Wilson Residence Site Visit

There’s a buzz in the air on site at the Wilson Residence. After a couple of months of shop drawing and fabrication, and Christmas less than a week away, the steel and laminated timber framing has arrived! The steel workers are starting and will be continuing over the Christmas break, so in the New Year we’ll get to see a glimpse of the final form.

The concreters have been kept busy, forming, pouring and currently stripping the ‘off form’ concrete walls to the pool area and stepped landscape, revealing more of the beautiful ‘class 2’ finish.

The pool floor was being poured while we were there and the ‘off form’ concrete pool walls will be formed and poured next.

The one man band stonemason continues to chip slowly and surely away at the sandstone clad blade wall, which is looking fantastic. It will almost certainly be the centrepiece of the house as it cuts its way down the site weaving from inside to out. The existing house on the site is looking more and more out of place as the new building takes shape.

2017 will be off to an exciting start, will keep you posted!

 Take a virtual walk-through The Wilson Residence which is currently under construction >


Posted by Steven Wisker, Project Architect


Mounties Charity Golf Day

This December, WMK took part in the Mounties Charity Golf Day.

The day, held annually at Liverpool Golf Club, raises funds for Liverpool Hospital. The event is an 18 hole four ball Ambrose competition followed by lunch.

This year, former Australian Open winner and dual Australian Masters Champion, Craig Parry, was the guest speaker.

Director Mark Pellen and team members Todd Read, Matthew Davies, Steven Wisker, and Andrew Eaddy all took part in the competition, while WMK sponsored a hole for the event.

“We looked good from the start, but after a few refreshments the birdies turned to bogeys and we finished off with the wooden spoon!” said Architectural Lead Todd Read.

WMK has completed a range of work for popular community club Mounties, including a new entrance, foyer and port cochere, as well as restaurants and bars currently under construction.

Posted by Todd Read


Dance For Life

WMK Sydney team members have banded together to support a fundraising initiative ‘Dance for Life’ for Reachout.com, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide. ReachOut was started in 1996 in direct response to Australia’s growing suicide rates. Out of the one in four young people who have a mental health disorder, only 30% are accessing help.

The flagship service Reachout.com increases young people’s knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, increases their help-seeking skills, and ensures they feel less alone in times of need. Money raised by WMK will go towards reaching these young people in need.

WMK is one of ten architecture and design firms that will perform a three minute dance in front of hundreds of people in a bid to raise awareness and funds for ReachOut. The WMK team is asking suppliers and clients to rally behind them to support this vital initiative - simply visit https://danceforlife.raisely.com/wmkarchitecture.

“We understand the importance of ReachOut and their efforts to create a network of encouraging people for those who may not have the support they need. We are excited to be a part of this great cause and to help others!” said Melanie Wright, WMK Interior Designer and Dance For Life organiser.

The event will be held on the 17 March at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.  

Dance For Life is organised by Business Interiors and Thinking Works and is kindly supported by KnowledgeCore. 

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Elizabeth Fahey


WMK Brisbane steps up

The WMK Brisbane team recently went head to head against national contractor SHAPE in a four week long Step Challenge. The team with the highest average steps would win bragging rights and be treated to drinks by the losing team.

The competition was kicked off with a meet and greet breakfast in WMK’s office and after a month of dedicated stepping to and from work, around the office, and through the city, WMK took home the prize of top steppers, averaging 13,375 steps per person per day. Go team!

WMK and Shape will do it all again next year only this time tie it into Steptember to add a great charity event to the bragging rights!

Posted by Rebekah Reid


2016 Basket Brigade

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this Christmas.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 500 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies. We had three boxes of food and wrapped presents for women and children of all age groups.

WMK contributed a truck load of goodies and were picked up by the organisers of the basket brigade.

In early December, several WMK team members from the office helped to pack baskets and wrap presents and all baskets were sorted and distributed on 10 December.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team member, Loretta Nagy.

“We are very thankful for the team’s kind contributions and generosity,” said Loretta.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.


Posted by Elizabeth Fahey


World-class health & wellness resort opens

Sargood on Collaroy, an innovative new beachfront resort for people with spinal injuries designed by WMK, was opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird. Architect Cecelia Wells attended the official opening...

It really feels like a resort now. Styled to the max. Sea breeze flowing through light, spacious airiness. Lush growth all round. Even on a steamy November day it looks and feels cool. 

Opening day was a very special event, attended by Sargood ambassadors, personalities, dignitaries, and well-known sportspeople like Rod Macqueen, Peter Fitzsimons, and Rob Stokes. So many incredible people supporting a world-first crossover – a spinal health retreat.  It takes those external to our process to help us realise what has been achieved.  The common refrain was that it’s clearly going to be an amazing place to stay. 

The best part was seeing the delight on people’s faces and hearing the comments about how spacious it is and what a relief it was to not have to think about their environment and instead just enjoy.  Sargood Ambassador Heidi Hayden’s mum said if they’d had a place like Sargood when Heidi first came home from hospital, it would have made such a difference to them.  Early care and support can shave off that time “to get that hope, that attitude, that inspiration happening again”. 

Did you know:

— One person sustains a spinal cord injury every day

— 53% of injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents

— 35% are the result of an everyday fall or sporting injury

— Most injuries occur in young people, particularly males aged 18 to 24

— Only 30% of people with a spinal injury return to work

— The cost to Australia from spinal cord injuries is $2b annually

At times we may think all our hard work goes by unnoticed. And then on a day like the Sargood on Collaroy opening day, you experience the project through the eyes of those who will get a massive lift from the place, and it’s all worth it.

To find out more about Sargood on Collaroy visit http://sargoodoncollaroy.com/

Posted by Cecelia Wells