Construction & Development

Fremantle jumps aboard timber office trend

Commercial offices are a “forgotten market” in WA for exploring sustainable building options. Now they’ve got a new timber building designed by Harris Jenkins Architects and Josh Byrne and Associates.

Strongbuild failure stirs industry appetite for prefab business

The failure of Strongbuild last week has already opened the door to new possibilities in the industry. Replacing the initial shock of the failure of the popular company is a sense of new opportunities for those missed the prefab boat a few years ago.

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

The Australian construction industry is not innovating fast enough and the fall of Strongbuild is proof, writes Alexia Lidas, observing from the vantage point leading the Design Futures Council (DFC).

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413–  UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

UPDATED 6:15 pm: Prefabrication and lightweight timber builder Strongbuild was placed into voluntary administration at 9 am on Thursday morning, after Frasers Australia pulled out of a contract just two weeks from commencement leaving a massive $6 million gap in expected earnings.

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How blockchain could boost pre-fab and green buildings

EXCLUSIVE: Blockchain might be the missing ingredient that prefabricated homes need to go mainstream. According to Aurecon’s fourth Buildings of the Future report, provided exclusively to The Fifth Estate, “leapfrog”…

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The future of on-site construction

Over the next year, industry watchers should expect to see a new piece of construction kit creeping into construction rental fleets.