Celebrating Excellence | Standout Projects of 2023

As 2023 comes to an end, we're reflecting on some of the projects that have left us feeling especially proud.

These achievements are a testament to our collective ingenuity, shared commitment to excellence and the great collaborations we've enjoyed this year.

Here's just some of the standout projects from 2023:

The Yards | First 6 Star Industrial Precinct GSC Rating in Australia

The Yards is the first industrial estate in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating – the highest rating possible. The estate sets a new benchmark for resilience, community engagement, carbon emissions reduction, connection with country, creating community, active and healthy living, and much more in the industrial space. This achievement was not possible without the creation of partnerships and great collaboration with Frasers Property Industrial, Aware Real Estate, and the whole project team. This integration is key to delivering projects of this calibre with ambitious sustainability outcomes, and we are look forward to continue to be part of them.

Delivery team: Pamela Chacon, Chris Buntine, Owen Fung

Westmead Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Service Ward | Transforming Healthcare

Adults living with cystic fibrosis can now access state-of-the-art care in Australia’s first purpose-built Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Service ward at Westmead Hospital. Tasked by PwC, Northrop played a pivotal role in delivering mechanical and electrical services for this ground-breaking project. Our team was genuinely elated to be part of this project, transforming the space from cold and clinical to warm and restorative. Actively contributing to the transition from a gloomy ambiance to one that fosters optimism, instils confidence in the recovery journey, and bolsters trust in the healthcare system has been immensely rewarding. We firmly believe that these changes will significantly impact patients and their families for years to come.

Delivery team: Ibby Kanalas, Miena Slama, Jeff Tsang, Jay Bee Dela Cruze, Andrew Vlahiotis, Peter Young

Battery Energy Storage Systems NSW Roll Out | Powering the Future

Revolutionising the clean energy landscape over the coming months, the Clean Energy Transfer Fund is working to install various Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) across NSW. Working alongside the fantastic team at Mott MacDonald, Northrop is engaged to provide ASP3 services for a number of these projects. Our dedicated team is designing kiosk type High Voltage Customer units for each BESS site which will be seamlessly powered by an 11KV supply from Ausgrid, located nearest to the zone substation. We are proud to be part of this critical project, contributing to the much-needed transition towards a greener future. Together, we are making a tangible impact and advancing the cause of renewable energy.

Delivery team: Braj Dubey, Irfan Noor, Roni Azzi, Somarith Sam, Marie Roncal, Olga Brusentseva

University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus | Gosford’s First Mass Timber Building

We’re proud to be working with Lyons alongside EJE Architecture on the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast Campus. Built on the site of a former Mitre 10 store, the $58 million building is set to be Gosford’s first mass timber building. It will incorporate teaching and learning spaces, a large community engagement space, an innovation hub, meeting and event venues, and accessible outdoor spaces. The building will be made using materials that reference Gosford’s natural ecology and industrial history, and the design targets an ambitious 6 Star Green Star rating. Providing structural and civil engineering services on the project, we’re very proud to help deliver this outstanding and forward-thinking new campus, helping local talent to stay and study on the Central Coast.

Delivery team: Robert Winbank, Matthew Burke, Aidan McConnell, Lauren Gaudion, Kathleen Turton, Daniel Holland, Jake Carraro, Vito Ferraro, Michael De Donatis

The Crossing, Springfield Rise | Putting Northrop on The Map for Community Building

Just 35 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, Springfield Rise is conveniently located between the shopping, business, health and education precincts of Springfield Central and the wild beauty of White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate. Growing at a rapid pace, Northrop is providing civil engineering services for a new residential subdivision encompassing 236 homes and a new 5000m2 park for the local Springfield Rise Community. Proudly putting Northrop on the map, this high-profile project has firmly established Northrop’s expertise in community building, cementing a lasting and meaningful partnership with Lendlease.

Delivery team: Nick Gill, Mark Gittins, Rebekah Wilhelmi, Brenden Adams, Sonny Gorman, Luke Cunningham

Northern Rivers Flood Recovery | 200+ Temporary Modular Homes in 12 Weeks

Engaged by Lipman, Northrop took a pivotal role in aiding flood recovery efforts in the Northern Rivers. Our commitment and expertise were instrumental in providing structural, civil, and hydraulic engineering services for over 200 temporary modular homes, strategically placed across Southern Cross University Lismore, Evans Head, Coraki and Brunswick Heads sites. In a swift 12-week program, our focused efforts helped provide a safe and rapid housing solution for those affected by the floods. It's our privilege at Northrop to have played a role in offering immediate support and shelter during those challenging times.

Delivery team: Neil Petherbridge, Chris Smith, Kane Sinclair, Stephen Lee

Huntlee | Building an Award-Winning Future

We're immensely proud of our work on Huntlee, the Hunter Valley's first new town in more than 50 years. Spanning 7500 homes, 150 hectares of public spaces, 620 hectares for conservation, and 200 hectares for commercial employment land, this project has a strong sustainability focus and promises over 3000 new jobs for the region. The project also recently took out the UDIA NSW Award for Excellence for the best Masterplanned Community. Partnering with LWP since 2015, Northrop is the lead design consultant coordinating hydraulic, electrical and communication services across the site, as well as transport, landscape and ecology. This collaborative journey underscores our deep dedication to sustainability and fostering enduring partnerships. We’re thrilled to be a part of this ongoing project, shaping a brighter future for our communities.

Delivery team: Brittany Balcombe, Jack Parkinson, William Crittenton, Reece Hutchison, Sophie Croft, Emma Doolan, Tanya Squires, Richard Officer, Laurance Gitzel, Ben Clark, Cassie Bendeich

BARC | Largest Centre of its Kind in the Southern Hemisphere

Australia’s first custom-built animal rehoming centre, BARC is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, capable of housing 380 dogs and cats in comfort and care as they await their forever homes. Working closely with Blacktown City Council, our dedicated team of engineers provided structural, flooding and civil engineering services to help bring this remarkable project to life. The design of the centre itself is a game-changer, aiming to transform the way people think about animal shelters and revolutionise the rehoming process, making it more efficient and compassionate. The community focus that all the project stakeholders held throughout design and construction, made the project all the more meaningful.

Delivery team: Lauren Gaudion, Steve Maher, Mani Harley-Cardoso, Kane Sinclair

PHIVE | The Centrepiece of Parramatta Square

PHIVE is the centrepiece of Parramatta Square’s $2.7 billion transformation. The building is a library and cultural facility filled with community and exhibition spaces, as well as the City of Parramatta’s Council Chambers. It acts as a new city landmark, a place where locals can meet, learn, and share. Working alongside Built, Northrop provided structural and civil engineering services to the detailed design and construction phase of the project. A challenging project, our engineers were especially proud of the bespoke steel roof design which gives the building it’s abstract shape. The project illustrated our firm commitment to on-time project delivery with five Northrop design teams working concurrently to deliver under tight construction programs.

Delivery team: Lachlan Sykes, Ian McDaid, James Gilligan, Aline Carvalhaes, Isabel Duffy, Braeden Perrott, Sam Chapple, Mitch Ryan, Robert Messina, Sam Harris

Light Horse Business Hub | Bringing Together Two of our Passions; Industrial Buildings and Mass Timber Structures

Located at the intersection of the M4 and M7 motorways, the Light Horse Business Hub offers unrivalled access and connection to Western Sydney. At over 170,000m squared, the traditional industrial estate has been reimaged to include CBD style office space as a key differentiator. This market leading project is set to attract top national and international brands by prioritising tenants and their employee’s needs in its forward-thinking design. Working with Richard Crookes, Northrop provided structural engineering and sustainability consultancy services for three lots at Light Horse Logistics Hub. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together two of our passions; industrial buildings and mass timber structures, and are immensely proud to have contributed to the first mass timber office buildings of their type in Australia.

Delivery team: Nick Boey, Jason Xu, Matt Burke, Kaveh Alizadehhesari, Annalise Smalley, Olivia Harper, Ian Van Eerden, Ryan McShane, Natalie Cole

Melbourne CBD | Transforming the Arts Precinct

Northrop is working for Development Victoria with Hassell to deliver the transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct. The $1.7 billion project will transform Melbourne's creative precinct - attracting visitors, creating jobs and establishing creative spaces and a vibrant new Public Realm in the heart of the city. Working on the project since 2018, Northrop is currently providing structural and civil design services on the project. This involves working alongside the Reimagining Arts Centre Melbourne team, the National Gallery Victoria Contemporary and working with Lendlease who was appointed to manage the delivery of the temporary works. We’re excited to be working on such a significant project for Victoria.

Delivery team: James Sutherland, Robert Suckling, Andrew Brown

Electrolux, Port of Brisbane | An Unwavering Commitment to Sustainability

Collaborating with long term partner Port of Brisbane, Northrop delivered Port West Stage 2's first development for Electrolux Group. Working alongside Port, McNab, Sparc, Johnstaff, the project encompassed 21,255m2 of warehouse in addition to a dock office, truck manoeuvring hardstand and car parking. What sets this project apart was our unwavering commitment to sustainability. The entire facility was meticulously designed to achieve a 6-Star Green Star (v1.3) rating, aligning seamlessly with Northrop's sustainability targets and the objectives of all key stakeholders. Our dedication to incorporating engineered timber in the showroom and office, coupled with innovative low carbon concrete applications, were key to achieving these ambitious targets. 

Delivery team: Clachair Venter, Matthew Burke, Ali Habibi, Hayden Payne, Hayden Davis 


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