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Understanding Public Private Partnerships in Australia

Jun 29,2020

Over the years, Umow Lai, a member of Integral Group, has developed an integrated approach and delivery of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Australia, specializing in healthcare facility projects. Read Elizabeth Coe’s take on the PPP process and why having an experienced team is essential for success. The Devil is in the Details – Unpacking PPP…

After COVID-19: What Next for Residential Developments?

Jun 10,2020

Principals and residential sector leaders David Glossop and Rob Harris offer their insights on what to expect from the industry post-COVID-19 The Existing Challenges There are two factors to consider about the future of the residential housing sector. Existing challenges, which COVID-19 has exacerbated, and changes made in residential design and delivery due to the…

The Art of Designing Performing Spaces

May 26,2020

With broad experience in the performing arts industry, Simon Austin, the newest Senior ICT / AV Consultant, is an exciting addition to the Melbourne ICT team. Read below as he reflects on his career and what it means to give life to performing arts spaces. What inspired you to join Umow Lai (a member of…

After COVID-19: What Next for the Hotel Sector?

May 26,2020

Principals and hotel sector leaders David Glossop and Rob Harris offer their insights on what to expect from the industry post-COVID-19 The hotel industry has been one of the hardest-hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of hotels have closed temporarily, if not for good. Those that remain open are recording record low occupancy. There are…

Passion for the Future of Green Building

Apr 22,2020

Sustainability Consultant Melissa Nouel in Sydney discusses why she made a career switch from architecture, the importance of the building life cycle and trends she hopes to see in green building. Why are you so passionate about working in sustainability? My interest in sustainability started in 2010 during the BP oil spill in the Gulf…

After COVID-19: What Next for Healthcare Estates?

Apr 22,2020

Carl McKenzie, Elementa Principal and Chairman of the Professional Development Committee with the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), offers his views on the current and future state of the Healthcare Estates sector. Since its founding in 1948, the National Health Service has played a central role in UK society and our shared…

Advancing Net Zero in the Construction Industry

Jan 23,2020

From the Power of One to the Collaboration of Many Our response to climate change is critical today and for future generations, and our awareness is heightened by the media. But apart from stepping up our ‘recycling game’, how much difference can one person really make? Elementa Consulting started the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI)…

Exploring the Sydney Landscape with Associate Principal Hugh Wilson

Jan 17,2020

Associate Principal Hugh Wilson has been at the forefront of many important projects based in New South Wales. In this interview, Hugh discusses new work on the Sydney Airport, the role of peer review in government projects, his career in engineering, and the future trends in the Sydney market. You recently won a project with…

Climate Innovation Forum 2019

Jul 10,2019

The built environment must prevent rising carbon fast as climate emergency is declared. Today a BBC news headline declared “The UK has been dealt a ‘brutal reality check’ on its climate change ambitions” from environmentalists. The story highlights that the government’s official climate change advisers are warning ministers that they are failing to cut emissions…

The Strand Palace Hotel, Full Of Stories Is Now Back-On-Top

Jun 25,2019

The Glory Days The Strand Palace hotel has had a long and colourful history. During the 1930’s it became an art-deco showcase, boasting an eye-catching entrance now on display at the V&A museum, 980 bedrooms and coal fired steam boilers salvaged from World War I battleships. The Winter Garden restaurant seated over 500 guests under…

Daylight Hour 2.0

Jun 10,2019

We already know saving electricity is not only good economical sense, but also positively impacts the environment by reducing green house gas emissions that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere further adding to the already delicate state of our planet. However, there is another, just as important reason to switch off lights and bask in…

Connecting My Passions and Interests

Jun 05,2019

Climbing the Ladder In 2008 after completing my GCSEs I was, like so many other young people, at a crossroads trying to decide what to do with my future. Whilst I was passionate about graphic design and science at school, I had always been interested in building renovation and architecture. Through my school, I found…

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