• Take a look around the Burchills office

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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  • Burchills takes out prestigious award

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018

    The team at Burchills have proudly taken out the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards for Professions & Business Services. Well done to the entire team!

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    Consulting Engineers & Environmental Scientists Gold Coast Qld

  • Burchills are ready for the Games - What you need to know...

    Friday, March 16, 2018

  • A Vibrant Community Located in the Heart of the Gold Coast

    Friday, December 08, 2017


    The Lakes is a prestigious 42 hectare, $850 million residential subdivision located in Mermaid Waters, one of the last greenfield land sites in the centre of the Gold Coast.

    Over the past two years the developer, Sunland Group, has created a collection of beautiful canal front land lots and lakefront homes which were swiftly sold out in quick succession. Future releases will include lakefront residential apartments and extensive urban amenities and green spaces, which will be delivered over the course of the next eight years.

    Sunland Group has also announced plans to deliver a vibrant new retail village within the master plan, called ‘The Lanes’. It is anticipated that The Lanes will become one of the most exciting dining and entertainment precincts on the Gold Coast, complete with striking urban landscapes, sophisticated food markets and community events which will be sure to create a fantastic atmosphere for all.

    Burchills have been enthusiastic supporters of Sunland Group and The Lakes project and we are thrilled to have assisted with the civil engineering, environmental science and water engineering for these projects.

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  • Bringing more Services to an Expanding Neighbourhood

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Bringing more Services to an Expanding Neighbourhood

    Coomera East Shopping Centre is a new neghbourhood retail precinct in the fast-growing Coomera region on the northern Gold Coast. The shopping centre is located on the corner of Foxwell Road and Oakey Creek Road.

    Coomera East Shopping Centre is anchored by a Woolworths supermarket, supported by a number of specialty stores, including a Chemist, BWS Bottle Shop, Newsagents, Bakery/ Cafe, Tobacconist, and a Chinese and Sushi restaurant.

    The centre offers 280 carparks with 160 undercover spaces.


    • Civil Engineering Design;
    • Conceptual & Detailed Stormwater Management Plan;
    • Vegetation Management;
    • Contract Administration & Inspectorial Services; and
    • Project Management


    Burchills Engineering Solutions was engaged by Mr Andy Packer of Foxwell Road Centre No. 1 Pty Ltd, to design the Bulk Earthworks and retaining walls, roadways, car parks, services and Stormwater treatment devices and obtain the necessary authority approvals for the Shopping Centre.

    In addition, Burchills were engaged to design the upgrades of Foxwell Road and Oakey Creek Road fronting the Shopping Centre and obtained the necessary Council approvals.

    When Andy Packer awarded the building works Contract to Mainbrace Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd, Burchills were engaged by them to provide construction drawings, detailed Stormwater Management Plan and carry out Inspectorial Services for all Civil Works.

    “’Burchills Engineering were the one constant through the development process of Coomera East Shopping Centre. They were the first on site with Vegetation Management for clearing of the site and last on site with signing off of roadwork’s and services. Burchills designed the shopping centre earthworks to provide a platform for a family friendly neighbourhood centre with ease of movement into, within and out of the Shopping Centre the basis of the initial civil engineering.
    Coomera East Shopping Centre is a neighbourhood centre providing the rapidly growing community of Coomera a service that previously involved driving to Helensvale or having to cross the M1 to shop.

    Operational works for roadwork’s , earthworks, stormwater ,sewer and services were all prepared to the point of approval for us by Burchills with the constant being satisfactory outcomes for the development, the community and the Gold Coast City Council.

    Andrew Gregory’s ability as Project Manager to deal with the constant changes in design and come up with satisfactory outcomes provided the builders with a clear planning path with no holdups. Burchills have guided us through this development on budget, on time.”

    - Mr Andy Packer Foxwell Road Centre No.1 Pty Ltd (Client)


    Andrew Gregory
    Senior Engineer Project Manager

    Adam Cooper
    Senior Civil Designer

    Jacob Franklin
    Manager - Water & Environment

    Caroline Kelly
    Principal Environmental Scientist

  • Burchills take on Gold Coast Corporate Triathlon Series

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    The team at Burchills have recently taken part in their first corporate team triathlon.

    Entering 6 teams of 3 to take on the 400m swim, 10km bike and 4km run course. Team members from across all disciplines and ages took up the challenge with all teams crossing the finish line, some looking a little worse for wear!

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  • Planning for a More Resilient Future

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Planning for a More Resilient Future

    Our collective thoughts are with all of those who have been, and who are still being affected by recent weather caused by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.

    As the co-author of the national Enhancing disaster resilience in the built environment project completed back in 2012, Burchills’ Planning Consultant, Shane Murrihy, has an acute understanding of the critical role that land use planning plays in making our communities more resilient to natural hazards.

    The project, completed back in 2012, consisted of the development of four (4) key documents, namely the Vision Statement, Current State Analysis, Gap Analysis and the Roadmap. The following Built Environment Vision was developed as part of this project, which guided the development of several key actions required to enhance our communities’ resilience to hazards in the built environment:

    By 2025 … I am contributing to a stronger, more resilient Australia by being informed and prepared for the natural hazards that may affect where I live, work and play.

    Mr Murrihy states, “with our weather events becoming more volatile and intense, it is essential that planning for development and infrastructure responds to these threats”.

    With Burchills’ extensive skills covering town planning, resilience planning, civil engineering, stormwater management, flood modelling and structural engineering, we are optimally positioned to support Councils and developers in ensuring that enhancing resilience to hazards is a cornerstone of planning documents and development projects, including during recovery and reconstruction efforts.

    If you require any assistance whatsoever in responding to recent weather events, please give Shane a call on (07) 5509 6400 or email


    Shane Murrihy
    Senior Planning Consultant

  • Cyclone Debbie Recovery Response

    Thursday, April 06, 2017

    Cyclone Debbie Recovery Response...

    It has been less than a week since Cyclone Debbie wreaked a path of destruction across Queensland and Northern NSW. Tragically, there have been a number of lives lost and billions in damage to property and infrastructure and it is not yet over for many.

    There has been record or near record rainfalls and flooding across the region but fortunately, the cyclone coincided with low to moderate ocean storm surge conditions which prevented flooding being far worse than observed. (check out the time lapse satellite view of Debbie's path)

    As an example, In the 36hr period between 6pm 29 March and 6am 31 March, Upper Springbrook ALERT rain gauge recorded 888mm of rain. Using Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) statistical Intensity Frequency Duration (IFD) data at this location the Average Recurrence Interval (ARI) of the recorded rain is in the order of 100 years.

    Cyclone Debbie crossed the North QLD coastline near Bowen as a Category 4 tropical cyclone bringing with it torrential rain and severe damaging winds and seas. The cyclone traversed inland and down the line of the great dividing range affecting many communities including city regions. As the cyclone was downgraded and exited land out into the Pacific Ocean off the Tweed Coast, extremely intense rainfall was recorded in the Logan/Albert, Coomera, Tweed, and Wilsons River catchments. Major level flooding has occurred within these catchments of which has caused wide spread damage to both private and public infrastructure. The Nerang River catchment, however was less intense with only Minor level flooding recorded and observed. Smaller southern Gold Coast catchments including Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera, and Currumbin with headwaters being close to Springbrook escarpment experienced Moderate to Major level flooding.

    The recovery has begun and will comprise not only a massive amount of cleaning up and rebuilding damaged infrastructure, but much effort will also be directed toward analysing and better understanding the event and improving our communities resilience and protection from future similar events.

    Burchills engineers and scientists are doing our small part in contributing to this recovery effort and have been already been responding to calls for infrastructure assessment and replacement in North Queensalnd down to NSW including the Gold Coast and Tweed.

    We are also collecting data and inspecting a number of flood affected sites to aid flood damage and claims assessment. With the fullness of time we will be working with councils and authorities to help improve flood and disaster planning and resilience.

    Events like these require a whole of community response with everyone doing what they can to help. The Burchills team has all the experience necessary to assist both public and private sector clients to assess damage and get back in shape as quickly as possible. Services that we can offer include:

    • Site inspections and dilapidation reports by flood, civil, and structural engineers to assess, record and catalouge damage and report on rectification design and construction works required;
    • Hydrological and hydraulic assessment to determine the magnitude of flooding including associated modelling and determination of source of flooding;
    • Flood data collection and coordination of surveyors to ascertain flood mark levels
    • Flood recovery works design and documentation (civil and structural) for instance building and bridge damage, reinstatement of washed away road sections and culverts, reinstatement of washed away or damaged pontoons and jetties; and
    • Flood disaster and resilience planning and management including flood emergency management plans (FEMP's).
    • For a full description of our range of services please visit

    Within our team we have a number of Chartered Engineers (CPEng/RPEQ) that can be utilised to certify all findings and documentation.

    If you are an existing client of Burchills and your site was flooded and you would like an inspection or formal damage assessment please do not hesitate in contacting your Burchills Project Manager to arrange.

    For all enquiries into our flood engineering and response support services please contact:

    Mr Jacob Franklin
    Manager – Water and Environment
    M : 0414 515 806
    T : (07) 5509 6400
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    Jacob Franklin
    Manager - Water & Environment

    Philip Bell
    Principal Engineer and Certification

  • Burchills carves the wake to gain council approval

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017


    The Gold Coast is about to become the wakeboarding capital of Australia. A multimillion-dollar cable ski park is proposed for a 10ha lake and old quarry site just west of the John Muntz Bridge at Oxenford.

    Burchills was engaged by Capital International during 2014 to provide specialist professional consultancy services for the new ProWake facility being promoted by ex-world champion and Gold Coast local, Daniel Watkins. On the back of previous works undertaken on the site as part of Holcim Quarry rectification works, Burchills were awarded the task of providing water engineering input, as well as town planning, civil engineering, traffic assessment, and environmental assessment.

    The site is located off Maudsland Road and between two branches of the Coomera River. The southern branch carries the main flow while the northern branch carries mostly flood flow and inflows from Bakers Creek. There were a number of technical challenges to overcome, with one of the most critical being flood impact. Flooding mechanisms at this location in the river are complex and required a rigorous flood modelling approach. The flood hydraulic impact assessment relied upon the results of a two dimensional (2D) unsteady state TUFLOW hydrodynamic model which was developed based on Council’s 2008 Coomera River MIKE FLOOD model. The flood model was setup to represent pre-development existing conditions of which was then in turn modified to represent the post-development constructed conditions, for instance the facility infrastructure that resulted in changes to ground levels. An impact assessment was conducted and modifications made to the design intent to ensure Council’s tolerances and criteria was met.

    Burchills water engineering team also provided the following documentation as part of the Development Application:

    • Stormwater Management Plan
    • Flood Emergency Plan
    • Lake Water Quality Management Plan
    • Onsite Water Harvesting and Effluent Disposal Strategy


    Jacob Franklin
    Project Manager

    Philip Bell
    Principal Engineer and Certification

    Nathan McDonald
    Environmental Planner

    Toby Bennett
    Flood and Stormwater Engineer

  • Changes to Coastal Development in Qld

    Thursday, June 09, 2016

    On the 3rd of February, the Qld Government’s new Coastal Management District (CMD) came into effect. You may be wondering whether this affects your development… To assist our clients, Burchills has compiled the following summary of the changes.

    What is the Coastal Management District?

    The Coastal Management District (CMD) is generally used to define coastal hazard areas that the State considers require special development controls. Coastal hazard areas consist of areas at risk from either:

    • coastal erosion; or
    • permanent inundation from tidal water; or
    • temporary inundation resulting from a defined storm tide event.

    What are the changes?

    The new CMD mapping is similar to the old mapping but has taken into account an updated shoreline position and the projected sea level rise resulting from climate change - 0.8 metres by 2100. As a result, the new CMD mapping includes a number of additional lots where tidal inundation may occur from sea level rise. The main changes on the Gold Coast occur around the Pimpama Jacobs Well area. The new mapping also acknowledges major tidal control structures on existing waterways and ceases at these tidal controls.

    Why the changes?

    The Qld Government have made these changes to ramp up the planning and assessment process with the desired outcome to enhance the resilience of coastal communities. The Government is concerned that unregulated coastal development can lead to costly and sometimes undesirable property protection works that could damage nearby beaches or cause adverse impacts on the local environment.

    What land is affected?

    The location of the new CMD is shown on the Qld Government’s coastal hazard maps page and on the interactive mapping system on the DILGP website. The new mapping is lot-based and used the digital cadastral database as at July 2015. The CMD mapping generally includes lots where permanent inundation by tidal water or increased coastal erosion from sea level rise is expected to occur. However, only lots close to tidal water (creeks, rivers or the open coast) are included.

    What developments are affected?

    As with the old mapping - development that falls within the CMD is subject to assessment against the provisions of the State Development Assessment Provisions Module 10: Coastal Protection. To ensure the proposed development complies with Module 10 - a Coastal Hazard Assessment is required as part of the development application documentation. Types of development that that are subject to assessment include:

    • Operational works, such as tidal works, interfering with quarry material, disposing of dredge spoil, or constructing an artificial waterway, removing or interfering with coastal dunes
    • Material change of use of premises
    • Reconfiguring a lot
    • Buildings seaward of a coastal building line

    Prior to making a development application, landholders and developers should determine whether their land holdings are affected by the new CMD and if so, what impact it will have on future development or re-development of the land.

    Need any assistance...

    Our Environment and Planning team are experienced in the assessment of coastal hazards and can help determine whether your property is affected by these changes and what documentation is required for a development application. Typical documentation that may be required for developments in coastal and flood prone areas include:

    • Coastal Hazard Assessment - an assessment against SDAP Module 10c
    • Flood Emergency Management Plan - Burchills are one of a handful of firms certified to prepare these reports
    • Stormwater Management Plan
    • Hydraulic Impact Assessment
    • Marine Plant / Seagrass Surveys
    • Hydraulic Impact Assessment
    • Ecological Restoration Plan

    If you have any questions or for more information about the CMD and how it might affect you, please contact:

    Caroline Kelly - Principal Environmental Scientist
    (07) 5509 6479
    Nathan McDonald - Environmental Planner
    (07) 5509 6461

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