BSE hosting a 'flipping' good cause.

Volunteers from BSE’s Sydney office recently heated up their frying pans and flipped pancakes for a good cause.

February 28th, marked Pancake Day, UnitingCare’s annual fundraising event that encourages people in their local communities to support those who are doing it tough by creating their own pancake-flipping event in their home, work, school or community. Celebrating Pancake Day is a further commitment from BSE management and staff to improving the lives of those less fortunate in our community.

“Pancake Day is always a fun day in the community, but there are serious issues that underpin it. BSE is proud to support the work of UnitingCare and encourage everyone to get involved” said local UnitingCare Pancake Day coordinator Jessica Sims.

The reality is that 1 in 7 Australians are living in poverty and as poverty levels rise across Australia, it’s important that communities pull together to support those around them who need it most. Now in its 16th year, UnitingCare Pancake Day aimed to raise $100,000.

BSE appointed for the redevelopment of the historic Elizabeth Bay Marina

Elizabeth Bay Marina has existed for over 100 years and is a popular place for boaters, kayakers, residents and tourists visiting the area.

The NSW Government is upgrading the marina to improve its functionality, amenity and safety for water users and the local community. The existing structure is deteriorating and no longer meets current engineering and maritime safety standards and needs to be upgraded.

BSE is delivering the engineering services in conjunction with RMS and APP to provide a modern marina facility for the wider community.

Secondary Schools Program Rollout

This is an urban renewal program focused on making our public high schools better places. Specifically, the program improves how high schools present to and address their local communities.

The Department of Education (DoE) has identified a selection of high schools to be a part of this program of works. The aim of the program is to improve the physical environment and aesthetics of the schools by making facades and entrances more attractive and to improve way-finding and increase the visibility of education to the community.

BSE has been appointed by Designinc architects to assist in the delivery of services to a number of schools including Chester Hill High School, Birrong Girls High School, Liverpool Boys High School, Liverpool Girls High School and Elderslie High School. BSE’s services include Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Fire services.

BSE to Deliver Mission Australia Fit Out

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian community service organisation providing homelessness initiatives including affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support and skills development. 

Mission Australia currently occupies Level 6-8 of 580 George Street in Sydney. The intention is to redevelop the current space and BSE have been appointed to deliver Electrical & Communications, Mechanical, Fire, Hydraulics and Security services for the project.

BSE Sydney Director Craig Slorach commented, “We are really pleased to be involved with this project. Our business is one that supports charitable organisations and we look forward to participating in designing an outcome that will add value to the many great services that Mission Australia provides” 

Kiama Aged Care Centre of Excellence

BSE has continued its focus on aged care and seniors living projects with our successful appointment on the $73 million development known as the Kiama Aged Care Centre of Excellence (KACOE). The new development will be built on the old Kiama hospital site where most of the existing buildings will be demolished. BSE is working in conjunction with Boffa Robertson Architects and APP and will provide mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire engineering services for the project which is situated in the Kiama municipality and will be operated by Blue Haven Care. 

The ageing Kiama population is driving the need for additional aged care beds in the region.

The new development features a mix of residential aged care (RACF), independent living units (ILU) and assisted living units (ALU) with additional community facilities.

BSE National BDM Godfrey Frederick commented “This high profile project has been a fantastic win for BSE as it falls strategically in line with our desire to increase our presence within the aged care and seniors living sector in Australia”.

St Mark's Primary School

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St. Mark's Catholic Primary School is located in the parish of Drummoyne, Sydney. BSE was recently appointed to the project entailing the removal of demountable buildings and the addition of new buildings to accommodate new classrooms and a new library.

BSE is working in conjunction with Thomson Adsett architects and is delivering mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire and acoustic engineering services on the project that aims to be a reference for primary schools design with creative and innovative solutions.

Happy as a Pig 'N' Whistle

Happy as a Pig ‘N’ Whistle  

Our BSE Queensland office is proud to have an association with Mantle Group including the Pig ‘N’ Whistle chain of restaurants. We have been commissioned to design the new Pig ’N’ Whistle at Redbank Plains which will be the seventh offering. As with our previous projects for Mantle Group, BSE is providing Electrical, Fire, Mechanical and Hydraulic services engineering. 

This latest venue will have an 850sqm inside and 500sqm outside area and will be located at Town Square in Redbank Plains. The development will also include a new Coles supermarket, Aldi, Target and 60 other specialty stores. The development is scheduled to open for business at the end of 2016.

BSE’s Interiors Group Leader in Queensland Tim O’Regan commented “Having worked with Mantle Group on previous projects, we have developed a clear understanding of the needs and requirements for the space. We have enjoyed helping to develop the concepts that are driving the growth of the brand in Queensland and beyond”.

Other Pig ‘N’ Whistle locations include Indooroopilly, Riverside, Queen Street Mall, Brunswick Street, King George Square and West End.

First of it's kind in Melbourne - VIC Roads

BSE has played a pinnacle role in the development and delivery of the new VicRoads’ service centre which recently opened in Melbourne.

The New VicRoads digital service centre located at 113 Exhibition Street is the first of its kind in the CBD and will assist customers through a range of traditional VicRoads transactions which are now also available online.

BSE was appointed to provide building services engineering for the design and delivery phases of the project which included combining two existing tenancies and some shared space.

The service centre is estimated to serve up to 800 Victorians daily

Solar Gains in Geraldton

Geraldton’s Bunnings Warehouse has installed a new network of 384 solar panels (photovoltaic) on the building’s roof, making it possibly the city’s largest solar system. Buildings with a footprint or more appropriately, available roof space such as a Bunnings store are ideal for the use of the sun to generate electricity for the buildings consumption.

BSE is the national sustainability consultant for Bunnings and designed the new system. BSE developed the system including a trial at numerous pilot sites before instigating an ongoing photovoltaic system roll out across Bunnings sites in Australia.

The 100 kilowatt system will generate enough power on a sunny day to run roughly thirty average Australian homes, and is expected to provide about 18 per cent of Bunnings total power needs at the site. Using new micro-inverter technology, each panel is individually controlled allowing it to run extremely efficiently.

The growth in the use of solar generated power across Australia is reducing the reliance on traditional power stations to meet energy demands. This is buoyed by the amount of solar availability in the Geraldton region, which is the amount of days of pure blue skies, meaning that it’s probably one of the most viable regions for photovoltaics in Australia.

Bunnings has a very strong and ongoing commitment to sustainability across its national property portfolio and BSE is proud to be a partner of Bunnings and helping it to be as energy-efficient as possible wherever they operate.

Student Accommodation Win

BSE has been appointed as the electrical engineering consultant with N&P Contracting for the largest off campus student accommodation development in Australia.

The Woods Bagot design in the inner Brisbane suburb of Buranda for Singaporean developer Wee Hur Holdings Ltd, will see accommodation for 1,600 students being introduced to the Brisbane market in 2017.

The development will feature 1,600 student accommodation rooms in two apartment towers, twelve commercial tenancies for shops and restaurants and an expansive student common area at the podium level that includes a communal kitchen, theatrette and gym.

Partnership with Shape and Domain Continues

On the back of the successful Domain Group level 5 fitout at 100 Harris Street Sydney designed by Siren Design and built by Shape Group, BSE is excited to have been appointed for the 2nd stage of this project.

Domain will occupy the ground floor and level 1 areas of this historical warehouse building with BSE delivering the electrical, mechanical, fire and hydraulic building services design, as well as architectural lighting services.

Teaming up with the designers from Siren Design, BSE’s architectural lighting team will design an illumination solution that works to enhance the form and textures of this incredible space. 

New Brisbane office appointment: Andrew Aitken

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Aitken to the role of Senior Electrical Engineer in our Buildings and Infrastructure projects team. Andrew will help support the management and growth of the Buildings and Infrastructure team in the Brisbane office.

Andrew is a seasoned professional engineer with more than 25 years’ experience within the construction industry and brings a wealth of project experience to the organization

Commenting on the appointment, Brisbane Director Cameron Webb commented, “Andrew is an excellent addition to our Senior Team here at BSE, and brings considerable experience to our business.  Andrew will add to our senior engineering skill set and his experience in client relationship management and sustainable development will support the many opportunities that exist to develop existing and new client relationships in Brisbane". 


Penrith Panthers

Continuing our desire to work on interesting and innovative construction projects, BSE is proud to have been involved with the development and delivery of the Penrith Panthers Academy building. The Panthers Rugby League Academy was opened by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia. This $22 million state-of-the-art facility consists of two full-size all-weather training fields, two gymnasiums, hot and cold plunge pools, a 61-seat team auditorium, medical rooms and a number of recreational areas for players and staff. Built on a site of about 40,000sq m by Brookfield Multiplex, the centre was finished three months early and met the $22 million budget. BSE delivered multi discipline building services engineering for the design phases before being novated to Brookfield Multiplex for construction services.

QUT Q Block - Brisbane team is recognised at AIA Brisbane Awards

Congratulations to our BSE Brisbane team for their engineering input on a project that recently received a commendation at the Australian Institute of Architects Brisbane awards.

On the QUT Q Block Redevelopment, BSE worked in conjunction with DWP Suters Architects and provided all of the building services design engineering for the 9 level, 8,000 sqm, redevelopment of the 40 year old building into a state of the art life sciences teaching facility for QUT.

The project can now be entered into the AIA State awards