SHAPE wins Five Awards for Excellence in Construction

Last Saturday evening, we received recognition for five projects at The Master Builders Association of NSW Construction Awards (MBA Awards).

The MBA Awards are recognised throughout the industry as a hallmark for the commercial, industrial and civil engineering sectors. One of the industry’s oldest awards programs, it celebrates excellence in construction, workmanship, innovation and dedication to the industry.

SHAPE Australia received high praise from judges for a range of restoration and fitout projects, including the fitout of the world-class western precinct at The Star in Sydney; the redevelopment of The State Library of NSW; the interior fitout of WeWork’s co-working space on Castlereagh Street; the EY Wavespace Digital Innovation Hub fitout; and the refurbishment of iconic Sydney restaurant Flying Fish.

The projects were recognised for delivering game-changing innovation, quality of construction, exceptional construction management and reducing the volume of construction materials going to landfill.

SHAPE NSW General Manager, Phillip Wicks, said, “it’s fantastic to have our projects recognised for all the right reasons: excellence, workmanship, innovation and dedication. And our team is nothing if not dedicated. To come away with four awards and one commendation is a testament to the great work and commitment of not just one person or one team, but all at SHAPE. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved and how committed we are to always deliver quality outcomes for our clients.

Award-Winning Projects and Categories

  • The Star Western Precinct won in Hospitality Buildings Refurbishment $30M-$50M
  • The State Library of NSW Building Redevelopment won in Restoration / Re-use of a Historic Building $10M-$25M
  • WeWork 161 Castlereagh Street won in Interior Fitouts $10M – $15M
  • Flying Fish at The Star won in Hospitality Buildings Refurbishment up to $10M
  • EY Wavespace received a Merit in Interior Fitout $4M – $6M


About the award-winning SHAPE Australia projects

The Star Casino Western Precinct Renovation - Grand Foyer


The Star Western Precinct

The Star Sydney is internationally known as one of Australia’s leading entertainment precincts offering world-class accommodation, dining experiences, retail collections, function/event venues and gaming facilities.

The brief was to create a unique experience when first entering the property, providing the opportunity for guests to capture that ‘social media moment’ found exclusively within the iconic location that is The Star, Sydney.

SHAPE worked closely with the client-side project team, consultants and stakeholders to provide design solutions in line with the project brief. Every component within the project is highly detailed, bespoke and was delivered perfectly.

Most notably, the Grand Foyer entry scope involved the design and delivery of an audio-visual system and water display package that is unique to The Star and a first in Australia.

The fully programmable ‘Aquatique’ water feature can interact with the other AV elements within the space while operating from 100% recycled water. All components come together to create an immersive, sensory experience for guests.

State Library of NSW Redevelopment


The State Library of NSW Building Redevelopment

The State Library of NSW is Australia’s oldest and one of the greatest libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Its renowned historical and contemporary collections, comprising more than six million items, hold the growing memory of our state and nation.

At its heritage home on Macquarie Street at the heart of Sydney, the Library is a knowledge landmark and a notable cultural destination attracting scholars, students and visitors to read, converse, learn, visit exhibitions or enjoy events.

For the first time in over 50 years, the Library completed a major building project in the Mitchell building — opening the Michael Crouch Family Galleries and John B Fairfax Learning Centre.

An essential piece of social infrastructure was revitalised, through the introduction of a three-story circulation gallery that extends from the public and group entrances to the historic reading rooms, galleries, auditorium and event spaces.

The project scope incorporated major demolition of redundant storage spaces and mezzanine levels on the east side of the building to make way for newly created extensive galleries, new amenities for the growing population of public visitors and staff, as well as compliance and accessibility upgrades throughout five levels of the heritage Mitchell Building.

The project involved:

  • Completion of the fitout with no disruption to adjacent areas and occupied spaces.
  • The project required a highly complicated, yet exceptional quality, fitout achieved in a challenging working environment and heavily constricted programme.
  • A strong and collaborative working relationship between client, consultants and builder was reflected through the various testimonials that SHAPE received post-completion.
  • Strict heritage and conservation management procedures were put in place and managed effectively – all required items were salvaged without any damage caused.
  • The project unveiled a revolutionary space, integrating all services, building works and audio-visual components to the benefit of the public for years to come.


WeWork 161 Castlereagh St Sydney

WeWork Castlereagh Street

The scope was to create a new WeWork co-working space on levels 26, 27 & 28 of the Premium Grade ANZ Tower at 161 Castlereagh Street, totalling a working area of 4,433 square metres.

Demolition of an existing three-floor legal fitout and reconfiguration of base building services was completed by SHAPE before the commencement of the new fitout works.

The concept for 161 Castlereagh was designed in-house by WeWork, inspired by the surrounding green spaces: Hyde Park and the Botanical gardens. The aim was to bring elements found in public park spaces into the premium building with the idea that these features would create a positive and healthy space for WeWork’s diverse community of members.

SHAPE completed a full custom fitout including kitchen spaces and new bathrooms on each level, as well as upgraded services provisions.

The project involved several challenges, including:

  • Installation of all partitions on top of the completed timber flooring to suit the needs of incoming WeWork members.
  • Creation of a custom room within the lifts shafts to accommodate a new commercial golf simulator, which provided an innovative selling point to attract new members.
  • Upgrading the access software and controls system to suit WeWork’s global security operating system. This innovative implementation took many months of negotiation, managed by the SHAPE team, with the landlord and building lift supplier. The completion of this work enables WeWork members from anywhere around the globe to gain access to their space in ANZ Tower.
  • FastTrack completion of a fully functioning sales suite. By completing a demo office within the first few weeks on site, SHAPE was able to assist the WeWork sales team in conducting dozens of sales tours in a live construction environment, enabling the entire space to be sold out to new members before reaching Practical Completion.


Flying Fish Restaurant Refurbishment

Flying Fish Restaurant

The Flying Fish, a well-established high-end seafood establishment, had been in operation within its previous tenancy since 2004. Having served its signature dishes to the public for 14 years, it was time for a modern look and exciting new location.

SHAPE was engaged at the concept stage to help with the restaurant design, construction and transition on a holistic level, working collaboratively alongside the many stakeholders, including the Restaurant Owner Operators, Star Capital Projects, Star Food & Beverage, Head Chefs, Designers, Consultants and Artists alike. This collaboration resulted in a fresh, unique dining experience that still held reminders of the Fly Fish brand.

The end result was a beautiful new space with spectacular Sydney city skyline views, bringing to life nautical styling with an added sense of theatre.

It incorporates many bespoke touches, such as hundreds of hand-blown glass feature lighting scattered throughout the restaurant, stucco finished feature walls, custom themed carpet and floor finishes, macramé draped columns, large on-floor red and white wine displays, an illuminated stone-top fish display, as well as new feature bar, where patrons can enjoy one of the restaurants many cocktails.


EY Wavespace fitout


EY Wavespace

EY Wavespace provides a collaborative environment that allows users to build and showcase technologies while providing learning and development areas with a digital focus.

The floor is also home to the in-house EY Café and Terrace, a space that showcases the fitout to the full scope. EY wished to provide a fluid space that would pull the visitor through the area with specialist finishes, lighting and AV.

The brief was for the floor to have multiple arrangements and operations, while not having any major walls and still achieving a relatively acoustic space.

With the combination of an open floor plan, utilisation of heavy acoustic curtains, material selection and specific AV requirements, SHAPE and the consultant team were able to deliver a space that is multi-functional and still provide a collaborative client space.

The Sydney Wavespace is the first of its kind to embody the idea of a wave – to deliver on function with form – with the utilisation of the unusual finishes, cutting edge tech and the will to create something not seen before.