Macquarie University’s largest and most transformative project, a program worth $500 million commenced this year in May. As part of the design team, including Architectus, FDC and D&W Plumbing, MGP are completing the hydraulic services design for the new buildings which will serve a variety of functions and deliver modernised social and educational infrastructure at the very heart of the campus.
It will reopen in 2021 in the form of a revitalised and replanted Central Courtyard surrounded by one existing, and three new buildings that have been designed to be lighter and brighter, creating a new vibrancy and dynamism for all to enjoy.
MGP are involved with four key projects on the campus:
- Lincoln Building
- Central Courtyard precinct
- Student accommodation
- Water feature design
The historical Lincoln Building, an architectural icon on the campus, will undergo internal and façade refurbishment. The upper levels will accommodate student learning and research spaces, a new home for the Research Office, with the ground floor offering speciality food outlets that open onto the new Central Courtyard.
The largest element of the project, the five level Central Courtyard building (1 Central Courtyard) will house a new bar, courtyard, food/retail outlets, commercial kitchen and function facilities along with formal teaching spaces, informal learning areas and a student Auditorium
The third part of the precinct project involves the two brand new student residential towers with up to 341 beds to be offered in this initial stage. These towers will also offer end of trip facilities and common break out areas for relaxing. The student accommodation bathrooms will be prefabricated pods, which will require MGP to provide a high degree of coordination for slab penetration.
The final element of the project will be the water feature designed by Goodwin MGP.
Due for completion: 2021
Client: Macquarie University
Builder: FDC Construction
Plumber: DW Plumbing
Parramatta Square Developments
As one of the largest urban renewal projects in the country, the $2.7 billion Parramatta Square (PS) redevelopment will revitalise Parramatta city centre with premium grade office space, a multi-level retail podium and civic facilities that reflect the latest global thinking in design, productivity and amenity.
mgp are proud to be part of the development and design teams across the three projects, working closely with Walkers, JPW, Built and Boone & Willard.
We are currently working on the hydraulic workshop drawing designs for PS3, PS4 and PS6.
The latest of the projects, 6 & 8, it set to become Australia’s biggest office tower and delivering over 120,000 sqm of office space, 6 & 8 Parramatta Square will provide the final piece in this significant development project. 6 Parramatta Square will offer 2,800 to 3,100 sqm of office space, with many atrium configurations allowing for a diverse and functional workplace. 8 Parramatta Square will provide unrivalled views from the Eastern CBD to the Blue Mountains over 2,300 sqm of floor space. Each of the towers have been designed in accordance with the industry’s best environmental and sustainability criteria in order to meet the highest Green Star and NABERS Energy ratings.
Plumber: Boone & Willard
Parramatta Park - Inclusive Playground
MGP are proud to be part of the design team that worked on the new all-inclusive kids playground, at Ollie Webb Reserve in Parramatta.
The $1.8 million regional-size playground, which received $300,000 of funding from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, provides a place for children of all ages and all abilities to enjoy year round.
As part of the Government’s 'Everyone Can Play' program, the new playground design follows universal design principles that allow for the real integration of abled and disabled children in play areas.
The playground features a large variety of activities and equipment; sand and water play areas, sensory equipment, explorer dome (a maze of nets, ropes, ladders and tunnels), along with the inclusion of wide embankment slides, accessible carousel and sand pit, water play elements and a supportive swing.
The landscape architecture team at Phillips Marler designed this unique space in Paperbark Park, and engaged MGP to completed the hydraulic services for the playground.
The site proposed a number of challenges; its location in the centre of a park meant there were no existing water or drainage facilities. MGP provided a design solution to facilitate the supply and removal of water to meet Council standards.
Please clink on the links below to see the water play in action:
Since the catastrophic bushfires of January 2003, the ACT Government and community have been proactive in implementing plans to provide increased protection against bushfires for the people, property and the environment of the ACT. For the past 15 years, under the Emergencies Act 2004, the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has delivered Strategic Bushfire Management Plans (SBMPs). It introduced practices in urban planning, incident management, community education and fuel reduction through land management. Significant improvements in bushfire prevention, bushfire fighting capacity and capability, and increased community engagement and education has been seen.
As part of the evolving SBMPs a bushfire mapping program identified the township of Tharwa, which lies approximately 30km south of Canberra, as an area of high risk.
Based on previous experience MGP were approached by SMEC (Snowy Mountains Engineering Company) to complete a peer review of the proposed design and provide performance specification.
The proposed development includes a bore water supply from the local Murrumbidgee River to two above-ground concrete water tanks. A diesel and electric pump will provide flow and pressure to serve a new fire hydrant system for the town, with hydrants located every 60 metre along the North Street. In the event of a power cut, common during bushfires, the diesel pump ensures the system will continue to work.
Concerns over the size of the proposed onsite diesel storage were addressed. MGP recommended using smaller tanks to power a diesel hydrant pump, rather than the proposed electrical generator. MGP also provided advice on pipework material, size, SDR rating, tank location and ventilation, ensuring that the new bushfire prevention system is effective given its integral part of protecting the town of Tharwa.
Client: ACT Government
Western Sydney University & UNSW Engineering Innovation Hub
Parramatta continues boosting its place as the second CBD in the greater Sydney metropolitan area with its announcement in February of the new ‘Engineering Innovation Hub’. This joint venture between the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Western Sydney University (WSU) Engineering Innovation Hub’ on the current site of the Commercial Hotel in the Parramatta CBD.
The development is set to cost $280M and the project will be completed by Charter Hall. Charter Hall built the $220M PSQ1 (Parramatta Square 1) 14 story vertical campus for the Western Sydney University, completing it in 2017 just metres away from the current proposal for this University.
The two universities are developing a custom-designed, 15-storey, 27,000 sqm vertical Hub at Hassall Street to house a joint undergraduate engineering program alongside Western Sydney University’s architecture and business courses.
Complications in the project arose from the sewer running through the site and the necessity to develop a new multi levelled basement. A sewer deviation into Hassall Street was not available, and detailed designs were completed which included a sewer deviation within the site and the sewer to be suspend in the basement.
Completion set for 2021.
Developer: Charter HallArchitect: Tzannes and Blight Rayner Architecture
Zurich Headquarters Mount Street North Sydney
The development of Zurich Financial Services Australia's new headquarters involves a new 25-storey commercial tower at 118 Mount Street in North Sydney.
The 20,000 square metre PCA A Grade building will target 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy ratings, and will feature a two-level podium with cafe, a sky terrace, three basement car parking levels and retail facilities.
mgp are delighted to be working for the first time with Roberts Pizzarotti.
Roberts Pizzarotti is a relatively new Australian boutique tier one construction firm, founded in 2016 and jointly owned by the Roberts and Pizzarotti families.
At mgp we are working on the hydraulic services for this landmark project. Of note mgp team designed an effective solution for the sub soil drainage. The basement will be cut into Sydney Sandstone, and as a result requires perimeter edge drainage and an integrated stormwater piping to drain to a central pump station.
Owner: Zurich Financial Services
Builder: Roberts Pizzarotti
Plumber: Boone & Willard
University of Sydney - Chau Chak Wing Museum
This exciting new museum development at the University of Sydney comprises of the redevelopment of two of the University’s historic Macleay and adjacent Edgeworth David Building and a new connecting modern extension. The new museum will offer a 240-seat lecture theatre, 1,800 square metres of exhibition space, conservation laboratories, and a suite of exhibition galleries.
The University of Sydney was established as Australia's first tertiary institution in 1850.
By 1862 the Darlington Campus, home to many heritage buildings, was established including the Great Hall, the Anderson Stuart Building (also known as the old medical school), Sydney College of the Arts and the Quadrangle. The architect Edmund Blacket designed the original Neo-Gothic sandstone Quadrangle and Great Tower buildings, and today the campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities*.
Maintaining the integrity of a place of beauty, and heritage listed buildings, can cause issues with the necessity to further develop a growing university campus. The proposed new Chau Chak Wing Museum had such an issue. The requirement to extend existing services – gas and water, to facilitate the new development meant services needed to be taken 150 metres across the stunning forecourt.
In addition to the hydraulic workshop drawings for the building MGP were briefed to find a solution which would achieve servicing the new development and minimise impact on the existing amenities, students and faculty staff.
Standard processes for such a project could include boring 3 metres under the forecourt, allowing for a bored tunnel for each service; one the gas main and another for a water main to meet the prescriptive requirements of the Australian Standards. Another option would be excavation of an open trench, involving road closures, OH&S issues and night work. Both would be considerably expensive and timely.
Working closely with the Department of Fair Trading MGP developed detailed designs which included two services in the same bore hole, the construction methodology enabled clearances around the services to be achieved, and additional voids allowed for grout filing of the bore hole after the pipe was inserted. This solution meant the services were maintenance free, had minimal impact on the University Campus, could be done within a feasible timeframe and where considerably cost effective in comparison to standard processes for such a sensitive project.
Client: The University of Sydney
Builder: FDC Construction
Plumber: DW Plumbing
*UK The Daily Telegraph
The $100 million development at Montefiore Aged Care in Randwick will see the development of two new residential buildings adjacent to the existing care facility.
mgp are excited to be part of this design team. We are currently working on the hydraulic design for the two new buildings which will house 80 new apartments, dining, function and recreational facilities including an indoor pool.
Builder: Richard Crookes Construction
Architect: Jackson Teece
NSW Government New Schools - Smalls Road Ryde
The NSW Government's 2018/19 Budget includes $6 billion over four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools. A further $160 million has also been invested as part of the record $747 million maintenance investment announced last year. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.
MGP worked on numerous schools projects over the last few years including Rainbow Street Primary, Alexandria Park Community School, Ultimo Temporary School, Bardia Public, and Randwick Public School. Our involvement ranged from Sydney Water design work, Sydney Water Section 73 and Building Plan Approval through to Hydraulic and Civil design.
This year we are excited to start work on the new primary school at Smalls Road in Ryde, which will be offering a teaching space for 1,000 students.
MGP are working on the hydraulic design and Sydney Water approval for the project that will include 43 learning spaces to accommodate up to 1,000 students, including three special education classrooms, three special purpose rooms, hall, two storey library, covered outdoor learning areas (COLAs), out of school hours care facilities, canteen, administration facilities, multi-purpose sports courts; and kiss and ride area and 47 car spaces.
Client: NSW Government
Builder: Richard Crookes Construction
Plumber: Commodore Plumbing
Architect: Collard Maxwell
Shore - Sydney Church of England Grammar School North Sydney
Physical Education Centre
At the end of 2018 MGP were nominated to work on the hydraulic design and Sydney Water approvals, with FDC Construction on the redevelopment of the prestigious Shore School gym, pool and learning spaces.
The new Shore Physical Education Centre (SPEC) will offer 11 new dynamic and flexible learning spaces and seminar rooms adjacent to new open spaces and courtyards. It will also include a modern indoor 50m pool with 8 lanes, a Multi-Purpose Sports Complex with basketball courts, tiered seating, gymnastics and weights rooms and other facilities.
Client: Sydney Church of England Grammar School
Builder: FDC Construction
Plumber: DW Plumbing
Architect: Cox Architects
Western Sydney University - Bankstown
The new Bankstown campus forms part of the Western Sydney University growth strategy – an impressive program of works reshaping the University’s campus network, including establishing new vertical campuses within the growth centres of Western Sydney.
Located between Bankstown’s Council administration building, Library and Knowledge Centre, the campus will provide new jobs, educational opportunities and revitalise the heart of Bankstown.
The mgp Sydney Water team have been working closely with the project team on the design and approval for the relocation of the sewer to enable the development of a new multi level basement and 19 storey vertical campus. Both our Section 73 and Building Plan Approval team have been assisting with this essential early works stage.
The campus is set to open for teaching in early 2022.
Client: Western Sydney University
Wynyard Place will be one of Australia’s premier commercial and retail precincts due to its architectural design, location in the heart of the Sydney CBD and its integration with one of the city’s busiest commuter nodes, Wynyard.
The development will transform the Wynyard area, as well as being a hub for office workers, commuters, shoppers and the community at large.
The centrepiece is a 27-level PCA Premium Grade commercial tower (10 Carrington) offering world-class facilities, amenities and finishes to set a new standard in workplace design.
The development will also include the restoration of Shell House and 285 George Street, both these two heritage buildings will be returned to their original use as prestigious office buildings. Wynyard Lane will be revitalised, and a major upgrade completed to Wynyard Station’s George Street entrance connecting to a grand transit hall and public concourse.
At this stage of the project mgp has completed the Sydney Water authority major works stormwater design.
Developer: Brookfield Property Partners
Plumber: Axis Plumbing
Architect: Architectus / Make Architects (UK)
Inner West Council recently engaged mgp to complete the hydraulic and fire services design for the exciting upgrade of Haberfield Centre and Library and Mervyn Fletcher Hall.
The upgrade involves installation of a lift, internal ramps within the library and accessible toilets, the interiors and layout will be improved, including connectivity and flow between the library and community rooms, improved entry and new hall-wing. There will be a new music performance and rehearsal space, kitchen facilities on level one, upgraded landscaping and new services including air-conditioning. Mervin Fletcher Hall will see an upgrade and/or replacement of the roof, windows, doors, floors, internal and external painting, toilet upgrade and ramp at the Ella Centre entrance.
Project is due for completion in late 2020.Client: Inner West CouncilArchitect: LahznimmoBuilding consultants: SW Partners
Aqua Luna & Drummoyne Rowing Club
You would think having a compliant fire hydrant system next to the Parramatta River would be straight forward, not so in the case of the recently refurbished Aqua Luna Restaurant, above the Drummoyne Rowing Club.
MGP were briefed to provide a compliant fire hydrant system, an urgent requirement to enable the venue to remain open to the public. Challenges arose from a number of different factors. Firstly, the building sits on Crown Land and has no water supply. Secondly, using the river’s water would require approval from the NSW Department of Industry, potentially a complicated and lengthy approval process and finally, to meet industry standards, a booster value needed to be housed within the club, where available space was already an issue.
Working with Drummoyne Council, they agreed to the placement of the booster value on the foreshore land, close to the building. A new Sydney Water water supply was designed by MGP, which entailed undertaking works close to the busy Victoria Road. MGP advised and project coordinated the design to meet authority and industry standards and fire hydrant design compliance was achieved for the venue.
Client: Aqua Luna Restaurant / Drummoyne Rowing Club
Plumber: DW Plumbing
Rockdale Park Water Gardens
Goodwin MGP, our water feature design team, have designed a new series of beautiful water gardens for Bayside Council’s Rockdale Park.
The Park itself offers a mature stand of conifer trees, cedars and pines planted back in the 1970s that create a unique park character.
The new water garden design introduces permanent pools of reflective water, compliments the mature tree backdrop and better serves the Park’s reputation as the Wedding Park.
The new design also replaces an existing stream that has been decommissioned since 2003.
Construction is due for completion before December 2019.
Client: Bayside Council