What's new at Pritchard Francis? In our current newsletter we feature a handful of changes within our team. Have you met Mark Johnston, George Banks, Jamie De Palma, Gareth Jenkins, Fabio Otranto, Mike Rathbone and Alistair Eyres yet? Read on to find out more about our team!…

It’s been a while in the works to achieve visual progress at the Australis at Rossmoyne Waters site, but it will soon be out of the ground!

Located close to Bull Creek, the site has a high water table, prompting early geotechnical investigations and architectural collaboration to enable an efficient foundation system design. Existing stormwater drainage systems have been transformed to meet Better Urban Water Management standards, ensuring environmentally sensitive outflows to the wetland buffer zones.

A challenging project in the initial stages, our team has been hard at work with NS Projects, PACT Construction and Hames Sharley.

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Leadership is critical to any business. Leadership development, is therefore equally essential. In this post, our CEO Arthur Psaltis responds to a common question about whether it's skills or qualities that define good leaders.
#leadership #peoplematter

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Stage 2 of the Hocart Lodge expansion in Harvey is nearly complete and due to accept new residents in December. Redevelopment works for the aged care village have involved demolition of parts of the existing residential complex, and construction of a new 60 bed facility designed to accommodate high care residents.

Our civil and structural teams have been working closely with Hocart Lodge, Total Project Management, Perkins Builders and
T&Z Architects to deliver this project....

(Photos: Stage 2 structural steelwork and timber trusses to the central core block)

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Scarborough Beach Pool has received 6 Star Green Star Design Review rating from the Green Building Council of Australia! This classification represents world leadership in building design, based on an assessment of 9 major categories.

Our team is proud to be a part of the engineering design team working in conjunction with City of Stirling, CHRISTOU Design Group, NS Projects and Cooper & Oxley.…/public…/scarborough-beach-pool-1/

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The $50M Muchea Livestock Centre is a state of the art multi species saleyard, which involved a significant forward works package, construction of anaerobic and aerobic ponds, 50,000sqm of covered saleyards and offices, 95,000sqm of pavements, as well as workshops and parking.

Project challenges included unexpected ground conditions, a perched water table and significant ferruginous gravel deposits across the site. Wind tunnel testing of the saleyard structure resulted in a ...reduction in steelwork, saving $750,000! Complete in 2010, the project team included Western Australian Meat Authority, Ferguson Architects and Cooper & Oxley.

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It’s been over 6 years since our Kimberley Regional Office in Broome officially opened its doors. Stemming from our prior involvement on major projects in the region including the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby, Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre and Fitzroy Valley Learning Centre, the new office was a natural response to service demands.

Locally managed by Gareth Jenkins, the firm’s Principal for Northern Australia, our team has since enjoyed working with local community groups, launching our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan in 2014, and a great number of local and regional projects and events. Thank you!

#flashbackfriday #pfeng40years #community #fortyyearsstrong #ourstory #thankyou #westernaustralia #northernaustralia #kimberley #pilbara #team

Collaborating with leaders in sustainability is one of our favourite things to do. In 2011, we were honoured to work with Perron Group, Roxby Architects and Cooper & Oxley on the Toyota Australia WA Head Office in Kewdale. The award winning facility was built to 5 Star Green Star rating, with key attributes including use of preassembled structural steel frame and permanent formwork, deep-deck composite sheeting for the suspended concrete slab and market leading 69% cement replacement throughout - reducing carbon footprint by more than half.

#waybackwednesday #pfeng40years #sustainability #environmentalleadership

More info:…/sustain…/toyota-wa-head-office-1/

Back in 2011, Yawuru who represent the traditional owners of the Broome area, the Yawuru people, commissioned their first land development. Located in Cable Beach, Broome, this is believed to be the first time in Australia that a native title Prescribed Body Corporate had ever developed and released residential land as freehold lots to the public. The project involved development of 54 lots, including single residential and group housing sites, for a total of 108 dwellings.

#flashbackfriday #pfeng40years #civilengineering #nyambaburuyawuru #kimberley…/land-devel…/birragun-buru-broome/

Winding the calendar back 12 years to a manufacturing and logistics facility for BlueScope Steel… The 14,000sqm building included 65,000sqm of hardstand pavement and a kilometre of freight rail internal to the site. As the lead consultant and working closely with Doric Construction, our team was able to progress cost efficient design for the large spanning roof structure, detail pavement and floor slabs to carry 70T axle loads, and put forth non-traditional stormwater management strategies that resulted in cost savings. The facility went on to be recognised with award wins in 2006 and 2007 by the Master Builders Western Australia Association and Australian Steel Institute.

#waybackwednesday #pfeng40years #manufacturing #industrialdesign #leadconsulting…/bluescope-steel-process-facilit…/

Tynan Luzuk, Pritchard Francis Structural Project Leader, will be presenting a technical session on Opportunities and Considerations with Precast Concrete at Engineers Australia WA’s Structures Panel session next Tuesday, 19 September. Along with Jason Walsh of Delta Corporation, Tynan will examine the recently completed Curtin University School of Medicine as a reference example.

Registration is free for EA members at the below link, and 1.5 CPD hours are available for attendance.…/opportunities-and-c…

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On the topic of career progression: If you don't commit to a career path, are you really leaving your options open?

In his recent blog post, our CEO Arthur Psaltis, shares his perspective on how committing to a clear and specific direction, in the right environment with supportive colleagues, will help you reach your full potential.
#leadership #careergoals #joblove

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Today's the day! Our CEO Arthur Psaltis will abseil 220m (52 floors) down Central Park Building. He's raised more than $7,500 for the Fiona Wood Foundation in support of Burns Research - specifically to help fund their exciting IBM Watson project. If you'd still like to donate to support the cause - you can! Arthur's donation page will be open for another couple of weeks.

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Because it’s Friday! We’re reminiscing about one of everyone’s favourite projects, MUST Winebar on Beaufort Street. Complete in 2002, the project involved converting a mid-twentieth century commercial building into a new, contemporary and chic wine bar and restaurant – including a 700 bottle elevated wine rack. Early investigative work was required during design, in order to confirm the existing structure. As you can imagine, our team attended site regularly during construction (and after completion). Project team included Taylor Robinson and De Francesch Builders.

#flashbackfriday #pfeng40years #friyay #newtoexisting

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We're currently working with EIW Architects on the design for the 3rd stage of Hammond Park Catholic Primary School. Our firms have been working together on all stages to-date and we are proud to be a part of a team that is focused on preserving native vegetation and bushland.

Due for completion in early 2019, this stage will include a 6 classroom, 2 storey upper primary building, new car park and covered links between the buildings. The design has been extensively investiga...ted and modified to ensure as much of the existing vegetation as possible is preserved.

#community #preservation #education
(Photos: Hammond Park Catholic Primary School - Stage 1)

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Almost a decade ago, we began design work for the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby, Western Australia. Our team was engaged for the $150M, 150 bed mixed security, mixed gender facility, which included 55 buildings within a secured campus-style perimeter on a 25ha site. The project was the firm’s largest development at the time and, being remote and within a cyclonic zone on collapsible soils, it required a unique design approach to achieve the right solutions for the s...ite. The servicing of this project was a stepping stone to opening our first regional office based out of Broome.

Project team included Department of Corrective Services, Pindan, Cooper & Oxley, TAG Architects & iredale pedersen hook architects in association.

#waybackwednesday #pfeng40years #valueengineering #kimberley…/…/west-kimberley-regional-prison/

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If you haven't been in the area recently, you may not have noticed that Berrington Care Group Como aged care residence has opened its doors. A luxury development undertaken by Gary Batt & Associates architects and PACT Construction, the $17M facility accommodates up to 99 residents and includes a physiotherapy clinic and medical centre.

The design included a large 5.4m cantilever balcony for the club room on the 2nd floor and a timber-framed roof with high pitching arrangemen...ts. A challenging and rewarding project, our team has been pleased to be involved with both structural and civil works.

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