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Sustainable architecture contributes to the quality of the built environment—communities, organisations and the well-being of individuals.

Our integrated network engages in a vast array of projects at all scales, linking multiple disciplines to provide design solutions to private, commercial, community and government groups.

Our architects bring to bear a design management approach that analyses and synthesises constraints and opportunities to realise new possibility. Our work integrates multiple stakeholders and complex interrelationships. A global network of designers, planners and engineers share the technical knowledge and resources to bring momentum to your projects. Drawing on our richness of skill, your design takes on a sustainable, powerful, strategic and commercial role. You can expect an integrated built outcome that is technically competent, elegantly resolved, meets current standards and exceeds your expectations.

Our focus is on creative thinking; research, modelling, pursuit of a broad alternatives and the testing of innovative solutions.

We work across a range of markets, focussing on the community infrastructure, workplace and lifestyle, defence and security, resource, and industrial sectors.

Services

  • Architectural design
  • Design management
  • Integrated design
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Masterplanning and strategic facility planning
  • Sustainability
  • Advanced building physics and modelling
  • Interior design
  • Computer visualisation, simulation and animation
  • Condition audits
  • Adaptation, re-lifing and retrofitting
  • Greening existing buildings
  • Project management

For further information, contact:

Michael Hegarty
T: +61 8 8111 6548
E: Michael Hegarty

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Architecture - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy 

ADNOC Head Office, UAE

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GHD was appointed to design the electrical, communications, fire alarm, mechanical, and plumbing fitout services for the new ADNOC head office building in Abu Dhabi. The building comprises 72 levels of offices topped with a feature frame, equipment rooms and a helipad. ADNOC is the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, a major client in the region.

The team detailed such diverse systems as the building wide external feature lighting, audio visual installations on every floor and a data centre. GHD designed all specialist lighting, audio visual and communications systems for the venue.

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Al Raha Beach

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The Al Raha Beach development is a beachfront project being built along the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, opposite Al Raha Gardens.

The USD$15 billion development sits on reclaimed land at Al Raha Beach, occupying an area of 6.8 million square metres, with a total built-up area of 12 million square metres. Developed by ALDAR, Al Raha Beach will be a new city district that will serve as the new gateway to Abu Dhabi City and accommodate 120,000 residents in an arrangement of high-rise towers and low-rise developments. It is being built in 11 residential and commercial precincts, each with its own distinct personality and appeal.

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Al Raha Gardens

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Al Raha Gardens is a mixed-use residential, commercial, leisure and retail development in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The vision for the development is that of a medium-sized village community with village-scale streets that afford residents the opportunity to socialise; fostering a sense of community, ownership and pride in their surroundings.

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Bilal Pearl Tower

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GHD has been engaged by Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trading and Contracting Company to re-design and oversee the construction of a 20-storey residential tower on the Pearl Island development in Qatar.

The tower development consists of chalets; studios; one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses; and facilities including two swimming pools, and separate male and female gymnasiums.

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California Health Care Facility design build project

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GHD was the lead engineer for two major phases of the USD1 billion California Health Care Facility for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The first phase consisted of an abatement, demolition, and site readiness project on which GHD worked with the architect on the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates for the abatement and demolition of 15 buildings and site utilities, as well as the design of access roads, staging areas, security fencing and electronics, and power systems.

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Craggy Ridge Estate

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Craggy Ridge Estate is a proposed eco-tourism and residential development that centres on environmental and community sustainability. Located in Tasmania’s north, the development site is an elevated plateau affording 360 degree views of the Tamar Valley and surrounding area.

 

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Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor

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GHD was engaged by Queensland Rail (Horizon Alliance) to deliver the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor Project, a major transport initiative required to service the future needs of the growing western corridor region.

The Queensland Government built a new passenger rail line from Darra to Springfield and duplicated the Centenary Highway between Richlands and Springfield. This project is part of the State Government’s South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2007 – 2026 and will be delivered in stages.

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Delaware Aqueduct Tap Membrane Filtration Plant

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The Town of Newburgh owns and operates two sources of drinking water supply to serve its approximately 23,000 customers in its Consolidated Water District, as well as the Town of Marlborough. The two sources are the Delaware Aqueduct Tap (DAT), which is a connection to the New York City Delaware Aqueduct and the Chadwick Lake Reservoir, which is a manmade reservoir in the Town.

Until recently, the Town had been granted a filtration waiver from the Surface Water Treatment Rule by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for its Delaware Aqueduct supply. Due to recent increases in disinfection byproducts, specifically haloacetic acids, the Town exceeded the maximum contaminant level under the Stage 1 Disinfection Byproduct Rule. Accordingly, the NYSDOH rescinded the filtration waiver. The Town retained GHD to evaluate filtration alternatives for the DAT and to prepare the design of the required facilities.

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Doha City Centre

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With a brief to reflect the growing spirit of Qatar and its emerging significance in regional affairs, GHD has created an exciting retail and entertainment complex of international standard.

The master plan for the multi-use City Centre project, developed with Davenport Campbell, provides almost 300,000 sq m of built-up area over five levels and facilities for 3000 car park spaces. The retail and entertainment mall provides a broad range of family-based activities – in specialty retail outlets, a hypermarket, food courts, entertainment area, a cinema complex, ice skating rink and a bowling alley.

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Dong Nai waterfront city

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GHD has prepared the detailed master plan for the Waterfront City in Vietnam, which is billed as the central township of the new Long Hung City development in Dong Nai.

When completed, Waterfront City is expected to accommodate approximately 35,000 people. The development is being undertaken by a consortia led by international urban developer, Keppel Land. The project comprised integrated, comprehensive and sustainable development that incorporates low to high-rise apartments, landed homes, marina, mixed use and commercial districts complimented with civic, educational, health and recreational facilities.

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Drouin Primary School

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GHD was commissioned to develop a design for the redevelopment of Drouin Primary School. The masterplan evolved from a consultative process involving the school community, school council members, SCA management and GHD's architects.

Stage 1 included the refurbishment of the existing heritage listed building into the administration centre for the school. It incorporated the construction of six new classrooms and a library along School Road .

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Dubai University Hospital

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GHD is providing a range of services for a 400-bed tertiary care teaching hospital development in Dubai. Known as University Hospital, the project boasts a construction budget of AED2.1 billion (AU$700 million). University Hospital contributes to Dubai’s vision to become a global centre of excellence for healthcare delivery.

Located within a low-rise, Mediterranean-themed, master planned healthcare development, this 18-storey building has a contemporary double skin facade and includes a three-level basement with parking for 2500 cars. Medical care will be provided in a four-level podium block with bed wards located in the tower above. Administrative offices will be housed in a separate eight-storey building to the south, linked to the medical block via a glazed walkway.

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Enlarged Cotter Dam, Australia

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A prolonged drought during the late 1990s and early 2000s tested the security of the ACT water supply. In response to this a number of options to increase the reliability of the system during extreme droughts were considered.

GHD was engaged in 2004-2005 to undertake a study to investigate options for the augmentation of the ACT water supply. This initially included the consideration of three potential dam sites and associated pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment plants. The scope was subsequently widened to consider options involving the transfer of water from the Murrumbidgee River to the catchment of the existing Googong Dam. 

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Enpark

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Dubai is setting the pace in planning a community that embraces high sustainability values.

In keeping with the Ruler of Dubai’s directive to develop only ‘green’ buildings, EnPark will be one of Dubai’s first master planned communities to embody sustainability principles. These principles cover land use, urban design, buildings and open spaces.

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Fisherman’s Beach Redevelopment

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The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) in Victoria engaged GHD to prepare architectural concepts for the redevelopment of the Fisherman’s Beach precinct.

The precinct is a popular beach location at Torquay for walking and swimming, and is a launching site for commercial and recreational boats. The new building will be a high-profile development delivering a quality, cost-effective and sustainable outcome that showcases what can be achieved in coastal development.

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Flowerdale Children's Hub

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GHD was engaged in September 2009 to be the principal consultant for the new Flowerdale Children’s Hub in the Hume region. Flowerdale Children’s Hub is a consolidation and revitalistation of key community services and facilities, previously damaged or destroyed in the February 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in Victoria.

The hub will provide an important landmark adress and act as a central meeting point for the local community, as well as offering a range of services, and Multi-pupose school and community facilities as part of the Building Education Revolution school program.

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Frances Bay Zone Substation

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The Frances Bay Zone Substation was constructed to meet increasing electricity demand in Darwin’s CBD and to increase security of power supply to the area – now and into the future.

GHD provided the specialist skills and knowledge needed for the multi-disciplinary engineering and architectural design, project management and contract administration of construction of the project.

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Fraser Coast Cultural Centre

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GHD delivered a range of integrated services including planning, architecture, engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic), interior and landscape design, tender and construction supervision and project delivery. This project was modelled in 3D with structural steel workshop drawings prepared during design phase which optimised and fast-tracked construction.

For more information, please contact Paul Thatcher +613 8687 8383

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Gore Hill High Technology Business Park

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As Australia's first five star, mixed-use, high technology business park, Gore Hill brings a world-class work environment to Sydney. GHD is the architect and designer of this exciting new project.

Showcasing iconic architecture, exceptional quality and environmental sustainability, Lindsay Bennelong Developments is creating a business park that sets the benchmark by which others will be judged.

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Grand Hyatt Resort

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GHD is the principal consultant for the design of this high profile five-star tourist resort. The architecture and services are designed in modern Qatari style and provide a solution to the harsh desert environment.

The Grand Hyatt development, commissioned by the Tourism Investment Company, is a luxurious resort complex comprising a 250-suite hotel and fully serviced five-star holiday villas. Located along the Arabian Gulf, the innovative cluster layout concept maximises the view of the beach from each villa, while retaining privacy. The design engenders the site’s characteristics, that of the collusion of water and the desert.                                     

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Greys Avenue

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Balancing heritage preservation heritage and modernisation is a key feature of the project to design an upgrade for Auckland’s historic Greys Ave Apartments. GHD was awarded the design contract.

Specific measures included in GHD’s design:

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Guide Dog Centre Victoria

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GHD's architects have designed a stylish contemporary new education centre for the Guide Dogs Victoria. Set amongst the bushland along the Yarra River in Kew, the proposed new building will provide a central venue for training, education and administration activities for the association.

GHD designed the facility to consolidate the various campus buildings, presenting a fresh image by providing a new entrance experience and arrival point in a low, lean envelope.

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Heathmont College

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In November 2009, Heathmont College commissioned GHD to develop a masterplan for the school. The design has subsequently evolved into a $13 million redevelopment project and is the result of a consultative process involving the school community, school council members, and GHD's architects.

Innovative design solutions have been employed resulting in a reorganisation of the school into diff erent age-level learning groups. Within these cohorts, a range of programs have been accommodated in flexible learning spaces project and wet areas space grouped around individual resource centres.

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Henderson Champion Arch Residential Development

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This project is a large residential development in Changsha and is being developed by Hong Kong Henderson Land Development Company Ltd. The development has a land area of 241,038sq m and a total building area of 442,000sq m. GHD has undertaken the architectural design in phase one of the project working on a building area of 240,000sq m.

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HNA Edinburgh Defence Precinct

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The Edinburgh Defence Precinct is a new defence facility at Edinburgh in South Australia. The project comprised a generational redevelopment of RAAF Base Edinburgh providing new facilities to accommodate an Army Battle Group and included the redevelopment of Base Support facilities and infrastructure.

GHD provided design management and integrated design services including architecture, interior design, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire, hydraulic, communications and security engineering, and environmental consulting, in association with a range of specialist sub-consultants.

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Koroit and District Primary School

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Following intervies with a series of architiects, GHD was appointed for full architecture and engineering services for the redevelopment of Koroit and District Primary School.

The project commenced with a new site masterplan and included careful heritage assessment of three historic buildings located to the north of the site (the original school, school residence and the original Koroit Courthouse).

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Manufacturing Facility Upgrade

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Interface Australia is Australia’s largest manufacturer of carpet tiles for residential, commercial and industrial use. The company engaged GHD to assist with a major upgrade of its manufacturing facility. 

It was important to the client that any upgrade was arranged so as to minimise disruption to ongoing plant operations.

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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Multipurpose Covered Arena (Dalby)

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GHD undertook the design, documentation and construction phase management for the covered arena at Dalby Showgrounds, Queensland. The 90m by 60m clear span structure provides a covered venue for equestrian and other multi-disciplinary events.

The structure covers a 60m by 40m equestrian area, grandstand seating and a 55m by 10m ancillary building that contains amenities, function and bar areas, and a viewing deck.

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Printing Press Building for Hobart Mercury

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The new AUD $9 million high-speed facillity, located in the Hobart Technopark, was designed by GHD, which provided the architectural detailing, structural and geotechnical engineering, all building services engineering, planning, environmental and traffic assessments. The EGO Group and Cardno Low and Hooke also contributed to the design.

Most notably, the new equipment allows the Hobart Mercury to output its own colour printing for the first time, avoiding the current need to fly in colour work overnight from Melbourne.

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Accommodation Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways crew have a new ‘home away from home’ in Doha that achieves high quality living in a relaxing atmosphere.

GHD was engaged to design the complex, which contains 543 apartments in four buildings that are arranged in a traditional form of an Arabic Mafruka. The facility, which has a modern contemporary theme, is designed to project the dynamic and progressive branding attributes commonly associated with Qatar Airways.

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Restoring tourism icon

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Chilean pier to shine once more

In 2011, the Chilean Ministry of Public Works engaged GHD to carry out several studies to assess the conditions of the facilities of the Vergara Pier in Viña del Mar (a famous Chilean resort city) and provide alternatives for restoring and rehabilitating this tourist attraction.

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San Quentin State Prison

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San Quentin is California's oldest and best known correctional institution. The prison today includes a reception center for new commitments, a parole violator unit, general population units, and a minimum security work crew unit.

San Quentin State Prison was opened in July 1852 and covers 432 acres. San Quentin housed both male and female inmates until 1933 when the women's prison at Tehachapi was built.

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Shading system to slash energy use by 30%

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A unique shading system that shields the sun whilst allowing daylight penetration has the potential to radically cut air-conditioning and lighting use in buildings.

In hot countries, keeping offices cool and well lit can consume up to 70 percent of the total power use of a building. Using air-conditioning in isolation to cool a building is both costly and environmentally unsustainable.

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The Palm Islands

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This Palm Islands project in Dubai will support about 20 luxury hotels/resorts, 2000 exclusive residential beachside villas and 27,000 apartments. Office buildings, marinas, theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, community facilities and large areas of public open space also feature.

GHD's services have included:

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Traeger Park

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Traeger Park sporting complex is the main sporting facility for Alice Springs and is a leading Australian venue for national and international sporting events.

In 2003, GHD prepared the master plan for the redevelopment of Traeger Park. This process involved public consultation, scoping and concept development for any future upgrading of the facility.

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Waiouru Moving Target Range

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GHD has been involved in the development of a Moving Target Range (MTR) for the New Zealand Army’s new light armoured vehicles (LAV).

Located in the Military Training Area north of Waiouru Army Camp, the facility provides training in the mobile engagement of moving targets by the LAV commanders and crew.

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Zero Concept

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In the spirit of harnessing innovation and raising benchmarks, GHD has developed a spectacular concept for a building of the future, called ZERO.

A hallmark of our company’s integrated multi-disciplinary services, ZERO is located at Richmond Station in Melbourne, Australia. Unveiled at the OUR PLANET Sustainability Forum, ZERO showcases our innovative approach and demonstrates what can be achieved in an energy and resource efficient building.

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