News bulletin 16:
News bulletin 16: 1 May 2019

Institute Member Arcadis, has announced the appointment of a new business leader for its Buildings, Design team in Australia. Trudy-Ann King has previously worked with AECOM and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Multiplex has been appointed as the preferred tenderer for the Queen's Wharf project in Brisbane. The Queensland Government forecast at peak construction there will be more than 2000 workers required onsite and there would especially be work for "concreters, formworkers and foundation specialists".

A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using polypropylene fibres recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at England's University of Sheffield. The results are published in the journal Fire Technology and negate the need for raw PP fibres.

A $1.9 million Melbourne Quarter development is set to increase in scale, adding five storeys to the original plans for a Docklands commercial tower. A $1.5 billion two-tower commercial tower project is also being developed for the corner of Collins and King Streets in Melbourne.

A team of civil engineers from New York University in Abu Dhabi in the UAE is researching making concrete with the sludge left over from desalination, saying it is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

Around the time of the devastating fire in the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Time magazine published an article noting low quality stone and cement was used in a restoration attempt in 1844, and how the structure was crumbling and needed repair.

Image: The $3.6 billion Queens Wharf project.