxley build a challenging new project in Joondalup, in the north of Perth's metropolitan area. Combining a church, medical suites, offices, a café, and a car park, the building at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Shenton Ave surrounds an existing church on the site, meaning that site disturbance needs to be kept to a minimum. BubbleDeck's simple construction, requiring fewer vehicle movements, less site concrete to pour, and reduced crane requirements, fits the bill perfectly.
Construction with the first BubbleDeck slabs commenced in August 2011 and has proceeded steadily since, with the quite different demands of the various areas of the building calling for the use of both BD280 and BD340 (finished thickness 280mm and 340mm respectively).
BubbleDeck Team Grows
With a growing project schedule demanding greater design capability, BubbleDeck Australia & New Zealand is pleased to announce important new members of the team have joined us at our Victoria Park office.
A Chartered Structural Engineer with over twenty-three years' experience, Gavin Jack has commenced work as our Senior Engineer. Gavin has project management and engineering design experience gained chiefly in the United Kingdom on both large- and small-scale projects, many with an emphasis on sustainable concrete building. His recent work has covered multi-storey developments in the power, residential, retail, healthcare, education and commercial sectors.
With prior roles at major firms Doosan Babcock and Arup, Gavin also brings a network of high quality, international professional contacts.
Also with a background in high quality organisations such as WorleyParsons, Sinclair Knight Merz, and Clough, Jodie Wheeler brings nine years of professional experience as a structural engineer to the BubbleDeck team. Jodie has quickly adapted her skills gained largely in civil construction to the building environment and the unique BubbleDeck voided slab system.
Exemplary Design in Melbourne
41exemplar is a new project in Melbourne designed by renowned architects Lyons to set a new benchmark in green building, being the first office building in Melbourne to target carbon neutrality over its lifespan. The dramatically styled tower will house the Victorian operations of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and features flexible spaces reflecting the brief to create a hybrid public/commercial building allowing the AIA to engage with the public.
Builder Hickory Group suggested BubbleDeck for the project, successfully proposing that the simple construction system supports the project's aims by delivering a sustainable concrete building. The use of lightweight slabs permits the large spans required for the public areas and upper office levels, which have no internal columns.
Construction of the 21-level building commences in 2012, and will use approximately 6,500 square metres of BubbleDeck voided slabs.
BubbleDeck makes Adagio easy as ABC
The landmark redevelopment by Finbar Group Limited of the former site of Perth’s ABC studios has commenced with Stage 1, Adagio, now under construction.
With extensive experience with BubbleDeck’s simple construction, builder Hanssen Pty Ltd has again chosen the low cost concrete slab system to build the 23-storey tower housing 117 apartments. Including the basement car park, the building will use approximately 31,000 square metres of BubbleDeck precast panels, predominantly using BD280 (with a finished depth of 280mm) to achieve the large span slab required.
Comprising luxury 2 and 3 bedroom apartments as well as a sub-penthouse and penthouse, featuring spacious open-plan layouts and large balconies, Adagio is the first of four stages of the Symphony City development. Completion is expected in 2013.
BubbleDeck builds large floors fast at Travancore
Hickory Developments has again chosen BubbleDeck - this time for Alt at Travancore, stage 3 of the development of a prominent site in Melbourne's inner suburbs. Faced with 18 levels each of over 1,500 square metres to build, project manager Peter Frank said: "BubbleDeck was a clear choice due to the fast floor cycles achievable, yielding a substantial saving in the programme at a competitive price".
Production has commenced at Euro Deck Systems' dedicated BubbleDeck facility in Brooklyn, and Hickory expects to commence installation of BubbleDeck slabs during April 2011.
A landmark development alongside the CityLink Tollway in Flemington, Alt at Travancore will feature 396 apartments over 26 floors, plus retail outlets on the ground floor.
Pelago West setting a new standard in the Pilbara
Karratha's first modern high-rise residential and commercial development, Pelago, has commenced in Western Australia's fast-developing "City of the North."
Faced with the logistical demands of building a contemporary eight-level development in a remote location in the north-west of Western Australia, developer Finbar Group Limited and builder Hanssen Pty Ltd chose BubbleDeck to take the pressure off local infrastructure and set a new benchmark for design and construction in the region.
Comprising 114 one, two and three-bedroom apartments along with a range of commercial spaces, Pelago West is the first of two stages in the development, with Pelago East to follow.
Olive York Way a Victorian first
Leading building company Hickory Developments has chosen BubbleDeck for its Olive York Way project now under construction in Brunswick in the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
Hickory Managing Director George Argyrou explained the company's choice: "Hickory embraces change in the construction industry and we are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the outcome for our clients. BubbleDeck offered us a way to achieve the design brief for Olive York Way faster than would otherwise be possible, more simply, and with less operating risk.
"We are delighted to pioneer the use of BubbleDeck in the Melbourne market, and we are looking at more opportunities to bring the benefits of the system to our clients."
Olive York Way will use approximately 12,700 m2 of BubbleDeck semi-precast panels manufactured by Euro Precast at a dedicated manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, west of Melbourne. Production has commenced and Hickory expects to commence installation of BubbleDeck slabs during February 2011.
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More capability for BubbleDeck team
Experienced CAD drafting professional Jody Crombie has joined BubbleDeck Australia & New Zealand as a Design Drafter.
With eight years' experience drafting in a variety of engineering disciplines, Jody adds specialised CAD skills to our team and greatly boosts the efficient production of critical drawings for the BubbleDeck precast concrete floor system.
Jody has commenced work on a range of projects preparing layouts, general arrangements and details for both precast and site use.
Queens Riverside in progress
ASX-listed Diploma Group has chosen Perth Precast using the BubbleDeck system to build the first element of Queens Riverside at the eastern gateway to Perth CBD.
The Queens Riverside precinct has been designed by architects JCY to provide a vibrant mixed-use community with a unified architectural aesthetic.
The first part of the project is Fraser Suites Perth, a 19-level all-suite hotel comprising 238 apartments, to be operated by Frasers Hospitality. The BubbleDeck panels will be delivered by Perth Precast under a supply-and-install package contract.
We have moved
BubbleDeck Australia & New Zealand has moved into new offices at Gateway – the first building in Australia completed using the BubbleDeck precast concrete floor system.
Commenting on the move director Karim Yngstrom said "We're delighted to have the opportunity to occupy space at Gateway, which has enormous importance in the history of BubbleDeck in Australia.
"Not only is it an efficient workspace for our growing business, we are also able to show visitors the tangible results of the BubbleDeck system."
BubbleDeck team grows
Highly regarded construction professional Pete Adams has joined BubbleDeck Australia & New Zealand in the integral role of Designer.
With eighteen years' experience Pete brings a depth of knowledge not only of the technical aspects of structural engineering, but also the important commercial and practical issues facing project teams.
Pete immediately assumes responsibility for the entire BubbleDeck design process from feasibility to detailing, and is working on numerous construction projects in WA and Victoria.
Gateway structure complete
The structure of the first Australian BubbleDeck project, Gateway, is now complete, with the builder pouring the final BubbleDeck slab in October.
During the latter stages of construction the builder was completing floors of approximately 1,500 m2 in area every seven working days, underscoring the speed and simplicity of the BubbleDeck system.
As part of the building's planned 4 Green Star rating, using BubbleDeck has saved approximately 1,145 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Times Two under construction
BubbleDeck's third major construction project in Australia has commenced, with building under way at Times Two (X2) Apartments in Perth's CBD.
Production of BubbleDeck precast floor panels has already started, with builder Hanssen targeting fast floor cycles for the project.
Times Two comprises 200 apartments across two medium-rise buildings, with a total area of BubbleDeck slabs around 22,000 m2.
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Fairlanes Perth under construction
The Fairlanes Perth mixed-use development is under construction in Perth.
Fairlanes Perth is a 27-storey mixed use tower comprising six levels of commercial space topped by apartments, due for completion in 2012.
The development uses approximately 35,000 m2 of BubbleDeck preformed floor slabs. Click for more information about Fairlanes Perth.