Multi-role Helicopter 90 Facility (MRH 90)

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

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.