Grand Opening for Pyrmont’s commercial atrium

The Atrium at 60 Union Street in Pyrmont held its grand opening on January 31st . BSE’s team leader on the project, Ryan Kidd was in attendance and commented on the opening “ It was great to be part of the opening ceremony which marks the culmination of two years works on site for BSE. With BSE first being engaged in 2017, initially working as part of the client’s design team, with our onsite role developing to include novation to the contractor (Buildcorp) to undertake design completion of the electrical, fire and hydraulics services. Furthermore, being engaged by multiple office and retail tenants within the building for completion of their internal fitout design works, the finished article looks well worth the effort. Particular challenges included the correct specification and location of services while considering both functional and aesthetic details to maintain the architectural intent of the various spaces”

The Atrium is a mix of commercial office (16,500 sqm) and retail space (3,000sqm). The Atrium was built a decade ago and the owners AFIAA  identified the opportunity to enhance the building by creating a new end of trip facility, upgrade of floors, new lift lobbies and amenities.

BSE successfully partnered with the project team to deliver our engineering services from project inception through construction and post construction support.

A new creative space for the children of Western Sydney

A new creative writing hub in Parramatta has recently opened for children around Western Sydney. The new centre was officially opened by Mr Jihad Dib, Shadow Education Minister. Story Factory provides an opportunity for children to author their own novels, write poetry with the guidance of storytellers, tutors and volunteers. The workshop space is aimed towards marginalised youths and their goal is to continue this through schools and at their Redfern Centre.

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 Andrew Fraser, CEO of BSE has given his personal time and provided consulting engineering advice on the project. Andrew Fraser commented that “BSE is grateful to be able to assist the Story Factory in establishing yet another of their unique and inspirational workshops

 BSE encourages team members to volunteer their time to worthy causes, by donating a portion of hours for pro-rata or volunteer work each quarter. Team members have been actively involved with the Property Industry Foundation for many years through this initiative.

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Photo Credit: Story Factory

An environmental and sustainable focus at Suez fitout

BSE was engaged by Engine Room VM for services design in a new space for Suez, located at 3-5 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes. This project involved a two-floor commercial office fitout for Suez over approximately 4,000m2, including collaborative workspaces, breakout areas and private meeting rooms to the client’s specific and innovative ‘wish-list’. With an environmental and sustainable focus, BSE tailored our design solutions to the vision with soft lighting, natural finishes and focus on operational efficiency.  

Photo Credit: Simon Whitbread Photography

Photo Credit: Simon Whitbread Photography

BSE provided electrical, hydraulic, fire and mechanical services engineering from concept design through to construction services and inspections, partnering with Engine Room VM, RFA Architects & Schiavello Construction and Suez’s executive team to deliver this project on time and budget.

Photo Credit: Simon Whitbread Photography

Winners for NSW MBA award – Bishop Barker House

BSE’s Sydney team is honoured to be a part of the project team for the award-winning Bishop Barker House. Through Architect Mayoh Architects, Berents Project Management and builder, Stephen Edwards Constructions, the project received the award for NSW Best Student accommodation project over $7.5 million in value. This was awarded to Bishop Barker House at the Kings School, Parramatta.

Photo Credit: Stephen Edward Constructions

Photo Credit: Stephen Edward Constructions

 The Bishop Barker Harris House project involved major additions and alterations to an existing structure to construct a new three storey boarding house. The new facility includes dorm rooms and a range of study and recreation areas.  

 BSE delivered mechanical, electrical, fire services, and vertical transportation works for all stages.

Maggie Xia (Senior Electrical Engineer) who was BSE’s team leader on the project commented “this is a fantastic success for the whole project team. This was a challenging project as we had to work within an existing building shell to create a successful outcome. Many challenges related to the engineering services were overcome during the design so that all services have been designed to compromise the existing building structure with minimum impact or penetration. All services have also been designed to suit various construction types and fire rating under bushfire hazard. We are really happy to have contributed to the success of this project”.

Photo Credit: Mayoh Architects & Stephen Edward Constructions

BSE conquers the Amazing Race!

BSE’s Sydney team participated in an Amazing Race event as part of our EOY celebrations around Sydney CBD disguised as superheroes!

Our team members were mixed up into groups – Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman, Hulk and Spiderman -  and completed a range of challenges around the city which tested their knowledge of popular culture, Sydney history, creativity and the ability to cooperate as a team.

Congratulations to the winning team! Lead by Kresimir Mali, Godfrey Frederick, Ping Lu and Catherine Nguyen made up Team-Spiderman who were the clear winners.

 After the win, Kresimir had this to say: “Fantastic event! We had a great time! The team really enjoyed the interaction and activity combined with a bit of fun and friendly competition. The event was a well-organised and memorable experience”.

The Future is bright! PCA’s Future Directions Miami Nights!

Inspired by 80’s throwback fashion and the fabulous Flamingo Lounge in Potts Point, members of our Sydney office attended Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions end of year celebration Miami Nights!

This event has been a fixture on our industry participation for many years and is one of our favourite opportunities to network and debrief on the achievements and lessons of the year with our colleagues and business partners.

 Thank you to the amazingly hardworking Property Council NSW events team, Future Directions Committee and all guest that made the evening such as success!

BSE’s attendees: Jessica Chesser, Ryan Kidd, Solomon Aluague and Maggie Xia.

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Work, Health and Safety First!

BSE’s Victorian team members Ale Rizvi, David Fairbank and Huey Liew strutting with their hi vis vests and hard hats at a site inspection at Urbanest’s site in Carlton.

BSE is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all team members and having the correct PPE is one of our many approaches to ensuring work activities are conducted safely.

BSE Victorian team: Ale Rizvi, David Fairbank and Huey Liew

BSE Victorian team: Ale Rizvi, David Fairbank and Huey Liew

Knowledge & Learning

Iynka Logan, BSE’s Victorian Regional Manager and Huey Liew, Senior Mechanical Engineer recently presented BSE’s Knowledge & Learning seminar to Baptcare in Melbourne. These informative presentations focus on electrical and mechanical design in buildings and also include updates on Australian Standards and legislation.

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BSE’s Knowledge and Learning series currently covers mechanical and electrical disciplines. If you would like your team to benefit from a session in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or Brisbane, please touch base to schedule a date!

It’s Celebration time!

BSE would like to thank our clients and partners for attending our End of Year Celebration at The Star yesterday evening in Sydney. To mark another year of project success, our guests were hosted with plenty of champagne, fresh oysters and canapes with a roving slight-of-hand magician keeping them all entertained! It was a great opportunity to reflect on the year with clients, project partners and friends.

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 Our teams have extensive experience in hospitality and entertainment facilities, including The Sovereign Resort at The Star which is a major development with works currently in construction.

 We believe in strong partnerships with clients for the success of projects, and look forward to 2019 with enthusiasm and passion!

See more photos of the event here

Construction works for a new $8million restaurant precinct at Camden CBD is underway

Camden Vale Milk Company, also known as ‘The Milk Factory’ has started the construction process for the new $8 million-dollar restaurant precinct.

With the heritage building built in the 1928s being restored as part of the refurbishment process, this exciting new space will cater to locals. There will be five new cafes/ restaurants, function centre complex and 79 car parking spaces. The site area is approximately 1437m2 and located 100m from the heart of Camden CBD.

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BSE Sydney team is currently the building services engineers for this project with Bespoke Holdings as the Project Managers. The engineering services being provided for this project includes: electrical, mechanical, fire, hydraulic and vertical transportation services.

Maggie Xu, BSE electrical engineer commented that “The project aims to restore an historic Camden icon back to his original glory and BSE would endeavour to provide the services to best suit the historic elements and meet the needs of modern users.”

BSE wins award for Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Brisbane

BSE is thrilled to announce that we recently received the AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Award 2018 in the category of Play Spaces for the Goodstart Early Learning Centre development at Adelaide Street, Briosbane. Partnering with Greenedge Design, our approach transformed a heritage- listed building into a functional and exciting childcare centre.

Photograph Credit – Greg Thomas & Goodstart   

Photograph Credit – Greg Thomas & Goodstart  

The newly opened day-care facility maintains the heritage-listed façade, while bringing the space up to today’s standards with a mechanically-controlled rooftop playground. The centre has 14 separate classrooms that all open up to the playground, providing all users with access to the beautiful space.

BSE delivered this project with TSA Management as project managers, Gray Puksand as architect and Greenedge as landscape architect. BSE provided electrical, mechanical, fire and hydraulic services engineering.

Throwback Thursday: Herbert Smith Freehills in at 480 Queen St

Herbert Smith Freehills relocated to new office premises in Brisbane in 2016. The move saw HSF relocate from Central Plaza in Queen Street where they had been for almost 20 years.

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480 Queen Street was selected by Herbert Smith Freehills as its new premises and BSE partnered with Lend Lease to provide audio visual, hydraulic, fire, electrical and mechanical services engineering for the multi floor fitout. The building has a 6 Star Green Star design rating and a 5 Star NABERS energy rating and is a market leader in sustainability. The new workspace provides Herbert Smith Freehills with new technology that enables mobility, flexibility and efficiency. This innovation ranges from state-of-the-art meeting room technology to individual user desktop technology.

National Business Development Manager Godfrey Frederick commented, “BSE is proud to have maintained a great working relationship with DEXUS Property Group who own 480 Queen Street and our involvement in many of the high-profile fitouts in the building will see us actively involved on site for years to come”.

Revamp of Commercial Ground Floor Lobby opens

The Atrium at 60 Union Street is currently undergoing a repositioning to future proof the commercial rental return and the building itself in the Pyrmont area. The eight-storey tower building was built a decade ago and is a mix of commercial (16,500sqm) and retail space (3,000sqm). The owners AFIAA identified an opportunity to enhance the building by creating a new end of trip facility, upgrading of floors, new lift lobbies and amenities thus transforming the building to an open, inviting and high-end commercial ‘A Grade’ building.

Images from Crown Projects

Images from Crown Projects

This month, the Ground floor Lobby was opened to the public. In collaboration with Crown Project Services, BSE is delivering a range of services including electrical, fire and hydraulic services on the project.

BSE’s wins at the Master Builders Riverina awards

BSE is delighted to announce that the redesign project with Zauner Constructions at Young Tafe has won the Category Award and Regional Commercial Builder of the Year award!

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Young Tafe revitalized their regional campus to provide an educational space for students, staff and community. BSE was involved in the redesign and offered professional mechanical and electrical consulting services for project. BSE offered engineering services including revising the lighting, power reticulation, communication system, infrastructure, new emergency lighting and warning systems. The revised specific spaces cater for students in across many industries including children services, aged care/nursing, hair & beauty, business studies, electro-technology etc.

BSE is proud to have collaborated with such a great consulting and building team for an exciting project to assist the Young community. We hope that this would be a great place for present and future skilled professionals!

Innovative design and technology in new office fit-out

BSE’s Victoria Team has successfully completed a commercial office fit out for IRESS which designs, develops and delivers software for financial services.

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Images from FDC Constructions

The multi-level office fit-out was completed on Levels 16-21 of 385 Bourke Street in Melbourne. The 7,500m2 fit-out which includes an interconnected stair case through the floors involves a fresh and calming design with usable breakout spaces including kitchen and conference facilities, offices and spacious reception area.

BSE collaborated with FDC Construction and provided electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and fire consulting engineering services for the design and documentation on the project.

Spreading the power of engineering knowledge

Iynka Logan, BSE’s Victorian Regional Manager recently kicked off BSE’s Knowledge & Learning series of presentations. These presentations are designed to demystify some of the enigmas around building services engineering design. Our series is designed to assist architects, project managers and clients around engineering considerations and the changing legislation in Australia that have an impact on project design and delivery.

Iynka delivered an electrical services presentation to a team of project managers from Gallagher Jeffs in Melbourne to provide them with some extra knowledge on electrical design. The interactive session was an ideal opportunity for the project managers to discuss and learn more about some of the finer points of electrical engineering design.

BSE’s Knowledge and Learning series currently covers mechanical and electrical disciplines. If you would like your team to benefit from a session in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or Brisbane, please do touch base to get a date scheduled in!

Bracken Ridge Plaza unveils new look of $7 million upgrade

Bracken Ridge Plaza is an ISPT owned neighbourhood shopping centre that recently underwent cosmetic improvement works including an amenities upgrade, improvement of natural lighting, mall tiling replacement, external façade upgrade, removal of carparking spaces to create an external seating area and canopy. The works were completed in early 2018.

Images: Bracken Ridge Plaza website

Images: Bracken Ridge Plaza website

This exciting new upgrade at Bracken Ridge Plaza will provide the locals with a new and comfortable shopping experience that is great for the local area.

BSE was appointed and delivered mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire services design for the client before novating to Kane Construction for the construction stage works.