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Esplanade Jewel, Bargara

Project No. 7107

BEC was recently commissioned to provide urgent assistance on a new mixed-use development proposed for beautiful Bargara. We worked in collaboration with Architect Tomas O’Malley and provided energy efficiency and specialist lighting engineering for the development, which consists of two residential towers and two townhouse blocks.

We provided energy efficiency NatHERs modelling and reporting specific to the unique townhouse types and top-floor unit types. The energy efficiency modelling was fairly straightforward, but the project’s specialist lighting requirements were particularly interesting.

The Jewel project is in the vicinity of Mon Repos, which is the largest rookery for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia. The significance of this, and the need to protect the marine turtle nesting grounds called for special care to be taken in the development planning. The potential impact of the development lay in its lighting; so we worked closely with turtle lighting expert, Dr. Kellie Pendoley Principal scientist and Director of Pendoley Environmental and Carl Gray, of Graylight to develop light spill management and mitigation strategies. Together, we produced a specialist lighting design which ensured that the local turtle population remained unaffected by the development, and that was hailed by Kellie Pendoley (who is also Australasian Region Vice Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group) as “setting a new benchmark for turtle aware lighting strategies”. 

Our combined efforts were critical in the development achieving Ministerial Approval from the Honourable Cameron Dick MP – Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – the first in the region to successfully do so. 



BEC Ascends to New Heights…

One of the extended BE Collective family and fun-loving adventurer Patrick Zimmerman of Zenith Design recently borrowed some BEC clothing to keep warm on Everest. That’ll do Patty, that’ll do.


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BE Collective and dwp

BE Collective MD, John Tuxworth recently caught up with dwp Director & Global Hospitality Sector Leader, Justin Wells, in Dubai.

Justin’s award-winning hotel portfolio spans across continents. With a penchant for hospitality, Justin’s approach to interiors is one of contemporary creation combined with a touch of disruptionism. Justin’s style is exhibited through 3 & 4 star operations in the region for the likes of Aloft Deira City Centre, and Marsa Al Seef Hotels, and he is currently working on a 5 star offering for Gran Melia in Saudi Arabia.  

Like dwp, BE Collective delivers internationally, with 20% annual revenue derived from projects across 8 Countries. BE Collective has most recently supported hospitality developments for Spicers Retreats, a sustainability & nature-focused group with 13 retreats across the east-coast of Australia. Spicers are market leaders, setting the benchmark for sustainable tourism in Australia.

BE Collective looks forward to working with Justin again in the near future and to supporting dwp’s substantive hospitality forward-order book for the year ahead.


Another Award for Clifftop House

Congrats to the Joe Adestt Architects team – Clifftop House has won another award! The BEC Team provided Structural and Hydraulic design for the stunning cantilevered concrete residence, and this time it has brought home ‘Architectural Design of the Year’ at the 2019 Australian Construction Awards Ceremony.


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Macadamias Australia – New Facility

Project No: 7083

We recently came on-board alongside Architect Tomas O’Malley to assist Macadamias Australia with a proposed two-storey industrial and commercial complex. The Bundaberg development includes a processing facility, office area, and tourism facility.  Our team provided Energy Efficiency reporting which covered a preliminary design assessment, a detailed Deemed-to-Satisfy report, and Form 15 Energy Efficiency certification. We used the NCC glazing and lighting calculators to ensure compliance of glazing specifications and lighting energy use respectively. The facility’s façade is almost entirely glass, which made glazing for the western side particularly challenging.  We also ensured that the wall/roof/ceiling insulation was adequate, and specified the mechanical services performance requirements (air conditioning, ventilation, security, etc.).