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.

Habitat Development Project Gallery

Chevron Island

ProjectChevron Island

Chevron Island is a ground-breaking, forty-two storey residential tower on Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise. Designed to provide large unit accommodation in the heart of the action, the development has ground floor artist in residence, as well as a café, a residents’ lounge, gymnasium, barbecue area and 25m wet-edge heated pool.

There will be additional features such as a drying and storage room on each floor for surfboards and bicycles, and car parking for all units. Many of the apartments in the east-facing tower will have 180-degree views of the Surfers skyline, the ocean and the Nerang River. The apartments range from studio units to three bedroom suites and also luxury penthouses.

The Brief:
The client came to us wanting one stop shop for Civil and Structural Engineering Design for a new form of tower solution.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were deep excavation into a water charged foundation, difficult parking and traffic impacts, and a tall slender curved building.

We overcame these challenges by review of foundation construction options that would minimise impact on neighbours and the environment, benchmarking parking and traffic impacts against similar developments around Australia and successfully negotiating an outcome with Council, developing load paths and structural solutions with the architect during early stages of the development.

The budget for this project is estimated to be $120m.

Key Features:

The key features of this project will be;

  • Forty-two storey Residential Tower
  • Large unit accommodation
  • Luxury Penthouses
  • Ground floor Gallery & Cafe
  • Gymnasium, Barbecue & 25m Wet Edge Pool
  • 180-degree views

APP’s Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners will be responsible for the Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering & Traffic Engineering for the project.

Chevron Island Project Gallery

Crowley Village

ProjectCrowley Village

The Brief:
The client came to us wanting to obtain development consent for Stage 1 of a Master Plan for the Crowley Village campus at 154 Cherry Street, Ballina. The proposed development involved demolition of certain older structures and construction of new modern structures including Entertainment Extension (159sqm), Library and Education Centre (872sqm), Residential Aged Care Facility (42 beds – 2440sqm), Administration (1118sqm), Chapel (239sqm), Café (160sqm) and new set-down and Car Parking Areas.

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were to integrate the development into the existing buildings and operations, ensure that a very high level of residential care and amenity was provided to residents, ensure that the village could continue to operate during the demolition and construction works and to ensure that all buildings were attractive, functional and satisfied all relevant standards and legislation.

We overcame these challenges by undertaking detailed site planning (including master planning), determining opportunities and constraints of the site, engaging with the architects and Crowley's senior management, and having a number of pre-DA communications and meetings with Council’s Technical Officers.

The budget for the project was $15,390,000.

Key Features:
The key features/points of difference to mention in respect of the project are that it is situated on a unique foreshore property with expansive frontage to North Creek, is on flood-prone land and is an intensively developed site, containing 159 independent living units (20 x 1 and 94 x 2 bedroom villas, 10 x 3 and 35 x two bedroom apartments, residential care facility containing 119 beds, activity centre, library, chapel, administration, education centre, workshop, kitchen and other ancillary improvements and structures (including 75 constructed parking spaces, roads, landscaping and the like).

APP’s Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners prepared the Development Application and Statement of Environmental Effects for alterations and additions to the Residential Aged Care Facility located at Cherry Street, Ballina.

The Development Application (DA) and Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) was lodged with Council on the 11th August 2015 and was given the file reference number DA 2015/409. Council granted conditional consent to the DA/SEE on the 18th November, 2015. Construction works commenced on the site in May 2016.

Key Parties:
The architects for this project are Bickerton Masters Architecture and the builders are Bennett Constructions.

Crowley Village Project Gallery