Wategos Beach Boardwalk

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay...

Is there a more beautiful place to relax and unwind?

We were lucky enough to be involved in the recent Watego's boardwalk project that connected the path to the bottom of the famous Byron Lighthouse stairs so pedestrians can walk safely along the road.

APP undertook the design concepts and detailed design for Byron Shire Council and NPWS.

We also completed the geotechnical investigations and construction supervision.

APP investigated a range of surfaces and materials and adopted the FRP deck and substructure for durability, and the timber handrail to match existing NPWS arrangements, and to provide a pleasing finish and leaning rail.

Have you walked it yet?

Elements of Byron

ProjectElements of Byron

Elements of Byron Resort & Spa is a five-star, eco-conscious resort featuring 103 villas dotted amidst 22 hectares of absolute beachfront paradise. The leisure and conference facilities are nestled in three separate pavilions which mimic the sand dunes framing the resort.

The Brief
The client came to us needing Civil and Environmental Engineering solutions for large tourist development in a very sensitive coastal environment.

Key Challenges
The key challenges we could see for this project were flood prone site with high water table. Flood planning levels and urban runoff issues required a well communicated response to flooding and water sensitive urban design solutions.

APP’s Role
Ardill Payne & Partners undertook the Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering aspects of the project. 

Timeframe
The project was completed in the timeframe 2013 to 2017. 

Budget
The budget for the project was $75m.

Solutions
We overcame these challenges by working closely with Council and the Architect to develop flood sympathetic solutions and a passive storm water treatment train for water quality control.

Key Features

  • Five Star Eco-Conscious resort
  • 103 Villas
  • Leisure & Conference facilities
  • Enormous Infinity Edge Lagoon Pool
  • 65,000 native trees planted
  • Ongoing water and soil monitoring
  • Environmental standards maintained

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Ballina RSL Boardwalk

ProjectBallina RSL Boardwalk

There were many aspects of this project to be aware of, including different berthing requirements, a sloping seabed, and minimising long term maintenance. 

The Brief:
The client came to us wanting a pedestrian and boat friendly boardwalk around the existing RSL Club to join existing river front walks.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were exposed wave climate and flood impacts. Providing a walking, boating and recreational facility that would cater for all members of the community.

Solutions:
We overcame these challenges by reviewing design options, working with Council and the community to develop a fixed timber boardwalk solution.

Key Features:
The key features/points of difference to mention of the project are multi user requirements, operational and maintenance requirements, maritime appearance to suit the site and site history.

APP's Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners were responsible for the Maritime and Structural Engineering as well as the Project Management for the project.

Budget:
The budget for the project was $1m.

Ballina RSL Boardwalk

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.

Solutions:
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.

Timeframe:
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 Surf Club

ProjectBallina Surf Club

The Surf Clubhouse was designed inside the surf impact zone and required large bored piles through varying sand and rock strata to the founding level.

The Brief:
The client came to us wanting Integrated Project Management and Engineering Design to create a low maintenance community building on a dune front location that maximised the outstanding views, and provided a broad range of community services all to a fixed budget.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were co-ordination of building uses with architectural intent and opportunities with materials selection to limit maintenance. The building also had to be designed in a coastal environment exposed to wave action with tight budget constraints.

Solutions:
We overcame these challenges by design and materials design iterations, with close review by quantity, Surveyor and Foundation Contractors to identify where costs could be saved and still achieve the operational and design brief.

Key Features:
The key features/points of difference to mention of the project are the coastal environment materials selection, building design for wave impacts, variety of building users (surf club, function centre, café), and to build to program and budget.

APP’s Role:
As Project Managers, Ardill Payne & Partners were responsible for the design development, detailed structural and civil design, DA and tender documentation, contract administration and construction supervision and certification.

Timeframe:
The Clubhouse was built to a tight timeframe, delivered on time and on budget.

Budget:
The budget for the project was $4.5m.

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Bayside at Byron RSL Life Care

ProjectBayside at Byron

Bayside at Byron is a unique, stylish development purpose built, consisting of 30 independent living units and integrated facilities for seniors, located in the beautiful Suffolk Park, just South of Byron Bay.

The Brief:
The proponent required Town Planning and Engineering assistance in preparing a DA/SEE for alterations and additions to an existing residential aged care facility (RACF), and the construction of 30 new independent living units on a vacant adjoining lot. The existing RACF was old and needed to be upgraded to current safety, amenity and building standards. The purpose of the proposed development was to provide an integrated facility seniors development that would facilitate “ageing in place”.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges facing this site were the fact that it was partly mapped as being bushfire prone, subject to flooding, mapped as Class 3 acid sulfate soils, contained Coastal Cyprus vegetation (endangered ecological community), had frontage to a main road and roundabout (traffic, noise and head-light issues), and adjoined low density residential development (houses).

Solutions:
We overcame these challenges by ensuring that the development was designed having regard to all of the opportunities and constraints, and having the appropriate specialists involved so that a reasonable and balanced outcome and development was achieved, with minimal impacts on the natural and man-made environment.

Key Features:
The subject land was heavily constrained and was highly visible in the local landscape and streetscape.  The proposal provided a significant upgrade to an older dated RACF and provided new ILUs, which resulted in an integrated aged person’s accommodation development being situated on the land. Due to the estimated cost of development, the Northern Region Joint Regional Planning Panel was the consent authority.

APP’s Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners were responsible for Town Planning (preparing and lodging DA/SEE), Surveying (detail survey) and Civil Engineering (stormwater, parking, access).

Key Parties:
The architect for the project are Humel Architects, the project managers are TSA Project Management and the builders are Woollams Constructions.

Budget:
The budget for the project was $19,575,000.00.

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Sponder House

ProjectSponder House

The Sponder House sits against a small hill covered with native heath and has views over Byron Bay. The heath is the most important feature of the site and the house responds to this by forming around a courtyard which opens out to the native vegetation. The house is a series of terraced platforms for living extending from inside to outside. It opens to the outside in a variety of spots to follow the sun or escape the rain. There are plenty of spaces for the family of five to retreat to while having the feeling of being surrounded by nature.

The Brief
The client came to us wanting value engineered solutions for this award winning house that would provide a series of indoor/outdoor spaces that the home would surround. As for such presentation houses this required careful detailing of structural support systems.

Key Challenges
The key challenges we could see for this project were large cantilevered roofs with streamline finish, and timber framed first floor and deck cantilever to create a floating effect.

Solutions
We overcame these challenges by required careful detailing of structural support systems to enhance the architectural statement and liveability of the house.

Key Features

  • WINNER BEST HOUSE 2013 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Country Division
  • Leisure & Conference facilities
  • Blends seamlessly into its environment
  • Indoor/outdoor living
  • Pool

APP’s Role
Ardill Payne & Partners undertook the Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering for the project.

Key Parties
Designed by Harley Graham Architects, and built by Seeton Anderson Builders.

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Ramada Hotel & Suites

ProjectRamada Hotel & Suites

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Richmond River, with 115 stylishly appointed hotel rooms and suites featuring stunning water and hinterland views, the Ramada Hotel & Suites brings a new level of luxury to Ballina accommodation. The Ramada also offers a choice of dining options and conference facilities.

The Brief:
The client came to us needing Environmental and Maritime Engineering solutions. This involved full site remediation and stabilisation of the river bank adjacent to the site.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were remediating a site in the middle of town and stabilising the river bank of the Richmond River.

Solutions:
We overcame these challenges by site control of the remediation process and deploying our underwater engineers to work with diving contractors to develop an armoring solution which would reduce the instability of the river bank.

Budget:
The budget for this project was $35m. 

Key Features:

  • 115 hotel rooms, suites &  penthouses
  • Gymnasium & heated swimming pool
  • Art gallery & 3 restaurants
  • Dedicated conference facilities
  • Underground carpark
  • Prime waterfront location

APP’s Role:

Ardill Payne & Partners undertook the Maritime Engineering, Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering for the project.

Timeframe:
The project was completed in 2007.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Project Gallery

Lennox Head Community Centre

ProjectLennox Head Community Centre

The Lennox Community Centre is located conveniently in the Lennox Head Village Centre. The Centre is home to the Lennox Head Library and has five meeting spaces, a dedicated children’s area and a multi-use auditorium, suitable for large scale community events and sports use.

The Brief
The client came to us wanting a Community Focus Point providing sports and library facilities, presented as a highly sculptured building to enhance the built environment of Lennox Head.

Key Challenges
The key challenges we could see for this project were the complex building shapes and incorporation of building services within these shapes.

Solutions
We overcame these challenges by detailed design and documentation skills and close working relationship with the builder.

Timeframe
The project was completed in 2 years.

Key Features

  • Curvilinear roof
  • Highly sculptured building
  • Library
  • Five meeting spaces
  • Children’s area
  • Multi-use auditorium
  • Sports areas

APP’s Role
Ardill Payne & Partners undertook the Structural & Civil Design of the project. The original concept design for the Lennox Head Community Centre was completed by Greenway Hirst Page Architects. Archimages Architecture provided construction documentation and contract administration services.
APP completed the detailed design and documentation for the Community Centre, including access roads, car parking areas, storm water management and certification.

Key Parties:
Original concept design completed by Greenway Hirst Page Architects, and Archimages Architecture provided construction documentation and contract administration services.

Lennox Head Community Centre Project Gallery

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.

Solutions
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

Timeframe
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.

Budget
The budget for this project is $100m.

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