Kaizen Papers


Brownfield hospital developments

In this paper we outline the challenges and opportunities with brownfield hospital developments and the opportunity for quality facilities, including an insight into common budgetary, time and operational constraints associated with these developments. Slattery explores how the opportunity for quality facilities can be delivered whilst acknowledging the constraints of an existing site, ultimately generating value for the community


The hidden cost of high rise

With space in Australian cities at a premium, investors and developers will often look to height to maximise yield through the construction of tall buildings. However, a multitude of not-so-obvious hidden costs need to be considered as part of any feasibility study to make sure the uplift in scale is equal to a profitable return for investors and developers.


Unlocking the Cost of Incarceration

In the wake of the Victorian Governments announcement to budget $1.8B to new prisons and correctional facilities over the next four years, considerable community concern and media debate has arisen in regards to the necessity for investment into prevention, rather than detention. As such, the need for conversation regarding the defining issues and cost considerations in new prison construction is evident.  In our new Kaizen paper, we have taken the initiative to investigate the critical variables and unlock the cost of incarceration.


What’s the knock on wood?

What’s the knock on wood? Engineered timber is a renewable building material offering multiple environmental, architectural and program benefits. The material is starting to be seen as an alternative building material compared to the more traditional material such as concrete, steel and masonry Due to greater awareness and availability of some Australian made products that can assist with timber construction within buildings, there is an emergence of this product used in construction in Australia today. In our new paper, Slattery explores the key considerations for a wholly timber construction project and the steps universities can put in place to mitigate perceived risks. We examine recent Australian and international leading examples to determine the considerations and benefits including cost saving and sustainability.


The real cost of delivering a modern workplace

The workplace should represent a company’s brand and corporate values, and enable staff productivity and efficiency. This has always been part of the brief for workplace design and construction but nowadays tenants are dealing with a society that demands an enormous emphasis on health, wellbeing and sustainability. It is not uncommon for commercial office buildings and workplaces to have wellness centres, change facilities and collaboration hubs, all with multiple tenants under the one roof. So what is the impact on cost and how do landlords and tenants balance budgets and modern day pressures to deliver a workplace that “has it all’?


The infrastructure conundrum

Two thirds of Australians now live in our capital cities, and the growth of our urban nation continues to accelerate at an ever-increasing rate. According to Infrastructure Australia, the percentage of city dwellers will rise from 69.3 per cent in 2031 to 73.4 per cent by 2061. By then, up to 15.7 million Australians will live in our capital cities. Accommodating this growth will be one of the great challenges of our nation’s city-builders in the decades to come. Read our recent article “The Infrastructure Conundrum” by Director Gillian Cottle and let us know your thoughts on how we will meet the infrastructure needs of this population growth.