Read the latest construction update report from the Cordell research team.

From major planning strategies for Australia’s biggest city, to windmill farms, major new roads and technology parks, July has been a big month for new construction updates.

The 175 strong research team at Cordell have identified the following major construction projects across the country.

Click on your state to see what’s planned:

NSW VIC TAS SA WA NT QLD

NSW

  • The City of Sydney has released its Draft Central Sydney Planning strategy, a 20-year strategy which proposes the most sweeping reforms in 45 years with the potential to unlock 2.9 million square metres of additional floor space with building heights in excess of 300 metres in concentrated “tower cluster” areas to encourage development for hotel, retail, cultural and office needs to meet long-term growth.  Key changes would introduce a 50% limit of residential floor space in all buildings over 55 metres to encourage commercial development and curb the over-abundance of residential construction; creation of new squares to provide precincts to improve liveability of the city centre; requirement for all towers and major developments to undergo a design competition process; and imposition of a minimum 5 star NABERS Energy rating for office premises.
  • The former Marrickville Hospital site is finally on track for redevelopment with Mirvac expected to submit a development application next month.  Earmarked for a new library and civic centre when the hospital was purchased by the then Marrickville Council in 1995, initial expressions of interest process called from private developers was unsuccessful and terminated.  The project was later deferred by Council due to both a downturn in the property market and re-allocation of funds to the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre.  Finally, further EOIs were called for a scheme which included a residential complex with a minimum 4% affordable housing, for which Mirvac won the contract out of a shortlist of four developers.
  • Site acquisitions this month include Aqualand's purchase of an office and warehouse in Macquarie Park from Altis with potential for residential redevelopment and a residential site with approval for 44 apartments in Turramurra.   Aqualand has also recently received approval by the JRPP for a landmark mixed use development in North Sydney of 415 apartments in 4 towers; the existing commercial building is currently leased with a WALE of 3.5 years. In Sydney's North West, Dyldam has snapped up a 2.9 hectare greenfield site in Schofields near the future Sydney Northwest Metro Cudgegong Rd station, in keeping with the company’s policy of landbanking growth corridor residential sites.  Meriton is also on the hunt for raw and DA approved sites of 150+ units within 15-20km of the Sydney CBD.
  • The Clydesdale site has been sold to Stockland Developments. An application for the stage 1 subdivision into 275 residential lots has been submitted to the Joint Regional Planning Panel. The site is adjacent to their Elara Estate on Richmond Road at Marsden Park & will eventually cater for up to 1,500 lots 

ACT

  • Walker Corporation's Northbourne Square site bounded by Northbourne Avenue Cooyong & Mort Streets has been sold to Amalgamated Property Group.  The Northbourne Square site is located next to the Veterans Park and will undergo demolition of the former of the Myuna Complex comprising 5 buildings and the former Australian Federal Police national headquarters.  The new development will comprise 3 eleven storey commercial buildings joined by a central atrium with retail & café spaces on the ground level. 

VIC

  • The tender for the design & construction of the $5.5 billion Western Distributor project has been announced.  Three consortia have been shortlisted to tender on the project being John Holland & CPB Contractors, Lend Lease Engineering & Bouygues Construction and Salini Impreglio, Fluor Australia & Land Worldwide Infrastructure.  After submission of their designs the contract is expected to be awarded by late 2017 with construction expected to commence early 2018. 
  • The Victorian Government has established an independent service named the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria this month which will provide compulsory dispute resolution and be able to issue binding order prior to disputes escalating to VCAT or the court system.  Under this reform builders will be required to provide clients with an information statement before signing contracts.  Operation of this reform will commence early 2017.
  • Approval has been given this month for a new $650 million windfarm at Dundonnell in the south west of Victoria.  The proposed windfarm will consist of 96 turbines and is expected to generate 1,000 GwH of clean energy per year which is enough to power around 140,000 residences & will be the largest in the state.  The project is expected to create around 300 employment positions during construction.
  • The City of Melbourne has released information on the revitalisation of the Queen Victoria Market. The proposed renewal of the markets is worth an estimated $250 million will include restoration works & underground facilities.  The markets will be remain open during the works. 

QLD

  • Expressions of interest have been called by the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads for the upgrade to the Warrego Highway Eastern and Western access to Dalby. The $85 million upgrade is to include the construction of two additional lanes on the Warrego Highway on both the Western and Eastern access to Dalby.  Also included in the upgrade is the installation of traffic signalization, centre median strip, additional turning lanes and the reconstruction of the existing pavement. 
  • Tenders were invited for design consultants for the Toowoomba Regional Council Central Depot which will act as an operations centre for the Council. The design team is to present a functional brief and spatial analysis for the depot which is to be completed within 3 months of the contract being awarded. The $45 million depot is to be located on Council Owned land.
  • The Toowoomba Second range crossing continues to progress with contracts awarded for multiple packages over the past month. Packages awarded include those for the provision of rumble grids, fire extinguishers, water tanks and septic pump out.  The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing provides a 41km bypass North of Toowoomba, linking the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the East to the Gore Highway at Athol in the West.  The bypass is expected to be completed in late 2018 and is valued at $1.7 billion.
  • Work commenced in early July on the $37 million upgrade to the intersection of Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road, Rothewell.  The major upgrade to the intersection will create a safer and easier access to the Rothwell Train Station on the new Moreton Bay Rail Link.  CPB Contractors are completing the upgrade works which include the installation of traffic signalization, pedestrian crossings, shared pathways and designated cyclist lanes.
  • The Brisbane Technology Park at Northshore Hamilton is progressing with the first stage of Precinct 8A commencing last month. The second stage of Precinct 8A received has now received development approval and includes 5 separate 3 storey office buildings. Potential uses for the buildings include offices, research facility, technology facility, warehouses and showrooms.

TAS

  • The University of Tasmania has this month awarded the contract for the construction of the Academy of Creative Industries & Performing Arts $70 million project to Hansen Yuncken & construction is expected to commence late August 2016.  

SA

  • The Glenside Campus site is on the move again.  The Residential/Commercial Development of approx. 165,000 sqm, for mixed residential and commercial use has had a conditional offer for sale of the site accepted.  Cedar Woods Properties Limited made an offer of $25.8 million, which has been accepted based on a number of conditions being met, including the outcome of a Development Plan Amendment. The Plan is currently available for public consultation.  Also to be built at the same site, is The Veterans Mental Health Precinct incorporating an Acute Inpatient Unit, Centre for Excellence for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Research spaces. This project is currently at Development Application Advertising stage.
  • Expressions of Interest from companies/consortia for Road-works for the first stage of the Adelink Tram Network have been called. This is for Stage 1 EastLink extending along North Terrace to the East End (eventually through Kent town to The Parade).
  • The $300 million Torrens Junction Rail Separation Upgrade project is now progressing with Expressions of Interest closing 9th August 2016. The Torrens Rail Junction is where the interstate mainline freight crosses the Outer Harbor metropolitan passenger railway, located in the Park Lands opposite Renewal SAs Bowden Urban Village Development. This project will grade separate rail corridors by lowering the Outer Harbor rail corridor below both the interstate rai corridor and the adjacent Inner Ring Route (Park Terrace).  The lowered rail corridor will extend for a length of approx. 1.4 km. The existing Bowden rail station will be relocated southeast of Gibson Street to provide improved connectivity with the Bowden Urban Village, The Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Park Lands, local businesses and sporting clubs. A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists will run adjacent and across the rail corridor linking to the rail station, Bowden Village and Adelaide Park Lands via a dedicated shared path under Park Terrace.
  • A new processing facility for Jurlique International (natural skin care products), with construction cost of approximately $13.5 million, has commenced construction in Mount Barker.

NT

  • The contract for the redevelopment of the Gove District Hospital Emergency Department was awarded in early July to Probuild, a Northern Territory based Construction Company. The $9.639 million redevelopment contract includes internal and external modifications to the existing emergency department with upgrades works to the existing entry way, Emergency Vehicle Parking Area and new entry roads.
  • A tender was released in July by the NT Government Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment for a design consultancy to develop detailed design drawings for the duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive between McMinn Street and Dinah Beach Road. Once awarded, the design team is expected to complete the detailed design drawings within 17 weeks.
  • The Land Development Corporation released a tender in mid-July for a design consultancy to redevelop the Sports House site, located at Waratah Crescent in Fannie Bay. The design is to include a variety of dwelling types, retails premises and community spaces. The design is expected to be completed in 14 weeks, after which a construction tender will be released.
  • The contract for the Katherine Ambulance Station was awarded to C & R Constructions; a Darwin based Construction Company, in early July. The $5.734 million Ambulance Station was designed by MKEA Architects and is to include training facilities, briefing room, volunteers’ office and crew room. External facilities included in the development include an ambulance bay shed, wash down bay and service bay shed.

WA

  • The Katanning Hospital project worth an estimated $32 million this month has appointed Cockram Constructions as the builder with construction expected to begin in late August 2016.  The project is expected to take 2 years to construct providing around 700 employment opportunities during construction.
  • The contract has been awarded this month for Karrinyup Shopping Centre to Brookfield Multiplex.  Construction is not expected to commence prior to 2017 when an area of around 64,000sqm will be redeveloped providing the centre with a total of around 113,393sqm of retail space.

Mining

  • Tender packages were awarded this month for the Pindan Residential Housing at Onslow as part of the Wheatstone Development Project which is providing infrastructure for Chevron Australia’s Wheatstone Project Plant. The tender packages awarded include supply of concrete, fencing, pools and structural steel. Other packages have been awarded for the provision of electrical works, hydraulic works, mechanical works, earthworks and concrete works.
  • Construction is expected to commence on the Callide B Power Station upgrade in late July by MHPS Plant Services. The Brisbane based company is expected to complete construction works in late September. The $31 million upgrade is to include the service and maintenance to existing generators to ensure the security of Queensland’s electricity supply.
  • Mine planning work commenced this month for the Sulphur Springs Joint Venture Copper Zinc Project. The Joint Venture partners include Venturex Resources and Macarthur Minerals. The mine is to be located 57 Kilometres West of Marble Bay, in the East Pilbra and is based off a Resource Estimate (Indicated, Inferred) of 13.4 million tonnes containing 194,000 tonnes Copper & 530,000 tonnes Zinc.
  • A feasibility study is currently underway for the Dalgaranga Gold Operations Recommencement project, with a drill program currently in progress. The mine is located 70 Kilometres West of the Great Northern Highway between Cue and Mount Magnet. Gascoyne Resources expects a development decision for the project in 2017