Perth-based M/Group and its construction arm, M/Construction, recently implemented a new building timeframe which resulted in one project seeing a floor completed every two weeks.
Quest Perth Ascot, a $11.5 million 112-room apartment hotel that has a long lease arrangement with the national accommodation provider, was built last year using the reduced construction timeframe despite delays for planning approval and regulations bestowed by Covid-19.
M/Group Managing Director, Lloyd Clark, said the developer had implemented a new formula when building Quest Joondalup several months prior and found it worked in a highly efficiently matter despite the challenging environment.
“The M/Construction team used a building process that combined pre-cast concrete walls and a hollow core flooring structure with the integration of construction methodologies and custom-designed features. These had all been perfected during the Quest Joondalup program and, as a result, dramatically cut down construction time,” said Mr Clark.
“The process allowed for up to 100 people on site at once, and the building program was meticulously coordinated and synchronised to not merely save time and maximise resources, but adhere to new Covid-19 safety regulations. It was an extremely impressive build from many perspectives.”
To create self-supporting foamwork, concrete floors and toppings were poured and cured over the weekend therefore the workspace was obstruction-free so tradespersons could install framing and complete other services without disruption.
Three to four months of the time allocated for construction was shaved off thanks to the process. This was a win-win situation for both stakeholders; Quest met their deadlines and the investors commitments were met too.
The previous project, Quest Joondalup, was a finalist nomination in the 2020 World Travel Awards.
“We have earned a high level of trust with Quest Apartments by clearly demonstrating our capacity to deliver on what would have undoubtedly been quite a challenging process for other companies,” Mr Lloyd continued.
“We hope this relationship will open many more doors in the future, not merely from an investment opportunity perspective, but for M/Construction as an independent operator.”