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Winners Are Grinners!

Clarke’s Design & Construct have taken out the Master Builders Award for Commercial Buildings up to $5 million with the recently completed development for the new Buildsafe Headquarters at 20 Newheath Drive, Arundel.

The project took roughly nine months to complete which was designed and constructed with a very high level of quality finishes and features throughout.

The judges were very impressed with the use of different ‘industrial’ products such as raw concrete stairs, the replica container for a meeting room and open plan work areas blending through to the staff lunch rooms and high end break-out areas.

“Apart from the high quality of product we provide our clients, it’s our attention to detail and the service we provide along the way that is second to none. These two factors alone win us referral work and repeat business time after time,” said Andrew Clarke.

The development for Buildsafe at Newheath Drive, Arundel has now been entered into the Master Builders State Awards next month.

If you would like any more information regarding industrial or commercial design and construction, then please call 1300 11 25 11.  Or visit

Award Trophy
Award Trophy

27% Cheaper To Build Than Rent!

As we all know the RBA reduced the cash rate by 25 basis points last month due to the global economy continuing to grow at a lower than average pace.  This has brought commercial lending rates lower than they have been for decades.

Commercial rates are now sitting around the mid to high 4’s with most of the major institutions requiring 30% equity from either property or cash.

With rates now reduced to an all-time low and leasing costs for industrial and commercial buildings now on a steady climb we investigated whether it was better to build or rent?

We conducted three case studies for Industrial developments worth $2m each in Brisbane, Yatala and the Gold Coast.  Based on borrowing the full $2m and being 100% geared, borrowing at a rate of 4.8% pa, on an interest only loan, we found that buying was between 23% to 27% cheaper than renting.

So, is it better to buy industrial land and build or rent an existing property?  Well the answer is clear that with the current interest rates it’s cheaper to build.

If you need any more information on Commercial or Industrial developments please call 1300 11 25 11.  Or visit

The Company that Built its own Head Office

When your business is commercial constructions and you have your own team with over 23 years experience as commercial builders in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, building your own Gold Coast head office is a case of putting your money where your mouth is.

Here at Clarke’s Design and Construct this is exactly what we did when we outgrew our old premises and needed a new home.

First up was choosing a Gold Coast location that would have easy access to the M1 motorway for north and southbound freight. The environmentally conscious company also looked at ways to improve energy efficiency by using LED lighting throughout the building as well as solar panels.

Our new head office for Clarke’s Design and Construct is located at Unit 1/19 Harrington Street, Arundel, on the Gold Coast. It has a purpose built factory with a 5 tonne overhead gantry crane to accommodate cleaning, welding, painting and dispatch of steelwork. Being able to manufacture on our premises means that we can produce our products faster and more efficiently. It also gives us total quality control and allows us to pass on a more competitive rate to our clients.

Our purpose built factory is designed to be as efficient as possible in fabricating raw materials so we can get the finished product out as quickly as possible. For fast production we have multiple cleaning, welding and painting bays. These custom additions to our commercial building give us practical solutions in offering a complete commercial building and construction solution. We are able to manage an entire commercial or industrial building in-house from development approval all the way through to manufacturing the building materials and construction of the building.

Our first job in our new premises is almost complete and ready to deliver to the site so our riggers can erect it. Importantly we also have plenty of room for expansions and to take on large projects.

If you have any questions or you are looking for commercial builders on the Gold Coast or Brisbane contact Clarke’s Design & Construct on 1300 11 25 11 and we’ll be happy to help.


How to Build a 10,000 m² Commercial Building in Under 3 Minutes

National companies Centurion Doors and OzRoll are the proud new owners and tenants of a newly constructed 10,000m² commercial building located in Stapylton, Brisbane. This long term project had to be put on hold in 2008 due to the GFC.

Picking up the project again in 2013, Clarke’s Design and Construct took charge of the entire project from the design, getting development approval and building approval, construction and finally landscaping. One requirement of the project was to include two 5 tonne gantry cranes.

Starting with a 4ha site, Clarke’s Design and Construct were able to complete the entire stage 1 part of the construction on time in 9 months despite rain and bad weather. Keeping the project on time is just as important as a high quality construction and the tenants for this construction were able to move in and recommence business as originally planned.

Centurion Doors and OzRoll were able to resume their core business of manufacturing garage doors in a brand new custom built commercial premise. The high level of finish to the building and offices give the new tenants a modern and practical building for the owners and their employees.

Our time lapse video of the project in action shows the entire 9 month construction with earth works and new road works in under 3 minutes

The final stage of the development, stage 2 is also for a 10,000m² commercial building. Development approval has been finalised and will be started next without causing any disruption to the tenants already operating in the completed stage 1 of the development.

Clarke’s Design and Construct are industrial and commercial builders located on the Gold Coast. Our team of expert builders has over 23 years experience as commercial builders in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. We can work with you to ensure that you fully understand all of your options and get the right building for your needs as well as manage the entire project for you.

Contact us on 1300 11 25 11 to find out more about how we can help you with your Brisbane or Gold Coast commercial building project.