03 Aug 2012 Comments: 0
One One One Eagle Street lit up on Wednesday night. Photo: Cameron Atfield

One One One Eagle Street lit up on Wednesday night. Photo: Cameron Atfield

Above: One One One Eagle Street lit up on Wednesday night. Photo: Cameron Atfield

Brisbane was greeted with a new skyscraper when the lights were turned on for the first time.  What is fascinating is the fact that these lights have two settings, ‘breeze’ and ‘riverfire’. Article and images appear in Brisbane Times.

Congratulations Cox Rayner Architects on the project completion.


30 Jul 2012 Comments: 0
27 Jul 2012 Comments: 0
Holland Park Post Tension work with Level 1 slab pour

Holland Park Post Tension work with Level 1 slab pour

Archbishop Duhig Nursing Home redevelopment in Holland Park construction speeds up with the pouring of Level 1. You can see to the right of the picture post tension cabling to assist in achieving the large spans the project requires.

27 Jul 2012 Comments: 0
Images featured in promotional material from Brisbane's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games. The main image is of a proposed yacht marina. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Images featured in promotional material from Brisbane’s bid for the 1992 Olympic Games. The main image is of a proposed yacht marina. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Today’s Brisbane Times article is a timely reminder of the many speculative design concepts that Architects produce.  You can still sense the enthusiasm from each illustration as designers wear their heart on their sleeve.

See Dan Nancarrow’s article here.


25 Jul 2012 Comments: 0

This is an interesting direction taking for high rise construction.  ABM Architects have recently designed and documented low rise commercial offices using timber framing.  This approach has brought projects in on budget.  Philip Hopkins’ article has expanded our thoughts of the use of timber in high rise residential construction.

The Lend Lease project at Bourke Street in Docklands will be using cross laminated timber (CLT).  Check out the article 

Leading the way: work proceeds on the Forte timber apartment building at Docklands. Photo: Craig Abraham

12 Jun 2012 Comments: 0
QPAC - Architect Robin Gibson

QPAC – Architect Robin Gibson

Interesting discourse on when a building is considered to have Heritage significance.  Katherine Feeney of the Brisbane Times wrote this interesting article today.  This should be a regular discussion topic.



17 May 2012 Comments: 0
The crane is up and we are on our way...

The crane is up and we are on our way…

Construction of the Archbishop Duhig Nursing Home redevelopment in Holland Park is well underway.  Weather has been good and the site is buzzing with activity.

ABM Architects have recently completed works at Caloundra Rise and Stretton Gardens and are proud to have designed and documented this project. Our experience in Aged Care and independent living projects spans decades, providing an extensive knowledge base when working with each provider.

15 May 2012 Comments: 0
Chimneys Development

Chimneys Development

ABM Architects commend Ian Bailey and Annie Georgeson for their vision in developing a sustainable residential village south of Port Macquarie.  Reported by Emma Caroll in the Ezine, the development consists of a 14ha site at Camden River south of Port Macquarie and will comprise of 64 lots.  The owners have nominated Mitchell Builders as developer for the village.

Each dwelling will generate some green energy fed back to the grid.  The site will be free of Council Water and sewerage systems.  It has been reported that the project will cut greenhouse emissions by 50 percent compared to a conventional development of similar size.

ABM Architects endeavor to implement environmental initiatives to all projects and look forward to seeing this project progress.


10 May 2012 Comments: 0
Eastbank Alive

Eastbank Alive

ABM Architects are proud to be the creative force behind the successful Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles bid for Stocklands Eastbank precinct. The Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper says it all.

Checkout the article – Eastbank Alive , they even published our coloured sketch!

09 May 2012 Comments: 0

ABM welcomes the arrival of a University of Queensland Student on his ‘year out’.  The University of Queensland provides a ‘year out’ during the course to enable undergraduates to gain a minimum of 10 months’ experience in a practice.  Once complete, the student returns to undertake a further 2 years of study prior to graduation.

ABM endeavours to provide opportunities for undergraduates seeking to gain experience in the field.  We consider this to be integral in providing a diversification of skills to assist in professional development and later employment.   Recently we have noticed undergraduates are entering the ‘year out’ with a high degree of skills with use of BIM and graphic design software, which are being used to communicate their design activities at university.

To register for future employment opportunities at ABM Architects, please email your CV through to

01 May 2012 Comments: 0
Retirement Living Courtyard Concept Model

Retirement Living Courtyard Concept Model

Emma Carroll’s article in the Property Council Report in their recent Ezine outlined briefly the changes in store for the industry.  ABM Architects, experienced in Aged Care and Retirement Living, will endeavor to stay informed of these changes.  Key items noted that the Federal Government will be rolling out from the 1st of July 2015 are as follows:-

  • The establishment of a National Commonwealth Home Support Program.
  • Review of basic home support services.
  • Comprehensive Aged Care Funding Instrument for both residential care and home care packages.  This has no time frame according to Deloitte.

Another notable reform are that Residents will have a the choice of paying for their accommodation through a fully refundable lump sump or a rental style periodic payment, or a combination of the two.

Check out our Aged Care section of our showcase web site.

20 Mar 2012 Comments: 0

Recently published in the Property Council Queensland editorial was another report acknowledging the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM). ABM Architects for over 5 years have been using this method to the varying needs of our clients and their projects.  Our versatility on its use has led to many successful projects.  Current projects utilizing this hybrid approach are Roma Administration and Warehouse, Duhig Redevelopment Holland Park and various Education projects.

09 Mar 2012 Comments: 0
Emporio in the news with the announcement of VDM heading in to take up space.

Emporio in the news with the announcement of VDM heading in to take up space.

ABM Architects congratulate VDM Group on their decision to move into Emporio Building 2.  ABM have worked with VDM, previously as Barlow Gregg Engineers on many projects in the Sunshine Coast and have visited them on many occasions in their current office.   ABM are working with VDM on their new fitout design.

We also congratulate Reed Property Group on this announcement and hope for many more.

24 Feb 2012 Comments: 0
ABM Architects recent project in Roma. Administration and Warehouse Facility

ABM Architects recent project in Roma. Administration and Warehouse Facility

David McCabe, a Director at ABM Architects believes that the developments outlined in the article “Green Building Gets Helping Hand” by Philip Hopkins published by The Age is a step in the right direction. Trained by The Green Building Council of Australia, David is encouraged to see this direction taken. David’s expertise in the area of green building design has been demonstrated in recent projects and sees this development as a sign of what will be expected from the Architecture and Engineering industries. Roma Administration and Warehouse Complex is one of the recent projects for which ABM Architects recently completed documentation.

16 Feb 2012 Comments: 0

ABM Architects are pleased to have designed the Executive Facilities at the 5-star Royal Pines Resort at Ashmore on the Gold Coast.  Meticulous planning and innovative design re-purposed areas of the Resort lifting it to a contemporary level, exceeding the client’s expectations.

Works included the Executive Lounge, Restaurant and Bar facilities on Level 21 along with the New Executive Suites on Level 22.  ABM also designed the new Administration offices.

ABM Architects have long been associated with Hotel and Resort developments and provide innovative solutions for refurbishing and re-purposing of existing facilities.

Download an information sheet here.

02 Feb 2012 Comments: 0
Pullenvale State Primary School

Pullenvale State Primary School

ABM Architects implement a combination of solutions to make education spaces safer for children in a multi-level environment.  Window suites typically are a combination of fixed  glass panes at low level and louvres at high level to facilitate air flow. Alternatively, reinforced mesh is used on operable glass panels (sliding or awning types) to prevent accidental falls through the window.

Carolyn Boyd from has this article worth reading about the Australian Building Codes Board changes.  Click to read article.

ABM Architects have long seen this as an issue when designing for Education where the building contains multiple levels