Key Features

  • MBA Award for National Building Excellence Award - Residential Category - 2006
  • MBA Award for Medium Density Project of the Year - 2007
  • MBA Award for High Rise Apartment Building over three-storeys in - 2007
  • MBA Award for Medium Density Housing Apartments/Units in - 2007

Metropolitan Apartments

The award winning Metropolitan Apartment development was undertaken by Hindmarsh Construction Australia as a design and construct project for developers Amalgamated Property Group. The development was awarded the Master Builders Association’s National Building Excellence Award - Residential Category 2006. This flagship project is prominently sited overlooking Lake Burley Griffin in inner city Canberra West.

The project contains a total of 342 apartments with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms units and four bedroom penthouses. The complex comprises one 16 level; one 18 level; two 6 level; two 4 level and two 3 level buildings all built off a podium over a two level basement. All in all it enjoys eight street frontages. The ground floor apartments were all designed for adaptive re-use.

Hindmarsh was engaged as Design and Construct contractor after Amalgamated Property Group had received tender prices from several of the largest Australian contracting firms, which exceeded the project budget. Hindmarsh subsequently undertook a value management process with the developer, the architect and key trades, and realised significant project savings, whilst maintaining the design intent and quality. To provide additional cash flow and to ease financing costs, we developed a four stage handover strategy.

To establish quality benchmarks, Hindmarsh set up a prototype apartment. There was no requirement for a display unit as the development achieved 100% pre-sales. We adopted and implemented Inspection and Testing Plans (ITP) aimed at defect minimisation and the provision of enhanced quality. Operation and Maintenance Manuals were prepared and Purchaser Packs made available for all apartment purchasers.

Key project benefits resulting from the collaborative delivery were completion on time in August 2007 in an overheated construction market; savings from the value engineering, documentation and tendering processes; and the overall high quality of end product.