Are Promises Kept ? Verification and Validation

Various large and small developments happen in our cities every day to build a better liveable and smarter space for us. The current process of using a contract or deed and a contractor to deliver the development could be further improved. It is vastly expensive or impossible to rectify, after the development completion, when the development failed to deliver the benefits.  There needs to have certainty in the achievement of the desired outcomes in urban design or smart city projects.

Richard Lau

A process of consistently verifying the requirements and validating the products (results) during the project would enhance the probability of achieving the results that the project is proposed to achieve. This verification approach has been applied in major infrastructure projects and could also apply to smaller scale local developments or any precinct-wide urban projects.

Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) means that a completely independent entity reviews/evaluates the work products generated by the team that is designing and/or executing  a given project. The IV&V provider will often monitor and evaluate every aspect of the project itself from inception to completion. It is far easier and more cost effective to correct problems that are identified earlier rather than later in the project.

Looking at a project in progress from the perspective of an outsider, and not allowing oneself to be engulfed in details or assumptions, enables the independent reviewer to recognise warning signs and impending problems while they can still be mitigated or corrected.

The primary value of IV&V is in identifying high-risk areas early in the project which allows the organization to either mitigate risks or prepare contingencies.  Project implementation should be a partnership between the organization and the IV&V team, where the IV&V team provides tangible measurement and alternatives and helps identify issues which may not be immediately visible.  Independent verification and validation is a time-tested methodology that should be carefully considered as a relatively low-cost insurance policy at the outset of projects, in particular public ones.

This article was kindly provided by Richard Lau, Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd.

Richard presented an abstract entitled ‘Are Promises Kept ? Verification and Validation’  for the 2016 International Urban Design Conference.

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South Australia’s First Timber Apartment Building Under Construction

South Australia’s trendy city fringe suburb of Kent Town will soon be home to the state’s first timber apartment building. The building, Verde, has slowly started to take shape as the huge engineered timber structure is put into place.

But this building is not only noteworthy in South Australia. While it is set to become the first timber apartment building in the state, Verde will also become only the second Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) multi-level apartment building to be constructed in Australia.

CLT consists of multiple layers of softwood, oriented at 90 degree angles to each other, which are glued together under pressure to form large pieces. CLT is prefabricated in a factory before then being assembled on-site.

Last month, more than 620 tonnes of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels arrived from Austria into Port Adelaide for Verde, with 32 semi-trailer loads needed to transport the timber to site in Kent Town. The cross laminated solid timber is being used for all the load bearing walls, floors and ceilings of the residential apartments.

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The $27 million, five storey apartment development, incorporates 47 generously proportioned apartments and seven SOHO Apartments (SOHO). The development also features six ground and first floor retail and commercial offices.

Verde is a joint venture between South Australian family owned developer FA Mamac Pty Ltd and building company Morgan and Hansen.

Morgan and Hansen Managing Director Andrew Morgan said CLT had been chosen for Verde as much for the lifestyle benefits as the construction benefits. Australia’s first CLT manufacturing plant has already been announced for Albury-Wodonga with operations scheduled to commence in 2017. Manufactured using European technology, cross laminated timber is lightweight (25% of the weight of concrete) and exceptionally strong, shortens construction time and enables quieter construction to lower the impact on local communities.

At Verde, the CLT will take around 10 weeks to be assembled to create the structure for the apartments. CLT has been used around the world mainly for low and mid-rise buildings, with the tallest wooden building in the world in Bergen, Norway – a 14-storey apartment building called Tree (“the Tree”).

However, a 24-storey building is now under construction in Vienna and the world’s first wooden skyscraper, an 80-storey, 300 metre high building called The Toothpick, is planned for London.

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7 Major Projects Shaping Brisbane As Australia’s New World City

Brisbane; it’s Queensland’s metropolitan jewel and has hopes of soon stepping onto the international stage as Australia’s next ‘world city’.

There are a number of development projects announced or underway in Brisbane that are projected to be up and running by 2022, each bringing its own unique quality to the city.

  1. Queen’s Wharf

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is set to attract new visitors and investment as it reconnects the activity of Brisbane’s defining parts of the city like the Botanic Gardens, the Queen Street Mall, the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, the Parliamentary Precinct and the Brisbane River.

Queen’s Wharf will include:

  • Five new hotels– including premium brands like the Ritz-Carlton
  • Three residential towers
  • A new department store
  • About 50 food and beverage outlets
  • A riverfront moonlight cinema
  • A Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School in partnership with TAFE Queensland.

The development is expected to deliver $1.69 billion annual increase in tourism and 1.39 million additional tourists per annum, along with $4 billion to the Gross State Product.

  1. Northshore Hamilton

Owned by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), Northshore Hamilton is Brisbane’s largest urban renewal precinct, spanning 304 hectares and will have an important role to play in helping the city position itself for the future.

In the next 20 years, Northshore’s primarily industrial area will be transformed into a $5 billion vibrant riverside precinct over the next 20 years. It will cater for 15,000 residents and become an employment hub for about 15,000 workers in retail precincts and office parks.

  1. Brisbane Airport Redevelopment

Brisbane Airport Australia is currently on the way to delivering the country’s best runway system with the $3.8 billion New Parallel Runway Project (NPR) for Brisbane Airport. While the airport has about 100 other projects in the works for the next 10 years, this NPR is considered the biggest aviation project in Australia.

  1. Howard Smith Wharves 

The Howard Smith Wharves project covers a 3.43 hectare riverside precinct that will connect the New Farm Riverwalk and the CBD and revitalise Petrie Bight

The Howard Smith Wharves project’s key features include:

  • A dining, retail and tourism centre utilising the existing heritage-listed buildings
  • New public open spaces that may be used for markets and festivals
  • A 64-room, five-star Art Series boutique hotel
  • A hotel facade that blends into the cliff face with natural tones and textures to keep the iconic Story Bridge as the main focus
  • Underground carpark for about 350 vehicles
  • A 1500sqm exhibition space.
  1. Brisbane Quarter

Located at 300 George Street and developed by Taiwan’s Shayher Group, Brisbane Quarter is the city’s first integrated, world-class mixed use precinct.

Brisbane Quarter encompasses a complete city block with Brisbane River views and will include Australia’s first purpose-built W Hotel, two levels of riverside dinning and luxury retail shopping beneath a 40 storey Prime Grade office tower, as well as an 82 storey luxury residential apartment building.

  1. Brisbane Metro

While still in its early stages, the Brisbane Metro Subway system was a commitment by Brisbane City council to provide a reliable high-frequency transport system that will reduce CBD bus congestion, cut travel times and allow for the redirection of buses to improve services in the suburbs.

  1. Brisbane Live

Brisbane Live is Australia’s response to New York’s Madison Square Garden in New York City, as a 17,000 seat world class arena which will showcase international superstar concerts and performances as well as world sporting events.

Brisbane Live’s masterplan image

The complex will be built above Roma street rail lines and would make use of public transport facilities making it accessible to everyone in Brisbane.

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Sunshine Plaza Receives Developmental Approval

Sunshine Plaza, located in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has gained final approval to commence construction of a $400 million redevelopment, which is jointly owned by the Australian Prime Property Fund Retail, managed by Lendlease and The GPT Group.

Affirming its position as the largest retail centre north of Brisbane, Sunshine Plaza will expand from 73,000 square metres to over 107,000 square metres turning the strong performing centre into a leading fashion, leisure and tourist destination. Customers will enjoy an enhanced retail mix with the region’s first David Jones department store, a new BIGW, a refurbished Myer, a stunning new Amaroo Street mall entrance, provision for large format fashion operators and over 100 new specialty stores, bringing highly sought-after fashion brands to the Sunshine Coast.

The first stage of the redevelopment will involve the construction of a car park on vacant land behind Toys R Us. This will provide alternative customer parking during the construction of the first multi-deck car park, located at the Kmart entrance. Lendlease’s Head of Retail, Gary Horwitz, said extensive community consultation provided deep insights into the needs and aspirations of the local market.

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“We are proud of our strong history at Sunshine Plaza, having delivered innovative and unique retail experiences which celebrate the outdoor coastal strengths of the region. The Centre already achieves solid results, ranking second in Queensland for specialty sales productivity and performs significantly higher than the national benchmark.

“The current performance of Sunshine Plaza indicates a strong demand for an expanded retail offer,” Mr Horwitz said.

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GPT Group’s Head of Investment, Retail Scott Meehan said the development would strengthen Sunshine Plaza’s reputation as the Sunshine Coast’s leading retail and leisure destination.

“GPT is excited to invest in the expansion of one of its best performing shopping centres, which is located in a market that should continue to benefit from strong population and tourism growth.”

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Brisbane’s Newest Health Precinct A Go With Tender Announcement

The Queensland Government has confirmed its preferred tenderer for the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter project in Brisbane.

Australian Unity has been chosen develop the site of the former children’s hospital at Herston in Brisbane and create a $1.1 billion health, aged care, residential and retail destination. Australian Unity plans to develop and then take an ongoing role in an integrated health, ageing and research precinct in the Herston Quarter, which would provide Queenslanders with access to leading health, hospital and aged care services.

The new project, integrated within the existing Herston Health Precinct, is designed to attract, train and retain the best clinicians, health workers, researchers, academics and students.

Australian Unity secured the Queensland Government’s preferred tenderer status for the Herston Quarter after a rigorous selection process.

“The Herston Quarter is an important social infrastructure project for Brisbane and Queensland and we thank the Palaszczuk Government for the opportunity to contribute to the development of a world class health precinct,” Australian Unity Group Managing Director Rohan Mead said.

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The Herston Quarter is adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in inner suburban Brisbane. The masterplan for the five-hectare site includes:

  • A public rehabilitation hospital
  • a private hospital
  • residential aged care
  • retirement living
  • student accommodation
  • health research
  • childcare
  • a co-working hub, and
  • education and training facilities.

Mr Mead said that construction on the health precinct will create around 700 jobs and hundreds more jobs will become available once construction is complete and the precinct is in full operation. Works are expected to start in 2017 and the redevelopment will occur in stages over the next 10 years with the public health facility being a priority.

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