Watpac finalises contract for Stage 2 delivery of Queensland stadium

WCN Editorial Team 4 Jun 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australia-based Watpac has finalised a contract for Stage 2 delivery of the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville.

The construction and civil and mining group has been working with the Queensland government to finalise the design and contract value for the AUD250m ($190m) project.

In May 2017, Watpac was announced as managing contractor and the group commenced Stage 1 activities in August 2017, taking up early preparation and civil works for the new facility in Townsville’s Central Business District (CBD) area.

The new stadium will feature 25,000 seats, corporate facilities, permanent stand and concessions and modern amenities that will be built by the people of Townsville.

The new stadium will be home to the North Queensland Cowboys, a professional rugby league football club.

The project is expected to employ more than 2,000 people across the design and construction phases. Construction will be completed in time for the 2020 National Rugby League season.

Watpac has also won contracts valued at AUD120m ($91m) from the Department of Defence to deliver Explosive Ordnance Logistics Reform Programmes (EOLRP) at multiple sites throughout New South Wales and Victoria.

The first package, to be delivered at Denman in New South Wales, involves the construction of explosive stores buildings and associated facilities, three light frangible buildings, a mechanical handling equipment store and an access control building, along with associated infrastructure including security, services and roadworks.

Under the second multi-site package, the group will construct new facilities at four operational bases – Mangalore, HMAS Cerberus and Point Wilson in Victoria, and Twofold Bay in New South Wales.

In Victoria, Watpac will construct one administration building, three storage buildings for explosive ordnance, and a hardstand at Mangalore; an administration building, an ammunition process building, an explosive ordnance storage building and a non-EO storage building at HMAS Cerberus; and a container storage hardstand, a container-handling hardstand and a quarantine inspection facility at Point Wilson.

Works at Twofold Bay include construction of two earth-covered buildings. Watpac will also deliver civil and engineering services at each site.

Works are scheduled to commence in June 2018 and are expected to be completed in 2021.

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