News bulletin-44:
News bulletin-44: 6 Nov 2018


A development application for a 49-storey tower to rise out of Sydney's heritage-listed City Tattersall's Club on Pitt Street has been lodged with the City of Sydney. This is ICD Property's second proposal for the site, the first rejected by council and the court due to heritage concerns.

Master Builders Association of Victoria has announced it has a new CEO, replacing Radley de Silva who has retired after five years at the helm and 17 at the MBAV.

Tony Shepherd, a former managing director – construction for Lend Lease and chairman of the WestConnex board, has been appointed inaugural Chair of Infrastructure South Australia. The state government says its "approach to infrastructure planning is [being] overhauled to deliver better, more strategic outcomes and projects".

Researchers from the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania say they are developing methods of producing concrete without cement, with the final product as strong as traditional concrete and more resilient to acid, heat and cold.

CPB Contractors has been awarded a $170 million construct-only contract by NSW's RMS as part of the $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade project in Western Sydney.

A double-curved concrete shelled pavilion, constructed using a 3D-knitted formwork, has gone on display in Mexico City. It is an homage to Spanish-Mexican engineer and architect, Félix Candela.


Image: the proposed 49-storey tower to emerge from the Tattersall's Club in Sydney. Source: FJMT.

News bulletin 44:
News bulletin 44: 7 Nov 2017


The first of 14 concrete pours has been made on the new Christchurch Convention Centre project, with around 100 concrete trucks carting materials in the early hours of the morning. The project will require 19,000 m³ of concrete, 4400 t of structural steel and 43,000 facade panels. CPB Contractors signed up in August and has hit the ground running, according to Ōtākaro Ltd.

Spiralling costs in energy-intensive manufacturing of materials like bricks and cement are placing product manufacturers under enormous pressure to justify ongoing investment in Australia, according to the Housing Industry Association.

Why are builders in LA making concrete with imported sand and gravel from Canada despite these materials being abundant locally?

Deakin University School of Engineering is collaborating with two hospitals in Victoria on a project that uses plastic waste from dialysis treatment and recycling it into longer-lasting concrete.

The Victoria Government has awarded the contract for the first stage of the $81 million O'Herns Road Upgrade project to Maca Civil. The second stage contract is yet to be announced but will involve building a new interchange with on- and off-ramps and duplication of lanes.

The concepts and evidence for the benefits of internal curing have been known for about two decades in the US, but acceptance into the mainstream has been slow, so why hasn’t it caught on?

Image: the new Christchurch Convention Centre project in New Zealand is underway. Source: Ōtākaro Ltd.