Founded in Melbourne in 1918 by Otto Yuncken and Lauritz Hansen, Hansen Yuncken has grown steadily in stature as a respected builder of major construction projects.
The company has retained the tradition of quality and business integrity established by the founding partners, although the faces and methods have changed over the years.
At the time of its completion in 2005, the $240m design and construct project was Hansen Yuncken’s largest, won through the company’s membership of a consortium that purchased the airport in 1998. Designed by Hassell Architects, the 75,000m2, two-level terminal building is 750m long and 110m wide, and has Australia’s first glass aerobridges.
Tony Swan described Adelaide Airport as a “watershed” for the company. He said “It demonstrated to the industry nationally that Hansen Yuncken was capable of undertaking and successfully completing major projects of significance”.
The success of this project led to opportunities in North Queensland, where Hansen Yuncken has completed the redevelopment of the Cairns Airport.
The $62m 10-storey building (including fitout) for Melbourne City Council, completed in August 2006, was Australia’s first 6-star Green Star rated office building. Its holistic green design works to reduce energy and water consumption and create a healthier environment for council’s 540 staff who occupy the offices.
The design by the City of Melbourne and Design Inc incorporates 10 dark-coloured air extraction ducts on the northern façade that absorb heat from the sun, helping stale air inside rise up and out of the building. The yellow ducts on the south façade draw in fresh air from the roof and distribute it down through the building. Recycled timber louvres on the west façade are powered by photovoltaic roof panels and move according to the sun’s position.
The building extracts about 100,000 litres of black (toilet) water a day from the sewer in Little Collins Street, and it, along with the sewage generated on-site, is processed by a multi-water treatment plant to filter water and send solids back to the sewer. The water is treated by a micro-filtration system to create A-grade clean water suitable for all non-drinking uses, such as water cooling, plant watering and toilet flushing.
Hansen Yuncken contributed significant innovation during this project to optimise the way ESD initiatives were selected and implemented. The project team also enhanced the commissioning and handover processes of complex commercial building services.
With four contracts totaling $360m for ING Real Estate, this was Hansen Yuncken’s largest project to date at that time in 2006. The Hassell Architects designed development included residential apartments and townhouses, and premium retail and commercial spaces that cover a 20-hectare site.
The 60,000m2 retail offering is split over tow open-plan levels with interconnecting bridges and walkways. It accommodates the Harbour Town flagship Brand Direct and 190 retail tenancies, including restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, speciality shops and a diverse range of fashion, lifestyle and homewares outlets.
The implementation by the Australian Government of the ‘Building the Education Revolution’ program in early 2009 provided a transformative opportunity for the company and the technology we utilise in the management of major projects. Significant school renewal projects valued at over $750m were secured extending across hundreds of sites, located from far north Queensland to southern Tasmania. The largest of these contracts was in South-West Sydney and covered 309 discrete projects at 203 schools. In response to this challenge, Hansen Yuncken developed a sophisticated tailor-made information management system which provided the real-time data needed to concurrently design and deliver on works of this scale and complexity, efficiently and within an extraordinarily tight program.