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New building promised 'to be to Parramatta what the Opera House is to the city'

New building promised 'to be to Parramatta what the Opera House is to the city' | Building Services | Scoop.it

Parramatta has been busy telling everyone it is taking off as Sydney's second CBD – and now it is set to have a spaceship-like building right at its centre.

 

Councillors on Tuesday night voted to endorse the design of a $50 million glass building, which will house new council chambers, offices, a library and technology hub.

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Melbourne CBD buildings a big deal to hungry investors

Melbourne CBD buildings a big deal to hungry investors | Building Services | Scoop.it

Three unrelated Melbourne city buildings have changed hands at premium prices, kicking off the year's deal making as yields sharpen in a market where buyers, spurred by low interest rates and offshore capital, significantly outweigh vendors.

 

A company connected to two former employees of the Sydney-based Vidor family's Toga Group has quietly paid a speculated $23 million in an off-market deal for a three-storey office owned by celebrated architect Daryl Jackson.

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Building activity slips to 13-month low

Building activity slips to 13-month low | Building Services | Scoop.it

Construction activity has slipped to a 13-month low on the back of weakness in home building and declining engineering work.

 

The Performance of Construction Index slumped 0.9 points to 45.2 in March, remaining below the 50-point level separating expansion from contraction.

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New wave of commercial office developments shaping Sydney’s CBD

New wave of commercial office developments shaping Sydney’s CBD | Building Services | Scoop.it

The construction boom across the country is giving architects and developers the ability to create sustainable buildings that will stand in good stead for the future, say agents and tenants.

 

JLL's head of office leasing, NSW, Daniel Kernaghan​, says it is the first time in any development cycle that building designers are taking commercial design features to a new level.

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Why Adelaide needs more outstanding public buildings

Why Adelaide needs more outstanding public buildings | Building Services | Scoop.it

Better education and a landmark new prize could cement Adelaide's reputation for "dangerous creativity" in architecture, writes Terry Plane in the first of a new series on urban design and architecture in South Australia.

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Death of Zaha Hadid a loss to Australian building design

Death of Zaha Hadid a loss to Australian building design | Building Services | Scoop.it

Australian building designers have paid tribute to Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born, British architect who died on Thursday.

 

Alec Tzannes, former national president of the Australian Institute of Architects professor of practice and dean of UNSW Built Environment said Hadid was prescient around the forms and the form-making potential of a digital age.

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Building Activity on Roller-coaster Ride

Building Activity on Roller-coaster Ride | Building Services | Scoop.it

Some heat has come out of Australia's property market, despite a healthier building approvals print in February.

 

Approvals for the construction of new homes rose 3.1 per cent in February, thanks to a 7.6 per cent bounce in the volatile apartment segment.

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Building busts raise industy fears

Building busts raise industy fears | Building Services | Scoop.it

ANOTHER Queensland construction company had gone to the wall in a worrying sign the building sector is entering stormy waters.

 

Upper Mt Gravatt-based SX Projects (Qld), run by Sydney-based builder Vince Battaglia, is being wound up owing creditors an estimated $4.6 million.

 

Mr Battaglia also is director of Sydney-based SX Projects Pty Ltd, which has collapsed with debts of $20 million.

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Focus On Housing Affordability Reform Welcome

Focus On Housing Affordability Reform Welcome | Building Services | Scoop.it

Master Builders welcomes the call by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Christian Porter and the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer the Hon. Alex Hawke MP for public submissions on innovative financing models to boost affordable housing for households on low incomes. The lack of adequate and available affordable rental housing has been a major gap in the housing policy debate.


“Finding innovative ways to finance the sector is one of the solutions that need to be addressed. There is a proper role for the private sector to work with the social housing sector in finding sustainable solutions,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said.


“The challenges facing the private and public rental housing sectors are the same challenges facing the private home ownership households which is increasing supply by removing the structural impediments that increase the cost of housing,” he said.

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Innovation key to building South Australia, says Ian Markos from Master Builders SA

Innovation key to building South Australia, says Ian Markos from Master Builders SA | Building Services | Scoop.it

INNOVATION is the key to fighting an expected decrease in demand in a fragmented building and construction industry in South Australia says a state property leader.


Master Builders SA chief executive Ian Markos said that despite the gloom surrounding the SA economy, private sector construction demand has been relatively strong with the state recording $623.8 million of private residential construction in the September 2015 quarter, almost 14 per cent up on the same period five years ago.


Housing approvals are now almost double the volume of a decade ago he said with private commercial construction also solid boasting activity worth $402.8 million in September last year, up 58 per cent from five years earlier.

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Far North Queensland rated best region for house building in 2016

Far North Queensland rated best region for house building in 2016 | Building Services | Scoop.it

FAR North Queensland has been hailed as the hero region in the Master Builders Queensland Building Industry Outlook for 2016.


The report said there was great disparity across the regions “(but) Far North Queensland is the one strong performer in the regions”.


“The building and construction industry in Cairns has strengthened over the past 12 months and this is set to continue as the tourism sector improves and major infra­structure projects get under way, stimulating growth.

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Asbestos concerns over Northbourne House redevelopment

Asbestos concerns over Northbourne House redevelopment | Building Services | Scoop.it

Residents near the Northbourne House office block want it to be redeveloped in line with Mr Fluffy asbestos removal rules.


Residents of the Monarch apartment building in Turner expressed strong concerns about the removal of dangerous amosite and chrysotile asbestos in debris, dust and sheeting and have called for the development application process to be reopened.


The 10-storey former Defence building is set to be redeveloped as a 176 room hotel and apartment development. A hazardous materials report notes the presence of friable and bonded asbestos, including some with the second highest risk rating.

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2016 biggest home building and design trends

2016 biggest home building and design trends | Building Services | Scoop.it

Five WA builders share their insights into the trends that will shape our homes in the year ahead.


Can’t afford that to-die-for house in Cottesloe that you’ve been lusting after? Well, elements of it are coming to the budget end of the market.


Summit Homes Group managing director David Simpson said elevations traditionally associated with elite suburbs would make an appearance in the lower end of the market in 2016. Think flat roof lines and roof heights extended from 28 courses to a massive 46 courses.


Value in two-storey homes was also on the cards, according to Plunkett Homes. “We think demand will come on stream for great value brick two-storey homes,” marketing manager Paul Graham said.

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Height limits for Melbourne CBD buildings

Height limits for Melbourne CBD buildings | Building Services | Scoop.it

New super-tall skyscrapers could be banned in central Melbourne unless they include a park, a childcare centre or an iconic city laneway.

 

Victoria is considering lowering height limits for new CBD buildings unless developers include amenities for the city.

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How Can the ACT’s Building Regulation Mess be Fixed?

How Can the ACT’s Building Regulation Mess be Fixed? | Building Services | Scoop.it

Regulation of the building industry in the ACT is a bit of a mish-mash. Back in 2010, widespread problems surrounding defects in apartments throughout Canberra were exposed as an ABC report documented major water leaks, falling render and cracking in new units and apartments.

 

Whilst a government review at the time called for a raft of changes, little seems to have improved. Indeed, since 2009, complaints about builders, building work or defects have doubled, and now represent an average of 350 per year or more than one for every 10 building approvals of residential classification.

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Wellness of a building is key plus for landlords and tenants

Wellness of a building is key plus for landlords and tenants | Building Services | Scoop.it

In the current era of office construction, having a doctor confer with the architect is not out of the ordinary.

 

Given the world has embraced the fact that buildings must be green, making the box in which a majority of people spend much of their day, good for us, is no longer a "tick the box" exercise

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Balancing sustainability and security goals in building design

Balancing sustainability and security goals in building design | Building Services | Scoop.it

Good building design in the 21st century aims to achieve a perfect balance between sustainability and security. Though the objectives of the two primary pillars of building design may seem to be in conflict with one another, these contradictions can be resolved through collaboration between the parties to ensure both sustainable and secure facilities.

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Record breaking year for home building construction

Record breaking year for home building construction | Building Services | Scoop.it

2015 was the busiest year on record for new residential building activity, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures have confirmed.

 

More than 220,000 dwellings began construction over the year, a commanding 11% above the 198,000 commencements posted in 2014 and well above the decade average of 164,317 per year.

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Three new buildings proposed for massive Australian Technology Park project in Sydney

Three new buildings proposed for massive Australian Technology Park project in Sydney | Building Services | Scoop.it

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Sissons, Woods Bagot & Davenport Campbell and COAP architects will all make design contributions to the massive urban regeneration of the Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Sydney.

 

Mirvac Projects was announced by UrbanGrowth NSW as the successful party in securing ownership and redevelopment rights for the ATP precinct and has since called on FJMT and Sissons to design three new buildings for the 13.2 hectare site, located in Eveleigh, Sydney.

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Inspirational building design for Melbourne's new cancer centre

Inspirational building design for Melbourne's new cancer centre | Building Services | Scoop.it

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is an important addition to Melbourne's health scene, as well as the city's architectural legacy.

 

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in East Melbourne has stood on its own since inception.

 

While the brutalist-style centre has enjoyed the benefits of proximity to the Treasury Gardens, it's a fair distance from Melbourne's main hospitals, including the Women's and the Royal Children's hospitals.

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Industry insider says Sydney will soon have too many apartments

Industry insider says Sydney will soon have too many apartments | Building Services | Scoop.it

Industry insiders are becoming increasingly concerned that the NSW capital has a glut of new apartments and now one key player says the dwelling shift could change life as we know it.

Douglas Driscoll CEO of real estate group Starr Partners predicts 20 per cent of Sydney’s future properties won’t meet local housing demand.

 

He said Sydney buyers who were seeking a freestanding house would soon be “frozen out” of the market as the apartment boom took over.

 

As Sydney overtakes Melbourne in new apartment building approvals, Mr Driscoll said the over development of Sydney was just one of several problems facing Australia’s priciest city.

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Latest Building Approvals Confirms Buoyant New Home Buyer Confidence

Latest Building Approvals Confirms Buoyant New Home Buyer Confidence | Building Services | Scoop.it

The December 2015 Building Approvals confirms that calendar 2015 was a solid year of housing growth and will underpin a high level of new housing building activity in 2016.


“Total building approvals for calendar year 2015, reached 232,078 dwelling units seasonally adjusted with the three eastern states contributing nearly 80 per cent of all building approvals,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.


“The December 2015 Building Approvals remain very strong despite a small dip in apartment approvals,” he said.

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Builders prepare for hi-tech overhaul of residential industry as prefab set to become popular

Builders prepare for hi-tech overhaul of residential industry as prefab set to become popular | Building Services | Scoop.it

INDUSTRY group Master Builders is preparing for a future that will require hi-tech gadgetry rather than muscle or brawn.


Master Builders executive director Grant Galvin said it was an ideal time to recognise the renaissance occurring in the building industry.


“The builder of the future is more likely to be using digital technology and 3D printing than swinging a hammer or nail gun,” Mr Galvin said.

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National Construction Code change opens way for timber buildings up to 8 storeys

National Construction Code change opens way for timber buildings up to 8 storeys | Building Services | Scoop.it

Prefabricated and timber construction will get a shot in the arm from changes to the National Construction Code permitting wooden buildings up to eight storeys tall.


A new market for mid-rise timber residential developments will open up for domestic builders this year when the regulator lifts current heavy restrictions on wooden buildings.


From May 1, the National Construction Code will bring in a light-touch approval regime for timber buildings up to 25 metres, or eight storeys high, as long as they include a raft of set requirements, such as fire sprinklers and fire-resistant cladding.


It opens up the business of timber buildings to builders without the deep pockets of large developers.

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Building up for brighter days ahead

Building up for brighter days ahead | Building Services | Scoop.it

Building approvals rose by 67 per cent in Port Stephens and 29 per cent in Newcastle over the past year, data shows. These two local government areas were stand outs in the region, while the mining downturn took its toll on the Upper Hunter.


Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that 3332 dwellings were approved in the Hunter Region from January to November last year.


Approvals rose 5 per cent in the Lower Hunter, but fell 36 per cent in the Upper Hunter as the mining downturn hit hard. Housing Industry Association Hunter executive director Craig Jennion said the region’s building sector overall was “enjoying a strong upturn”.

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