Combustible Cladding: To Replace or Not to Replace?
It’s a dilemma – or a ticking time bomb – many buildings are facing in Victoria right now. For those wrapped in a combustible shell, they are a living, breathing fire hazard. However, the solution is not always simple. There are pros and cons for replacing combustible, non-compliant cladding on complexes vs investing the time and energy to get a ‘Performance Solution’ approved by the Building Appeals Board.
Combatting the affordable housing crisis in NSW
Housing is so often taken for granted – that you’ll have a roof over your head and a safe place to sleep is something many presume as a given. However, the stark reality is that many Australians struggle to access a secure and affordable home to live in. Social housing assistance does exist in Australia, but waiting lists are demoralisingly long.
Trend watch: the movements shaping our industry in 2018
This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on our wins, our challenges and our industry as a whole as we prepare for the year ahead. Reviewing the highlights over the past 12 months and looking forward to 2019, we’re inspired by the movements and trends we see shaping our industry.
Many of the exciting projects we’ve worked on this year are very much a part of these emerging trends driven by how we live and where we live…
From McMansion to mini mansion: the evolution of the luxury residential market
Australia boasts some of the most liveable cities in the world, with beautiful landscapes, clean air and a laid back lifestyle. Despite this, recently some mainstream residential markets have cooled, according to the 2017 Knight Frank Wealth Report which shows that a lack of supply pushed the Sydney prime market prices to 10.7%, ahead of Melbourne’s 9.8%.
The room boom: exploring the health of the hotel industry
The latest statistics show the hotel industry in Australia is in good health, with Revenue per available room (RevPAR) increasing on last year. This measurement compares a hotel’s average daily room rate with its occupancy rate, providing an accurate picture of performance, including the effectiveness of management strategy. The good news is that the most recent Deloitte Access Economic data shows the national RevPAR increased by 2.4% in 2017, with a projected growth of 3.1% by 2019. But what can we learn about the current industry from digging deeper into the data?
Deciphering design: what’s next for hospitality?
The recent Design Inn Symposium was a chance for Australasia’s hotel and hospitality design community to discuss the latest trends and shape future directions collaboratively. With top designers, architects, consultants, hotel owners and asset managers in attendance, the event generated interesting discussions for the Gallagher Jeffs team – below we share our key takeaways.