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Moorebank unit relocation project wins top award

Lang O’Rourke Australia Construction has been awarded the 2016 Australian Constructors Achievement Award for its Moorebank units relocation project at Holsworthy in Sydney’s south-west.

Awarded by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia (EA) at a ceremony in Perth, the Australian Construction Achievement Award is the peak annual award for the Australian construction industry.

Entrants must first qualify to be finalists and then submit to assessment by a panel of experts. There were 6 finalist project this year with a combined value of over $3 billion.

The Moorebank units relocation project is a Department of Defence initiative, and involves relocating facilities and operations from the existing Moorebank site to a new site in Holsworthy. Moorebank had been the home of the army’s School of Military Engineering (SME), which will move to the new facility at Holsworthy.

“The three year task of demobilising 13 Defence Units and facilities, including the School of Military Engineering and 2,000 Defence personnel from a 190 hectare site at Moorebank, and relocation to new, purpose-built, facilities was a vast scale project,” ACA president John Flecker said.

The five other finalists were Perth’s Gateway WA Perth airport and freight access project; as well as Sydney’s Glenfield to Leppington rail link project, the Barangaroo Reserve project, the North Strathfield rail underpass project and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The panel of judges expressed their admiration of all the shortlisted projects.

“All six finalist projects for this year’s Award demonstrated excellent design, innovation in construction, and superb management of both people and materials,” chair of the judging panel Chris Stoltz said.

“This year’s ACAA winner showcases the outstanding achievement of the best-of-the-best and provides a new benchmark for design.”


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