Techport Australia Common User Facility (CUF)

Duration: August 2007 to December 2009

Value: $180 million

Contract type: AS 2124 Lump Sum Hard Dollar

Summary: In joint venture with McConnell Dowell, Built Environs constructed the Techport Australia Common User Facility (CUF) shipbuilding complex on the Port River at Osborne, South Australia.

The first phase of the work was performed under an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract with Defence SA, a subsidiary of the South Australian Government.

In the second phase, the ‘MDBE’¬† joint venture delivered a range of building, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering components for the Common User Facility, including:

  • Civil, mechanical and electrical engineering works, buildings and services associated with the shiplift and transfer systems.
  • A 210 m x 25 m fit out wharf.
  • About 450,000 m3 of riverbed dredging to depths of up to 20 m.
  • A 160 m long shiplift.
  • A 300 m runway and dry berth.
  • Site works, site services, and security.
  • Project management and superintendence of the shiplift and transfer system contract.

Work was performed on land and on barges, with a high degree of technical challenge and special attention paid to safety and environmental performance.

This was a significant engineering construction project for South Australia that delivered a world-class shipbuilding and refurbishment facility in time for shipbuilding works to commence onsite.

The success, quality and timely delivery of this project illustrates what can be achieved with a collaborative and high performance project culture.

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