News bulletin 07
News bulletin 07 26 Feb 2019

The final independent report that investigated the damage to Sydney's Opal Tower has been released, which includes several images.

The NSW Government will appoint a Building Commissioner to act as the regulator in the state, including overseeing licensing and auditing of practitioners. As part of a major overhaul of building laws, building designers as well as engineers will have to declare plans that specify buildings comply with the Building Code of Australia; they have been constructed according to the plans; and building designers and builders will be required to be registered.

The design of a 58-storey building, to be located at 1 Alfred Street, Circular Quay in Sydney and originally proposed in 2009, is now on public display with minor changes. Two six-storey and one 24-storey residential buildings will feature in the redevelopment of Subiaco's abandoned Pavilion Markets in Melbourne, to be developed by Blackburne Property Group. The design of a 17-storey hotel neighbouring the under-construction Western Sydney Stadium, is before the NSW planning minister as a State Significant DA.

Following the closure of the latest stage in the Federal Government Bridges Renewal Program, successful projects will be announced mid-year.

Australians may soon be driving and walking on roads and pavements made from recycled concrete and other materials, due to a raft of Victorian Government research grants. One of the projects sees Boral Limited and RMIT University developing premix concrete that uses recycled plastics and rubber.

A second contract has been awarded to Georgiou Group for the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) that will include the Dalby to Miles pavement widening and safety upgrade and the Oakey to Miles safety upgrade package 2. The company delivered the Toowoomba to Oakey duplication stage 2. WHUP is a $635 million package of 18 projects.

Image: courtesy of Georgiou Group.