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Month: February 2017


Perth property experts play the feud

WGE have gathered the top property people for a new take on the ‘family feud’ theme that offers some unique insights into the Perth property industry. After surveying 100 property industry people about the current state of play in Perth and the future of the industry, we asked Anna Broughton, Richard Kilbane, Natalie Bell, Greg Howlett, Jim Kemp, Tony Perrin and a selection of WGE engineers to share their thoughts. Perth Office Manager Brett Davis took on the role of (a much taller) Grant Denyer for the day, but sadly no one made it through to the Fast Money round. …

Date: February 17, 2017
Category: News

Congratulations to projects shortlisted for the 2017 Property Council awards

The Property Council of Australia has announced finalists for the 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The annual awards program showcases iconic projects across a broad range of sectors and winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney in May. Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) congratulates all finalists, and is proud to be involved in a number of shortlisted projects across Australia: State Buildings Perth, WA, nominated for Best Heritage Development Discovery Point, NSW, nominated for Best Mixed Use Development, Best Master Planned Community and Best Residential Development The Village Coorparoo, QLD, nominated for Best Retirement Living Development Stockland …

Date: February 14, 2017
Category: News

Rottnest Island Roof Structure & Wall Remediation Program 2013-2018

This project involved the modification and reconstruction of roof and wall structures to over 337 public buildings across the island over a five year, state government funded program. The project also included the investigation, reporting, documentation and ultimately the structural restoration of 29 of WA’s most historically significant heritage-listed buildings in liaison with a heritage architect and Heritage WA. Project challenges: The program priorities were to preserve historical construction fabric whilst achieving ongoing public safety, building durability and building code compliance. WGE set up a temporary office on the island completing the restoration program over 3-4 months each year for …

Date: February 10, 2017
Category: News

Rottnest Island WWII Defence Establishment

The heritage-listed Defence Establishment was an Army base in World War II, and includes bunkers and gun emplacements, plotting rooms, observational towers, magazine and ammunition stores. Project challenges: The buildings were in a poor state of repair and accessible to public, so preservation and public safety were key considerations for this project. WGE’s structural team were appointed as heritage advisor, project engineers and contract superintendent. Structural solution: To preserve and refurbish the building fabric, with minimal intervention approach (consistent with the Burra charter – guidance for heritage works) a program of steel treatment, concrete repair, glass replacement and masonry refurbishment …

Date: February 10, 2017
Category: News

Heirloom by Match

This project involves converting Fremantle’s historic wool stores into 183 apartments. Dating back to 1922, the building played a significant role in Fremantle’s port history, before being converted into ‘Fort Knox’ storage and standing empty for a number of years. Original heritage features including the saw-tooth roof, century old jarrah beams, exposed brick, grand windows and 3.6m high ceilings were retained, resulting in a contemporary aesthetic that honours the buildings history. WGE undertook significant structural alteration of the existing structure as part of the architectural adaptive re-use works. Key structural design outcomes included: Strengthening of the existing building to meet …

Date: February 9, 2017
Category: News

WGE team hit the road for an epic east coast endurance ride

A team of riders from WGE’s Sydney office put their endurance to the test with a gruelling 900km bike ride from Sydney to Melbourne. The team included engineers Paul Moore, Alex Kobler, Ben James, Olivier Gaussen and Joe Walsh, along with support crew Anna Favretto and Matt Hardwick. WGE’s Perth office has held a Perth to Busselton charity ride for the last 10 years, and the team decided it was about time to try out a similar – but much longer – event on the east coast. Departing WGE’s Sydney office in St Leonards early on Australia Day morning, the …

Date: February 9, 2017
Category: News

Wood & Grieve Engineers nominated as a finalist in the Financial Review Client Choice Awards

Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) is nominated as a finalist in two categories for the 2017 Financial Review Client Choice Awards announced this week. The prestigious awards recognise excellence in client service across professional services firms and have been running for 12 years. WGE was nominated as a finalist for Best Provider to both the Construction & Infrastructure sector and the Property sector. The firm has a long history of success at the awards, most recently taking out a triple win in 2015 and the Best Provider to Property sector last year. CEO Jose Granado said the awards reflect the …

Date: February 2, 2017
Category: News

WGE acquires LHO Group business in Sydney

Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) has acquired LHO Group business to expand the hydraulics services team within the firm’s Sydney office. Four full time and two part time staff from LHO Group will be commencing employment with WGE from Wednesday 1 February, including Project Engineers David Turnbull and Michael Armitage, Designer James Kwong and Administrator Jilda Coles. LHO Group have been one of the preeminent specialists in hydraulics and fire design for more than 50 years and have been at the forefront of the hydraulics industry in Australia. LHO Group has been involved in many of the nation’s iconic projects …

Date: February 1, 2017
Category: News