Located near the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, within the ‘New Acton, Nishi Project’ development, this integrated fit-out was designed to achieve a 6-Star Green star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia accreditation. The fit-out demonstrated leading edge sustainable environmental initiatives including living walls, recycled timber, low VOC paints and carpets, a carbon dioxide monitoring and control system, and natural ventilation modes.

Canberra Director David Warren said; "we worked in close collaboration with environmental consultants to achieve the 6-star Green star rating within the client’s budget. We met the client’s expectations by providing the greatest efficiency gains at minimum cost."

At a total fit-out cost of $21 million, the department occupies a total NLA of 12,250m2 over 7 floors. Providing working accommodation for 750 employees, the fit-out provides contemporary office accommodation with a high-level amenity for both staff and visitors. The fit-out demonstrates opportunities for the adoption of leading edge sustainable environmental initiatives that are practical and cost effective.

The tenant Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) commissioned Wilde and Woollard Canberra directly for cost planning and cost management services. Project Director David Warren was a sworn witness at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC), providing expert advice before the committee passed an expediency motion allowing the project to commence. The fit-out construction works began in March 2012 and were completed in December 2012.

The Wilde and Woollard Canberra office has considerable recent experience in providing expert witness services at PWC hearings for major construction projects. Past clients include the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General's Department.

Images reproduced by permission Tim Coleman


'Manhattan on the Park' is a luxury mixed-use development, located in the heart of the Canberra CBD overlooking Glebe Park, with 330 units over 16 levels and basement car parking for 430 cars. The 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments have been designed with modern decor and quality finishes throughout. The development also includes a landscaped podium courtyard with swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium and at ground level a range of commercial spaces.

Wilde and Woollard Canberra were engaged by the Commonwealth Bank to provide quantity surveying services to support the financing of the 'Manhattan on the Park' project. Services included providing an Initial Project Report to the Commonwealth Bank identifying potential risks, including the proposed site, construction program, contract particulars, and the overall construction budget.

Wilde and Woollard Canberra also provide on-going monthly reports to verify that the works have been completed on-site to support the builder's claim for payment. As part of the on-going reports, Wilde and Woollard provide commentary on issues that may affect the completion of the project such as cash flow, changes to program, and the viability of the builder, among other matters.

With construction costs exceeding $100 million, the project commenced in August 2011 and is scheduled for completion in October 2013.

Wilde and Woollard Canberra are on the panel of many of the major banks and have experience in providing expert advice as required by the individual bank's needs. Using our experience and knowledge, we are able to identify issues before they become problems.

Images reproduced by permission Tim Coleman


The recently completed KIOSC project, constructed on the Wantirna Campus of Swinburne University, has been awarded top honours as Best New Education Facility by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. The project was the result of a joint venture between Knox Schools Consortium and Swinburne University. The dramatic architectural form, based on strong sustainability principles and clever use of technology, was designed by leading Australian architects, Woods Bagot.

One of the first completed Trade Training Centres in Australia, Wilde and Woollard Melbourne were commissioned to undertake full cost management services, and delivered the project within the allocated funding of $10.5M. Project Director Paul Dowling explained, “this was one of the more unique buildings that we have been involved in, and certainly one where we felt bold architecture, sustainability and innovation could all be incorporated, without any compromise on space or any budget premium being incurred. We are proud of the outcome; it is not your average school is it?”

The facility has established a centre of excellence for the delivery of green education and training, focusing on environmental sustainability and responsible management.

Image reproduced by permission Peter Bennetts.


Wilde and Woollard Brisbane continue to provide contract and dispute resolution services, and were able to provide a thorough and complete response when the Queensland Government issued a discussion paper seeking the views of the construction industry on ways to improve the effectiveness of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (the Act).

The discussion paper covered topics including:

  • Amending the jurisdiction of the Act (by excluding certain categories of work, allowing different types of claims, and restricting the items that can be claimed under the Act).
  • The role of Authorised Nominating Authorities.
  • The timeframes under the Act.
  • Security and Retentions under the Act.
  • The operation of contract clauses related to Extension of Time, Variations, Termination and Pre-Conditions for payment.

The submission made was based upon Wilde and Woollard’s significant experience of regularly assessing payment claims and variations on a range of project types combined with continuing to provide specific assistance, advice and expert reports in relation to the Act, and having practicing adjudicators under the Act.


Adjacent to Casuarina Park at Lake Ginninderra, the shoreline of Emu Inlet was dramatically reshaped to improve recreational access to and around the lake.

The project involved construction of a new lake wall, dredging of the lake to form the new curved inlet shape, reclaiming the existing harbour to create the new grassed bank, extension of storm water pipes including a new large storm water chamber and headwall, paving, landscaping and pedestrian lighting.

With construction costs of $4.2 million the initial stage of the project incorporating the lake walls, dredging, storm water works, pedestrian lighting and associated landscaping was completed in 2012.

Wilde and Woollard Canberra provided cost planning services for the project including providing cost options for various forms of the lake wall, dredging and reclamation of the lake, silt and sediment dams and storm water works.

The reshaped inlet will improve water circulation and thereby reduce smells and pollution. It will also improve the accessibility and usability of the space for a variety of recreation pursuits and community events.

Images reproduced by permission Tim Coleman


Celebrating 85 Years in business, the practice was originally established by Herbert A Mitchell in 1928, with his son Herbert E Mitchell taking control in 1957.

Wilde and Woollard was created from the merger of two companies; Wilde Group Partnership of Sydney and Woollard Mitchell Young of Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.

Brisbane Managing Director, Richard Crone joined the practice of Herbert Mitchell & Associates in 1972 and became a director in 1980.

Over the years, Richard has seen technology dramatically improve the way the company does business. Our combination of skills and experiences enables us to offer an ever-expanding range of services, and continue to maintain an enviable market reputation in Queensland based on integrity, effort and skilful execution.


The Wilde and Woollard Canberra office sponsored the inaugural Lifecycle charity cycling event held around Lake Burley Griffin on the 13-15 September 2012. Lifecycle is set to become an annual 48 hour family cycling event aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation. The Lifecycle Organisations long term goal is to raise funds for a purpose built care facility close to the Canberra Hospital, known as John James House.

As well as providing corporate sponsorship for the event, Wilde and Woollard Canberra also provided an indicative cost estimate for the proposed care facility, John James House. Wilde and Woollard Canberra will continue to provide professional services in support of the facility as the project progresses through design.

As part of the sponsorship Wilde and Woollard Canberra provided promotional materials including a tyre patch kit that was given to each participant in the event.

In total, the event raised over $120,000 in donations, exceeding all expectations for the first year of the event. The Wilde and Woollard Canberra office fielded a team of 16, including staff members, friends, family, and colleagues. In total, the Wilde and Woollard team completed 830km over the 48 hours, with Tim Coleman and Peter Spaven both completing over 100km. Through personal efforts the teams managed to raise over $4,500 in donations.

The Wilde and Woollard Canberra office are back in training for the 2013 event which will be held 18-20 October 2013. The team hopes to exceed both the distances ridden and donations raised in support of this worthy cause.

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