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SX Projects

SX Projects is a leading builder of luxury residential apartments, commercial buildings, aged care, sports stadiums and recreational facilities. With its main office in Sydney and another office in Brisbane, this multi-award winning construction company specialises in a huge range of high quality residential, commercial and community projects.

SX Projects’ Director is Vince Battaglia, whose career in the building industry has spanned more than thirty-five years. Vince has been with SX Projects since 2000, and today oversees the day-to-day operations of companies SX Projects Pty Ltd and SX Projects (QLD) Pty Ltd. He has a hands-on role in the successful delivery of projects undertaken by both companies with responsibilities that include managing the project team and the overall construction process. By applying a progressive way of thinking, Vince is at the forefront of implementing innovative solutions and techniques.

The company’s turnover is currently around $60 to $80 million and it employs some seventy-five staff members (including some labourers and estimators as well as project managers, although trades are generally subcontracted). Many of the company’s projects are design-and-construct, using external consultants, and much of its business comes from repeat clients, putting SX Projects in a relatively comfortable position even in the current ultra-competitive climate.

Despite this, Vince and his team are constantly out in the marketplace to back up the effort on tendering too. The company’s Sydney office can undertake a wide variety of projects and the company is keen to grow business at its Brisbane office, where it mainly undertakes residential work – although current projects also include a roller-coaster ride!

Strong and streamlined management practices keep SX Projects competitive and highly effective, and the team was able to recently complete a tricky project at the corner of King and Elizabeth Streets in Sydney. Tricky, says Business Development Manager Allyson Small, in part because the company had to take over the project from another builder. This mixed retail and commercial project consisted of the redevelopment of an existing fifteen storey office building, including all new services within the building as well as a new curtain wall façade; commercial fit out of each of the floors to PCA Grade A standard; a new roof terrace with office space to L14; revised entry lobby fitout; new amenities on each floor; four new lift services; and retail work on the ground floor and the basement. When completed, the project will achieve certification for a four star rating (As-Built) under Green Star. This project was the winner of the 2013 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards for Refurbishment / Renovation / Extension $15 million to $50 million category

The Loftus apartments, Darling Point (luxury residential) project involved the construction of four high end luxury whole floor apartments set over six levels, with basement car park, car lift and wet-edge pool. The site had extremely difficult access and which required extensive shoring works. This project was a winner of the 2012 Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing Awards for Best Apartments $1.0 million-plus. This $8.6 million project for Strada Development (No.1) Pty Ltd was completed in February 2012.

At Bondi Waters, SX Projects undertook the design and construction of a luxury fifty-six bed aged care facility, with secure onsite parking including a six car stacker facility, landscaped courtyards and rooftop terrace at 47-51 O’Brien Street, Bondi. The facility provides mixed level care, consisting of low care, high care and dementia care. This $11 million project for Bondi View Pty Ltd was a winner at the 2011 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards for Retirement Living Australia.

Recently SX projects successfully completed two aged care projects. The first one was the design and construction of a 144 bed residential aged care facility for Bupa Care. This project consisted of low care, high care and dementia care, basement car parking, external landscaping and civil roadworks at 4 The Cottell Way, Baulkham. The second project was for Anglican Retirement Villages. This project was a staged refurbishment of an existing 126 bed residential aged care facility over 10 floors at 46 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay. The refurbishment included the upgrade of the building generally plus the addition of new external lift shafts and lift services. All the works was under taken on a staged basis while the existing facility remained operational.

The Bourke St, Waterloo (Commercial Building) project involved the adaptive reuse of the Valiant Office Hire Building in Waterloo. This three-storey concrete-framed commercial building was transformed into an ultra-modern mixed-use development containing ground floor retail, an Aldi Supermarket and strata commercial tenancies which incorporated a common area.

The Jewish Care Community Building project was undertaken on a design and construction basis. This new four level-A grade commercial office facility with basement car parking at 7-21 Saber Street, Woollahra included challenges such as detailed exposed architectural structure elements. The use of off-form concrete, structural steel and detailed timber produce a unique working environment.

The WIN Jubilee Oval at Kogarah is the home ground of NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons. The ground was formerly the full-time home of the St George Dragons before they merged with the Illawarra Steelers. The Dragons relocated back to the ground in 2003 following heavy community lobbying after playing home games at the Sydney Football Stadium. The project on the corner of English and Park Street, Kogarah was undertaken on a design and construction basis and comprised a new southern and northern grandstand – significantly expanding the seating capacity – corporate hospitality facilities, three new lift services, corporate box upgrades, entry pavilion upgrade, new NRL change rooms and associated facilities. A winner in the 2011 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards (Best Sporting Facility $10m-$50m), the value of this project was around $20 million.

SX Projects was also responsible for a luxury residence at Mosman. This $2.9 million project for Somerset Consulting included the demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of a new three-level luxury residence with the latest in home automation systems, detailed internal joinery fit out, timber and sandstone cladding and wet edge pool.

The Yves Apartments, Double Bay (luxury residential), is a luxurious boutique development of seven apartments of unparalleled quality at 23 Manning Rd, Double Bay. Features include an external facade comprising panels of precast concrete, vitripanel, a water-cut pre-weathered ferrous feature privacy screen and black glazed brick feature panels. The high quality theme continues internally with detailed joinery, chef standard kitchens, contemporary bathrooms and stone finishes.

Displaying its expertise in the medium density apartment field, SX projects worked on the Roseville Pavilions, Roseville. This project involved the design and construction of thirty-two contemporary apartments with a two level basement and extensive external works and landscaping at 8-12 Nola Road Roseville. The approximate value of this project was $16 million.

The Waterbrook Stage Two Yowie Bay Retirement Village includes fifteen luxury three bedroom lifestyle resort retirement living apartments with basement car parking and extensive landscaped areas. The new works integrate and link into the existing Stage One at Forest Road, Yowie Bay. This project won in the 2012 Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing Awards for Best Over 55s Lifestyle Development Project. The project’s value was $9.6 million and the architect was Beta Design Solutions.

As for new projects, SX Projects has just commenced work on the East Central apartments at 517-527 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills. This eight-level residential development by Samadi Group has been designed by multi award-winning Brenchley Architects and Quattro Design for interior finishes. East Central is a luxurious development of 42 one, two and three bedroom apartments of unparalleled quality. The bold, yet stylish residential building has been created to complement the fashionable Surry Hills urban environment. This sleek building has already been mostly pre-sold, even prior to the commencement of construction. A number of apartments have also been pre-committed to a five-year term lease to an established corporate tenant.

One of the unique features of the building is its internal twenty metre voids which house giant bamboo gardens that stretch up to the sky. The ground floor plaza – with outdoor eateries – is also mostly committed to some of Sydney’s most established and desirable operators. Most apartments have loggias, natural stone floors, LED light fittings, marble bathrooms and highly sophisticated and flexible security systems. Dark timber joinery is used throughout to contrast the fresh white walls. All kitchens have marble bench tops and Miele appliances. The bathware, tap-ware and accessories are all supplied by the Italian brand, Parisi. Blum and Hettich hardware from Germany is used in most applications.

The largest supplier of intelligence systems, ASSA ABLOY, through its VingCard model, will provide the security system. This highly sophisticated system is capable of mobile phone activated entry, automated energy saving measures, remotely controlled access and much more. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014.

An award-winning construction company many times over, SX Projects aims to consistently deliver the highest quality, on time and on budget. This dynamic and dedicated firm is sure to enjoy continued success in the years to come.

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Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 17, 2019, 6:32 AM AEDT