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The Okura Prestige – Platinum LEED Rated Bangkok Luxury

BE Collective MD & AGDF President John Tuxworth recently revisited the Okura Prestige Hotel in Bangkok.

The hotel room interiors are elegant and crisp with an unmistakable Japanese aesthetic. Their compartmentalised spaces, hard furnishings & user interfaces reference the beauty of bento & ceremony of tea. Developed by Univentures PLC (a subsidiary of Frasers Property, who developed Central Park in Sydney Australia), the hotel has a Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum rating, with sustainability features including e-coated triple-glazed windows, solar panels, it own potable water treatment system, and a host of other efficiencies help to reduce its carbon footprint.

John first visited the Okura in 2014  along with Todd Crighton (Buchan Group) at the invitation of Univentures, to present master planning concepts for Suan Lum – a 17 ha development in central Bangkok. BEC’s sustainability initiatives for the Suan Lum development included a UV treatment and air scrubbing system; structural use of cross-laminated bamboo (a rapidly replenishing sustainable timber resource); porous concrete pavements and bio retention spaces; a tri-generation plant; wind turbines; and photo-voltaic glass.

With detailed design completed by SOM, the Suma Lum project is now called One Bangkok and is Thailand’s largest fully integrated development. The project is to become the first LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum project in Thailand and features a 430-metre Signature Tower – which will be one of ten tallest buildings in ASEAN.

John will no doubt visit the Okura again, & BE Collective looks forward to the opportunity to support Frasers on future projects.


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Empire Theater Construction Award

We were proud to contribute to the Empire Theatre Project for Toowomba Regional Council – which recently took out one of the top awards at Master Builders Queensland’s  Housing & Construction Awards. 

The project builders – J Hutchinson Pty LTD T/A Hutchinson Builders – entered  ‘Empire Theatre Refurbishment Stage 1 and 2 Toowomba’ in MBQ’s Downs & Western Division and won the top prize for ‘Tourism and Leisure Facility up to $10 million’

Images from MBQ Gallery


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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.