LAND 400 is the largest capability acquisition project in the Australian Army’s history, valued between $14 billion and $20 billion over 15 years. Phase 2 of LAND 400 involves a $5.2 billion investment including the next generation of BOXER combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs). Many of these vehicles will be produced through the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) by Rheinmetall Defence Australia and is the first facility of its kind in South East Queensland. Our expertise in highly specialised facilities ensured this substantial project, developed over an immense area, was successfully delivered.
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Delivering sovereign military capability
Larger than four football fields combined, the MILVEHCOE will enable the design, manufacture, sustainment, and export of military vehicles, turrets and tactical systems for Australia’s Department of Defence. This includes more than 200 BOXER CRVs and up to 3,500 medium and heavy logistics trucks.
We delivered highly specialised facilities including an outdoor vehicle test track, electromagnetic compatibility chamber, and a fully enclosed weapons test firing range. There is also a corporate training centre, manufacturing, electronics and administration buildings, and spaces for car parking and vehicle storage – as well as refuelling and wash-down bays. Water storage tanks, waste and recycling facilities were also installed.
Our staged delivery methodology enabled a fast-tracked handover of the first building to the client so Rheinmetall Defence Australia could move their Australia-New Zealand headquarters to the facility while works continued. Due to the sensitive nature of the vehicles being housed and displayed at MILVEHCOE, stringent high-security requirements were strictly adhered to. While the large site and workforce numbers presented some challenges, our focus on quality and punctuality managed through daily productivity tracking, allowed us to hand over the production facility on schedule.
Collaborative, local engagement
Our team delivered strong outcomes for local subcontractors and Indigenous workers through a comprehensive jobs and training plan, helping us exceed targets. We conducted on-site business events bringing together local sub-contractors and Indigenous workers, which both groups embraced.
Ensuring the safety of all site personnel meant overcoming challenges associated with the management of a large project footprint and workforce numbers. A weekly sweep of the entire site was conducted to proactively identify issues, which were promptly addressed through a subsequent Safety Committee meeting. Implementing robust safety measures such as raising the prominence of work pathways to assist with navigation of the site and instigating a monthly safety award to reinforce positive behaviours formed part of our forward-thinking response. These measures were well received by subcontractors, allowing them to regularly raise potential issues, while building morale and increasing awareness of safety initiatives.
“The local supply chain responded really positively to our initiatives and it’s great to see our Ipswich-based sub-contractors work alongside Indigenous workers to bring opportunities to life.”James Alley, Indigenous Engagement Manager, BESIX Watpac
“We committed to engaging with local businesses and suppliers throughout the MILVEHCOE project. We held events like the local industry engagement forums to ensure these opportunities were clearly communicated and accessible to local suppliers”
David Tracey, Project Manager, BESIX Watpac