Single LEAP Phase 1 and Phase 2

Defence

Improving living standards for Defence personnel

Single LEAP Phase 1 and Phase 2

#Overview

A detailed and collaborative approach ensured our success in delivering Phase 1 and 2 of the Single Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct (LEAP) projects as part of the Plenary Group Consortium. Phase 1 was the first time we participated in a PPP and we were quick to entrench ourselves in the process, drawing on our expertise in design, construction and tendering packages. Phase 1 delivered a total of 1,395 units across the RAAF Base in Amberley and the Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera, both in Queensland, and Holsworthy Barracks in NSW. The second phase provided a combined 976 units to bases in Queensland, the ACT and Victoria.


#Details

Multiple sites across QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC

Department of Defence

$469 million

Complete

Phase 1: 2006 - 2008 Phase 2: 2011 - 2013

3,000+

Defence housing units

30%

Improvement on water efficiency
benchmarks at Victorian sites

20%

Improvement on energy efficiency
standards at Victorian sites

#Awards

Professional Excellence Award

Australian Institute of Building (National)

2009

Professional Excellence Award

Australian Institute of Building (Queensland Chapter)

2009

Residential Building (High-Rise over 3 Storeys) over $60 million

Master Builders Queensland (State)

2009

#Delivery

A giant LEAP forward for Defence personnel accommodation

Precision planning 

A highly disciplined approach to planning was required to meet extremely tight delivery timeframes as well as manage multiple workfaces. We needed more than traditional construction programming techniques to manage works and identified a revolutionary resource programming solution. This approach allowed us to allocate teams to the different workfaces. Daily monitoring and reporting ensured we remained on track. Through effective programming, communication with our client, delivery partners and subcontractors as well as constant monitoring of our progress, we were able to deliver different work packages either on time or ahead of schedule.

Remote location

The Puckapunyal site that was part of Phase 2 added a layer of difficulty given its remote location on an active military base. We engaged subcontractors with proven experience in remote locations and facilitated their accommodation near site. With the large number of trades needed for building finishes, we diligently planned works so trades would be utilised from building to building until complete. This eliminated the risk of trades stopping and starting works, ultimately streamlining delivery and ensuring the program was met.

Replacing and refurbishing

In some areas of construction, the existing accommodation was significantly antiquated. These dwellings required substantial maintenance and refurbishment to bring them up to defence standards. We built living spaces delivered to Defence Housing Australia’s Level 5 Living-In Accommodation standards. Each features individual, self-contained rooms with ensuite, kitchenette, internet and phone access, car parking and storage space. Typical unit blocks contain 16 single officer accommodation units over two levels, with car parking and storage space situated undercover. 

Integrating innovation

Both phases presented significant challenges that required an innovative approach to manoeuvre. Phase 1 with its exceptionally tight program needed forward-thinking to meet our schedule. Our rigorous methodologies enabled separate unit blocks and buildings to be built concurrently. This proved immensely successful, with the Amberley base project being completed on schedule, and the Holsworthy and Enoggera projects finishing one and three months early, respectively.

Phase 2 was conducted in collaboration with five separate local construction contractors, most of whom were new to PPP projects. This required a great deal of coordination at both a consortium and contractual level to ensure a consistent approach to design, delivery, and management across all the sites. We engaged extensively with stakeholders to ensure all parties’ expectations of the project delivery were aligned and conducted daily inspections to confirm that the work in progress met requirements. 

Professional Excellence Award

Australian Institute of Building (National)

2009

Professional Excellence Award

Australian Institute of Building (Queensland Chapter)

2009

Residential Building (High-Rise over 3 Storeys) over $60 million Award

Master Builders Queensland (State)

2009


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