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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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Rebuilding a heritage Empire

BE Collective’s Brad Head & John Tuxworth attended the recent reopening celebration of the historic Empire Theatre.  Brad & John were guests of the theatre in recognition of BE Collective’s contribution to the $6.32M Heritage refurbishment, completed 22nd March 2019. Preserved elements of the heritage listed theatre include the elegant art deco proscenium arch, decorative sconces, and bomber-light, dating back to 1933. The 1500 Seat theatre now incorporates low level, low displacement air-conditioning, and excellent sound engineering.

A key supporter of the theatre is Heritage Bank. Heritage is Toowoomba born & bred – and was awarded Bank of the Year for customer satisfaction in 2018. Heritage’s CEO Mr Peter Lock proudly opened the evening’s proceedings.

Hutchinson Builders completed the refurbishment, adding the Empire to their catalogue of theatre work which now includes the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, the Billie Brown Theatre in South Brisbane, and the Brisbane Power House. The Empire is the jewel in the crown of the Toowoomba Regional Arts and Community Centre (TRACC) complex.


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Transport Dreaming 2019

The National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Corporation (NATSIC) is holding their second ‘Transport Dreaming’ conference.

The conference aims to provide an enabling platform for open dialogue to explore and define Indigenous specific transport options and innovations in remote, regional and urban locations. This will be achieved through promoting a strong focus on innovative transport solutions across areas that have significant impacts on the health, well-being, cultural obligations and social inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across Australia. The conference content will also target transport related issues focusing on strengthening and increasing equity and access to My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Register now to secure your place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in May 2019 and enjoy innovative and thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders, emerging leaders, providers and influential decision making bodies from across Australia.

Check out the Transport Dreaming website for more info & booking!


BE Collective & DBALP

BE Collective’s MD, John Tuxworth recently caught up with ‘Starchitect’ Duangrit Bannag, at Duangrit’s Bangkok restaurant, The Never Ending Summer. The pair only had a short time together to discuss multi-disciplinary design (a mutual passion), and current project works.

Kuhn Duangrit is busy. Very busy. His practice, Duangrit Bannag Architect Limited (DBALP) is located at the Jam Factory, Duangrit’s own development. Situated on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River, the previous industrial site now houses Duangrit’s restaurant, coffee shop, book shop homewares store – Any Room, and hosts a variety of events in the beautiful courtyard and boardwalk areas. Since John’s last visit in 2016, Duangrit has opened a 2nd restaurant on the site, The Summer House Projectand in 2018 his DBALP Consortium won the design for the new THB35 billion (AUD 1.5 billion) terminal at Bangkok’s international airport.

Duangrit is an inspiration, and John is looking forward to catching up again when the pair have a little more time.