Multi-role Helicopter 90 Facility (MRH 90)

The MRH 90 Facility was the construction of a new Squadron at HMAS Albatross in Nowra. Works involved a multi-level office style building for working accommodation for defence operational needs, an aircraft maintenance hangar and storage “hangarettes” in a high bay industrial style area, single level battery workshops requiring specialised finishes and services, and upgrade of aircraft pavements, car parking and road layouts. The project also included the demolition of the existing buildings. The works were carried out in an operational Defence base requiring strict security and access control and environmental management to ensure no Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and no interference to ongoing base operations.

Works involved the removal of 4,300 tonnes of asbestos and management of in-ground contamination. The redesign of various elements of the building and external works required careful management of the delivery programme and implementation of a progressive scheduling procedure to mitigate delays and ensure appropriate consideration of latent conditions incurred.

The successful completion of this important project for our core client Department of Defence has resulted in repeat opportunities for our company.

Client: Aust Dept of Defence
Architect: GHD
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Nowra, NSW
Value: $36.5 m
Completion date: March 2011

Abbotsford Housing Redevelopment

The Redevelopment housing in Abbotsford provides 48 new low-rise one and two bedroom apartments in the inner west for elderly tenants. All completed dwellings accommodate people living with disabilities, seniors and people living with carers, in full compliance with the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), including adaptable and wheelchair accessible apartments. In addition, the housing units’ design was intended to provide comfortable living, while minimising ongoing maintenance costs, as well as satisfying Housing NSW’s commitment to ecologically sustainable developments (ESD). In this regard, ceiling fans for all units, rainwater tanks to collect water for recycling, solar panels to supply power to all common area demands and winter gardens outside various buildings to assist ventilation have been incorporated into the project.

Client: NSW Housing
Architect: DesignInc
Delivery Form: Design & Construct
Location: Abbotsford, NSW
Value: $10.5 m
Completion date: December 2010

Penrith Govt Office Building

Design and construction of a new seven storey government office building housing three major government tenants. The project included a 3 level basement carpark and adaptive underground connection to an existing access ramp and ground level plaza and landscape works. Richard Crookes Constructions developed a number of innovative techniques in working with the client to meet and exceed project objectives. The project structure was unique in itself. The State acted as owner, developer and landlord – an original approach to community ownership outside the traditional infrastructure segment. Richard Crookes Constructions worked with the client to build a commercial building that would attract high quality tenants (“good corporate citizens”) and reflect as such on the traditional commercial market.

The composition and arrangement of the base building fabric and passive energy treatment and harvesting processes, plant systems and interfaces represented an adaptive and innovative approach to construction for the commercial market place.

This project faced a number of challenges that Richard Crookes Constructions successfully overcame. The project was situated adjacent to high use public thoroughfares (incl. road and railway trunk routes). It was imperative that the area surrounding the site remained fully operational throughout the construction works. Richard Crookes Constructions was highly commended for achieving a disruption free zone and for ensuring undisturbed ongoing public operations. Despite testing ground conditions, involving working below the water table and latent geotechnical conditions, Richard Crookes Constructions handed over a defect free building to our client, on time and on budget.

The ground conditions were extremely challenging due to the presence of cobbles and river gravels, ranging in size up to approx. 400mm diameter, and flowing ground water. Additionally, because the site was land locked both piling and bulk excavation operations were somewhat restricted, Richard Crookes Constructions conducted ongoing detailed co-ordination and management to meet deadlines.

Client: NSW Dept of Commerce
Architect: Kann Finch Architects
Delivery Form: Design & Construct
Location: Penrith, NSW
Value: $39.2 m
Completion date: July 2008