News bulletin 38:
News bulletin 38: 22 Sep 2020


The construction of Sydney's Metro system is the subject of a documentary series currently on SBS On-Demand online. The series is called Sydney's Super Tunnel, which was filmed over five years.

In people moves this week, Beca has appointed a new Group Director for Transport and Infrastructure. Dr Kevin Doherty joins the leadership team from Projects Victoria where he is Chief Executive. Engineers NZ CEO Susan Freeman-Greene departs her role after five years this week to take up a position with local government. Richard Templer, who has a PhD in Engineering, will take over the role in November.

Initiated by the state and federal Building Ministers' Forum, the proposed National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners (NRF) will result in poorer quality buildings, according to the Australian Institute of Architects.

Tunnel boring works for the installation of a 900 metre-long sewer under Melbourne's Lonsdale Street have been completed. The works are part of a $21 million upgrade to the original system constructed in the 1890s.

The City of Sydney is supporting a planning proposal for a 47 storey commercial tower (pictured) at 187 Thomas Street, Haymarket, which is being forwarded to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for determination. The mixed use tower's design will be subject to an architectural design competition.

Just around the corner from the Concrete Institute of Australia's National Office is the MLC Building at 105-153 Miller Street, North Sydney, which was the largest building of its type in Australia when it was completed in 1956. There are plans to demolish it but The Heritage Council of NSW is considering an interim order on the modernist structure and is taking submissions until 8 October 2020 while a petition has been circulated by Docomomo.