Getting in Touch with Umow Lai

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477 Pitt Street, New South Wales

With 13 floors on the client brief and a 2 month deadline, Umow Lai were commissioned by Eastview Australia, John Wardle Architects, and ISPT, to deliver building services to the selected floors of existing 477 Pitt Street office tower. What once was the main office for Transport NSW, ISPT have proposed to refurbish and upgrade [...]

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Summary|

Newmarket Randwick: a new urban hub and residential neighbourhood

Established in 1860, Newmarket Randwick located in New South Wales is a community that has always celebrated diversity. Rich with iconic horse auctioneering history, the Newmarket ­development features distinct architecture from the existing stables on site, and a range of elegant outdoor spaces, set to be transformed into residential and community amenities to create a [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: Summary|

The Stables, University of Melbourne: Trading in the reins for paintbrushes

What was once the Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables, has been transformed into a world-class teaching and learning facility for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, following an $18 million makeover. The Stables, undertaken with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation and Myer Foundation, provides a new [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Summary|

Art and Technology join forces for the Waltzing Matilda Centre

The newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre was unveiled in an official opening ceremony earlier this year, situated in the Western Queensland town of Winton. The event, which was marked with the ‘Way Out West’ Festival, saw the centre reopen with music and celebration after the devastation of fire damage in 2015. Umow Lai is proud [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Arts + Entertainment, Summary|

Keeping it “Limestone” Green

Passive House buildings are changing the status quo for Australian architecture, following its wide uptake in Europe over recent times. Often the primary house design drivers are conceptual however, these German derived “monopoly houses” are combining sustainability with efficiency and demonstrating new ways to approach ecological design. Melbourne is following suit, hedging the way with [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: ESD, Summary, Sustainability|

Interview with Hoare Lea Partner, Ian Durbin on Higher Education

This year we undertook an exciting collaboration with Hoare Lea, an award-winning global engineering consultancy. As education is a key sector for Umow Lai in Australia, Hoare Lea Partner Ian Durbin took the time to provide his insights into the higher education sector in the UK. Hoare Lea Partner, Ian Durbin Q. Tell us about your [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Education, Summary|

RACV’s new-look Cape Schanck Resort redevelopment project now complete

After two years of designing and construction, RACV’s newly redeveloped Cape Schanck Resort is now open to guests and members. Cape Schanck is located on the southern-most point of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and is one of RACV’s first resorts to operate, purchased back in December 2005. The $150 million redevelopment project has taken [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Hotels + Resorts, ICT, Summary|

Victorian College of the Arts Stables Project on Winning Streak

The Australian Institute of Architects have announced the winners of its particularly prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards for 2018, with many congratulations and achievements to be noted for the award victors amongst Umow Lai’s valued project team members and collaborators. The Australian Institute of Architects Awards program is an opportunity to highlight and acknowledge the exceptional [...]

By |July 20th, 2018|Categories: Arts + Entertainment, Awards|

Our People – Introducing Associate Hydraulic and Fire Services Engineer, Lama Khalifa

We would like to welcome one of our newest additions to the team, Lama Khalifa. Lama has recently joined the Brisbane office as an Associate Hydraulic and Fire Services Engineer, and we are excited to have her on board. We asked Lama a few questions to help you get to know her better. What has [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|Categories: Summary|