GHD has played a key role in the Enhanced Land Force (ELF)
initiative in Townsville, Queensland to increase facilities for a
growing army base.
As part of this project, the ELF initiative relocated the 3rd
Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) from Sydney to
Townsville as a light infantry battalion and enhanced other joint
enabling elements already in Townsville.
The project was split into several size packages to maximise the
opportunity for local employment, increase tender competitiveness
and to reduce the risks associated with resource availability.
Our team undertook the management and coordination of the design
and head contracts. Overall, we managed the contingencies for 24
projects, prepared a report recommending the head contractor
procurement, completed tender documentation and were appointed
In addition, we managed and coordinated responses to the
internal Directorate of Estate Engineering Policy assessment and
dispensations for the project as well as requests for information.
We developed reports to cover all aspects of the project, chaired
weekly Base coordination meetings, assessed variation and progress
claims and administered the appropriate certifications, retentions
and Payment Schedule under the Building and Construction Industry
Payment Act and contract.
We also undertook the full role of Client’s Representative for
the design and head contract during the design and delivery phase.
And, we managed the commissioning process and defects liability
period with well established procedures.
Our scope of works comprised:
- 3RAR and associated messing works
- Base infrastructure, civil works and support facilities
- JLU NQ facilities
- Marksmanship training range
- BSQN ¾ Cav Regt
- Multi-purpose training facility
- JLU clothing store
- WONCO Academy (NQ Wings)
- Combat Training Centre works
- Combat Services Support Battalion (3 CSSB)
- New ranges for Direct Fire Support Weapons, Standard Grenade
Range and Assault Grenade Range
- Close Training Area Works
- Explosive Ordnance storage building
Our collaborative approach, considerable technical experience
and effective project management skills helped the Department of
Defence deliver the project successfully. We also enabled savings
of AU $8 M by offering a solution to dieldrin-impacted soil on