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Projects / Workplace Interiors

SGV Training Facility
Makati City, Philippines

Client:
SGV & Co. Philippines
Size:
1,135sqm
Disciplines:
Design and Build

In response to organisational growth, SGV & Co. Philippines (member practice of EY) commissioned HBO+EMTB toprovide design and build services for its 1,135sqm training facility that occupies the third floor of Philippine First Building in Makati City’s CBD. The facility consists of seven training rooms, each separated by operable wall that can be opened to expand the rooms and to accommodate large assemblies. The layout also includes two dining areas, a recreation area,a lounge area for the trainees, and a general office area for the Client’s learning and development team. The Client’s design brief for the facility called for a contemporary look that will help instill a sense of pride among new employees and will enhance their training experience. The use of 3D walls gives the facility a distinct look. The facility also features electronic bookings, central control modules for the training rooms, and advanced program for integration with all A/V equipment.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

SGV Bankmer Audit Facility
Makati City, Philippines

Client:
SGV & Co. Philippines
Size:
962sqm
Disciplines:
Design and Build

After the successful delivery of SGV’s training facility, SGV (member practice of EY) awarded HBO+EMTB with another design and build contract for the company’s 962sqm Audit Facility on the 14th and 15th floors of Bankmer Building in Ayala Avenue, Makati City. The project responded to the need for additional space to accommodate SGV's rapidly expanding audit teams.

With low ceilings and limited space of the project site, HBO+EMTB’s design team created a concept that utilised low workstation panels in order to open up most of the space. Despite being the first time that the Client has to work with low panels, as they are accustomed with using high screen panels, the concept was eagerly accepted by the users. Work bars and unassigned workstations are also part of the layout to allow flexibility among the employees.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

Triumph, Shed 19
Auckland, New Zealand

Client:
Triumph
Size:
610sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design Services

The Client wished to convert an ex-night club tenancy comprising a double volume/mezzanine (in part) into 2 single tenancies with the ground floor being sublet as a hospitality space and the upper floor as a 500sqm office. It was requested that Level 1 be formed as 3 separate offices for 3 different companies. These 3 offices would utilise shared amenities including support storage and utility areas. The Client noted that they required a sophisticated fitout which would have a longevity of approximately 15 years as the previous fitout had the same lifespan due to the use of quality materials. Triumph was one company which would be occupying one of the tenancy areas.

Separate tenancies were created by filling the previous unleasable space with a ribraft concrete slab connected to the existing floor slab. Individual offices for Triumph were planned around the curved façade allowing natural light to permeate the office area. A shared cafe was designed for socialising & impromptu meetings, while meeting
rooms have customed designed tables and classic mid-century style chairs. These are enhanced by the client's artwork.

The design direction adopted for Triumph was an industrial style to coincide with the Client's need for a durable fitout within a concrete floor and ceiling slab 'hard' shell. The material palette selected consists of pared back materials. Natural sealed concrete, timber veneer in reception, boardroom and workplace café, and custommade natural oil finished walnut hardware to glazed doors with black powder-coated connectors.

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Projects / Residential

The Pines
Browns Bay, New Zealand

Client:
Tasman Cook
Disciplines:
Architecture and Interior Design

After successful completion of The Norfolk, Bute Road, the Developer has engaged HBO+EMTB on a similar project named ‘The Pines’ on the adjacent site. Built with an additional storey, The Pines will house 52 apartments over 4 floors and a lower level for parking. A combination of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments will be arranged on each floor ranging in size from 45sqm to 80sqm excluding balconies. A number of these will also include walk-in wardrobes and a second bathroom. Considerations were made with the design to select a finishes palette that suits the demographic in this area.

Due to the standard of building and affordability, the apartments have sold out in a very short time frame. Most buyers have been retirees who are downsizing and moving from the surrounding slopes of Browns Bay.

The apartment building comes at a time when there is high demand for these types of apartments, filling a need at the lower end of the new housing market.

This project is in it’s intial site preparation stage and is due for completion in the next 12 months.

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Projects / Civic + Cultural

IMAX Theatre Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Client:
Museum Victoria
Disciplines:
Architectural Services

HBO+EMTB were engaged by Museum Victoria to provide Architectural Services for the IMAX theatres renovation project. This is further to HBO+EMTB original involvement in the design of the IMAX Theatre space back in the early 90’s. The current project involves the refurbishment to the theatre and foyer that are essential to the visitor experience, with consideration to lighting, replacement of all VIP and general seating and refurbishment of finishes inside and outside of the theatre environment.

A Focus of the project is to improve and upgrade safety and access and DDA compliance to bring the facility in line with current industry standards.

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Projects / Education

Victoria University MetroWest
Footscray, Australia

Client:
Victoria University
Disciplines:
Interior Design

An exciting new concept implemented by Victoria University for VU MetroWest was interpreted by our Melbourne designers that would engage with
the local community and revitalize the area as an education precinct. The space within a disused shopping centre has been transformed to include a café, bookstore, exhibition space, psychology clinic, meeting spaces and Victoria University Headquarters. The ‘hub’ is now becoming the face of the University within the community.

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Projects / Education

Deakin University KA Building
Geelong, Australia

Client:
Deakin University
Size:
3,500sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design

Deakin University identified the need to assess and develop solutions to rectify the failing and aging elements of Building KA and to produce an outcome that would give the building a renewed lifespan of 10+ years. HBO+EMTB’s successful base building and façade refurbishment has brought new life to the building and ultimately provided the opportunity for the University to continue to gain value from their existing asset into the next decade. HBO+EMTB worked with Deakin and the team to complete the project within budget which has allowed the university to re-invest further into the life of the building with new landscape works to the building surrounds.

HBO+EMTB was also engaged to refurbish 3,500sqm of  internal spaces for building KA with particular focus to level 5. The refurbishment creates new student breakout and lounge spaces, lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, meeting rooms, computer laboratories, flexible teaching spaces, specialist teaching facilities and involves extensive lighting, services and AV upgrades.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

Group M
Singapore

Client:
WPP Group
Disciplines:
Interior Design

The completion of Group M's Singapore offices has finalised the consolidation of five different advertising agencies into the one shared space. Originally in separate spaces, Group M, Axis, MEC, Mediacom and Mindshare now inhabit an Activity Based Working (ABW) environment with shared facilities such as reception, client waiting, meeting and presentation spaces. Individual zones for each agency have been created across the floor plate through colour, branding and careful planning.
With an incredibly tight programme for this relocation project the project manager advised the Client to select a construction management procurement route, allowing the design and construction to run concurrently in order to achieve the timeframe set by the Client.

Following the completion of this project, the WPP Group of companies expanded by acquiring the Catalyst and Xaxis agencies. This meant that future expansion space was then leased and HBO+EMTB were appointed to create two additional individual zones to house the new agencies.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

DBS Asia Gateway
Toh Guan, Singapore

Client:
DBS Singapore
Size:
100,000 sq. ft.
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned by DBS Bank to provide interior design and project management consultancy services for the relocation work of their existing office at Comtech to a new 100,000sqft Asia Gateway office at 10 Toh Guan Road. The project committee envisioned a modern and space efficient workspace that promotes staff engagement and retention.

In line with company’s tagline - Living, Breathing Asia, DBS wanted to incorporate Asian elements such as a water theme in their social hub areas. Originally a warehouse space, one of the challenges of the design was to make staff feel like they were entering an office, rather than a warehouse. This was achieved by tearing down concrete walls and replacing them with glass walls. Social hubs were placed along the corridor to give the staff a great view of the courtyard.

The project was inspired by the building courtyard and common elements representing nature, such as tree, water, and stone, are present in all areas. The project space was defined into four zones, each zone is distinguished by four different themes and colours - leaf, waves, pebbles, and petals.

The cafeteria is located in the largest social hub, which can also be used for town hall meetings. The colour theme for this hub is red - representing flowers, with customised furniture resembling trees.

HBO+EMTB also designed the courtyard space, frequently visited by the staff throughout the day. At night, the courtyard is lit up by cone and globe shaped lights.

HBO+EMTB’s design of DBS Asia Gateway incorporates sustainable design principles and is Green Mark certified.

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Projects / Residential

Tribeca East
The Springs, Rivervale, Western Australia

Client:
BGC Developments
Size:
8,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design

After the success of Tribeca South, HBO+EMTB was again commissioned by BGC Developments to design a slightly larger apartment project with, again, a point of difference. Whilst the 84 apartments are similar to Tribeca South, some new types were introduced with the addition of 10 two-storey town houses. The level of amenity was increased with a large residents’ lounge and function room as well as a gym and a pool.

The overall design concept for Tribeca East focuses on the central courtyard, which seeks to maximise natural light penetration as well as view opportunities. The North East side adjacent to the existing apartments is open, allowing breeze to flow through retained trees into the development. Additionally, the lowest part of the building was designed to face Regatta Terrace in order to facilitate the north sun, which can then enter the garden court, the shared amenity with a pool and a gym, and the shade terrace.

Like Tribeca South, a strong case was built to exceed plot ratio and the heights specified in the design guidelines, and approval was also granted on the first time of application. Construction is due to start by mid-2015 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

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Projects / Residential

Tribeca South
The Springs, Rivervale, Western Australia

Client:
BGC Developments
Size:
7,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned by BGC Developments to design an apartment project that would stand out in an aggressive residential market. The point of difference was to have apartments that were a mix of one, two and three unit bedrooms that were larger but less expensive than the current market stock for equivalent units. This also included larger balconies and decks and a higher level of amenity including a gym, pool, shared residents social, and BBQ terrace at first floor level. The 72 apartments also have parking and storage that exceed the minimum.

Approval to exceed the plot ratio and the heights specified in the design guidelines was granted at the time of first application. The height variation produces a significant visual impact and presence, where corridor views are maximised.

The apartments sold out within a few weeks and construction is due for completion by the end of 2015.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

JS Unitrade Merchandise Corporate Office
Pasig City, Philippines

Client:
JS Unitrade Merchandise, Inc.
Size:
1,246sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

JS Unitrade Merchandise, Inc. (JSU) wanted to relocate to a bigger office space that can accommodate the company’s anticipated growth in the next five years.

JSU selected HBO+EMTB to provide space planning and interior design services for their new office located in Marco Polo, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The scope of work also included MEPFS consultancy, documentation and contract administration.

The new office can now accommodate 70 office based employees. A hot desk area is further provided for 30 field employees allowing space efficiency. The open-ceiling, open-plan work area encourages staff collaboration and gives a spacious feel to the office. The meeting rooms are made flexible with operable walls built inside, allowing users to convert small meeting rooms to a bigger one as they need it. To conserve energy as well as operation costs, LED lights are installed across the office. The carpets used also contain recycled materials.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

SM Cyber West Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines

Client:
SM Prime Holdings
Size:
2,050sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB completed the interior design of SM Cyber West Avenue, a new commercial property developed by one of HBO+EMTB’s longtime clients, SM Prime Holdings. Located along the busy highway of EDSA in Quezon City, the 15-storey office building, measuring 42,000sqm, is occupied by multinational BPO companies. The area covered by the design scope sums up to approximately 2,050sqm of main lobby, typical lift lobbies, and administration office. As part of promoting environmental responsibility, locally sourced building materials, energy efficient lighting, and water efficient plumbing fixtures were used during the fit out.

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Projects / Hospitality

Ashiana Country Club
Gurgaon, Delhi, India

Client:
Ashiana & Landcraft Realty
Size:
2,500sqm
Disciplines:
Architectural Design

HBO+EMTB provided architectural design services for Ashiana Country Club, a 2,500sqm club house located in Gurgaon, Delhi. The facilities of the club house include a 250-person banquet hall with a garden, a cafe, and a business centre. Other amenities include a gym, spa, home theatre, library, an outdoor pool with jacuzzi, and an indoor pool. This is HBO+EMTB’s second project with Ashiana & Landcraft Realty.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

AIOI Insurance
Thailand

Client:
AIOI Bangkok Insurance Public Company Limited
Size:
1,390sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design, Construction

Japanese insurance company AIOI needed to refresh their office space in the Bangkok Insurance Building to accommodate a total of 227 workstations and 239 employees.

Taking the theme of ‘Modern Contemporary’, HBO+EMTB created a space with mondrianesque undertones. Splashes of company colours blue and red are juxtaposed against strong, monochromic lines and natural materials. Innovation, practicality and youthfulness has invigorated the space which has been designed to enhance communication and relationships.

Professional, yet sophisticated, the textures of the mountain stone wall within the reception area contrasts with the stone counter which represents reliability and stability. Enclosed rooms are situated away from window areas to allow daylight to penetrate into the building, opening up the space and creating an environment that is transparent and more efficient.

To keep within the tight timeframe of approximately 3 months, existing furniture and reusable materials were utilised as much as possible. All new materials were sourced locally to reduce the delay in purchasing and shipping times.

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Projects / Retail

Jelly Dreams
Bangkok, Thailand

Client:
JASPAL
Size:
80sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB designed the 80sqm retail fitout for Jelly Dreams, a high-end brand under Thailand's well-known retailer of fashion footwear - Jelly Bunny. Located in the prestigious Central World Shopping Centre in Bangkok, the store has a flexible layout in order to accommodate changes in the shop's display, occurring every season.

The client wanted the HBO+EMTB team to work with the current design of Jelly Bunny in Siam Discovery. Given a tight timeframe, the design team refined the existing design and added new elements to produce a classy look, suitable for a luxury store. The new design, inspired by a dreamy concept, provides increased space efficiency for the store's display area and largely appeals to Jelly Dreams' target market.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

Firmenich
Mumbai, India

Client:
Firmenich
Size:
100,000sqft
Disciplines:
Interior Design

Firmenich is one of the largest privately owned multinational companies, specialising in the creation of fragrance and flavour. Firmenich Mumbai relocated to new premises and has commissioned HBO+EMTB to undertake the interior fitout of the new corporate headquarters. The 100,000sqft new office, distributed over five floors (8th to 12th floor), houses corporate floors on the 8th and 9th floors with facilities like board rooms, collaborative areas, executive lounge and open office. The 10th to 12th floors are dedicated to creation and application, including laboratories and packaging facilities for the flavour and fragrance departments.

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Projects / Workplace Interiors

Clyde & Co.
Sydney & Perth, Australia

Client:
Clyde & Co.
Size:
Perth 1,000sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB were engaged to assist Clyde & Co for office accommodation requirements for both their Sydney and Perth offices.

The clients strong desire was that there be a consistency of design between the Sydney and Perth tenancies; this was achieved by the use of similar finishes and furniture, although both fitouts still reflect the flavour of the different cities where they are located.

Being an international firm, Clyde and Co have strong requirements for high-specification conferencing and IT facilities, which were carefully integrated into the fitout. The general office is made up of a combination of workstations and full-height offices, with a generous staff cafe area and a variety of choices for meeting spaces, both private and collaborative.

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Projects / Residential

The Norfolk
Browns Bay, New Zealand

Client:
Tasman Cook
Disciplines:
Architecture and Interior Design

HBO+EMTB is  providing full architectural and interior design services for a new apartment development in Bute Road, in the exclusive Browns Bay, Auckland. The development is a mixed use complex, comprising 54 apartments with a mix of one and two bedroom units and commercial / retail space to street frontage as per the requirements of the district plan.

Parking is provided at grade, on a partially lowered basement level and incorporates 66 parking spaces including two ADA parking.

The design offers style that is both modern and enduring. A minimal but strong palette of natural materials and colours has been selected to create an environment which is familiar and appealing.

The interiors offer both functionality and style; utilizing a combination of carpeted bedrooms with solid flooring in kitchens and living areas, and concealed LED downlights which are sustainable and low-maintenance. The Norfolk has been carefully designed by the New Zealand offices of HBO+EMTB to provide an atmosphere that is comforting but sophisticated; immediately welcoming while also inviting personalization and ownership.

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Projects / Education

Murdoch University Human Anatomy Facility
Western Australia, Australia

Client:
Murdoch University
Disciplines:
Feasibility Study, Design and Documentation

Murdoch University were looking to refurbish a building dating from the eighties into a facility for students to study human anatomy. The original building had formerly housed offices, change rooms and old bathrooms.

HBO+EMTB undertook an initial feasibility study which looked at various accommodation options for the new learning facility. Design development and documentation for implementation were to follow.

The new space is composed of various learning spaces including a human anatomy museum and an informal nook for students to study and meet outside of formal tutorials. The spaces were designed to encourage collaborative learning through the use of technology and furniture arrangement. Meeting tables which seat 6 people have been arranged in the space as opposed to numerous individual desks.

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Projects / Hospitality

Shed 5
Wellington, New Zealand

Client:
The Nourish Group
Disciplines:
Interior design and architectural details

Shed 5 restaurant occupies one of the oldest heritage wharf stores on Wellington's waterfront.  A sophisticated dining experience specializing in seafood, Shed 5 was designed for Nourish Group and renowned New Zealand chef Simon Gault.
Lighting for the space included pewter metal mesh pendant lighting along with loose filament bulbs in custom pendant lights which hang over the private dining and banquet seating areas.  Dark timber look wall coverings blend  visually with the vertical distressed timber of the adjacent The Crab Shack restaurant, also designed by HBO+EMTB, while also enhancing the warmth and history  of the visual elements of the heritage wharf. I

ncluded in the client brief was a multifunctional space within the restaurant. HBO+EMTB designed a private dining area which could open up into a larger space for functions such as weddings. To help with sound within the old building, acoustic panels where suspended over the area which created a lowered false ceiling. These added to the intimacy of the private dining space and created an aesthetic tension with the high peaked roof of the rest of the building.

The small Shed 5 bar and entrance area were also refurbished with similar finishes to the restaurant. This provided a more efficient use of space and the perfect setting for a pre or post drink with a dining experience.
 

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Projects / Hospitality

The Crab Shack
Wellington, New Zealand

Client:
The Nourish Group
Completion:
2013
Disciplines:
Interior design and architectural details

Occupying one of the oldest heritage wharf stores on Wellington's waterfront, The Crab Shack combines a seaside culinary theme with an industrial look with a difference. Designers HBO+EMTB worked with Nourish Group, the Client, to create this coastal/Cape Cod dining experience headed by renowned New Zealand chef Simon Gault.

Specialising in seafood with a special emphasis on New Zealand seafood, HBO+EMTB were able to create the atmosphere of a contemporary seaside shanty through their design. With the seabreeze entering through large custom timber sliding doors, the space opens up onto a terrace so patrons can enjoy the atmosphere both inside and out.

To create the mood customised lighting with cane craypots and crab nets with loose bulbs hang by rope from the wharfs existing timber rafters. Reused weatherboards with original paint finishes in multiple colours line the walls, while old crates act as shelves for ¬¬tableware and nostalgic items from the fisherman's past. Custom furniture and joinery throughout add to the industrial feel and include rough-sawn timber table tops, industrial steel shelving and distressed steel stool and chair frames. To finish, nautical maps of Wellington, which were hand-stained by the designers, were fixed to the walls to help apply an aged-look.

The open display bar and kitchen was a big part of the design. Complete with shellfish display, barbeque and custom wine barrel steamers, this area gives a contemporary and commercially viable take on the indigenous Maori hangi native to New Zealand's original people.

The Crab Shack links visually with the adjoining Shed 5 restaurant, also designed for the Nourish Group by HBO+EMTB, by melding the vertical distressed weatherboards with the dark timber of the more sophisticated Shed 5 next door. The neutral ropes of The Crab Shack transition into the refined rope wall-covering of Shed 5 to seamlessly connect both restaurants over the entire length of the wharf.

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Projects /

Murrumbateman Masterplan
ACT, Australia

Client:
Yass Valley Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

Yass Valley Council engaged HBO+EMTB Urban and Landscape Design to prepare a Masterplan for Murrumbateman which will guide the growth of the Village over the next 20 years up to 2031. The masterplan is intended to inform and guide the preparation of planning proposals for future amendments to Yass Valley Council’s new Local Environmental Plan (LEP). 

As a result of community consultation, site analysis and mapping of Opportunities and Constraints, the study team identified key issues, design criteria and strategies that lead to a Structure Plan.

The proposed Structure Plan features a Village Centre (incorporating existing retail and commercial uses) and a new Village Centre Spine (incorporating the old highway) which, taken together will provide a new civic focus for Murrumbateman. The Structure Plan also identifies two locations near the Village Core as possible sites for tourist accommodation, a designated Winery Precinct, new recreational facilities, land for new standard residential blocks and a network of "Greenways" linking existing and new open spaces, watercourses, heritage and cultural items, the Village Centre, School and adjoining recreation facilities.

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Projects / Urban Design

Holroyd City Council Merrylands and Wentworthville Town Centres Study
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Holroyd City Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB were engaged by Holroyd City Council to undertake built form and urban design modelling for Merrylands and Wentworthville Town Centres. The objective of the Study was to produce future built form modelling and provide urban design advice for both Merrylands and Wentworthville Town Centres in order to inform Holroyd City Council’s decision-making process for revised development controls within the centres.

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Projects / Urban Design

Pacific Highway Upgrade: Bonville
Bonville, NSW, Sydney

Client:
Lend Lease
Disciplines:
Urban Design

As part of a multidisciplinary team of designers and contractors, HBO+EMTB prepared the urban design component of the Abigroup tender for the design, construction and maintenance tender for this ten kilometre section of the Pacific Highway.

On award of the tender, HBO+EMTB, SMEC Engineering and the Abigroup worked together to develop the tender design to enable documentation and construction. Maintaining the urban and landscape design intent throughout this process was a major objective. Key work elements included: input into the engineering of the alignment of the highway; the design and documentation of structures, including bridges, underpasses, fauna overpasses and noise walls; and the landscape design including planting schedules. The Bonville Upgrade is a unique section of the Pacific Highway with high ecological and scenic value. The urban & landscape design enhances the journey experience for road users, drawing on physical and/or visual connections to the Bongil Bongil National Park, Bonville, Pine and Reedys Creek, the settlement of Bonville and the hinterlands of the Great Dividing Range. Key considerations were landmark views to the tall open forest of the Bongil Bongil National Park and the Great Dividing Range. 

A major fauna overpass straddling 4 lanes and 60 metres wide, was designed to allow connectivity for koalas, and forested medians allow gliders to cross the highway.
 

Key features of the HBO+EMTB design include:

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Projects / Landscape Design / Urban Design

Great Western Highway Upgrade
Lawson, NSW, Australia

Client:
Lawson Alliance - RMS, Abigroup Contractors, SKM
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB are a member of the Lawson Alliance engaged to provide urban and landscape detailed design and documentation for the upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Lawson (Stage 2 Ferguson Avenue to Bass Street) as well as construction advice services.


The scope of the work for the project includes: widening the highway to a four lane dual carriageway with a raised median and off road bicycle facilities; relocation of 600m of the existing Main Western Railway Line; construction of a new bridge over the railway; construction of retaining walls along both the new highway and the railway realignment and property adjustment works.


 

Key features of the HBO+EMTB design include:

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Projects / Urban Design

M2 Motorway Upgrade
Sydney,Australia

Client:
Interlink/Transurban/Leighton Contractors
Disciplines:
Urban Design

The M2 Motorway is an important part of the Sydney Orbital Network connecting Sydney’s north-west to the lower north shore and Sydney’s CBD. Increased traffic volume on the motorway has resulted in the need to increase capacity and improve the level of service for users. The increased capacity comprises widening the existing motorway generally between Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills and Lane Cove Road, North Ryde and will deliver four new ramps to improve access to the motorway. HBO+EMTB provided urban design services to facilitate the upgrade of the M2 Motorway. Work components comprised Environmental Assessment documentation, concept and detailed design and construction supervision. The urban design sensitively and successfully integrates new and existing urban elements such as noise walls and retaining walls.

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Projects / Urban Design

Warriewood Valley Urban Design Study
Warriewood/NSW

Client:
New South Wales Department of Planning (DoPI) and Pittwater Council
Completion:
2011
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI) and Pittwater Council to prepare an Urban Design Study for Warriewood Valley which in turn informed the preparation of a strategic planning framework for Warriewood Valley. The Urban Design Study determined appropriate urban design built form outcomes for a selection of sites, considering flooding, environmental constraints, road network capacity and economic feasibility. The results fed into an overall assessment of the additional potential for development in Warriewood Valley.

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Projects / Hospitality

Backbencher Bar
Wellington

Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned to refurbish the iconic Backbencher Bar after it was damaged in a fire that destroyed the premises. The Backbencher Bar has been a regular watering hole for politicians over the years and features a number of caricature puppets of influential politicians.

The redesign has allowed for a new outdoor courtyard area and street front presence. The bar has been broken up into several zones including the restaurant, bar, sports bar, lounge area and courtyard. This will help attract a younger clientele and also allow the bar to easily service both bar and dining clients.

The design references the style of the original heritage building it sits within adding sophisticated contemporary touches. The exterior facades were retained while bi-folding courtyard doors were instated to match the original look. Existing lighting and window frames were also retain where possible.

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Projects / Commercial

Football NSW Headquarters
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Football NSW
Size:
9,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Planning

HBO+EMTB has been appointed to design a multi-purpose building that will function as the official headquarters of Football NSW (FNSW) with integrated spectator and playing facilities.

The building will be constructed at Football NSW's current home base, the 11 hectare Valentine Sports Park at Glenwood in western Sydney. The project comprises a range of works including the upgrade of five playing surfaces, with two fields converted to international standard synthetic surfaces. The existing 3,000sqm office accommodation is also undergoing refurbishment.

The centrepiece of the redevelopment is a striking new three level multi-purpose building which will be the new home of Football NSW. The ground level will comprise player and officials change rooms. The concourse level is made up of spectator facilities - twin grandstands facing playing fields on the east and west side of the building - and a learning centre. The upper level will include 1,100sqm of administration and related space.

The design features a striking rectangular prism supported by broad angular columns that floats above the raked stands.

An existing gymnasium building will be refurbished and extended to create an additional 365sqm and will include an international standard Futsal stadium with tiered seating for 400 spectators.

HBO+EMTB has been providing town planning advice and managed the development approval process including providing all statutory planning advice instrumental in the formulation of the site and redevelopment masterplan. In addition to the co-ordination and preparation of a Statement of Environmental Effects, the Group has managed all aspects of the preparation, lodgement and approval of the Redevelopment Proposal.

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Projects / Commercial / Heritage

Edmund Barton Building
Canberra, Australia

Size:
42,550sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design, Heritage

Following an invited design competition, HBO+EMTB was selected to prepare the masterplan, design, documentation and contract administration for refurbishing Harry Seidler’s Edmund Barton Building on Kings Avenue, Barton in Canberra.

Originally constructed in the 1970’s to house separate but related government departments, the Edmund Barton Building is one of the most elegant works of Seidler’s mid-career and demonstrates his unique architectural sensibility; uniting program and structure in a tectonically brilliant scheme.

Acknowledging this, HBO+EMTB has taken a light handed approach to the refurbishment, stripping back the internal spaces to improve efficiency and wayfinding, and replacing old systems with more efficient and sustainable technologies. The scheme also introduces new elements that aim to restore Seidler’s original civic vision for a series of vibrant public spaces at ground level. The refurbishment provides a base building that achieves a 5 star Green Star rating.

Critical to the success of the refurbishment is the increase in legibility for both tenants and visitors. The refurbishment of the ground level foyers and lift lobbies will aid movement towards and through the building, using subtle colour and material cues to guide visitors while maintaining the integrity and clarity of the original building.

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Hampden Park Mixed-Use Development
Perth, Australia

Client:
Georgiou Capital
Size:
1,570sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was engaged to provide architectural services for the design of Hampden Park, a mixed-use development in Nedlands comprising retail outlets and cafes/restaurants on the street level, as well as two levels of commercial offices above.

The design resolved challenging site constraints and responded to the City of Subiaco's planning scheme requiring nil setback 'main street' development.
While referencing the materials and proportions of the existing mixed-use developments on the same road, HBO+EMTB provided a sculptural statement that enlivens the street corner and attracts people to meet and gather at the complex.

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Rugby League Central
Sydney, Australia

Client:
National Rugby League
Size:
3,600sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design

HBO+EMTB was engaged to design a new multi-storey headquarters for the National Rugby League (NRL) at Moore Park in Sydney. In addition to the architectural commission, HBO+EMTB also won a separate competitive process for all interior design of the complete building.

For the first time, this 3,600sqm plus basement building brings together five separate rugby league organisations into a single headquarters, marking the commencement of a new era in the game. The theme 'One Home - One Community' informs the design, encouraging each organisation to keep their own identities while working together as one group to facilitate cooperation, interaction and a commonality of purpose.

A focal point of the building is an ellipsis shaped core that forms a three-storey atrium/lobby and evokes the game's symbol - a rugby league football. Workspaces are largely open-plan although each member organisation has its own regional cluster with graphic cues, including code colours and large-scale images of their respective players in action.

At ground level, an interactive learning centre for school children and community development is a key facility that connects  the game with the public. Flexibility is integral to the design , and a special purpose judiciary room also doubles as a conference media room. The rooftop area features an open terrace with expansive park and city views.

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NSW Police Force Facility
Sydney, Australia

Client:
NSW Police
Size:
11,220sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Planning, Workplace Solutions

HBO+EMTB was engaged to provide an accommodation study, preliminary site master plan, design, documentation and contract administration and statutory planning services for a new Police Force Facility in Sydney. HBO+EMTB managed the Part 5 Planning approvals for the Project and facilitated the approval process to ensure a rapid approval outcome.
The project included three buildings, communications towers, an external storage yard and helicopter landing pad. Designed to initially accommodate an estimated 230 permanent staff members, with the potential for future expansion of up to 400 staff, the facility is operational 24 hours, seven days a week. It effectively meets complex requirements, including the need to successfully accommodate the specific technical and security needs of each police department.

Building 1 is a 3-storey administration building of 6,800sqm. The ground level contains reception, offices, garages, workshops, loading dock, meal rooms, gymnasium, store rooms, plant rooms and amenities. Levels 1 and 2 contain offices, meeting rooms, meal rooms, store rooms, workshops and amenities.

Building 2 is a single story Vehicle Services Building with a GFA of 2,100sqm. It comprises workshops, garages, store rooms and an administration area.

Building 3 is a high-bay warehouse with a mezzanine level at the western end, with a GFA of 3,300sqm. The ground floor level contains a large area to accommodate warehouse storage, offices, amenities, reception and a communications room.

The finished design strikes an elegant balance between utilitarian function and clean lines, accentuated by highlights of bold colour and geometric shapes that give the facility a strong visual identity.

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Projects / Commercial / Heritage

GPO
Perth, Australia

Client:
Australia Post
Size:
16,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was engaged by Australia Post to provide architectural services for the transformation of Perth's famous GPO Building into a revitalised commercial precinct, integrating public thoroughfares, retail and hospitality facilities.

Connecting through to the developments associated with a new underground train station in William Street, the GPO redevelopment encompasses an enlivened ground floor retail area with seven floors of commercial office tenancies above.

Working in collaboration with Griffiths Architects, the scope of work included gutting all existing fitouts, completely re-servicing the building including the lift core, redesigning the circulation system, reinstating the spectacular central atrium and providing a sky-bridge linkage across the atrium on levels two to six. The ground floor of GPO was designed to be a pivotal point of access into the urban landscape connecting Perth Central Railway to the new William Street Station. The retail use of the ground has been designed to provide the necessary 'critical mass' of retailing to generate its own buzz.

The seven floors of office space are designed as commercial offices, with HBO+EMTB plans offering a unique commercial floor plate, with abundant natural light coming from the central atrium and the generous ceiling heights.

Environmental sustainability was at the forefront of the design concept. Incorporating green aspects into a heritage listed building called for a clever design response from HBO+EMTB, with many elements of the building being preserved. The redevelopment has been awarded a 4 star Green Star Rating under the Green Building Council of Australia's Office Design V2 system.

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IP Australia
Canberra, Australia

Client:
IP Australia
Size:
10,500sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was appointed to design additional office accommodation for IP Australia in Woden, Canberra.  The development was an expansion of their existing facilities and continues the architectural module and aesthetic. The design incorporates four extra commercial levels and two levels of basement parking. To invigorate the precinct, a café area for both staff and the public has been designed for the ground floor.

Despite the constraint of existing architecture, HBO+EMTB implemented environmentally sustainable principles in the design of both the building’s external envelope and services.

The project has been awarded a 4 star Green Star Rating under the Green Building Council of Australia's As-Built Rating Tool V2 and a 5 star NABERs Rating.

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Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Canberra, Australia

Client:
Federal Government
Size:
34,100sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DiAC) Head Office in Canberra is one of the largest Federal Government projects in recent years, consolidating 1,800 staff within one location. HBO+EMTB was responsible for initial facilities planning, design and documentation of both the base building and integrated fitout.

The environmentally sustainable development incorporates two separate wings, each six levels plus basement parking, connected by a central link. The design adheres to the DiAC’s stringent security requirements and exceeds the performance requirements of the Commonwealth’s energy policy.

The primary challenge facing the interior design team involved bringing humanity and scale to the building. In response to the large floor plates, HBO+EMTB created functional environments, including a 'town square' and 'neighbourhoods'  for various apartments, and 'addresses' for individual users. Shared facilities, such as the café, meeting and conference rooms and breakout areas link these discrete areas.

A highly collaborative approach between the builder, developer, tenant and design team saw this complex project delivered two months ahead of schedule and at commercially attractive terms.

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16 Marcus Clarke St
Canberra, Australia

Client:
NDH Property Group
Size:
10,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design
Awards:

Winner, John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture, 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Awards. Winner, Commercial Environmental Management Award, The Master Builders Association of ACT, 2010 ACT Excellence in Construction Awards.

HBO+EMTB’s design was the winning entry in a design competition for a new commercial office building located in Canberra’s CBD, adjacent the Australian National University campus. The development offers exceptionally efficient ‘A Grade’ office space.

The concept explored a highly ‘urban’ character in a sustainable solution that will set the benchmark for years. Key to the design is an ‘urban room’ that interfaces between the building and street, drawing the ‘city’ and ‘people’ together in a shared experience. With its distinguished entrance, high performance glass façade, public art and café, the space provides a distinctive urban environment for both commerce and leisure.

In response to Canberra’s climate, the building adopts sustainable principles including a unique façade design which creates an environmental filter in two layers. Together with other proposed green initiatives, the design offers a number of quantitative benefits including significant energy savings and reduced maintenance requirements.

Internally, the development offers neutral, adaptable space capable of supporting contemporary and future workplaces. Going beyond a simple hierarchical approach to space standards the architecture allows for the implementation of ‘distributed workplaces’ that show productivity gains in addition to increased staff satisfaction. This approach achieves significant real estate reductions for tenants in conjunction with increased productivity – without reducing the alternative ways tenants may be accommodated.

The building achieved the Green Building Council of Australia’s 5 Star Green Star rating - Office Design V2.

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Projects / Urban Design

Voyager Point Residential Estate
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Defence Housing Authority
Size:
16 hectare
Disciplines:
Urban Design

The Defence Housing Authority commissioned HBO+EMTB to provide urban planning consultancy services for a 16 hectare site at Voyager Point in Sydney, formerly the East Hills Barracks.

The objective is to develop the land with a variety of housing types. Services provided by our team include a range of urban design, environmental – bushfire and ecological, planning, heritage and engineering sub-studies.

Outputs of the consultancy include rezoning of the land, preparation of a residential masterplan with subdivision options, submission of a Development Application and liaison with Council and other statutory authorities to secure approval.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade: Woodburn to Ballina
NSW Australia

Client:
Roads and Maritime Services
Size:
32 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB is part of a multi-disciplinary team lead by Hyder Consulting Engineers currently undertaking route option planning investigations, for this 32 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between Woodburn and Ballina.

The Richmond Valley Region of New South Wales is an existing natural and cultural environment whose natural beauty and unique assets attract both locals and visitors. Important natural and man-made features include: the Richmond River; Blackwall Mountain Range; Broadwater National Park; Tuckean Nature Reserve; the townships of Woodburn, Broadwater and Wardell; Wardell Bridge; and the Broadwater Sugar Mill. Key work tasks include providing input to the engineering of the alignment of the identified highway options and helping identify the preferred highway alignment option.

Future work components will include concept development of the preferred option — including input to the vertical and horizontal alignment, associated pedestrian and bicycle shared path connections, design of structures- bridges, underpasses, retaining structures, noise barriers and landscape design and a potential Environmental Impact Assessment.

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New Wallsend Residential Estate
Newcastle, Australia

Client:
Austcorp Group
Size:
580 hectares
Disciplines:
Urban Design

This masterplan for a 580 hectare former quarry site owned by XStrata in Newcastle, was completed for Austcorp. Key tasks included: identifying the major constraints to the development of the site, establishing development priorities and principles, establishing the area capable of urban development, the open space networks and linkages and the neighbourhood precincts.

The team developed specific design objectives for these precincts and one precinct was developed in detail. Principles of ecologically sustainable development, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and residential house designs, were central to the land use planning decisions and principles adopted for the indicative master planning and precinct planning exercises undertaken.

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Shatin & Happy Valley
Hong Kong

Client:
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB was engaged as lead consultant by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to carry out a feasibility study for the provision of new club house facilities in two locations. The prestigious member’s only club is one of Hong Kong’s most venerable institutions.

The commission included an audit of existing facilities, coordination of consultants' input, assisting the client with defining a brief, preparing a return brief, reviewing statutory constraints, preparing masterplan options and detailed facilities layouts.

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Great Western Highway Upgrade: Wentworth Falls East
Wentworth Falls, NSW Australia

Client:
Hyder Consulting
Size:
2 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

The Great Western Highway is a key link in the State’s regional road network and is the main road connection through the Blue Mountains between the NSW Central West and Sydney. It is also an integral part of the local road network for travel by residents between the villages and towns in the Blue Mountains.

HBO+EMTB provided Urban and Landscape design services to the RTA’s first “Design Only” Alliance. Working with the RTA and Hyder Consulting, the main project objective was to prepare the Detailed Design and Tender Documentation for a 2.0km section of the Great Western Highway between Tableland Road and Station Street at Wentworth Falls East. This documentation formed the basis of the RTA tender package.

The underlying objective for the urban and landscape design was to improve safety whilst reinforcing the mountain quality of the road experience within an area of great natural beauty and high ecological value. The team sought a design solution that catered to the World Heritage status of the setting as well as the European history of the mountain town of Wentworth Falls. Key work elements included: input to the engineering of the alignment of the highway, pedestrian and bicycle shared path connections to local roads, input to the design of retaining structures and designing appropriate treatments to property frontages affected by land acquisition. The landscape design elements included: planting schedules, seed collection strategies and zones for ecological restoration. HBO+EMTB worked closely and successfully with the project’s engineers and the RTA, within the Alliance structure, to ensure high quality aesthetic outcomes.

Continuing construction services are currently being provided.

This project is part of the New South Wales State Government’s ongoing programme to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Lapstone and Katoomba.

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Frith’s Site Urban Design Study
NSW, Australia

Client:
Lake Macquarie City Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB were commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council to prepare urban design guidelines for a series of inter-related sites in Toronto town centre. The production of a site masterplan was essential to provide the Council and the community with clarity about building massing, scale and the location of through-site connections for future development.

The urban design guidelines produced through this process provide certainty on the design outcome on future development proposals and the associated longer term outcomes for Toronto.

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Franklin Residential Estate
Canberra, Australia

Client:
Lake Macquarie City Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB were commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council to prepare urban design guidelines for a series of inter-related sites in Toronto town centre. The production of a site masterplan was essential to provide the Council and the community with clarity about building massing, scale and the location of through-site connections for future development. The urban design guidelines produced through this process provide certainty on the design outcome on future development proposals and the associated longer term outcomes for Toronto.

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Projects / Urban Design

Elizabeth Street Precinct
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Frasers Greencliff Developments
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Planning

The Elizabeth Precinct is strategically located on the northern foreshore of the Parramatta River in close proximity to the Parramatta CBD.

As part of Parramatta Council’s Residential Development Strategy, a Structure Plan was commissioned to provide urban design principles and guidelines, and a development framework for the built form. The draft Structure Plan includes a new street hierarchy and layout, new blocks, building envelopes and public domain strategies including concepts for the foreshore parklands.

The urban framework was derived from detailed and thorough analysis of the precinct and the area context, resulting in sensitive place-specific proposals to guide future development. A key element of the Plan is the extension of the public domain to include the introduction of new public streets and a significant foreshore park.

The Structure Plan will both enhance the appearance and amenity of the river and its environs, and enable and encourage high quality design to support the new community envisaged for the precinct.

HBO+EMTB provided town planning advice and managed the development approval process including: the preparation of a re zoning  submission as well as an application to the NSW Department of Planning under the now repealed Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Both rezoning and Part3A were pursued simultaneously as some years had been spent in deliberating to merits of the rezoning of these lands for medium and high rise residential. Ultimately the Part 3A action was not pursued as Parramatta City Council advanced the zoning of the property. Detailed and sensitive negotiations were involved Officers of both the Department and Council, with all stakeholders eventually satisfied with the resolution.

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Chifley Masterplan
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Landcom
Size:
14 hectares
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB completed a due diligence investigation for Landcom in Chifley, Sydney. The project aimed to establish the suitability and viability of this site for development for low to medium density housing. The 14 hectare site includes a 6 hectare sports field.

The process involved comprehensive analysis, exploration of feasible alternatives and development of a preferred masterplan for global costing. The site presented a number of design challenges, including the need to incorporate an ecological zone to its north containing endangered plant species.

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South West Rail Link
Sydney, Australia

Client:
NSW Government
Size:
11.4 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design

As part of a multidisciplinary team of designers and contractors, HBO+EMTB prepared the design and construct tender for Stage 2 of this NSW State Government initiative comprising 11.4 kilometres of twin rail track between Glenfield and Leppington.

Stage 2 comprises 10km of twin rail track, a new station and commuter car park at Edmondson Park, a new station and commuter car park at Leppington and a new train stabling facility to the west of Leppington Station.

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Savli Biotech Park & Town Centre
Savli, Vadodara India

Size:
280 hectares
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design, Architecture

HBO+EMTB has recently completed the masterplanning, urban design, landscape design and architectural design of key facilities for India’s largest Biotech Park and Town Centre project located on the outskirts of Vadodara. The Biotech Park has been planned in three phases spread over more than 280 hectares of industrial land near the township of Savli.

The masterplan includes the design and built form controls for a large town centre for 10,000 people as part of Phase III, including commercial, residential and educational support facilities. The design encompasses ecologically sustainable development principles such as walkable neighbourhoods, best practice water and waste management as well as design for climate.

A feature of the masterplan is the use of landscape as a high quality ‘place making’ element for the park and rehabilitation of the natural stormwater watercourses.

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Riverlink Precinct Urban Design Study
Penrith, Australia

Client:
Penrith City Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned by Penrith City Council to produce an Urban Design Study of the Riverlink Precinct. This is an important site for Penrith, in relation to its accessibility from the M4 Motorway, its scenic location on the Nepean River and at the foothills of the Blue Mountains and its location of the western edge of the Penrith CBD.

Comprehensive analysis in terms of its visual, physical and natural character was conducted, which in turn, informed the Future Vision, Future Character Strategies and Urban Framework Principles.
It was important, particularly for the areas in transition in character, that consideration of their future character was incorporated into the Council’s LEP and DCP documents to ensure high quality outcomes and certainty for stakeholders.

Future Character Strategies were presented by precinct and incorporated diagrams, 3D modelling and precedent examples to illustrate the recommendations. Principal precincts were identified as those having the greatest potential for change in character due to location, land ownership, neglect or suitability for development (as less flood affected) or due to development pressures.
Urban Framework Principles for the Riverlink precinct generally comprised recommendations for Land Use, Streets and Blocks, Building Design, Massing and Heights, Open Space Network, Streetscape Scale and Character.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade: Brunswick Heads to Yelgun
NSW, Australia

Client:
Lend Lease (formerly Abigroup Contractors)
Size:
9 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design
Awards:

Commendation, Planning Excellence in Urban Design, PIA NSW 2008 Awards

As part of a multidisciplinary team of designers and contractors, HBO+EMTB prepared the urban design component of the Abigroup tender for the design, construction and maintenance of this nine kilometre section of the Pacific Highway. This winning tender design formed the basis for the design documentation of this nine kilometre section of the Pacific Highway.

HBO+EMTB developed the urban and landscape tender design to enable documentation and construction. Maintaining the design intent throughout this process was a major objective. Key work elements included input into the engineering of the alignment of the highway and associated pedestrian and bicycle shared path connections to surrounding settlements, the design and documentation of structures, including bridges, underpasses and noise walls, and the landscape design including planting schedules.

The Brunswick Heads to Yelgun Upgrade is a challenging and scenic section of the Pacific Highway with high ecological value. The journey offers road users physical and/or visual connections to the Yelgun Hills, Brunswick River, the Pacific Ocean coastline and the settlements of Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Billinudgel. The Brunswick River itself is a key landmark providing views to the river, mangroves and coast.

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Newport Village Masterplan
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Pittwater Council
Disciplines:
Urban Design

The Newport Village Centre masterplan delivers a detailed and comprehensive vision for the village, integrated private and public domain strategies, and a clear and workable urban framework to support revitalisation. Working with Pittwater Council, stakeholders and the community, the Urban and Landscape Design team developed concept options for the built form massing, the open space and pedestrian network, and the character elements that contribute to Newport’s unique identity. Urban design guidelines, streetscape and landscape initiatives and detailed built form controls will inform Council’s consolidated LEP and DCP. The masterplan process involves managing complex issues relating to land ownership, flooding, traffic, and the mix and diversity of uses, with the aim of creating a sustainable centre. Stage One has been completed with the planting of semi-mature Norfolk Island Pines in the median.

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Hunter Expressway: Kurri Kurri to Branxton
NSW, Australia

Size:
26 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design

The Hunter Expressway is located at the junction of the two major freight and transport corridors, the north-south Brisbane to Sydney F3 Expressway corridor and the hinterland north-south route of the New England Highway. It forms part of the NSW State and Federal Government’s ongoing programme, to create an east-west link between Newcastle and the growing urban centres in the Lower Hunter Region that will improve the capacity, safety and efficiency of the national network in addition to supporting the Lower Hunter local transport, improved connectivity and economic needs.
The Kurri Kurri to Branxton section of the Expressway comprises 26 kilometres of dual carriageway that passes through a variety of landscapes providing the traveller with a diversity of visual experiences from industrial settings to picturesque rural lands, vineyards and high quality natural forests. This unique setting provides occasional distant valley and ridgeline vistas to the Barrington Tops and Mount Sugarloaf, often overlooking areas of high scenic attractiveness.
The Hunter Expressway is the first dual carriageway greenfield hinterland expressway to be constructed by the RTA and will set the standard and establish a unique character for future expansions.

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Macleay River and Floodplain Bridge
NSW, Australia

Client:
Lend Lease
Size:
3.2 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design

The Macleay River and Floodplain Bridge is a 3.2 kilometre long reinforced concrete structure which traverses the Macleay River and associated floodplain in northern New South Wales. It comprises precast girders supported on tapered headstocks and twin piers and will afford motorists extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

It is part of the proposed Kempsey Bypass, which is in turn the first stage of the Kempsey to Eungai Pacific Highway Upgrade. The Kempsey Bypass project consists of the construction of a 14.5km long four lane divided carriageway (with the potential to expand to six lanes in the future) to bypass the townships of greater Kempsey and Frederickton and replace the existing Pacific Highway.

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City of Sydney Urban Design Study: Redfern
Sydney, Australia

Client:
City of Sydney
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB has undertaken two significant studies for the City of Sydney, involving a comprehensive review of the urban form and character of the Glebe and Forest Lodge, and the Waterloo and Redfern areas. The projects involved detailed lot by lot analysis of building height and density, as well as recording information about building typologies, streetscapes and architectural character.

Place-specific guidelines and controls have particular regard to the desired future character of the areas and their precincts. The urban design studies comprise precinct strategies, a structure plan for the areas, LEP and DCP controls, and built form guidelines, all of which will be integrated into a comprehensive suite of planning documents for the City of Sydney LGA.

A key aim is to assist with the identification and strengthening of neighbourhood centres in keeping with the City of Villages policy, by creating the framework for appropriate future development. Community consultation has been an important part of the process and consultation outcomes have had a strong bearing on the masterplans.

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City of Sydney Urban Design Study: Paddington
Sydney, Australia

Client:
City of Sydney
Disciplines:
Urban Design

After undertaking two significant studies for the City of Sydney (for Glebe and Forest Lodge, and Waterloo and Redfern), HBO+EMTB was commissioned to prepare another urban design study for Paddington South, Moore Park and Centennial Park.
The project involves detailed lot by lot analysis of building height and density, as well as recording information about building typologies, streetscapes and architectural character. The detailed fieldwork and desk studies will provide Council with a comprehensive database about the urban form, as well as the basis for future controls. Place-specific guidelines and controls will have particular regard to the desired future character of the areas and their precincts.
The urban design studies comprise desired future character strategies for different neighbourhoods, a structure plan for the areas, LEP and DCP controls, and built form guidelines, all of which will be integrated into a comprehensive suite of planning documents for the City of Sydney LGA. Community and stakeholder consultation is an important part of the process

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City of Sydney Urban Design Study: Glebe
Sydney, Australia

Client:
City of Sydney
Disciplines:
Urban Design

HBO+EMTB completed a comprehensive review of the urban form and character of the Glebe and Forest Lodge area, for the City of Sydney.  The project involved detailed lot by lot analysis of building height and density, as well as recording information about building typologies, streetscapes and architectural character. 

Place-specific guidelines and controls have particular regard to the desired future character of the areas and their precincts. The urban design study comprises precinct strategies, a structure plan that provides a framework for future development, recommended LEP and DCP controls, and built form guidelines, all of which will be integrated into a comprehensive suite of planning documents for the City of Sydney LGA.

A key aim is to assist with the identification and strengthening of neighbourhood centres in keeping with the City of Villages policy, by creating the framework for appropriate future development.

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City of Sydney Urban Design Study: Erskineville
Sydney, Australia

Client:
City of Sydney
Disciplines:
Urban Design

After undertaking several significant studies for the City of Sydney, HBO+EMTB was commissioned to undertake another urban design study for Erskineville, Alexandria (West) and Newtown (South). The project involved analysis of building height and density, building typologies, streetscapes and architectural character. The urban design study comprises desired future character strategies for different neighbourhoods, a structure plan for the areas, LEP and DCP controls, and built form guidelines, all of which were integrated into a comprehensive suite of planning documents for the City of Sydney LGA. Place-specific guidelines and controls have particular regard to the desired future character of the areas and their precincts. As part of the study, HBO+EMTB was asked to do further work on the Ashmore precinct including detailed height and envelope controls and looking at ways to incorporate Water Sensitive Urban Design, traffic control and pedestrian connections within a defined green space corridor.

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Bonner Residential Estate
Bonner, ACT Australia

Client:
ACT Government
Size:
260 Hectares
Disciplines:
Urban Design
Awards:

Commendation, 2005 NSW Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards.  Award for Planning Excellence, 2006 ACT Planning Institute Awards.

The ACT Government commissioned HBO+EMTB to design the new Canberra suburb of Bonner, located in the Gungahlin district at the northern edge of the city. With an area of 260 hectares, Bonner is projected to accommodate 6,500 people in 2,300 detached dwellings and 350 medium density units. The site is currently pasturelands of variable topography and tree cover with magnificent southward views to Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie, the Parliamentary Triangle and the Brindabellas and more intimate views to the hills immediately to its north.

Masterplanning principles include the preservation of hilltops and gullies as public open space and the alignment of major roads with distant natural or man-made features to facilitate orientation and relate the development to its context. This strategy and the use of grid street patterns draw upon the successful planning legacy of early Canberra.

The masterplanning of the site also addresses major environmental issues, including the preservation of significant trees and ecologically important habitat areas, the rehabilitation and management of watercourses, planning for bushfire prevention and control and the inclusion of Water Sensitive Urban Design principles in the design. The project includes the development of place-specific housing prototypes incorporating state-of-the-art ESD strategies.

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Projects / Transport + Industrial

Western Power Depots
Western Australia

Client:
Western Power
Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design

HBO+EMTB has provided extensive refurbishment work at selected metropolitan depots and new depots for Western Power, following our role in the refurbishment of their 23,000sqm headquarters on Wellington Street.
The Kewdale Depot has undergone a substantial upgrade with the conversion of existing warehouse areas into office space accommodating approximately 250 staff, new end of trip, shower change and toilet facilities have also been provided.
A new depot site was established in Bentley in a refurbishment of existing buildings with a complete refit of one building accommodating 120 staff and office and warehouse facilities refurbished and extended in a second building.
Future refurbishment works are planned at Mt Claremont, Balcatta, Mandurah and Jandakot Depot sites, totalling a further approximately 7,000sqm of office space and supporting facilities.
HBO+EMTB have also been engaged to undertake the architecture and interior design of various regional depot projects around the state.
The Northam depot, Lot 14 York Road included the provision of full design services for an area of approximately 310sqm office space designed to accommodate a large presentation room of 60 people or a training facility for 20 occupants. ESD initiatives were incorporated into the design including the innovative reuse of power poles to support the roof structure.
The Margaret River depot at 3 Willmott Ave design includes 530sqm (Admin building) and 215sqm (Workshop). HBO+EMTB developed the scope, technical specifications, schedules including furniture, contract documentation and provide contract inspections and advice, and coordination of nominated consultant team.

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NSW Police Force Facility
Sydney, Australia

Client:
NSW Police
Size:
11,220sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Planning, Workplace Solutions

HBO+EMTB was engaged to provide an accommodation study, preliminary site master plan, design, documentation and contract administration and statutory planning services for a new Police Force Facility in Sydney. HBO+EMTB managed the Part 5 Planning approvals for the Project and facilitated the approval process to ensure a rapid approval outcome.
The project included three buildings, communications towers, an external storage yard and helicopter landing pad. Designed to initially accommodate an estimated 230 permanent staff members, with the potential for future expansion of up to 400 staff, the facility is operational 24 hours, seven days a week. It effectively meets complex requirements, including the need to successfully accommodate the specific technical and security needs of each police department.

Building 1 is a 3-storey administration building of 6,800sqm. The ground level contains reception, offices, garages, workshops, loading dock, meal rooms, gymnasium, store rooms, plant rooms and amenities. Levels 1 and 2 contain offices, meeting rooms, meal rooms, store rooms, workshops and amenities.

Building 2 is a single story Vehicle Services Building with a GFA of 2,100sqm. It comprises workshops, garages, store rooms and an administration area.

Building 3 is a high-bay warehouse with a mezzanine level at the western end, with a GFA of 3,300sqm. The ground floor level contains a large area to accommodate warehouse storage, offices, amenities, reception and a communications room.

The finished design strikes an elegant balance between utilitarian function and clean lines, accentuated by highlights of bold colour and geometric shapes that give the facility a strong visual identity.

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Emergency Services Agency Outdoor Training Centre
ACT, Australia

Client:
ACT Emergency Services
Size:
1,500sqm
Completion:
2011
Disciplines:
Architecture, Planning

HBO+EMTB was engaged by the ACT Emergency Services Agency to create a new, purpose-built facility to accommodate the diverse training needs of the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service and SES. We also managed the development approval process including coordination of design documentation and the preparation of specialist supplementary design reports in specialist areas of archaeological site assessment, flora and fauna, site contamination, stormwater design; preparation of Environmental Assessment Report; lodgement of DA to ACTPLA and monitoring and coordination of the evaluation of the Project through to the issuing of the approval for the Project by ACTPLA.
Occupying a greenfield site and adjacent the South Care rescue helicopter base, the Outdoor Training Centre is a robust facility constructed with pragmatic materials for a practical workforce. The streamlined form accommodates the training needs of the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service, and the SES.

The project involved the construction of a new training facility building, car parking, and an external “props” area to be used for training of existing personnel and new recruits to ACT ESA. Key elements include an administration and teaching building, a striking vertical rescue tower, training building hot house, training house and provisions for storage, as well as an outdoor training area (drill yard) and various stand down areas/structures.

During training activities, all water and contaminates are contained on the site and treated for re-use in further training. These solutions reflect how careful analysis underpins the OTC’s effective resolution of highly specialised technical requirements within a formally restrained and elemental design envelope.

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Rydalmere Operations Centre
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Parramatta City Council
Size:
2,400sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design, Planning

HBO+EMTB was engaged to provide architectural and interior design services and lead the sub-consultant team for the design of a new Operations Centre for Parramatta City Council.

The purpose of the new centre is to consolidate the operations of three current depots into one location. With these existing assets at the end of their lifecycle in combination to their locations no longer being suitable for industrial activities, Council have identified a site located at 320 Victoria Road, Rydalmere, for the building of the Operations Centre.

HBO+EMTB’s design responds to Council’s desire for the new consolidated Operations Centre to drive greater efficiencies in operations. In addition to architectural services, HBO+EMTB is managing the Development Approval process which includes coordination of design documentation and the preparation of specialist supplementary design reports in specialist areas of contamination, arborists reports, traffic and acoustic assessment; preparation of a Statement of Environmental Effects and the lodgement of the Development Application with Council.

Photos courtesy of Taylors Construction.

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Brisbane Airport Central Parking Area Masterplan
Brisbane, Australia

Client:
Brisbane Airport Corporation
Size:
40 hectares
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

This collaboration between HBO+EMTB and Meinhardt involves the provision of 40 hectares of new at-grade car parking adjacent an ecologically sensitive mangrove habitat. Urban and landscape design was a high priority, with a key objective to blend the built and natural environments.
Sustainability was a crucial tenet of the Client’s brief, and the solution incorporated significant water-sensitive urban design. HBO+EMTB also assisted in formulating the Client’s detailed Program of Requirements and the Development Control Plan for further phases of the project. 

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Penrith Station Commuter Carpark
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Penrith City Council
Size:
30,525sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was engaged to design a new 1000 car capacity multi-deck car park at a site immediately north of Penrith Station. The resultant rectilinear shaped building features a striking façade which has taken cues from the nearby Blue Mountains. The design team took inspiration from the shapes and colours of the eucalyptus tree by referencing the many colours of the leaf throughout its lifecycle.
The facade is made of perforated powder coated aluminium, while the main structure is formed using a pre-stressed concrete system which facilitates exceptionally large spans. This approach minimises the number of columns required, making the interior transparent and open.
The $13 million three-storey facility features security lighting, CCTV cameras, 30 accessible parking spaces and a lift. The project was delivered on time and $2 million under budget.

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Projects / Landscape Design / Transport + Industrial / Urban Design

Sydney Light Rail Inner West Extension
Sydney, Australia

Client:
John Holland
Size:
5.6km
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

The Sydney Light Rail Inner West Extension is a $176million, 5.6kilometre extension of the Sydney Light system extending from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. HBO+EMTB were part of the successful John Holland Group team, engaged to provide a response to Metro Light Rail’s Request for Tender.
The response included the architectural, urban and landscape design of nine stops, proposed architectural designs for the Pyrmont Maintenance Depot and Stabling Yard and proposed designs for elevators, new pedestrian bridges at Hawthorne Canal and Parramatta Road, shelters, anti-throw screens, traffic barriers, retaining walls and stairs.
The urban design concept created a ‘line identity’ for the project as a whole, drawing attention to each station along the former freight line which the surrounding land uses, until now, have turned their backs to and hidden away. The design has optimised the visibility of stations from surrounding streets and reduced walking distances to the platforms, maximising awareness and patronage.

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M7/WSO Control Centre
New South Wales, Australia

Client:
Leighton Contractors
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was commissioned to design a control centre and maintenance depot for the 40 kilometre fully electronic tollway in Western Sydney.
The design solution effectively accommodates three major operations including security and operational control of the tollway, administration and maintenance, and toll collection. The facility also provides a comfortable workplace for 170 staff incorporating a variety of amenities in appropriate response to relative geographical isolation of site.
HBO+EMTB achieved the ambitious program, delivering the operational facility 12 months ahead of tollway completion, allowing adequate time to prepare the computer interface with toll gantries.

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Holsworthy Commuter Carpark
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Ministry of Transport & Leighton Contractors
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB was initially engaged by the Department of Transport and Fletchers’ Constructions for this $12.5m, 531 space car park project which was predicated on achieving an easy access upgrade of the heritage listed station. The upgrading of wayfinding signage, tactile warning tiles, painting, station furniture, CCTV and lighting.

HBO+EMTB was then re-engaged in 2008 by the NSW Transport Ministry to reappraise and review the commuter car park needs at Holsworthy Station. This resulted in a study that considered seven options available to the Ministry of which, one was recommended. HBO+EMTB was then engaged by the Ministry on behalf of RailCorp to prepare ‘design and construct’ documentation of the selected option multi-deck car park and was subsequently been engaged by the successful tenderer for the project, Denham Constructions.

The car park has both a vehicle and pedestrian bridge connection to the top floor of the existing multi-deck car park and included a lift for access for the disabled and to accommodate RailCorp’s current security facilities with respect to CCTV, level floors and security lighting. It also includes provision for future payment and traffic monitoring facilities. 

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Sydney Airport Terminal 2 Pier A Expansion
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
Size:
10,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

Terminal 2 is the Domestic Terminal at Sydney Airport. With more than 10 million passengers using the terminal each year it is one of the busiest in Australia. Demand on the terminal has increased in recent times, leading to the need for Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd to plan this expansion.

HBO+EMTB was appointed Lead Consultant for the Terminal 2 Pier A expansion works, encompassing new gates, departure lounges and retail facilities. Vital to the success of the project has been the relationship between the design team and the SACL stakeholders to achieve critical signoff of key components to deliver this fast track project.

The $40 million project will expand the services within the terminal as well as increase the capacity of the terminal. In particular five new gates will be provided along with departure lounges and associated retail support services.

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Schofields Station
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Richmond Line Alliance
Size:
3,200sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB, as a subconsultant to the Richmond Line Alliance, designed and documented the new Schofields Station which replaces the existing Schofields Station. The project follows from the duplication of the Richmond Line from Quakers Hill to Schofields.

The new Schofields station consists of an island platform with the main station facilities contained within structures located along the platform. The overall width of the platform is sufficient to enable a minimum safe clearance of 3,300mm from the platform edge to be maintained at all times. Where buildings do not occur, space is available for platform seating.

Access to the platforms is achieved by an overbridge concourse with lifts and stairs serving car parks located to the east and west sides of the rail corridor.
Locations for Transit Police to inspect passenger tickets are provided, together with the lift door at concourse level. The station is the focus of a new town centre being developed at Schofields as a Transit Oriented Development. Kiss and ride, bus and bicycle facilities are provided as well as some commuter parking. The station is designed to be durable and have a low impact on the environment. All the materials are robust and maintenance free, rainwater is collected for toilet flushing and platform wash down. The north facing sloping roofs have been design for the future addition of photovoltaic cells.

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South West Rail Link
New South Wales, Australia

Client:
NSW Government
Size:
21.4 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

As part of a multidisciplinary team of designers and contractors, HBO+EMTB prepared the design and construct tender for Stage 2 of this NSW State Government initiative comprising 11.4km of twin rail track between Glenfield and Leppington.

Stage 2 encompasses the twin rail track, a new station and commuter car park at Edmondson Park, a new station and commuter car park at Leppington and a new train stabling facility to the west of Leppington Station.

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Williams Landing Train Station
Melbourne, Australia

Client:
Department of Transport, Victoria
Size:
11,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design

The Williams Landing project is a new premium station and new overpass to provide transport access to Williams Landing, one of Melbourne’s growing suburbs. This new overpass will link the station and Williams Landing development with the Princes Freeway and Point Cook and will help serve the growing community’s current and future transport needs.

The new station features an island platform between existing passenger rail lines, a new bus terminal and a taxi rank as well as a park and ride facility with approximately 500 spaces, and drop-off zones. Pedestrian access is provided across the rail line and Princes Freeway via a footbridge facility for cyclists. Cyclists and pedestrians are further accommodated on the new road overpass, which incorporates a three-metre wide off-road shared bicycle and pedestrian path.

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Projects / Transport + Industrial

RailCorp Easy Access Upgrades
Sydney, Australia

Client:
RailCorp & Arenco
Size:
9,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB has been providing architectural services to Arenco for the Easy Access Upgrade programme of Sydney’s rail station network. These services have been provided for upgrades at Sydney’s Central Station, Town Hall, Martin Place and suburban line stations including Padstow, Revesby and a new station at Sydenham.

Central Station was originally constructed in 1903, since then there have been a number of additions and upgrades with the last major work being lifts added to the suburban platforms just before the Sydney Olympics. The Devonshire Street Entry to the station was built in the 1970s and as part of the Easy Access Upgrade, HBO+EMTB designed a new entry which is a light open square pavilion that allows views through to the railyards beyond and lets daylight through to the station.

At Martin Place Station, used for 5.5 million journeys each year, an Easy Access upgrade incorporated the installation of two lifts at the station, significantly improving access for the disabled, elderly and parents, while new accessible toilets and tactile indicators further enhance the facilities.

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Projects / Transport + Industrial

Maintrain Presentation Shops
Sydney, Australia

Client:
RailCorp & Maintrain
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB has a long association in the development of this site. We undertook the original masterplan for the redevelopment of the site. This was followed by design and construction supervision for the new wagon, bogie and electric train maintenance facilities and subsequent additional facilities including staff amenities, presentation shop and additional electric train maintenance roads. 

The complex includes a German train jacking system that allows for full turnaround of a four car Tangara train set in 26 hours, complete with new replacement bogies to all cars. The facility also included a soda wash booth for removal of graffiti and a two stage 55m long spray booth for refinishing both interior and exterior of electric train rolling stock.

The various facilities were constructed in stages to allow the site to remain operational throughout its extensive rebuild program.

HBO+EMTB’s expertise ensured that the design met strict environmental requirements pertaining to acoustic and waste emissions as well as all a myriad of WHS issues.

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Spotswood Locomotive Maintenance Centre & Test Cell
Melbourne, Australia

Client:
United Goninan & Co. Ltd
Size:
6,500sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB provided masterplanning, design and documentation services for the staged development of the Spotswood Locomotive Maintenance Centre. The project involved extensive coordination between teams designing for the structure, building services, specialist equipment such drop tables, wheel reprofilers (within workshop) and locomotive cleaning plant.

The facility incorporates a fully enclosed sand blasting paint shop, a two-car paint bath and soda wash facility to remove graffiti and burnish stainless steel and integrating strict environmental requirements for acoustic and waste emissions.

The Centre was designed alongside the design of the locomotives and development of associated maintenance procedures and support equipment. The greenfield site allowed contemporary multi-skilled work practices, and fit-for-purpose facilities designed specifically to maintain new locomotives.

HBO+EMTB also designed and documented a locomotive test cell facility to complement the aesthetic of existing adjacent buildings, and integrate essential acoustic criteria. The scope of work included provision of sophisticated train access doors and ventilation systems. Special consideration was given to ensure noise from the facility did not permeate its suburban context.

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Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility
Victoria, Australia

Client:
Department of Transport, Victoria
Size:
20,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB was commissioned in 2009 to design the Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility and Stabling Yard (CTMF) on Melbourne’s Northern outskirts. The 1.2 hectare facility, longer than the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was completed in December 2011. It is the largest of its type in Australia, housing up to 25 trains. This advanced world-class facility, significantly contributes to the maintenance and safety record of Melbourne’s transit system.

HBO+EMTB’s challenge was to design a 21st century facility that honoured its purpose as a highly functional and mechanised space. The project scope included track work, signalling, overhead line design, maintenance roads, bogie pits, train roof access, overhead cranes, tools store, mobile equipment, open yard storage, parking, roads, security, landscaping and staff accommodation.

Attention was given to the need for lifting apparatus, environmentally sustainable design; state-of-the-art railway control systems, and complex structures capable of balancing the work environment and functionality. The design was developed in consultation with the end-users that included unions, train drivers, vehicle maintenance and administration staff.

The building was designed for low environmental impact and delivers significant long term benefits such as the use of recycled water captured off the building’s roof to supply a 125,000 litre rain water tank. This water is used throughout the building and by the Train Wash Facility and amenities. Hydronic in-slab heating has been used in the workshop’s floor and cross flow ventilation has been maximised to reduce the need for mechanical cooling.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade: Woodburn to Ballina
New South Wales, Australia

Client:
Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd
Size:
32 Kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB is part of a multi-disciplinary team lead by Hyder Consulting Engineers currently undertaking route option planning investigations, for this 32 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between Woodburn and Ballina.

The Richmond Valley Region of New South Wales is an existing natural and cultural environment whose natural beauty and unique assets attract both locals and visitors. Important natural and man-made features include: the Richmond River; Blackwall Mountain Range; Broadwater National Park; Tuckean Nature Reserve; the townships of Woodburn, Broadwater and Wardell; Wardell Bridge; and the Broadwater Sugar Mill. Key work tasks include providing input to the engineering of the alignment of the identified highway options and helping identify the preferred highway alignment option.

Future work components will include concept development of the preferred option — including input to the vertical and horizontal alignment, associated pedestrian and bicycle shared path connections, design of structures- bridges, underpasses, retaining structures, noise barriers and landscape design and a potential Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade, Brunswick Heads to Yelgun
New South Wales, Australia

Client:
Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd
Size:
9 kilometres
Disciplines:
Urban Design, Landscape Design

The Brunswick Heads to Yelgun Upgrade is a challenging and scenic section of the Pacific Highway with high ecological value. The journey offers road users physical and/or visual connections to the Yelgun hills, Brunswick River, the Pacific Ocean coastline and the settlements of Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Billinudgel.

As part of a multidisciplinary team of designers and contractors, HBO+EMTB prepared the urban design component of the Abigroup tender for the design, construction and maintenance of this nine kilometre section of the Pacific Highway. This winning tender design formed the basis for the design documentation of this stretch of the Pacific Highway.

HBO+EMTB developed the urban and landscape tender design to enable documentation and construction. Maintaining the design intent throughout this process was a significant objective. Key work elements included input into the engineering of the alignment of the highway and associated pedestrian and bicycle shared path connections to surrounding settlements. It also included design and documentation of structures, including bridges, underpasses, fauna overpasses and noise walls and landscape design that included re-vegetation. 

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Projects / Retail

HCF
Sydney and Australia wide

Client:
HCF Insurance
Size:
Various - 60sqm to 510sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB is currently working with private health insurance provider HCF on the initial stages of a nationwide rollout to update the design of all its retail outlets.

Interior design services include the design and documentation of a fitout concept that will become the standard for all new HCF retail stores. Where existing outlets will be refurbished, HBO+EMTB will undertake an initial audit of the store which will be rated against a number of refurbishment criteria.

The retail fitouts range from 60sqm to 510sqm and are currently on-going across a number of locations in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. 

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The Seoul Style
Singapore

Client:
The Seoul Style
Size:
50sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

The Style Seoul, a clothing retailer specialising in Korean imports, commissioned HBO+EMTB to provide design, build and project management services for its  retail outlet in Singapore.

The client required an environment that showcases the brand’s vibrant clothing and accessories. In response, HBO+EMTB delivered a simple, clean design solution. The choice of natural materials and a subtle palette ensures the product is focus.

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Esplanade Centre
Bangkok, Thailand

Client:
Siam Future Development PLC
Size:
99,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

The Esplanade Centre in Bangkok is a shopping complex comprising a supermarket, boutique retail stores, a bowling alley and cinemas. The storey building includes one basement level with supermarket, restaurants, retail shops, 24-lane bowling, 12 cinemas, an ice skate rink, a fitness centre and 1500 seat theatre. Its location is adjacent to the Thailand Cultural Centre Station and with a 10 storey parking structure; Esplanade is able to serve 800 cars.

The design concept comprised of the "7 Arts", which are architecture, music, sculpture and painting, poetry, performing art and film. The simplicity of the building mass, the modernity of the glass facade and the curvilinear roof form brings out the unique lifestyle architecture and reflects the arte-tainment concept of the shopping centre.

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Coles Supermarket Redevelopment
Australia wide

Client:
Coles Supermarket Group
Size:
Various
Disciplines:
Architecture, Masterplanning

HBO+EMTB has worked extensively with Coles Supermarkets on redevelopment projects in ACT, NSW, VIC, Queensland and WA, including the new Coles Central store at Raine Square, Perth. The work completed by the Group includes the following four areas:

Existing Conditions and Audit Reports: The Group has completed over twenty Building Audits and conditions reports which are utilised by Coles Store Planners during the preparation redevelopment control plans.

Internal Coles Documentation: HBO+EMTB have recently been engaged by Coles Supermarkets to complete internal documentation that has normally been completed within the respective planning teams of Coles.

Architectural Documentation: HBO+EMTB has completed architectural documentation and co-ordination of building services design for over twenty supermarkets, ranging from light renewals, through to new fit out within in expanded supermarket areas. In addition HBO+EMTB has managed the approval process for the Supermarkets as well as associated external signage packages with private certifiers or Local Consent Authorities.

Construction Services: HBO+EMTB provides construction services during the fit out period, providing and reporting on quality and design compliance with Coles design guidelines. The group works closely with the Coles internal and or external project Managers to ensure the quality and design intent for the repositioned supermarket is achieved and not compromised throughout the build.

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Nokia Flagship
Hong Kong & Shanghai

Client:
Nokia
Size:
Hong Kong: 400sqm; Shanghai: 1,000sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

Nokia, a household name, is synonymous with being at the forefront of mobile and fixed telecom, broadband and IP networks. Working closely with Eight Inc, Nokia’s principal architect, HBO+EMTB completed the design of the first Hong Kong Flagship store.

Technology is integrated throughout the Hong Kong store’s two-level space with LED and LCD wall units, showcasing Nokia product. The design encourages customers to use the products on display, inviting them to engage, explore and linger. Lighting, music and animation combine to deliver a unique, highly-interactive consumer experience.

Our successful completion led to HBO+EMTB’s engagement for the Shanghai Flagship. The four-storey store is Nokia’s first in mainland China and seventh worldwide.

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SM Cyberzone
Manila, Philippines

Client:
SM Prime Holdings
Size:
5,714 sqm
Disciplines:
Interior Design

Cyberzone is the specialised retail hub offering well-known brands of electronics, communications and computer devices of the Philippines’ leading mall developer, SM Prime Holdings. The design objectives of the project are to effectively highlight tenant products and to create a unique shopping experience that showcases the latest technologies.

The design has taken inspiration from microchips, computer signals and radio waves and created a look that reflects the products on offer; serving as an overall theme to harmonise the various shop interiors. A curvilinear plan for central areas is also introduced - a deviation from the traditional grid layout used by shopping centres - to provide more tenant storefront, flexibility and maximise leasable spaces.

Shoppers have an almost 360° view of all storefronts for their convenience and at the same time providing opportunities for retail kiosks and exhibit areas for promotions and other retail activities. In creating this space within a space, the Cyberzone is transformed into a unique destination district within the mall.

HBO+EMTB has also completed design for other SM Cyberzone centres in the Philippines including Fairview, and Southmall, Naga, Cebu, Marikina, Cubao and Cotabato.

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Jelly Bunny
Thailand & Malaysia

Client:
Injected Republic Co. Ltd
Size:
Approximately 80sqm per store
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB was appointed by fashion footwear chain, Jelly Bunny, to provide a new design for upgrading the brand’s existing retail outlets and to apply to the rollout of ten new stores across Thailand and Malaysia.

The brief called for an innovative yet practical fitout, allowing for an adjustable layout that can be regularly updated to suit new season displays. The design also needed to convey the new brand positioning of “Luxury Modern-Vintage,” in keeping with neighbouring flagship stores.

With the brand’s target market ranging from children to young professionals, the key challenge was to create a design with broad appeal; remaining functional and youthful whilst conveying the Jelly Bunny brand. The use of natural materials was also an important consideration, with weed robe used as a ceiling feature to enhance the overall innovative design and environmentally sustainable approach.

The thoughtful balancing of brand and fitout requirements has not only created a more efficient store layout but helped project the desired brand image to its target market. 

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M @ Manuka
Canberra, Australia

Client:
Kador Group
Size:
1,662sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

M@Manuka, located on a prominent corner of the Manuka shopping precinct and a former Woolworth’s supermarket, has been transformed into a high and retail destination. The existing building required re-design that enhanced the existing retail precinct, and links to the adjacent laneways and tenancies.

The refurbishment provides fully serviced retail and food trading tenancies with direct street front trading to the wide, landscaped thresholds along Bougainville Street and Flinders Way. Crucial to the success of the project has been the colonnade along Palmerston Lane. This acts as a generous, covered, social space and provides a stronger and more visually prominent access point to the Palmerston Lane trading strip.

The upper floor of the building was refurbished to suit leasable multifunctional space.

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Projects / Retail

Eden Gardens Centre
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Eden Gardens & Garden Centre
Size:
8,716sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB provided architectural services for the design of Eden Gardens, a horticultural retail centre located adjacent to Lane Cove National Park, one of Sydney’s oldest national parks. Previously a working brick pit, the regeneration of the site includes the main building with basement parking set in hectares of landscaped gardens.

Constructed from a light, steel frame it forms a dramatic backdrop for the surrounding garden displays. The striking architecture incorporates an unfolding steel canopy rising 12 metres high at its apex.

The vision for Eden Gardens is for a place of commerce, pleasure, education, inspiration and motivation. It is a centre of horticultural excellence; a world-class garden design centre offering a holistic gardening experience integrating products, services and knowledge. Retail elements include a nursery, bookshop, gift shop, café and gallery.

Entry to the facility is free and visitors can attend for leisure, tourism or trade. Inviting the customer to freely explore the extensive gardens links the shopping experience to the sensory pleasure of enjoying open space. 

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Projects / Residential

Seniors Living Housing Project
Sydney, Australia

Client:
Housing NSW
Size:
10,690sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture

As part of the Minto Residential Project, HBO+EMTB has been engaged by Housing NSW to provide design and documentation services for two Seniors Living housing projects in Minto. Site one covers 3,556sqm and includes 20 units while site two is 7,134sqm with 40 units.

The design brief specifically prescribes an all two-bedroom apartment solution with a central courtyard and on-site parking. All units will be accessible and adaptable.

Our design team has developed a socially, commercially, and environmentally sustainable design solution with emphasis on quality. All units will be accessible via ramps and lifts.

Careful selection of building materials ensures low maintenance and durability for all new building stock. The new residents will enjoy best practice architecture and a convenient location as the sites are located approximately 200 metres from the existing Minto shopping centre and other local shops and are well served by public transport. Residents will also enjoy close access to large communal open spaces for exercise and recreation.

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Projects / Residential

Tenacity
Macau

Client:
Tenacity Real Estate Group Limited
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB has been appointed by Tenacity Real Estate Group Limited for the interior design of this luxury 35-storey residential development located on the island of Macau. The commission includes design of the clubhouse, spa, gym and swimming pool. Conceptual designs have also been prepared for the various show suites including the Townhouse, Duplex and Apartment configurations.

The design approach draws on Macau’s vibrant, urban character. Luxury details and subtle Asian influences inform the contemporary aesthetic, providing a modern cultural accent. The specification of sleek, minimalist finishes references the base building architecture resulting in polished, quality interiors.

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Projects / Residential

YLG Residence
Bangkok, Thailand

Client:
YLG Bullion International
Size:
Interior: 1,000 Landscape: 4,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB has been commissioned to undertake architectural, interior and landscape design at a private residence in close proximity to Bangkok CBD.

The new luxury home was created within an existing warehouse building and houses three families over multiple levels. The common facilities include a dining hall, Chinese tea ceremony banquet room, fitness centre and beauty salon.

The colours were selected after liaising with a Feng Shui consultant and include a mix of orange and grey tones. A variety of timbers have been utilised to complement the design and create a warm, natural and contemporary residence.

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Projects / Residential

Red Castle Residential Development
Burwood, Western Australia

Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB is providing architectural services for a residential development in Burwood, Perth. The commission was awarded due to HBO+EMTB’s winning entry in the Red Castle Design Competition.

The winning concept developed around a mix of two and three storey townhouses that respond to the single and two-storey residential fabric in the locality of Victoria Park in Perth.

We have increased the density in the site’s centre with three-storey and four-storey plus mezzanine buildings containing 50 apartments in total.

All townhouses have a north / south orientation. All the apartments also enjoy cross ventilation and dual aspect. The apartment buildings take advantage of great views towards the Swan River as well as views towards the central communal open space.

More than half of the open space will be dedicated to deep soil planting of a mix between hardy local species and variety of deciduous trees that will assist with sun shading in summer whilst allowing for solar penetration in the colder winter months.

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Projects / Residential

Trinity Point
NSW, Australia

Client:
Johnson Property Group
Size:
23,000sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Urban Design

HBO+EMTB has been engaged by Johnsons Property Group to provide architectural and urban design services for the design of Trinity Point, a residential development set on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

The Trinity Point development will provide a unique lakefront community, catering evenly to both tourism and residential markets. Master-planned to ensure a genuinely integrated development, HBO+EMTB has developed the design for this project including 170 apartments, retail and village centre, 300 berth marina, helipad and boardwalk.

The design concept has utilised a “string of pearls” approach – the building line following the waters edge but placed intermittently allowing traffic to pass between, maximising public access and permeability. The placement of street foot paths and forest paths create an openness and connectivity between all elements of the development, forest, village and lake.

Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of the design concept, with all apartment buildings having integrated sustainable water and energy systems.

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Projects / Residential

Five13 Taylorsouth
Perth, Australia

Client:
Georgiou Capital Pty Ltd
Disciplines:
Architecture

Located in O’Connor east of Fremantle, Five13 Taylorsouth is a boutique 20-apartment development located within the popular Taylorsouth residential estate.

The development is a mix of one, two and three bedroom plus study apartments. All of the apartments have large living areas that maximise the north-east aspect, spacious north facing courtyards or balconies, dedicated parking and storage facilities.

Vehicular access, parking and storage units are located at the rear of the site so they can be screened by the building form, thus enhancing the streetscape outcome. Special design consideration has been taken to allow all units to be dual aspect and naturally cross ventilated using energy efficient design principles.

All units have been designed to take advantage of park views and the natural aspects of the site. Ground floor units have direct resident access to the street from the living space. 

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Projects / Residential

Vaswani Group Residential Tower
Mumbai, India

Client:
Vaswani Group
Size:
28,000sqft
Disciplines:
Architecture

HBO+EMTB provided architectural design services to Vaswani Group for a 28,000sqft residential tower in Mumbai.

The 20-level development includes multiple four-bedroom luxury apartments as well as a two-level penthouse, carpark and associated amenities.

The project brief outlined Vaswani Group’s vision for a landmark building that would provide leading-edge residential accommodation in Mumbai. HBO+EMTB’s design solution provides a visually interesting, sustainable development which fulfills the client’s expectations.

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Projects / Residential

Lilyfield Housing Development
NSW, Australia

Client:
Housing NSW
Size:
8,230sqm
Disciplines:
Architecture, Planning, Urban Design
Awards:

Winner, Sustainable Development Award at the 2011 UDIA NSW Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence. Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival 2011.

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment has set a new standard for public housing developments in Australia. It demonstrates that highly sustainable public housing outcomes are both realistic and achievable in terms of function, project demographics and housing affordability.

Located on an 8,230sqm site within Sydney’s inner west, the redevelopment comprises 24 one-bedroom units, 58 two-bedroom units and 6 three-bedroom units of which 10% are specifically designed to the latest standards of accessibility for occupants with disabilities.

The project features passive solar design attributes, with all units having north or east facing living areas and natural cross ventilation. The latest technology in gas boosted solar hot water systems is also incorporated into the north facing roof forms over the access stair wells. The built form is fully integrated and in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood, with minimal impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties.

The introduction of bright, contemporary colours echo Sydney’s ‘vibrant cities manifesto’. Recessed balconies and projecting balcony slabs create articulation and shadows and add visual depth to the facades. A key feature of the site is the generous open spaces and courtyard, made possible by dispensing on-site parking provision in favour of adequate on-street parking. HBO+EMTB’s town planning service sought changes to the Leichardt City Council’s Development Control Plan and proposed the no on-site parking provision. This initiative, along with the increase in dwelling density, elimination of developer contributions and reduction in unit sizes significantly reduced the overall development costs of the Project.

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment is the first social housing project in Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Multi-Unit Residential Pilot tool.

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Projects / Residential

Precinct Apartments
Auckland, New Zealand

Client:
Kitchener Group
Disciplines:
Interior Design

HBO+EMTB’s modern design of the Precinct Apartments has resulted in a sophisticated interior with spatial fluidity and a careful balance of texture and tonal expressions.

A distinct commitment to exploring the textural elements of the finishes palette is evident through the subtle and cohesive interior environment. The discreet detailing, colour scheme and palette of materials creates a subtle and cohesive interior environment designed to suit a variety of furnishing styles.

Charcoal boucle carpet, white satin lacquered joinery and quartz stone bench tops combined with light striated timber veneer marks a commitment to exploring the textural elements of the finishes palette. The discreet detailing, colour scheme and palette of materials creates a subtle and cohesive interior environment designed to suit a variety of furnishing styles.

Expansive glass windows in the living and bedroom spaces filter natural light and capitalise on the extensive views of Albert Park and the city.

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Projects / Residential

Proximity Apartments
Auckland, New Zealand

Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Design

HBO+EMTB provided design services for Proximity Apartments, a 19 storey apartment building located in Manukau City. HBO+EMTB was the lead consultant on the project and was responsible for the architecture of the building as well as the interior fitouts of the individual apartments.

HBO+EMTB’s Auckland office lead this project from the initial concept design through tender and construction documentation stages, as well as carrying out final inspections on the apartments to secure the practical completion.

The design maximised the available storage with full height cupboards in the kitchen and eliminated the clutter of handles in order to integrate the kitchen area with living spaces. In selected apartments, the use of opaque glass panels between the bathroom and living areas adds an extra dimension of light and movement through the space. Expansive glass windows and louvre systems to the apartments have been employed to maximise natural light and cut back on energy costs to the building. The kitchens and bathrooms combine function and simplistic elegance in an uncomplicated and clean lined design.

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Projects / Landscape Design

Multipurpose Eco-Garden
Lawson, NSW Australia

Client:
Blue Mountains City Council
Disciplines:
Landscape Design

Designed by HBO+EMTB, the Multipurpose Eco-Garden is located in the south of Lawson in the Blue Mountains, surrounded by World Heritage National Park. The original objective of the development was to provide a safe and convenient shop front carpark and service road as part of the nearby highway upgrade.

The local Council and community were concerned that recent infrastructure developments in Lawson would significantly increase the impervious ground surface areas with consequent modification of the hydrology, drainage, stormwater quality, ecosystem health and water cycle.

In response to this, the project team developed an innovative Multipurpose Eco-Garden alongside the service road and carpark which successfully addressed the stormwater and environmental issues associated with the surrounding landscape.

The Eco-Garden provides all the benefits of a typical soak-away, rain garden. “Eco-Pits” convey water to landscape areas just as swales do, without alienating precious public domain open space in a densely developed area. The Eco-Garden exceeded the NSW Government Draft Water Quality Guidelines for Best Practice. It has also provided Council with a repeatable WSUD planning and implementation strategy across the entire LGA for future projects.

Projects / Landscape Design

Aquaria Grande
Mumbai, India

Client:
Wadhwa Developers
Size:
87,613 sqm

HBO+EMTB is currently providing landscape design services for the Aquaria Grade residential development in Mumbai. Our landscape team was commissioned by the developers to provide a design that would complement the complex and surrounds.

A challenge for the design team was mitigating the level difference of about 10.5 metres between the Podium 4 and the club roof which is a steep slope.

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Projects / Landscape Design

Shantigram
Ahmedabad, India

Client:
Mandviwala Group
Size:
87,613 sqm
Disciplines:
Landscape Design

HBO+EMTB has been appointed by the Mandviwala Group to provide landscape design services for a proposed residential complex in Shantigram, Ahmedabad, India.

HBO+EMTB is providing landscape design services for all the courtyards spread all across the site, the entrances and area around the proposed residential units and clubhouse.

Shantigram covers an area of approximately 90,000 sqm. It is beautifully designed and surrounded by various community sporting facilities. The site comprises 14 residential buildings and surrounding landscape courtyards.

The objective of HBO+EMTB’s design is to create a landscape installation in keeping with the concepts of the residential architectural development.