Townhouses and Apartments in Brisbane’s prestigious West End

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided essential services for the design of Flow Apartments in Brisbane, Australia’s prestige inner suburb of West End.


  • Size: 10,000 square meters (107,640 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: AUD$27 million (USD$18.5 million)
  • Client/Owner: Pradella Developments
  • Architect: BVN
  • Contractor: Multiplex
  • Completion Date: 2007

Eight terrace-style townhouses—each with three or four bedrooms over two stories—line the property’s riverfront boundary facing the Brisbane River. A seven-story apartment building on the rear street boundary includes apartments facing the river or the street. The services design had to enhance the bespoke nature of the development, supporting the client in creating a highly desirable investment that would attract premium clientele.

The large open space between the townhouses and the apartment building offers recreational spaces including reflection and heated swimming pools, a large sub-tropical courtyard garden complete with sun lounges and public barbecue area. This is enhanced with a carefully considered electrical services design that maintains the utmost levels of safety, even in the wet areas, while supporting the Tetra Tech design landscape and external lighting features that highlight this area, creating the visual impact and curb appeal desired by the client developer.

Inside the building, a 10-seat theater features unobtrusive electrical and communications infrastructure that allows the space to function as required, while also maintaining a comfortable environment through a robust mechanical services design that keeps the space pleasant, while minimizing acoustic intrusion of the system.

The HVAC elements in the gymnasium also had to support the intended use of the space, without spreading humidity or odor into other areas.

Keeping costs at expected levels and hitting timeline milestones was imperative to project success. Achieving this required significant coordination and collaboration between Tetra Tech, the architects, client, and contractors to ensure that the final building was of a high quality and offered a point of difference to other property developments in the area.

© Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones