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One Alfred Street, Circular Quay

One Circular Quay is a premium mixed-use development in a prime location at 1 Alfred Street, overlooking iconic Sydney Harbour. A 61 storey residential tower occupies the western end of the site, alongside a 28 storey luxury hotel with public space at ground level.  The towers share a 6 level basement car park. WGE’s engineers collaborated with the ESD team leader to target 5 Star Green Star ratings in Design and As Built categories.

Date: February 1, 2019
Disciplines: Electrical, Fire Engineering, Mechanical, Sustainability, Vertical Transportation
Markets: Hospitality, Residential

Centenary Theatre, Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Taronga Zoo have commissioned Wood and Grieve Engineers to provide the mechanical, electrical, acoustic and sustainability design for a new theatre specially built for a new visitor’s movie celebrating 100 years of Taronga Zoo.  The 200 seat theatre includes high spec acoustic treatment, integrated lighting and audio visual systems and energy efficient air conditioning systems. Winner – Public Buildings category ($5m-$10m) at the 2017 NSW Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards Winner – National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award ($5m-$10m) at the National Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards

Date: January 31, 2019
Disciplines: Acoustics, Electrical, Fire Engineering, Mechanical, Structural, Sustainability
Markets: Sports, Culture & the Arts

Raine Square Redevelopment

The transformation of Raine Square in Perth’s CBD will result in a seven-days-a-week entertainment, dining and retail precinct, incorporating 40 retail stores, a 12-screen cinema complex and boutique hotel. The development required the demolition and substantial refurbishment of existing structures across the precinct. The extent of the refurbishment runs below the office tower block therefore construction methodology, delivery constraints and noise issues all had to be considered to minimise disruption. The variety of challenges on this project included retaining heritage facades and forming a basement in a constrained city site while creating smart, efficient and cost effective structural solutions to …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Structural
Markets: Hospitality, Retail, Sports, Culture & the Arts

Sacred Heart Church, Beagle Bay

The Sacred Heart Church was constructed between 1915 and 1918 by Pallottine Missionaries and local Aboriginals. The building is unique on a world scale and its heritage significance is reflected through listings on the Heritage Council of Western Australia register and the Shire of Broome Municipal Inventory. WGE was commissioned to complete a thorough structural audit of the building and to document recommended conservation works. The church has suffered from rising damp for a long time as a result of its location on a tropical floodplain. The wall construction is unique, consisting of locally-cast clay masonry units with a rubble …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Structural
Markets: Sports, Culture & the Arts

Kingdomcity, Mandurah

The new 1,500 sqm church in Mandurah houses an auditorium capable of accommodating a congregation of 500 with a stage and mezzanine level seating. On the other side of a large multi-function foyer, arrange over two levels, is a separate activity space for up to 200 children along with office and kitchen facilities. The expansive open space is formed from tilt up concrete panels and a steel truss roof, tempered architecturally with a wrap-around cantilevered veranda and alfresco area. Internally, WGE addressed multiple areas within the church to limit reverberation, maximise speech clarity and to ensure privacy as required. Located …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Acoustics, Civil, Electrical, Fire Engineering, Fire Protection, Hydraulics, Mechanical, Structural, Sustainability

Port Hedland Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC)

WGE provided structural and civil engineering expertise for the construction of the most significant control tower on the West Australian coast in 25 years. The new Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC) serves one of the busiest ports in the world, monitoring an expected 6,000 vessel movements per year in a cyclone hot-spot. Housing state-of-the-art equipment critical to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), the building also fulfils level 4 classification requirements for post-disaster operation. WGE consulted with a materials specialist to achieve longevity in finishes to reduce maintenance, given the IMOC’s position on the peninsula close to an iron ore plant. The …

Date: December 14, 2018
Markets: Defence

London Court – Electrical Services Upgrades

Built in 1936, London Court is an open-roofed shopping arcade that runs between Hay Street Mall and St George’s Terrace in Perth’s CBD and features a mock Elizabethan façade with gated entrances and distinctive clock. WGE was asked to undertake an electrical infrastructure upgrade of the mall, which ranges over 3 and 4 storeys. The challenge on this project was to preserve the heritage aesthetic of the building whilst replacing the sub mains and distribution board infrastructure, plus upgrade of the fire detection system and emergency lighting. The structure offers limited cable access, so creative ways were found to reticulate …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Electrical
Markets: Retail

Rottnest Sea Wall Investigation

Appointed as Project Superintendent for the stabilisation and masonry conservation of the 150-year-old Rottnest Island Seawall, WGE’s Structural engineers worked closely with the Conservation Architect, Archaeologist and Arboriculturalist to preserve the historically significant structure, partly constructed by Aboriginal convicts. Located on the A-class reserve of Rottnest Island, the wall extends 300m across the Thomson Bay frontage and has been the subject of variously successful conservation attempts in the past. This project aimed to address soil retention pressure and the impact of tree roots whilst conserving areas to the front and rear of the wall. The original structure is a mass …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Structural
Markets: Sports, Culture & the Arts

Bickley Battery WWII Defence Conservation Works

The heritage-listed Bickley Battery Defence Establishment was an Army base during World War II and includes bunkers, gun emplacements, plotting rooms, observational towers, magazine and ammunition stores. The buildings were in a poor state of repair and accessible to the public, so preservation, public safety and risk mitigation were key considerations for this project. WGE’s structural team were appointed as Heritage Engineer and Superintendent. An extensive program of steel treatment, concrete repair, glass replacement and masonry refurbishment was carried out using a minimal intervention philosophy in order to preserve and refurbish the building fabric, whilst maintaining elements of historic significance. …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Structural
Markets: Sports, Culture & the Arts

St Francis Xavier Cathedral – Specialist Lighting

Completed in 1938, St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Geraldton is a heritage gem, designed by architect Monsignor Hawes and regarded as his finest work, but it subsequently fell into disrepair. Funded by public donations in addition to State and Lottery funding, WGE provided staged consultancy services over 7 years to undertake the necessary repairs, refurbishment and construction works, providing a new heritage centre with a café as well as securing the cathedral’s structural integrity. WGE’s electrical team undertook an upgrade within the cathedral, involving a new internal lighting and audio-visual system plus addressing the main power grids. The challenge here …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Audio-visual, Electrical, Hydraulics, Specialist Lighting, Structural
Markets: Sports, Culture & the Arts

Murdoch University – Engineering Building

The Murdoch University Engineering Building was constructed to accommodate the relocation and amalgamation of research laboratories and educational facilities from multiple buildings on campus. The new structure comprised a double height laboratory with elevated walkways and platforms installed to create an interactive learning facility. In addition, the adjoining two storey teaching block was designed to facilitate various teaching requirements, allowing students to conduct experiments in the laboratory then transition into a classroom setting to review and reinforce the outcomes. A roof top teaching/lecture space was included above the laboratory. The structural form of the teaching block is a concrete frame …

Date: December 14, 2018
Disciplines: Hydraulics, Structural
Markets: Education

The Westin Perth

Located at 480 Hay Street in Perth’s CBD, The Westin Perth is a luxury 24-storey, 5 star hotel with 368 beds.  It is located next door to the historic Hibernian Hall, which houses Garum – a collaboration between The Westin Perth and celebrity chef, Guy Grossi. Along with luxurious rooms, the hotel features a Wellness level which includes a day spa, 24-hour access fitness studio and heated infinity pool. There are also multiple meeting rooms, conference areas and a 500-person ballroom. WGE are proud to have provided fire engineering and sustainability services, which includes targeting a LEED rating for the building …

Date: September 25, 2018
Disciplines: Fire Engineering, Sustainability
Markets: Hospitality

Logan Motorway Enhancement Project

The Logan Motorway Enhancement Project involved major upgrades of the Logan and Gateway motorways in order to improve key congestion hot spots in the area to allow for the growth of population within the surrounding areas. WGE were directly involved in the removal of existing street lighting within the affected areas of work to ensure all future installations would not be affected by any existing services.  As a result, WGE worked closely with other design stakeholders to incorporate existing services within the project. With the design area covering such a large area, WGE’s documented design required coordination with Department of …

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Underground Power Design
Markets: Transport

Keidges Road, Bellbird Park

WGE were appointed by Oracle Building Corporation to undertake the construction design of a 35 double-storey unit development at Keidges Road, Bellbird Park. This also included providing street and pathway lighting along nearby Centre Street. WGE provided a variety of services, including civil, electrical, hydraulic and underground power design. As part of the residential development, WGE’s services included: Earthworks and retaining walls Roadworks, including Centre Street construction Stormwater, including attenuation Sewer and water connections Flood study Electrical and telecommunications site reticulation to all units, including main switchboard, pillars, conduit/pits and draw wires Pad Mounted Transformer & Energex Connection Private internal …

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Civil, Electrical, Hydraulics, Underground Power Design
Markets: Land Development, Residential

St Aloysuis College – Geo Environmental Investigation

WGE were engaged to specify, procure and manage a geo-environmental investigation across three campuses to investigate the ground and groundwater conditions for new school buildings. WGE carried out a combined contaminated land and geotechnical investigation to reduce costs and expedite the project program.  This meant that geotechnical and structural engineers were able to work closely to move exploratory holes as required during the course of the investigation, optimising the quality of information obtained.

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Civil, Structural
Markets: Education

Australian Steam Navigation Company – Bay 5 Refurbishment

This project includes the refurbishment of the heritage listed Australian Steam Navigation Company (ASN Co) building. Bay 5 previously consisted of two levels of cinemas, with the development introducing a new slab to two of the floors. The building’s purpose has now changed to include commercial offices, meaning the project also included the design of building services to accommodate its new classification. Bays 3 and 4 were refurbished for a tertiary education fitout with the project delivered over a number of stages.

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Electrical, Fire Protection, Hydraulics, Mechanical, Vertical Transportation
Markets: Commercial

Accenture Sydney Office Fitout

This project involved the fit-out of Levels 1-6 within International House Sydney, Barangaroo South. WGE delivered the acoustic design for the new integrated fitout, with a significant challenging of integration. The fitout concept plan required integration with the base building’s timber structure. International House Sydney is set to become the first and largest commercial engineered timber building using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam in Australia. One of the key features was the connection of an internal partition with the timber columns located around the floor plate, together with the connection between the timber column and the façade itself.  The …

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Acoustics
Markets: Commercial

Dinmore Train Station Accessibility Upgrade

This Queensland Rail project included the upgrade of facilities and access arrangements to achieve independent access to Dinmore Train Station and its associated platforms. As part of the pre-design phase, WGE carried out site audits and compliance reviews of the existing service installations at each station to clearly define the full extent of engineering design scope.  This project is currently in the Construction Phase (Phase 4). Electrical engineering work included: Upgrade of Energex power supply, LV distribution system and complete earthing and bonding upgrade Isolation transformer Extensive upgrade and alteration of accessible in-ground power and comms infrastructure (conduit and pits) …

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical, Vertical Transportation
Markets: Transport

Graceville Train Station Accessibility Upgrade

This Queensland Rail project included the upgrade of facilities and access arrangements to achieve independent access to Graceville Train Station and its associated platforms. As part of the pre-design phase, WGE carried out site audits and compliance reviews of the existing service installations at each station to clearly define the full extent of engineering design scope.  This project is currently in the Construction Phase (Phase 4). Electrical engineering work included: Upgrade of Energex power supply, LV distribution system and complete earthing and bonding upgrade Isolation transformer Extensive upgrade and alteration of accessible in-ground power and comms infrastructure (conduit and pits) …

Date: September 7, 2018
Disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical, Vertical Transportation
Markets: Transport

Mt Bellenden-Ker

Following a land slip, WGE were engaged to assess the slope and provide a design to stabilise the slope. Improved access in the form of a composite plastic and galvanised modular stairway was designed to upgrade the existing hillside path to the cable way pulley wheel, to allow operatives to safely access and maintain the cable way. The world heritage listed site is Queensland’s second highest mountain, holding the record for Australia’s highest recorded annual rainfall of between 8-12m.  The site is only accessible by a two-day hike through the rainforest, helicopter or on the privately owned and operated cable …

Date: August 21, 2018
Disciplines: Civil, Structural
Markets: Transport