Frasers Suites Queens Riverside Apartments is a vibrant residential and mixed use precinct standing at the forefront of the East Perth reinvention. The whole developments awarded contract sum was $187.7 million and comprises of four multi-story residential and commercial buildings, which sit on an average 1500 thick raft slab foundation. Completed in three stages, the large precinct includes two levels of basement, 19-storys of hotel and apartments, 4-storys of office use, and 2-storys of retail and commercial use. The facilities included are meeting rooms, swimming pool and spa, gym, and restaurant. The residential components are, QI, a 25-storey residential cum commercial building, QII, a 7-storeyresidential building, and QIII, another 7-storey residential building.
In order to condense the programme, prior to construction, a $15 million forward works package commenced. These forward works comprised of the construction of basement diaphragm walls, ground anchors and the excavation of approximately25,000 cum of earthworks. This was followed by the installation of a dewatering and syphon system to ensure that any discharge water did not contaminate the adjacent Swan River.
Environmentally focused, this particular project was governed by the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) requirements as stated in the Green Building Council of Australia (GCBA) guidelines. Some of these specified ESD requirements included but were not limited to; compliance to using products, materials and composite systems with low or zero ozone depletions potential, low volatility organic compounds, low emission formaldehyde composite wood products, PVC minimisation and timber sustainability.
All contractors were required to prepare and submit an accredited environmental management plan in compliance with AS/NZS ISO 14001. This plan detailed the proposed building construction materials in relation to the methods and procedures required for environmental and waste management.
Rawlinsons managed to maintain the same personnel throughout the project, from Estimate to Final Accounts and worked closely with the Client and Consultants to produce a reasonable budget for the whole project. Multiple cost options for alternative groundworks were offered as the project involved a basement construction in close proximity of the Swan River.
The Bills of Quantities was produced based on 75% documentation. Rawlinsons (W.A.) measured the trades not conforming to the Standard Method of Measurement but items in the BOQ were adequate enough for the Builder to price, in conjunction with the Specifications and Drawings, and offer a Contract Sum.
Managed by Hennie Omar from initial cost planning through to post contract, this very high value, complex, multiple stakeholder, sustainable precinct was completed on time and within budget. Altogether, a very successful, iconic Western Australian project.