WEHI Child Care Centre

Location: Parkville, Vic

Client: KANE Constructions

Date: January 2018 – July 2018

Ace Landscape worked on the WEHI (Walter Eliza Hall Institute) Child Care Centre in Parkville for KANE Constructions. The 5 level centre caters for combined activities including the childcare itself as well as health and consultation services. As well as the play areas, the Ace Landscape team also did the external hardscape and carpark for the centre. A great job by all and what an extremely lucky group of kids who get to play here!

      

 

The centre is a first of its kind for a medical research Institute in Australia.

Professor Doug Hilton states “I am deeply proud to deliver on the Institute’s commitment to our families and gender equity in science by providing vital services and opportunities to parents dedicating their working lives to the wellbeing of our communities.”

Bunjil Eagle Relocation, Docklands

Location: Docklands, Vic

Client: Lendlease

Date:  April 2018

The eagle sculpture, a Docklands landmark since 2002, was inspired by Bunjil, the eaglehawk that is regarded as the spirit creator of the Kulin nations, which include the Wurundjeri people.

The 25-metre eagle designed by Melbourne sculptor Bruce Armstrong is located in the median strip of Wurundjeri Way. The site is currently under construction and after much discussion the sculpture is to stay in its home, just shifting seven meters to allow for new development.


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A HUGE congratulations to our Landscape team (namely Jesse and Brendan) who couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces when the eagle landed. 

Greville Street Improvements

Location: Prahran, VIC

Client: Stonnington City Council

Date: July 2017 – April 2018

Council’s improvement works to Greville Street in Prahran have created a better environment for the local community, businesses and visitors to enjoy.

The featured catenary lighting structure involved over 50 custom made flower lights designed by artist Jan Flook, the catenary design by Tensile Design and Construct and the overall area design by Rush Wright Associates.

This project has won an award for excellence for public works $2m to $5m by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia. Credit to all the team on and off site for doing an amazing job!

As head contractor, ACE’s scope of works included:

  • Reconstruction of roadway through Greville Street
  • Granite sett paving throughout shared traffic zones with bluestone paving to footpaths
  • Catenary lighting and upgraded public Lighting (undertaken by Ace Electrical Infrastructure Pty Ltd)
  • Street trees and garden beds
  • Street furniture installation

TLC Aged Care Landscape

Location: Clifton Hill, Melbourne, VIC

Client: KANE CONSTRUCTION

Date: 2018 (April – July)

The ‘TLC Aged Care – Clifton Hill’ project consists of the construction of a multi-level aged care facility and surrounding civil works. Ace Landscape’s scope included the external civil works and terrace landscaping works for the principal contractor,
Kane Constructions.

The project was located on the busy Queens Parade which requires a high level of coordination with both the City of Yarra Council and general public who use this region daily. It is also the first high rise residential home for TLC, and also the first
of its kind here in Melbourne.

 

 

 

Monash University Landscaping

Location: Monash University Caulfield Campus

Client: Turner & Townsend Thinc Pty Ltd (on behalf of Monash University)

Date:  August 2017 – March 2018

In May 2017, Ace Landscape services was awarded works in excess of $10m to revitalise Monash University’s Caulfield Campus. The contracted works were the implementation of the Taylor Cullity Lethlean designed campus master plan to modernise the campus, linking all the building with a high-quality pedestrian friendly space. The scope of works was extensive and centred around transforming the existing Queens Avenue, the road running through the centre of the Campus, to a major pedestrian thoroughfare linking the adjoining buildings with the adjoining green and recreational spaces.

Works consisted of the following major elements:

  • Demolition
  • Installation of a new fire ring main
  • Gas main
  • Electrical and communication conduits
  • Directional bore under existing building
  • Timber decking and screw piles
  • 60mm thick granite paving
  • Building façade works to Mama dukes courtyard including structural steel, expended metal cladding and structural glass canopies
  • Precast and insitu concrete seating
  • Irrigation works
  • Street furniture
  • Lighting
  • Planting

The project was very challenging and technically demanding. Whilst the final product is impressive the hidden work below the surface was where the real work lies.  With over 100 years of services within the ground and very limited information, all excavation proved challenging. Ace utilised Non-destructive excavation techniques to facilitate the works and as a credit to our staff, no services were hit during the course of the works.  All this was achieved whilst working in on fully operational university campus, maintaining all access and services to each building as well as minimising  noise and dust.

The project was successfully completed on time and budget and to the satisfaction of the client .

It was presented as part of Open House Vic as well as receiving the ‘Landscape Architecture’ award in the Civil Landscape catergory of the AILA Victoria awards. Congratulations to the designers Glas Landscape Architects and well done to the Ace Landscape team involved in this project.

 

Victorian New Schools PPP

Location: Cranbourne North, Mernda, Point Cook and North Geelong, Victoria

Client: Watpac Construction

Date: November 2015 – Jan 2018

Watpac, as part of the Learning Communities Victoria consortium, delivered the New Schools Project PPP for the Victorian State Government. The consortium built and will maintain 15 new government schools across Victoria, including primary, secondary and special schools, in addition to some community facilities. The schools are located in the state’s fastest growing areas.
Each of the new schools will also function as a community hub, opening up access to a range of facilities for local families. The project provides gyms, swimming pools, meeting spaces, adult learning spaces, and childcare facilities alongside world-class school facilities.

Ace is delivering civil and landscape construction at the following four new schools, as part of Tranche 1 and 2, for Watpac:
1. Casey Central East Primary School
2. Mernda Central, Prep – Year 12 School
3. Point Cook South, Prep – Year 9 School
4. North Geelong Special Developmental School (SDS)

 

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Location: White Hills, Victoria

Client: City of Greater Bendigo

Date: October 2016 – December 2017

The City of Greater Bendigo expanded their Botanic Gardens. The Garden for the Futureis a new 2 hectare extension of the Botanic Gardens, which is an inspiring and sustainable iconic landscape that provides diverse opportunities for learning about plants, horticulture, landscapes, botany, ecology, conservation and heritage. It is a place for the enjoyment of the whole community.

As head contractor for the project, ACE undertook the Stage 1 construction of the Botanic Gardens, which included:

  • outreach shelter construction
  • earthworks
  • concrete works
  • fencing
  • landscaping works
  • installation of feature furnishings and furniture
  • 4,000m2 of lawns
  • 8,500m2 of garden bed
  • planting of 30,000 drought tolerant plants
  • lighting and electrical works
  • drainage
  • environmental management throughout construction, which is particularly important due to the close proximity of the site to the Bendigo Creek

 

Bendigo Hospital

Location: Bendigo, Victoria

Client: Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd (on behalf of the Exemplar Health consortium)

Date:

Courtyard Landscaping Package:
October 2015 – November 2016
Barnard Precinct Civil & Landscaping Package:
January 2016 – October 2017
Multi-Deck Carpark Civil Package:
June 2017 – August 2017

The $650M Bendigo Hospital Project is the largest regional hospital development in Victoria. It will deliver a world-class regional hospital incorporating the latest design and technology solutions, in a tranquil and caring environment.

The overall project includes 80,000m2 of floor area, consisting of 2,800 rooms, 550 new beds, 11 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, a parent-infant unit, a childcare centre, wellness centre, hotel, conference centre, multi-deck carpark, helipad, pedestrian link bridge over Arnold Street, retail shops and cafés.

The Exemplar Health consortium has been engaged by the State to design, build, finance and maintain the new Bendigo Hospital. ACE’s client, Lendlease, is part of the consortium and is responsible for project management, design and construction of the hospital. It is also a provider of equity for the project.

The new hospital buildings and gardens will provide the local community with a new meeting place and it is the intention of all the project partners that the completed site becomes a place people feel comfortable visiting and enjoying whenever they want to, not just when they have a clinical need.

ACE was responsible for delivering the following 3 civil and landscaping packages:

Courtyard & Balcony Landscaping Package:
ACE was responsible for the construction of 46 internal courtyards and balconies, spread over 7 floors.  The scope included hard and soft landscaping, plant supply and planting, irrigation, and maintenance until acceptance of the overall project. Some of the elements included in the courtyards are play equipment, pergolas, fixed furniture, BBQs, games boards, wall murals, timber decking, and feature paving – there were 7 different hard pavement surfaces, including travertine from Turkey, bluestone from China, and custom tiles from Italy. There is also synthetic grass, various mulches and soft garden elements, including planting and irrigation. Over 100 pieces of furniture were installed, including custom timber and glass reinforced concrete furniture, custom pergolas and screens, and also a dedicated Aboriginal courtyard – extensive consultation was undertaken with local indigenous groups.

Barnard Precinct External Works Package:
ACE was awarded a second contract for the execution of external works within the Barnard Precinct – incorporating 3 carparks and 2 internal roads. Scope included bulk earthworks including management and disposal of contaminated soil (benzo(a)pyrene, heavy metals and PAHs), roadworks, retaining walls, car parking, ground level courtyards and landscaping. Critical to the success of this package and the overall project was the staging of the civil works to enable existing activities to continue within the live hospital and medical university environment.

Lucan Precinct Civil and Groundworks Package:
ACE is currently delivering a third package for the Lucan Precinct civil works associated with the new multi level carpark. This includes bulk earthworks, detailed excavation, disposal of Category C contaminated soil and high arsenic fill, and concrete footings.

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • Politically sensitive project
  • Interfaces with other contractors
  • Tight timeframe
  • An extension of time was required for one of the milestones, as internal courtyard waterproofing was not ready in time for ACE’s work to commence
  • Adjacent buildings and structures to the site were heritage listed. ACE successfully implemented a heritage management plan, meeting all applicable heritage guidelines
  • The soil specification was reviewed to meet the client’s other requirement to use local products and whilst still achieving a best fit for application in internal courtyards
  • Contaminated soils, including:
    – Category B – Arsenic, mercury, zinc, benzo(a)pyrene & total Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    – Category B reclassified as Cat C (subject to acceptance at local landfill) – arsenic & mercury
    – Category C – Arsenic, mercury, lead
    – Fill materials containing low to mid-level arsenic (not “clean” but below Cat C levels)

Nottingham Crescent Park Upgrade

Location: Tarneit, Victoria

Client: Wyndham City Council

Date: July 2017 – October 2017

As head contractor, ACE undertook the existing Nottingham Crescent Park Upgrade, which included the following:

  • Demolition
  • Earthworks
  • Drainage works
  • New playground installation, including rubber softfall and play equipment
  • Park furniture
  • Retaining walls
  • Concrete path & insitu walls
  • Garden beds
  • Irrigatio
  • Maintenance (52 weeks)

Millennium Gardens Reserve

Location: Caroline Springs, Victoria

Client: Melton City Council

Date: April 2017 – June 2017

From a select panel of tenderers, ACE was chosen by Melton City Council to undertake the upgrade works of the Millennium Gardens Reserve. Council’s upgrade of the existing reserve was to enhance the natural features of the site and to improve the amenities.

As head contractor, ACE undertook the following for the upgrade:

  • Removal of the existing feature walls, paths, trees etc.
  • Earthworks
  • Rehabilitation of the existing swale
  • Installation of park furniture
  • Installation of play equipment
  • Concrete repairs
  • Construction of pedestrian paths
  • Soft and hard landscaping
  • 24 months maintenance