Coolamon Scenic Drive

ProjectCoolamon Scenic Drive

Magnificent views of the Far North Coast and hinterland have been captured beautifully in this elegant steel, timer and masonry structured rural dwelling. This fabulous north-facing property has extensive views over the coastal plain from Cape Byron to the Gold Coast and west to the Byron Hinterland. It was designed employing ecologically sustainable and passive solar principles, including rainwater capture and solar power supply.

The home uses recycled timber as the primary material in this sprawling pavilion-style house and outbuildings. Reclaimed blackbutt from old bridges and warehouses is used for much of the structure, cladding, decking, windows and other building components.

The Brief
The client came to us wanting highly refined structural detailing to display the views, recycled timbers and architectural statements of the building.

Key Challenges
The key challenges we could see for this project were the large open spaces and floating structure generated complex bracing and stability issues for the pavilions. The recycled timber added to this problem.

APP’s Role
Ardill Payne & Partners undertook the Structural Engineering Design of the project. 

We overcame these challenges by detailed joint and materials design for the range of connections and bracing components available. This allowed the architectural and structural statements provided by the design solutions to enhance the effect of the recycled timber, spaces and views. Plywood structure and composite roof trusses were solutions we could offer through structural engineering design.

Key Features

The key features of the project are the recycled timber used extensively in the build, and the magnificent North Coast views.

Key Parties
Designed by Archimages Architecture,  and built by J S Henderson Builders

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Bridgestone Tyres

ProjectBridgestone Tyres

The Bridgestone Tyre Centre is a great example of Commercial Property Development to the highest standards. It has been designed, engineered and constructed to meet the high standards of a growing industry.

The Brief:
The client came to us wanting delivery of turn-key Heavy Vehicle Truck-Tyre Centres, including land acquisition, project scoping and concept design, detailed design, town planning, project management and design.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were developing the building design and project scope to meet the requirements of the tenant.

We overcame these challenges by providing open and honest communication and building client relationship from the get-go.

Key Features:
The key points of difference to mention of the project are the Heavy Vehicle B Double vehicles' access to sites, liaison with local councils, including road upgrades.

The project was completed on time and in budget.

APP's Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners provided Structural and Civil Engineering, Project Management, Environmental and Town Planning for the project.

Key Partners: 
The builders for this project are AGS Commercial in Lismore, and the developers are Freestar.


Bridgestone Tyres

Ballina Heights Estate

ProjectBallina Heights Estate

APP has been, and continue to be responsible for the planning, concept design, detailed design, contract administration and supervision of all works for the Ballina Heights Estate – a 750+ lot, 16 stage subdivision in Ballina Shire. The estate includes residential, commercial, retirement and schooling areas along with an extensive cycleway linkage, sports fields and storm water quality control ponds.

The Brief:
The client came to us needing a Master-planned Community Development run with an Integrated Project Management and Development Services team under the one roof. 

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were extension of all core infrastructure services from Ballina to the new village site some 5 km distant. On site problems have included highly sloping ground, striking large seams of rock, considerable settlement in alluvial floodplains and coordinating bulk earthworks in urban communities

We overcame these challenges by working with Council and Contractors to develop efficient and project sympathetic infrastructure solutions for the range of problems encountered.  Specifically this has involved regular Council executive meetings, the Integrated Management System, resourcing and re-engineering earthworks materials for the 750,000 cubic metres of material moved around the site. Only 50,000 cubic metres were imported. Project staging to control ground consolidation.

Key Features:

  • Over 750 quality Residential Lots
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Cycle-way to Ballina
  • Environmental works
  • Parks and BBQ amenities

APP's Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners are responsible for the Master Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Survey and Integrated Project Management of the project. Long term Project Management of a new village involving complex management, engineering foundation and infrastructure solutions.

The project is ongoing with a 25-year timeframe to completion.

The budget for the project is $95m.

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Habitat Development

ProjectHabitat Development

The Habitat development is a pioneer proposition within the local region. Located in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, this mixed use development combines architecturally designed live-work housing, commercial and community facilities for those looking to achieve a modern work/life balance. 

The Brief
The client came to us needing high level Structural and Civil Engineering Design to address complex infrastructure, servicing problems and value engineered solutions for the buildings. The brief was expanded to provide on-site construction and overall Project Management.

Key Challenges
As Project Managers, the key challenges we could see for this project were to provide a cost effective filling and ground preparation solution, and then to control a changing product and architectural solution for a new residential and commercial market, providing the first optic fibre and formal live-work precinct in Byron Bay.

We overcame these design challenges by detailed surface and subsurface water modelling to resolve storm water and undertaking the ground works on a day works arrangement, and supervising the works directly in a risk sharing contract.  Project Management solutions involved an Integrated project management team being embedded with the design and construction team.

Key Features

  • Nil increase in storm water runoff quality and quantity
  • Live/Work Residential dwellings
  • Commercial / Retail precinct
  • Shared meeting rooms for development owners & tenants
  • Access to National Broadband Network
  • Embedded energy network with solar power & battery time-shift capabilities
  • Recreational facilities including 25m lap pool
  • Electric car charging spaces and GoGet car sharing

APP’s Role
Integrated Project Management, Value Engineering & Land Title Surveying

APP’s role as project managers was multi-faceted. Our conventional PM role involved coordinating approvals and design, calling tenders and supervising construction. The developers of Habitat engaged with APP’s suggestion to use the integrated management system and value engineering process to risk share, defuse commercial conflict and obtain maximum value from building and designers shared input. Results to date have been excellent.

Civil works involved $7.5m of detailed infrastructure work and was constructed on time, and $0.5m under budget. Building works are currently under way. At completion the building component will consist of a $12m commercial precinct and $70m domestic and live-work areas.

VE and IPM Attributes for Habitat:

  • Leading a collaborative team approach in design development
  • Tender and Contract Administration by APP Risk Sharing Contract
  • Value Engineering exercise between Tender and Construction phase
  • Coordinating APP’s in-house design team as well as external architects, service engineers, other specialist consultants and builders
  • Liaising with Council and PCA to obtain timely approvals
  • Community and Strata Title Subdivisions

The project has been running since 2014 and will be completed in 2020.

Key Parties
The key parties involved with this project are Agcorp, DFJ, and MDA.

The budget for this project is $100m.

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