Enhanced Land Force, Department of Defence

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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 Tender Administrator.

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 site.

Project Management


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Our services span feasibility studies, concept planning and financial evaluation and design management. Our EPCM services include contracts administration, procurement, industrial relations, construction management and control of cost budgets, time schedules and quality assurance.

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