Aureus Village, Skennars Head, NSW

Award-winning architects Hogg and Lamb approached us to collaborate on the plans for the Aureus development. Working side-by-side, we built simple structural engineering solutions into the design, resulting in a streamlined architectural idea that would be efficient to build.

Project background

Aureus is a new village at Skennars Head, which is located just outside the relaxed coastal town of Lennox Head. It’s a special spot because it’s the last true oceanfront land available for development on Australia’s eastern seaboard.

The development includes 200 residential lots and a neighbourhood retail centre. On top of that, there’ll be landscaped parklands, play spaces, and walking and cycling trails. Building commenced in November 2020.

Our brief

Award-winning, Brisbane architects Hogg and Lamb got in touch to discuss the architectural plans they were working on for Aureus.

For Hogg and Lamb, design always has to work functionally for the architectural idea to be fully experienced. Therefore, they wanted our input on how to simplify the structural engineering design.

The brief was for us to work together to help steer their design process.

The Challenge

Hogg and Lamb instructed us early on because they didn’t want to face complexities down the track. Essentially, they wanted to create simple, practical plans from the very beginning.

That meant the high level of interaction required on this project was unusual. By working side by side, we could interject with engineering solutions throughout the whole design process. That way, we were able to embed the structural design into the architect’s vision of the final development.

The Outcome

The desired outcome was a streamlined design for both architect and structural engineer.

This project was a unique opportunity to add real value to the design process. And it illustrates the significant role structural engineers can play in the design of building plans, particularly when they’re engaged at the very start.

Our engineering consultants were able to influence the final design of the development and provide a high degree of certainty that there would be no structural issues when it came to the build.

A collaboration between the architect and structural engineer is an incredibly effective way to save time and money when it comes to the construction stage of a project.

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