Full project details
Laing O’Rourke is supporting Defence’s operations in the Northern Territory delivering both the Larrakeyah Barracks Redevelopment and Facilities Support to Naval Operations in the North projects as managing contractor.
The planning of parallel projects Larrakeyah Barracks Redevelopment and Facilities Support to Naval Operations in the North are being managed by Laing O’Rourke under a Defence Managing Contractor arrangement. Although being delivered under one Managing Contract, the scope include two distinct projects to:
- Redevelop the Larrakeyah Barracks and
- Provide support facilities for naval operations.
Redeveloping the Larrakeyah Barracks
Larrakeyah Barracks is a strategically important base servicing the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Joint Task Force units in the Darwin Area. Constructed in 1932, Larrakeyah Barracks has had limited refurbishment, with the exception of works undertaken in 1982 with the construction of the Darwin Naval Base (now named HMAS Coonawarra). HMAS Coonawarra is a tenant unit based on Larrakeyah Barracks and covers approximately 12ha at the lower south side of the Base.
In addition to HMAS Coonawarra, Larrakeyah Barracks hosts a number of Navy and Army units including a combination of working and living-in accommodation (LIA) facilities for married and single personnel. Together with HMAS Coonawarra, Larrakeyah Barracks supports a large number of visiting Australian and international warships each year, conducting a wide range of operational activities in the region ranging from routine peacetime port visits through to major military mounting operations in support of national security.
In the Planning Phase, the project will plan, design and gain the necessary approvals for upgrades across the Barracks, subject to Government and Parliamentary approval, this might include:
- Upgrades to a range of Barracks infrastructure including electrical, potable water, fire-fighting, sewerage, stormwater and ICT.
- Refurbishments and new structures for NORFORCE, marine structures, multi-user facilities, base entry precinct, accommodation buildings, mess facilities, recovery centre/gymnasium and car parking.
Support to Naval Operations
HMAS Coonawarra, originally known as Darwin Naval Base was constructed inside Larrakeyah Barracks in 1982 to service the Fremantle Class Patrol Boats, which were entering service to replace the Attack Class. A new wharf was built in 2001 to accommodate an additional number of Fremantle Class Patrol Boats based in Darwin and this wharf was extended in 2006 to berth the larger Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB). In 2003, Coonawarra Command was relocated from Berrimah to Larrakeyah Barracks and the Darwin Naval Base was commissioned as HMAS Coonawarra.
In the Planning Phase, the project will plan, design and gain the necessary approvals for upgrades to the naval operations infrastructure. Subject to Government and Parliamentary approval, this might include:
- A new wharf to for a range of vessels to safely re-supply and re-store, such as amphibious ships, afloat support vessels, submarines, surface combatants and specialist minor war vessels, with the largest Australian vessel being the Canberra Class LHD.
- Enhanced Defence fuel facilities to provide a 24/7 fuel storage and refuelling services to Australian and foreign vessels that visit Coonawarra.
Defence experience and achievements
These projects builds on Laing O’Rourke’s 30-plus years of Defence delivery experience which, as at 2016, includes:
- More than $1 billion of Defence projects delivered across Australia
- Moorebank Units Relocation Project being crowned the winner of the 2016 Australian Construction Achievement Award
- Major Defence aviation capability being delivered under the Battlefield Airlifter Project at Queensland’s RAAF Amberley in Queensland and the AIR5428 Pilot Training Facilities projects across Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.