In 2012, the Department of Defence engaged Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd as the managing contractor for their $834 million Moorebank Units Relocation – the relocation and redevelopment of Defence facilities and assets from a 190ha site at Moorebank in Sydney to a 110ha site at Holsworthy in Sydney’s South West.
As the largest single site Australian Defence capital works project since WW2, this project delivered 80 new buildings, including a much needed modern training facility for Defence while at the same time unlocking key industrial land for Sydney’s new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal Project with an economic value estimated at $10 billion.
Laing O’Rourke worked closely with Defence throughout the parliamentary approval phase to demonstrate value for money and securing the necessary public funding.
Given the requirements of the client – also the end user – absolute assurance of programme was paramount – any delays could potentially impede military capability and the redevelopment of the site for the Rail Freight Project.
More than 9,000 people worked on- site, throughout the project. To place the project in perspective, the size of the site is larger than the whole of the Sydney CBD. The on-site workforce reached a peak of 1,200 per day, all while more than 3,000 military personnel continued to use the base during the construction phase.
Applying 3D and 4D digital engineering throughout the design and delivery phases Laing O’Rourke established new benchmarks in terms of collaborative, innovative delivery. This enabled a maximisation of time and cost savings, including a substantial reduction in workforce requirements.
The high profile relocation and redevelopment project included substantial military training and teaching facilities, accommodation, workshops and Q Stores, explosive ordnance detection dogs facilities, a new base entry and guardhouse, the area mess, sporting facilities as well as the Army’s Museum of Military Engineering, and was completed ahead of a number of target milestones.
Today, more than 2,000 military personnel have now transitioned successfully to new premises.
This project set new benchmarks in terms of collaborative, innovative delivery and value for the taxpayer’s dollar.