Unique Skills

MPN were early adopters of post-tensioned structures, and we have been at the forefront of post-tensioned design in Australia. Unlike many other consultants we can offer our expertise from the initial concept through to final construction documentation and site services.

We have also developed techniques for making complex alterations to post-tensioned buildings.

MPN has designed many composite steel structures in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. These type of structures are typically chosen for their speed of construction, high degree of off-site fabrication, light weight and ease of construction. They are especially suited to additions and alterations of any size.

Geotechnical advice at an early stage is critical to mitigate risks. The selection of an appropriate shoring system depends on soil/rock profiles and the presence of groundwater. MPN has used steel sheet piling, top down sprayed walls with steel soldiers, top down sprayed walls with concrete bored piers, contiguous pile walls, secant pile walls, prefabricated walls and diaphragm walls.

As early adopters and avid users of Revit, the industry’s flagship 3D modelling package, MPN has comprehensively developed and tailored the software. Our customised platform allows us to resolve potential issues at the design stage and provide our Clients with a fully co-ordinated and detailed set of construction documents.

The reuse of existing building frames is becoming more popular and a larger part of our business. MPN can assist Clients in achieving the commercial and environmental gains with such projects. Our approach is to start with the original building documentation, analyse the vertical and lateral load paths using current Codes and methodologies, perform on-site verification of critical elements and identify any upgrade works for the altered building configuration.

We work collaboratively with geotechnical engineers to ensure this most important part of the building structure is optimised.

MPN has gained experience in a diverse range of construction techniques through its international operations in New Zealand, the USA and the UK as well as in almost every state/territory of Australia. We understand that market conditions, local expertise and contractors drive these various techniques.

MPN have strengthened all manner of structures to accept their new functions using conventional materials such as steel and concrete as well as the more exotic fibre-reinforced polymers such as carbon fibre and their bonding adhesives. We have developed techniques to strengthen existing footings, columns, walls, floors and roofs for vertical and lateral loads that take into account limited access and workspace requirements.

We are the industry leaders in Retail, having worked on over 100 major projects in this sector including both new shopping centres and extensions.

We understand the key considerations of retail:

  • Keeping ahead of schedule and providing optimised design to ensure the centre opens on the target date
  • Working collaboratively and providing innovative, flexible design to ensure existing tenants and their customers encounter minimal disruption

Our experience is broad and ranges from smaller domestic work to multi-phased medium density ‘villages’ to high rise apartments worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

We have helped deliver such landmark projects as ‘Newington’ – the Sydney Olympic athletes’ accommodation and subsequent new suburb and the Bennelong Point suite of buildings – the most luxurious and valuable properties in the country.

Efficient floor structures that are quick to construct are the key to successful high rise projects. A shallow floor structure means that there can be space for additional stories. We use detailed 3-D lateral analyses to optimise the core configuration. MPN have worked on projects in excess of 60 stories and have contributed to much of Sydney’s skyline.

Amongst other areas, MPN has designed buildings in the highest seismicity regions of the world, namely New Zealand and southern California. We use the latest dynamic analysis software and design techniques to detail a structure that is both safe and economic.