Ashley Willis

Ashley Willis - Structural Project Engineer, Associate

  • Office: Melbourne
  • E: ashley.willis@wge.com.au
  • P: +61 3 8554 7052
  • M: +61 (0)417 934 303
  • Structural

Ashley has fifteen very solid years of design & construction experience, having delivered many projects in Melbourne and also some in Singapore and London. Since joining WGE in 2011 he has delivered scores of projects worth $300m.  He brought great experience with him from four years at Arup, and at two years in London with Buro Happold.  Ashley delivered many fantastic & technically detailed projects over these formative years which instilled in him technical exactitude and delivery capability, which he applies daily at WGE.  Some of his previous projects include the $85m HMRI Medical Institute in Newcastle, the SMREP Thomastown Train Station and Pedestrian Bridge, two mega-steel roofs at Marina Bay Sands Singapore worth $100m each, parts of the clam-shaped Aldar HQ in Abu Dhabi, the new £18m Oasis Enfield Academy in London for 1150 high-school students, and specialist parts of the £50m Bow Bells House Commercial Office which is 100 yards from St Pauls Cathedral.  Ashley was exposed to high-end Northern Hemisphere design with HOK, Foster+Partners, Aedas, Buro Wagner facades etc, where he learnt UK codes, design and construction, which he applied to the intensely technical Singapore projects, and he continues to apply this knowledge daily for WGE.

Ashley gained his structural apprenticeship at a boutique structural firm in Richmond VIC over 3½ years.  As a graduate he worked for Frankipile for 18mths on many major construction sites including Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge Towers, Victoria Gardens & Knox Shopping Centres, Federation Square carpark and Eureka Tower, where he gained an immense appreciation for efficient robust designs and open unambiguous communication as non-negotiables on projects.

Ashley has a solid history of making good decisions that stand the test of time and having the dedication, organisation, work ethic and strategic oversight required to deliver projects up to $100m in value.  Ashley is technically astute and has excellent experience delivering projects of diverse size and complexity.  He is very personable & a great communicator who proactively contributes from project inception to completion, and enjoys working closely with all involved to successfully deliver building projects for the ongoing benefit of the users and community at large.

Outside of work

Ashley enjoys life’s daily adventures with his wife and three young children, playing all weekend and reading stories at night.

What will you bring to a project

Ashley combines his technical expertise with strong interpersonal skills to deliver an excellent level of service to his clients. He is a quality operator and proactively identifies and resolves issues in the interests of each project. Ashley is repeatedly thanked for his helpful & proactive approach by satisfied clients, builders and fellow consultants and designers.

Qualifications

  • University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Engineering, Honours (Structural), Bachelor of Science (Geology & Mathematics)

Industry accreditations / bodies

  • Certified Professional Engineer MIEAust CPEng
  • Registered Building Practitioner (Vic)

Previous projects

Livingstone Road Aged Care

Ashley led the structural design & delivery of this $50m, 168 bed benchmark facility for Bluecross Community Care in Vermont Melbourne.

Brandsmart Retail Redevelopment, Nunawading, Melbourne

Ashley designed the feature space trusses which are the stand-out architectural feature along this sub shopping strip. The shaped column head connections allowing temporary bolting and ‘off the hook’ permanent welds were a technical feature that allowed for an efficient erection sequence. Further project information >

Ferguson Street Apartments, Williamstown

Ashley produced a streamlined structural design for this sub apartment development and is resolving how to temporarily brace the heritage façade whilst the existing hotel is stripped and rebuilt.

Beleura Private Hospital Redevelopment

This modern health care facility includes a new 32 bed rehabilitation ward, consulting suites, physiotherapy gym and a new hydrotherapy pool extension. Modular design features were incorporated by both the structural and building services engineering teams. Further project information >

Melbourne Airport 'Templink'

A 150m long modular pedestrian link with 11 contiguous modules raised 5m in the air. As a key member of the project team Ashley provided structural consultation which enabled the successful fast-track design, manufacture and delivery of the pedestrian link. Further project information >

Mitcham Private Hospital

Delivery of the $8 million ward expansion, carpark and theatre renovations involved a new 21 bed mental health ward extension created over an undercroft carpark.

Innovative modular construction was used to reduce project build time by 75%. Mitcham Private Hospital won the 2015 Master Builders Association award for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3m – $5m.

Further project information >

Client testimonials

Throughout the duration of the project, Ashley provided outstanding service to PCS, the architect and builder… Throughout the project, Ashley also presented at a number of lectures for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning to help first year Constructive Environments students learn more about structural design. Ashley was very “visible” as the structural and civil engineer and became a regular figure on-site, well respected by both the contractors and consultants alike.

Emily Dixon, The University of Melbourne

I have found Ashley to be reasonable, proactive and quite a pragmatic engineer who does his best to come up with construction details that are buildable and achievable. Over the course of these past 4-5 years, we have become friends within the industry, and I look forward to working together again.

Jason Dean, Hansen Yuncken,