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A more sustainable approach to geotechnical investigations

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on new ground investigations, to assess the geology beneath prospective infrastructure developments. The majority of this data is held in libraries, digital archives, or online tender platforms, where it often gets misplaced or disposed of. Even data preserved in GIS-type databases can be elusive, given its fragmented nature…

30 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Planning & Design

Is imagination the key to unlocking BTR potential?

Build to rent (BTR) projects are increasingly being looked at as a means of alleviating Australia's nationwide shortage of rental accommodation, which is fuelling the country's housing crisis. But, as Steph Harper, Director of Living Sectors, Valuation & Advisory Services at CBRE Australia points out, the potential of the sector is still largely untapped, with…

6 Feb 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Social Policy

The latest initiatives set to tackle Australia’s housing crisis

In Australia, it is generally seen as the role of the community housing sector to provide housing for people in very low to middle income brackets. In reality, community housing stock is dwindling while populations are growing; and the void between public- versus privately-financed sections of the housing continuum (homelessness through to housing stress) is…

31 Jan 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

How to reinvigorate Sydney by improving hospital design

The poor financial performance and subsequent closure of 20 rural hospitals in the United States in 2020 was a wake-up call for hospitals around the world – many of which are facing similar challenges around staffing, budgets, and supply chains. However for architectural company, HDR, the trend also invited an opportunity: to investigate the impact…

7 Nov 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

Predicting demand for schools – insights from a demographer

Accurately forecasting demand for schools is an increasingly complex (yet ostensibly simple) task. While birth rates give some indication of how many children there will be, they can’t tell us exactly which school they will attend. Nor do they take into account how many children may enter the country with their migrant families. In fact,…

1 Nov 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

How to balance spatial efficiency and learning outcomes when upgrading schools

As NSW gears up for an annual population increase of 85,000 over the next twenty years, a trend towards more densely populated schools is emerging – and presenting a major challenge to smaller campuses across the state. Despite already dealing with spatial and budgetary constraints, NSW public schools will need to accommodate an additional 180,000…

31 Oct 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure | Technology

Key ingredients for a world-leading precinct – insights from the former CEO of Cambridge University Hospital

In 1989 British researcher, Professor Sir Greg Winter, turned his discovery of humanised monoclonal antibodies into a GBP£450 million (approx. AUD$900 million) patent; and in 2018, won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. His success story is one of many to be born from the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) which forms a broader innovation cluster that…

24 Oct 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


Update on Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project – an interview with CEO Graeme Newton

As Brisbane gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, millions of dollars are being funnelled into new infrastructure projects throughout the city, and nearby suburbs across South East Queensland (SEQ). One of the most prominent of these is the Cross River Rail project – a 10.2 km rail line from Dutton Park…

28 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

How NSW is planning for state wide health infrastructure growth

When Chief Executive of Health Infrastructure, Rebecca Wark took on Australia’s second largest infrastructure portfolio in 2019, she wasn’t anticipating an onslaught of bushfires, floods, and a pandemic. But despite the difficulties these events presented when planning for state-wide health infrastructure, they helped cement a strategic foundation. With upended supply chains, workforce pressures, and more…

8 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


Planning for Victoria’s infrastructure needs in a fast-changing landscape

Planning for change is inherently uncertain, but in the face of climate change, continued population growth, and the COVID-19 pandemic, planning decades ahead for state-wide infrastructure development is a formidable undertaking. Infrastructure Victoria, the state’s independent infrastructure advisory body, has been tasked with this challenge since 2016. Making 94 recommendations to the Victorian Government across…

2 Mar 2022, by Amy Sarcevic
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