• How the Bruce Highway project will improve Queensland's traffic

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    In 2012, the Bruce Highway Technical Advisory Group was put in charge of creating a 10 year 'Crisis Action Plan' to address the issues posed by Queensland's Bruce Highway.

    Upon consulting traffic engineers as to what could be done, the authority created an action plan that outlined the motorways problems and actionable solutions. 

    Why the Bruce Highway? 

    The Bruce Highway is approximately 1,700 kilometres long, and serves as Queensland's primary north-south transportation corridor, running from Cairns to Brisbane along the coast. Given that these, as well as the other cities along the Pacific Ocean are essential to the state economy, it's not surprising that authorities are giving so much attention to renovating the motorway.

    There's a reason why the Technical Advisory Group referred to the Bruce Highway as a crisis. Studies have identified the corridor as one of the most dangerous roads in Australia. More than 17 per cent of fatal road accidents occur on the Bruce Highway.

    Flooding is another major concern. Authorities have identified nine areas that, on average, close for longer than 48 hours every year due to ineffective water engineering solutions. An another six locations are shut down for more than five days because of the same issue. 

    On top of these concerns, both urban and rural traffic along the Bruce Highway is expected to increase in tandem with economic development. Congestion has worsened from Brisbane to Maryborough and other areas. 

    Some concepts to remember

    To ensure the Bruce Highway can accommodate more commuters and commercial trucks, traffic engineers assigned to the project must keep a few principles in mind: 

    • Average travel speed (ATS) is greatly impacted by the number of heavy-duty vehicles on the road. 
    • For the most part, the ATS is higher in median lane than it is in the shoulder lane, even when traffic density is the same between the two. 
    • It is often advisable to regard each lane separately when performing traffic studies, because lane position typically has the greatest effect on traffic performance.

    What's being done to fix the Bruce Highway? 

    To address flooding issues, engineers are drafting solutions that will dramatically decrease delays. The goal is to design embankments that can withstand peak flood events. 

    Extra lanes are scheduled to be constructed in key rural areas were only temporary relief is required. Two-lane portions near metropolitan areas will be upgraded to four-lane or six-lane stretches, depending on current congestion data. 

    The project is currently underway, and is scheduled to be completed by 2022. It's hoped that these additions will sustain future traffic trends. 

  • Analysing SEQ's need for disaster-resilient buildings

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    While structural engineers draw from fundamental principles when designing commercial facilities, they also adjust designs according to prospective locations.  

    Constructing a warehouse in Longreach, Queensland carries different implications than building a 20-storey office complex in downtown Brisbane. Of course, each structure has a different form and function - one supports traditional white collar operations while the other caters to logistics. 

    Yet, it's also necessary to address environmental disparities between Longreach and Brisbane. The latter is a coastal metropolis while the former is an outback township. In regard to building in Brisbane, what would structural engineers and developers need to be aware of?

    Natural disasters have cost Queensland more than $5.4 billion in recent years.

    Developing a resilient South East Queensland

    Why Brisbane? According to the South East Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors, SEQ is a rapidly growing region, and will house approximately one in six Australians within the next two decades. Given this estimate, demand for both commercial and residential property is increasing. 

    The Council released a document proposing a joint effort between itself and the Federal government to support infrastructure initiatives throughout the region. The first priority it highlighted was bolstering SEQ's ability to recover from and resist natural disasters. 

    According to the Council, natural disasters have cost Queensland more than $5.4 billion in recent years. These expenses are associated with the reinstatement of assets that have been impacted by such events. 

    What sort of natural disasters is SEQ up against? 

    Queensland Disaster Management conducted a state-wide risk assessment of natural disasters in 2012, collecting data from 1900 to 2011. 

    The analysis concluded that tropical cyclones and flooding were the two greatest natural threats to Queensland. Combined, these two hazards accounted for approximately 72 per cent of structural damage. Flooding has caused 50 per cent of Queensland's total building losses.

    These are all factors structural engineers working in SEQ are likely cognisant of these issues. The question is, how are they applying this knowledge when spearheading commercial construction projects? 

    How can structural engineers design cyclone-resistant buildings? Tropical cyclones pose a risk to SEQ.

    Preparing for cyclones and floods 

    Engineers take a few basic measures to ensure buildings are resistant to cyclones, many of which were detailed by the Development Workshop Foundation.

    For one thing, use a regular shape for the basic structure layout to reduce pressure concentration.

    Then, strengthen junctions to reinforce the building's bracin. 

    Ultimately, choosing a location that does not receive the full wind force is a good necessary measure to take.

    As for floods, if a building is going to be located in a vulnerable location, it's recommended that the lowest level be raised above anticipated flood levels. Some situations may warrant the construction of floodwalls, but these aren't always necessary.

    SEQ offers a lot of economic promise, but it can be detrimentally affected by disaster-related disruptions. Developing commercial real estate that are built for floods, cyclones and other events ensures that fiscal activity can progress uninterrupted. 

  • A succinct guide to developing industrial solar in Queensland

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Constructing an industrial solar farm has a number of implications on Queensland's existing infrastructure. Integrating these energy assets into a complex network of civil solutions isn't as simple as plugging into the grid. 

    Careful analysis of civil systems by city planning experts reduces the chances of project hindrances occurring. Before construction commences, engineers must conduct several assessments to determine where solar fields can be positioned. 

    That being said, is Queensland primed for solar projects? 

    A bright summer day in Queensland produces 1,400 Watts W/m2.

    The state of solar in Queensland 

    In a May 15 statement, Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey asserted the public authority's willingness to do whatever it can for developers expressing tangible interest in building commercial or industrial-grade solar projects.

    This statement comes at a time when investment in renewable technology remains quite meagre, despite the fact that a bright summer day in Queensland can produce around 1,400 Watts per square metre (W/m2), according to The University of Queensland. 

    What are the preliminary concerns? 

    The Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) created a comprehensive guide to assist municipalities and project managers working to launch utility-scale solar farms. Many of the processes described within the DEWS' model could be conducted by a civil engineering consulting knowledgeable of Queensland's regions. 

    Speaking of location, this was the first item the DEWS recommended stakeholders analyse. A solar field should be constructed in an area where sunshine is consistently abundant and electricity distribution facilities readily accessible. 

    Engineering firms knowledgeable of local mandates can ensure solar projects are up to code. Assessing a solar field's feasibility is part of an engineer's job.

    At this point, the engineering team must create a connection enquiry based on mandates cited in Chapter 5 of the National Electricity Rules Version 71. Chapter 5 details connection requirements for "Registered Participants" looking to feed electricity into a transmission network.

    Development, planning and approval 

    Once the steps above are addressed, the project team can move forward with establishing a granular blueprint of how the endeavour will be executed.

    Again, legislation will have to be taken into account. For instance, if a solar field near Gold Coast is proposed, a team of Gold Coast-based engineers should address the city's litigious requirements. Consulting the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning is also a good measure to take.

    Final steps 

    The final two steps of a solar farm development initiative involve analysing revenue and data obligations and funding initiatives. Most of the processes inherent in these steps fall on financial experts, but the engineering team can provide assistance by:

    • Compounding expenses related to construction, installation and the expected output of the solar farm (once it's operational).
    • Connecting project managers with local investors interested in such ventures. 

    Overall, working with an engineering consultancy that knows the lay of the land streamlines the regulatory appraisal process. Specific knowledge regarding Queensland's energy portfolio certainly won't hurt, either. 

  • What can be done about South East Queensland's traffic congestion?

    Friday, June 05, 2015

    Winter's steady approach may have you thinking about nasal congestion. However, if you commute to Brisbane, Gold Coast or anywhere else around South East Queensland (SEQ), you're probably dwelling on a different kind of congestion.

    It's no secret that the region's transportation infrastructure isn't necessarily up to par. With a rising population and ill-equipped public transit system, Queensland officials are feeling the pressure to accommodate. 

    What does the average SEQ commute look like? 

    About 500,000 trips were taken throughout SEQ every day in 2012.

    To better understand SEQ's traffic management challenges, it's important to highlight the region's demographic trends. A study conducted by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office showed that as of June 30, 2013, SEQ's total population stood at 3.27 million. 

    Between 2012 and 2013, Brisbane grew by a little more than 20,000 people, while the Gold Coast increased by about 11,000 and Moreton Bay rose by approximately 8,500. According to the Queensland Government, an average 500,000 trips throughout SEQ were taken every day in 2012. 

    Providing insight into how this demographic change will impact the daily commute, The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland noted that Brisbane's traffic congestion will cost the state approximately $3 billion per year by 2020. These expenses will be induced by: 

    • A higher number of crashes and accidents
    • Greater fuel and labour needs
    • Lengthier travel times
    • Decreased travel reliability
    • Increased motor vehicle emissions

    Will public transit provide salvation? 

    Queensland authorities have recommended that simply constructing more freeways may seem like the easiest solution, but it that doesn't necessarily mean such measures are sustainable. Engineers are responsible for designing transit development projects that minimise commuter disruptions, and some are finding that implementing alternative solutions is often the best route to take. 

    For instance, experts at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) presented alternative measures to easing traffic congestion and establishing a resilient transit system.

    One recommendation is to deploy a state-of-the-art ramp singling system called HERO along the Pacific Motorway and South East Freeway. Tests have demonstrated HERO's ability to enhance motorway travel speeds, dependability and efficiency. 

    Well-developed traffic management plans can mitigate some of Brisbane's congestion woes. How do you plan on getting into Brisbane?

    The rail option 

    Last year, the TMR blueprinted the Bus and Train (BaT) project. If completed, the initiative would increase the number of operational trains connecting commuters to Brisbane to 48 trains every hour. Additional benefits are listed below: 

    • Nine extra trains will travel each hour from Gold Coast to Brisbane in peak morning commuter hours. 
    • A bus or train station will be less than a 10-minute walk from nearly anywhere in the CBD.
    • Bus capacity will double from the north and south into the CBD. 

    Basically, the idea is to attract commuters using cars to use public transit, thus reducing congestion. It's a project that's stirring quite a bit of excitement, and it's interesting to think about the impact the BaT project will have. 

  • How can stormwater prepare Queensland for the next drought? - part two

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    While a large part of Queensland (approximately 80 per cent) is contending with a severe drought, the southeast region has experienced heavy rainfall that caused flooding in many townships. 

    There's a certain criteria stormwater harvesting systems must adhere to.

    This poses a question of whether engineers knowledgeable of water management can find a way to reroute southeast Queensland's storm water to the state's drought-affected areas. On a practical level, such a concept is incredibly ambitious, but is it viable? 

    Assessing Brisbane's outline 

    The Brisbane City Council developed a plan for water engineers to apply when drafting stormwater harvesting plans. The purpose of the outline is to help council members and other officials deduce whether their infrastructure could feasibly support such systems. 

    Before detailing the steps necessary to assessing a proposed stormwater harvesting solution's feasibility, Brisbane named several outcomes that should be realised as a result of their implementation:

    • Protects public health and safety
    • Provides an alternative water source
    • Decreases the effects of stormwater pollutants
    • Supports the natural water cycle through sustaining environmental flows
    • Alleviates flood impact

    Once the purpose of stormwater harvesting systems are understood, cities can determine if installation is a reasonable endeavour. 

    Analysing the existing infrastructure  

    The Brisbane plan asserted that the feasibility of a stormwater harvesting solution is largely based on how much heavy rainfall a particular area receives on a consistent basis. Implementing a complex irrigation and distribution system may not be economically sustainable if infrequent or sporadic storms are the norm. 

    Can runoff be harnessed to assist drought-affected communities?How can cities harness the power of stormwater?

    Not surprisingly, Brisbane's suitability test starts with assessing slope and drainage, filtration and discharge rates, land availability and vegetation. For example, it's preferred that the slope of the application site should be less than 15 degrees. In addition, ground contents (clay, sand and ledge) will impact natural water flow. 

    From there, a water balance calculation can be made. This consists of identifying regular water supply and dividing it over demand. 

    What are the risks? 

    The challenge with managing stormwater is that it usually contains pesticides, hydrocarbons and other substances that compromise the cleanliness of the resource. For example, poorly-designed systems can cause sewage to mix with runoff.

    A study conducted by The University of Queensland's Advanced Water Management Centre aggregated 23 samples from six urban stormwater harvesting systems throughout Australia. Human adenovirus was found in 91 per cent of the specimens. 

    Is it feasible? 

    Filtering and distributing stormwater to drought-affected areas isn't an easy prospect. Some experts would stray away such a project.

    What can be done to make these initiatives feasible? Education and innovation. Working with research-focussed engineers can make for progressive projects that improve the livelihoods of Queensland's residents. 

  • How can stormwater prepare Queensland for the next drought? - part one

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Every farmer relies on a steady water supply to sustain his or her operations. The resource is an essential part of life - it doesn't take a scientist to figure that out.

    However, the world does need engineers knowledgeable of water conservation and distribution. Right now, Queensland is in need of such experts.

    When will drought relief come? 

    80 percent of Queensland is experiencing severe water shortages.

    Billy Byrne, minister for agriculture and fisheries, released a statement on behalf of the Queensland government, stating that four council areas were recently added to the state's list of municipalities officially suffering from drought.

    These inclusions mean that more than 80 percent of Queensland is experiencing severe water shortages. The state government has responded to this challenge by offering farmers in certain municipalities Drought Relief Assistance. 

    "The Palaszczuk Government made a commitment before the state election in January and I have made numerous announcements since promising that we will not leave Queensland's drought-affected farmers in the lurch," said Byrne.

    Can storms offer salvation? 

    For some people living in Queensland, particularly in the southeast, it may be difficult to imagine that a drought is even on the state's list of concerns.

    In an April 30 press release, Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller issued Severe Weather Warning, citing heavy rainfall throughout Southeast Queensland. 

    "As a result, areas along the coast from about the Sunshine Coast to the New South Wales border could experience localised flash flooding," said Ms Miller. 

    The video below shows the effects of the storm on a homeowner's property: 

    This activity brings up an interesting question, one that water engineers have been trying to answer: Is there some way to use stormwater and redistribute it to drought-affected areas? 

    Is such an idea feasible? 

    Although the idea of re-routing stormwater to regions experiencing severe water shortages is quite attractive, some may challenge the concept's practicability. 

    Stormwater harvesting has shown promise in many municipalities. Can engineers find a way to reroute stormwater?

    Suppose a team of engineers wanted to figure out a way to distribute stormwater in the Sunshine Coast to the Banana shire, one of Queensland drought-declared regions. By road, the distance between these two areas is 505 kilometres. 

    This distance may cause the team to write off a water distribution project as unfeasible. Even with modern assets and resources, it would probably take an incredible amount of energy to allocate the stormwater, thereby making such a hypothetical endeavour unrealistic. 

    However, this is only one example. Engineers who aren't daunted by the limitations of modern technology may accept the challenge and figure out a way to establish efficient water distribution networks that span over great distances. 

    In Part Two, we'll discuss a stormwater management plan detailed by the Brisbane City Council and compare it with challenges such systems face. 

  • Brisbane's new sky-high plans

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    Brisbane's skyline could soon be changing, as the Queensland government looks to approve a radical new direction for the CBD. The Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan outlines the possibility of scrapping mandatory height restrictions in certain areas, which is exciting news for those planning tower blocks in Brisbane's busiest sectors.

    Brisbane City Council recently submitted the plans to the state government, which brings the scheme one step closer to fruition. Created under the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014, the draft reform is aligned to meet growing residential and commercial needs in the burgeoning Queensland capital.

    Overall, the Master Plan sets out various strategies for five key precincts in the CBD, as outlined in the official council video below:

    The draft strategy focuses on the distinctive architecture category, driving public space investments in the business district and inspiring more innovative use of CBD land.

    According to the Brisbane City Council, there are three key objectives for the area that have been threaded through the neighbourhood plan, which include:

    • Accommodating population and economic growth
    • Responding to a changing climate and urban sprawl
    • Improving the city from the 'ground plane'

    The Council expects the five selected areas of the Brisbane CBD to be home to around 50 new skyscrapers over the next 20 years. Speaking to The Brisbane Times, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he believes this period of transformation will drive top-class architecture in the city, regardless of the number of actual projects on the go.

    Could Brisbane's skyline be about to change?Could Brisbane's skyline be about to change?

    Reaching for the sky - to a point

    Despite the proposed removal of mandatory height limits, skyscrapers in Brisbane are unlikely to climb to extreme heights. Any new buildings in the area will still need to comply with local aviation regulations.

    In Queensland, this law states that buildings in Brisbane cannot exceed 274 metres. However, what could change is where these towers are located as, under the Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan, taller buildings could be built anywhere - aside from the Quay Street or Howard Smith Wharves precincts.

    While the plan is still in its draft stages, the exciting prospect of higher skyscrapers could soon drive demand for more comprehensive engineering planning and strategies. Getting a building above a certain height is challenging, but with the right plans almost anything is possible.

  • Mexican stand off at UDIA Golf Day!

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    140 industry players take aim on Gold Coast icons ....

    Despite the uncertain weather 140 enthusiastic  urban development industry players got together at Palm Meadows Golf Course to battle it out over 18 holes at the annual UDIA Gold Coast/Logan Corporate Golf Day. 

    Burchills Engineering Solutions were proud to sponsor hole number 1 complete with a Mexican themed marquee. Burchills team members, Nicky and Jenny hosted players with a Mexican stand-off game which targeted some of our key projects. With a 40 year local history providing civil and structural consulting engineering for iconic Gold Coast projects, there were plenty of targets to aim for.

    Congratulations to our fast drawing amigo, Brian Henningsen from Australand who took out our hole prize of a 3 course dinner for 2 at the Palazzo Versace. 

    Thank you to everyone who participated we look forward to seeing you again at the next year’s event!

  • Environmental Offsets Made Easy

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    Environmental Offsets are a complex and changing issue for those undertaking development projects

    1      What is an Environmental Offset? 
    Environmental offsets are a tool used to compensate for impacts that cannot be otherwise avoided or mitigated. The basic premise of environmental or biodiversity offsets is to achieve a ‘net gain’, or at a minimum, no net loss of biodiversity on the ground. 

    So putting the matter into perspective, when a project proponent wants to develop land – there may be a loss of biodiversity[1] (depending on what was there) which may trigger requirements under the relevant legislation and or planning scheme. Offsets transfer the responsibility of the biodiversity loss to the party causing the loss, by incorporating it into the development conditions of the Project. 

    Offsets were introduced in the 1980s to facilitate development following Australia’s agreement to a number of international treaties addressing the worldwide decline in biodiversity. Offsets are now widely used in all States and Territories, at the Commonwealth, State and Local levels of government. However, before a developer or proponent can utilise offsets on a project, it must be demonstrated to the regulators that the ‘impact’ cannot be avoided or further minimized during the design phase of the Project. 

    2      Why Offset? 

    Australia has seen drastic losses to biodiversity in the last 200 years as a result of land clearing. Queensland’s rate of clearing alone has recently averaged about 100,000 hectares each year and koala habitat in Australia is now less than 10% of what it was 200 years ago. 

    So by halting the decline in biodiversity while allowing development to proceed - Environmental Offsets maintain biodiversity to the benefit of greater society and future generations. 

    3      How do I Offset? 

    The first step in any project is to determine the potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed development.  During this stage, should there be potential impacts on a Matter of National Environmental Significance (MNES), protected under the provisions of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the developer or proponent is legally obliged to refer the project to the Department of Environment (DoE) to determine whether or not the project is deemed a ‘controlled action’ and therefore require assessment under the provisions of the EPBC Act.  This advice should be sought in the first instance, to ensure an efficient and timely ‘referral’ process. Projects that are deemed controlled actions, may have offsets conditioned to mitigate impacts on the affected MNES.

     If offsets have been conditioned by the Commonwealth – offset requirements cannot be duplicated at the State and/or Local levels for the same activity and the same matter (environmental matters are listed in legislation and or regulations by the various administrating authorities) … i.e. no double dipping!! Likewise if the Commonwealth or State assess an activity’s impacts on a matter and determine offsets are not required – offsets cannot be conditioned by any other level of Government for the same matter and activity. 

    At the State level, Offsets may be required when a Matter of State Environmental Significance is impacted by the activities of a project. The Qld Offsets process has recently been overhauled – replacing a complex, multi-policy system with a new framework. The ongoing amendment to other legislation to align with these changes is a work in progress.   

    The new Offset framework introduces “Matters of State Environmental Significance” (MSES) and “Matters of Local Environmental Significance” (MLES). MLES are not yet clearly defined but the Qld Environmental Offsets Act 2014 (EOA) identifies them as a matter that is protected by a Local Government Offset Policy. The Qld Dept. of Environment and Heritage (EHP) have an online mapping portal that allows the proponent to gain an initial understanding of the MSES that may occur on or near a project area. It is recommended however that all mapping be ground-truthed, since based on our experience, it is often inaccurate.  This particularly applies to “MSES – Wildlife Habitat” which was drawn from a number of mapping sources that were not designed for use at the property scale. 

    In terms of delivery – offsets can be provided through a financial settlement or a proponent delivered arrangement usually land-based…. Or a combination of both. 

    The financial settlement option can be a quick and easy way to move to the next stage of development – payment must be made prior to the activity commencing.  A financial settlement calculator is provided online for proponents wishing to calculate the potential cost of their offset project: 

    However, in our experience and under the current framework, financial settlement is often not a financially feasible option and can have a significant impact on a projects viability. 

    Which brings us to the second option – a proponent driven offset package. This may take the form of a land based offset or a Direct Benefit Management Plan (DBMP). The land based option involves finding a suitable land parcel that meets all the defined offset criteria for the matter that is being offset. Wallum Froglet and Wallum Froglet Habitat   

    For example, if Wallum froglet habitat is being impacted by a project, then the offset area will need to be Walllum Froglet Habitat -  or an area of land that Wallum Froglet Habitat   could be returned to Walllum Froglet Habitat (meeting certain criteria) after habitat restoration works and an ongoing management regime. 

    The Direct Benefit Management Plan Option differs from traditional land based offsets and is simply a plan of priority actions that will benefit the specific species or ecosystems that are being affected by the project. This may take the form of funding for an indigenous ranger program or a PhD scholarship that addresses some of the treats. 

    So in summary – tips for avoiding a long and complicated assessment process:  

    • Get in early – determine your projects’ environmental impacts and avoid / reduce those impacts where possible 

    • Ground truth – don’t believe the official mapping! 

    • Get in touch with Burchills and Earthtrade to determine the best offset options for your project. The proponent driven options will usually save a lot of money in the long run.


    For further information and assistance with your project please contact Caroline Kelly or Alan Key

    Caroline Kelly, Principal Environmental Scientist – Burchills: 07 5509 6479 or 

    Alan Key, Managing Director – EarthTrade: 07 4194 5009 or 

    [1] Biodiversity is the full range of plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems of which they are part. Biodiversity sustains both our lives and much of our quality of life by providing valuable ecosystem services such as nutrient and water cycling, maintenance of healthy soils, and plant pollination, and as a direct source of raw materials and food.

  • Creating a Winner - Palm Beach Heights

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    "The UDIA judges made special mention of the winning team's ability to tap into the surrounding natural features and local and regional infrastructure while cleverly dealing with a range of complex site constraints."  

    Demonstrating an ability to turn a bold project vision into reality, Palm Beach Heights Estate has been awarded the winner of the small residential category at the prestigious 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland Branch) gala awards. Beacon Builders and Burchills Engineering Solutions jointly submitted the project for the awards and joined other project team members Storey & Castle Planners and B&P Surveys in overseeing the total transformation of the site to create client Beacon Builders’ project vision of “Coastal Living, Urban Vibe”.

    A key factor for success was the project's integration with, and enhancement of, the surrounding neighbourhood which has benefited from the new public open space areas, walkways and bikeways, and neighbourhood connectivity. The steep terrain demanded well thought out engineering solutions involving detailed earthworks modelling and featured retaining walls to create attractive level building sites.

    Director of Beacon Builders, Peter Beaconsfield commented "We are thrilled for Palm Beach Heights to have been recognised by the UDIA as an example of urban development excellence. Out of all of the projects our company has completed to date, this has to be one of the most challenging and the most satisfying".

    Mr Beaconsfield said "the award is just recognition of the attention to detail in the design of all facets of the estate and he is looking forward to working with the consulting team again on the next project".

    For further information:

    - Contact Paul Kelly, Burchills Project Team Leader
    - See the full UDIA Awards Palm Beach Heights feature article here
    - Visit the Palm Beach heights website here
    - See all of the 2014 UDIA Award winners here