In early 2010 NOVATEC reached another memorable milestone in being contracted to design & supply our MAC (Automatic Climber) jump form system to construct both the Lift & Stair Cores on the new QIMR project at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Brisbane.

This 16 level Building presented our design team with some challenging issues, including obstructions at existing adjacent buildings & the planning to install the specified external precast panels through the peripheral area of the Climbing System.



Burswood Towers overlooks the Burswood Hotel Resort and Casino. This spectacular complex houses Western Australia’s only casino, a five star international resort packed with restaurants, ballrooms, bars and theatres, and a magnificent eighteen hole golf course. Adjacent are horse racing, tennis, boating and waterskiing centres.

Hardly a weekend will go by where there is not a first class entertainment or sporting event taking place on your doorstep.

Novatec Construction Systems has reached another very important milestone in Australia with the launching of its Automated Climbing System (MAC) here on this high-profile Perth project. The MAC system is to be utilized in conjunction with the Mammut wallform system, to form up the proposed core on this 15 storey building. Our client was looking for an alternative, yet tried and proven climbing system that uses hydraulic jacking from internal pockets, rather than pushing from the top of the formed reinforced concrete walls. MAC was the simple solution here, with its lower jacking beams providing the answers for safe & efficient climbing – whilst ensuring the top working deck remains safe and unobstructed.

MAC for climbing, Mammut for verticals, and MevaDec for the slabs – ALL 3 innovative systems here providing ALL the right results !

Novatec Construction Systems is consistently finding the best answers for the best outcomes.



Novatec secured a contract with Pryme Constructions to provide the formwork equipment for Nexus Towers, a twin-tower residential and retail development located adjacent to the historic Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Scarborough Street, Southport.

The East Tower comprises 26 storeys above a two level basement and Ground and Podium levels, whilst the North Tower comprises 20 storeys. The East Tower features 98 apartments including four penthouses, 47 three bedroom and two bathroom apartments, and 47 two bedroom, two bathroom apartments. The North Tower features 32 two bedroom and two bathroom penthouses, 32 three bedroom and two bathroom apartments, four sub-penthouses and six home-offices. The bulk of the Nexus Tower apartments have two basement car parking spaces (totalling 383 parking spaces) and all apartments have intercom security. On-site facilities include a 20-seat private theatrette, swimming pool, spa, sauna, barbeque areas, indoor-outdoor residents’ lounge, function centre, gymnasium, landscaped surrounds and a grassed piazza.

Once gain the preferred choice of slab forming systems was Novatec’s MevaDec solution. 2 towers to be built and 2 success stories to be told – our customer always finding the solution to obtain the best possible results.


Almost every project in this environment demands a customised solution. Pivotal Point, probably the most important building to be added to the Southport CBD, was very demanding.

The HSP Property project, created by long term Burchill VDM client and Gold Coast identity Eddie Kornhauser, dominates the skyline at the Broadwater end of Nerang Street. Its 40 levels house ground floor retail, four levels of commercial and 34 levels of residential, all over a three level underground basement car park.

The lowest level basement is 10 metres below street level and five metres below the ground water level.

To enable the deep bulk excavation to occur adjacent to existing buildings and roadways and also to create a permanent waterproof retaining structure, the site was contained with a continuous piled retaining wall. The secant pile wall consists of a series of 600mm diameter grout injected piles installed at 500mm centres to create an interlocking waterproof wall.

The walls were prevented from collapsing into the excavation in the short term by temporary side wall rock anchors and ultimately restrained by the basement floor slabs once constructed.

The tower is supported on a 1.5m deep reinforced concrete raft founded onto rock of allowable bearing capacity of 300 tonnes/m2. The lowest basement B3 outside the tower footprint consists of a 400mm deep slab and beam system strategically held down with post tensioned ground anchors to resist hydrostatic uplift forces of around 5 tonnes/m2.

Suspended basement floor slabs are reinforced concrete as is the ground floor podium slab with the exception of certain post tensioned ground floor transfer slabs. The transfers are to support column loads above, that fail to align with basement columns under.

The transfers were post tensioned to provide shallow structural sections with reduced deflections to maximise clearances under the slabs.

The upper structure including the commercial and residential structure is reinforced concrete slabs and shear walls designed to resist cyclonic wind loads and seismic forces.

Novatec worked closely with the formwork contractor on this project to provide a safe and efficient system to form the suspended slabs. It was decided to use a combination of the MevaDec FTE & the MevaDec HN systems. This enabled the customer to utilize some of his existing stocks ,whilst being able to top-up with the additional formwork that was required – at the same time being comfortable knowing that this proven combination of systems was going to assist him achieve the required class 2 finish.


Silvershore is an $85 Million residential development on the Marine Parade Strip. It is being built on a 6,000 square metre block, with a 70 metre water frontage. Silvershore will be a striking waterfront address. Elegant curved balconies and strong clean lines make a clear design statement – a simply stunning Broadwater landmark. Featuring functional indoor/outdoor spaces and a myriad of lifestyle options, Silvershore is the epitome of modern waterfront living.

Designed so most of the apartments are north-east facing and enjoy water views, Silvershore consists of one 9 storey tower housing 158 apartments. Lush landscaped terraces cocoon the ground floor apartments, which are raised to capture the majestic panoramic water views.

This project saw the MevaDec FTE system used to form up the reinforced concrete slabs over a very large area.Large areas require the use of bracing towers. MEP Props and MEP Frames provided solid lateral support enabling continuous formwork erection regardless of size. Our customer was able to use his own stocks of the FTE system as far as possible Novatec was flexible in providing a percentage of formwork to ensure that the full system was able to be used efficiently and safely, whilst keeping the contractors rental costs to a minimum.


Southport Central is a 18,130 m² multi-purpose development at the corner of Scarborough and Lawson Streets Southport, Queensland, Australia. It comprises three towers with integrated shopping and commercial precincts with a total value of $700 million.

Seamlessly uniting residential, commercial and retail space, the three towers of Southport Central will be a striking tribute to a new direction in the evolution of one of the Gold Coast’s most established central precincts.

Currently the largest mixed use development under construction in Australia, Southport Central is a $700 million development that is leading the reinvention of Southport. Between the natural confines of the broadwater and mountainous hinterland, Southport Central expresses the Gold Coast’s dynamic global identity through timeless design.

The MevaDec systems have been used very successfully throughout the ongoing construction of this landmark development. It is without doubt that the results have been well proven – lower labour costs, reduced material costs, increased safety & simplicity in design. Today it is clear that the features and benefits of Novatec’s systems are tried and proven !



This office development at 503 Murray Street Perth is a fine example of the advantages that Arccon is able to bring to design and construct projects. The developer initially approached Arccon with a budget and concept which we released to a number of architects for proposals. Together with the developer, the most marketable option was selected and the successful architect, along with a team of consultants, were all engaged and managed by Arccon to commence the project. In an extremely short space of time, we were able to provide a cost feasible design ready for council approvals. While managing the approval process, our design team continued to develop the detailed design ready for construction.

Novatec was asked to provide a cost-effective solution for the in-situ forming of the large core shaft on this project. The contractor needed to assemble & strip the external formwork at each lift, whilst the internal forms were to be supported from a conventional platform using suitable platform beams with gravity flippers locking into the formed pockets.

The answer was to use the StarTec wall form panel system, which was able to be gang-formed and assembled without the complication or the time-consuming cutting and shutting of plywood and timber components. Additionally the panel forms were designed to be easily stripped with the use of our new StarTec stripping corners, which enable the forms to be collapsed. Safety, efficiency & simplicity !


CeVue Serviced Apartments in Perth’s highly regarded seaside suburb of Scarborough.  Investor interest is expected to be strong for the property considering the buoyant hotel investment market.

The approved 21 serviced apartments will be constructed over five levels consisting of four single and 17 twin-key apartments, providing 38 keys in total, together with 18 undercroft parking bays and ground floor reception/amenities and commercial facilities of approximately 437sqm.  Guests will also have access to a resort style pool and associated amenities.

The precinct is set to benefit enormously from the planned facelift and ongoing rejuvenation of Scarborough Beach.  The Scarborough Beach Urban Design Master Plan, initiated as part of the Local Council’s adopted Scarborough Environ Area Strategy (SEAS), aims to upgrade the image & facilities of the popular beach side suburb.

“Essentially the City of Stirling’s initiative to clean up the beachfront includes a plan to see increased residents, restaurants and short stay in the precinct.  Such improvements to the precinct could also assist an incoming owner with potential capital gains”, said co selling agent Mr Nigel Freshwater, Director of Investment Sales, Jones Lang LaSalle W.A.

This high-profile project sees our MevaDec systems being used to achieve significant gains in productivity whilst enabling the contractor to meet the demands of the tight construction schedule. It goes without saying that expensive plywood & timber material costs are also greatly reduced. During the construction process no doubt high winds will be experienced making the MevaDec and MD Drophead with it’s ‘uplift protection system’ the absolute best and safest choice for this project. Some 4000m2 of formwork is being cycled throughout the structure whilst the undisturbed back propping permits the re-use of the MD panels & MD beams. The standard grid dimensions of 3.74m provides a clear and unobstructed area underneath the poured slabs, which makes for increased safety, whilst other trades can follow through without delay.


Brand new self contained office suites due for completion in February 2009. Building has been designed to achieve a 4.5 Star Energy Rating under the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating System.

Located within the vibrant commercial precinct of Subiaco. Close by amenity includes shops, cafes and restaurants along Hay Street and Rokeby Road. The development is within walking distance to the Subiaco train station. The office suites available have frontage onto Railway Road.

Novatec’s MevaDec FTE system was used on this Subiaco project for the 1st time in Western Australia – a real milestone ! It continues to prove highly beneficial in the forming of suspended slabs and our customer is very excited with his better than expected results. The demand on other developments in WA is increasing daily. As always it is Novatec’s MevaDec that stands out from the rest !



Located on the quiet side of the Darwin CBD, Evolution on Gardiner will have thirty three stories – a vertical village where each designer home will be cocooned in privacy. A haven of space and light with breathtaking views and the advantage of a restaurant, chiropractic clinic and beauty salon on the ground floor and a private resort style recreational podium deck on level five. Evolution on Gardiner is truly the finest central city high rise residential development Darwin has ever seen! –

Evolution on Gardiner is the tallest building in Darwin. It is located on the eastern part of the Darwin CBD on Knuckey Street. The roof of the tower is 100 metres above ground reaching Darwin’s maximum height limit of 120 meters above sea level. The project was designed by architectural firm Burling Brown Architects and was built by Darwin based Sunbuild.

The building will contain five commercial suites on the ground floor, 104 apartments, A pub on the 32nd floor which will be the highest pub in Darwin, 2 penthouse units. Construction began on Evolution in July 2006 and was completed in July 2008. The building contains 1500m² of floor area. Evolution will comprise of three high speed lifts.

Another success story here in the NT. Novatec’s MevaDec once again proves to be the preferred system, assisting our client to get the job done with semi-unskilled labour – as is so often the case in more remote areas, especially in today’s tight labour market. Ease of assembly with lightweight components also makes for easier work in tough working conditions.

Verticals are also not a problem on this job with the very strong Mammut & the proven Startec wall form systems going the distance for our pro-active client . A real forward thinker !


With interesting & panoramic views of busy Darwin harbour , CBD restaurants and bars just a stroll away, you will love living in this spectacular Esplanade apartment. Features include 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a modern open kitchen with European appliances and caeser stone benchtops, massive balcony, full security, carparking and pool, you will never tire of this outstanding investment.

A milestone for Novatec Construction Systems was realised when various Meva systems were requested and used for the 1st time in the Northern Territory! The results are becoming known – Australia Wide.

Due to it’s remote geographical location high rise construction in the Northern Territory demands that much forward planning is undertaken – Novatec Construction Systems were very happy to provide the right solutions! MevaDec for the slabs, Mammut & Startecfor the verticals provided the client with the results he was looking for & went the distance yet again!!