Over the past 20 years Newcastle's waterfront and lifestyle precincts have undergone a revitalisation and MPC Consulting Engineers has been privileged to have been a part of the engineering contribution to this transformation.
Once covered in soot, Newcastle now breathes fresh air in green parks with events on every week, ranging from food and music to the Supercars, as Novocastrians embrace an exciting and fun-filled future.
As Engineers Australia reaches 100 years of operation, MPC believes anything is possible as Newcastle leaves its coal port image behind for a fresh coastal environment.
MPC is a local engineering firm based out of one of Newcastle's historic buildings, the Earp Gillam Bond Store just next to Customs House. In the heart of historic Newcastle East, and operating since 2001, MPC's engineers have worked on some iconic projects during this revitalisation.
From the Lee Wharf Apartments project in Honeysuckle in 2004, Newcastle Ocean Baths Facade Restoration in 2008, Merewether Surfhouse in 2013 and Arena Apartments on Shortland Esplanade overlooking Newcastle Beach in 2016, MPC engineers have had a hand in shaping some of the city's key features.
In addition to these iconic projects, over the last six years MPC has completed over 1000 residential projects, over 1000 commercial projects and over 1000 projects for the other 10 sectors they provide engineering services for including government, education, industrial, equine, recreation, construction engineering, health and aged care.
MPC's Managing Director, Derek Prentice, has spent time cultivating an optimistic culture at the firm, encouraging employees to believe that anything is possible.
"Our engineers and draftspeople enjoy being a part of the city's history and it has been such a privilege to be an engineer in Newcastle at this exciting time of reinvention," he said. "All of our team report an immense sense of satisfaction, driving around and seeing projects they have worked on. The opportunity to be so immersed in the development and reinvention of our region is so rewarding."
Current projects MPC are working on include design of new or expanding schools such as Medowie Christian College and Catherine McAuley College, St Pius X Adamstown and the architect award-winning St Patrick's at Lochinvar.
MPC are also involved in the engineering design for the Maitland Mutual Building Society's new head office at East Maitland and the early design stages for the Newcastle International Hockey Centre.
MPC Consulting Engineers are looking forward to working on the engineering design for upcoming projects, including the Newcastle Post Office Redevelopment, a hotel development opposite Rydges Newcastle and the Newcastle Jockey Club upgrade and redevelopment
Future projects will see MPC's engineers embark on challenging and engaging projects that include engineering design specialising in local impacts such as harsh coastal environments, mine subsidence and earthquake modelling.
And as climate and cultural changes continue to influence everyday life, MPC will look forward to continuing to tackle the engineering challenges, along with architects and builders, to continue Newcastle's and the Hunter's emergence as a vibrant, sustainable, liveable region.
MPC are proud to be a part of Engineers Australia's work and Newcastle's journey into the future.