RPS has been engaged by the Department of Defence to facilitate the redevelopment of the Moorebank units site for Infrastructure Australia, as an Inter-Modal Freight Terminal (IMT). As a result, the School of Military Engineering (SME) and other units at Moorebank are required to be relocated to Holsworthy Barracks to provide space for the IMT development.
The scope of works includes the relocation of multiple facilities from Steel Barracks including the SME, the Land Warfare centre, the Army Logistics training centre, SME multi-denominational chapel, the Area library, and the Army history unit/RAE museum. The scope also includes redevelopment of many Holsworthy Barracks facilities including elements of the 5th Brigade, an Area Mess, large gymnasium and 50m pool facility. The project also involved a large amount of demolition and remediation at Holsworthy Barracks.
The $870 million project has a complex network of stakeholders and involves close community consultation. Project delivery requires close synchronisation with a number of interlinking major projects such as: the IMT project, the Defence Logistics Transformation project, Holsworthy redevelopment Stage Two, Base Security Improvements program, Liverpool Military Area High Voltage Upgrade and the re-location of 3 RAR and 17 Construction Squadron. Key to the complexity of the project is the requirement for the SME to remain functional throughout the relocation and the significant timeline pressure for the move. The project will utilise the ‘managing contractor’ form of delivery.