Albert Park - stages 1 & 2 consists of the development of 264 low density residential lots within the Box Hill Growth Centre Precinct. The project spans across what was previously a large chicken farming facility positioned at one of the most elevated locations in Box Hill.
Orion was engaged by Goldmate to provide project management, engineering design and construction management services for the Albert Park project. The services provided involved preparation of the development application right through to registration.
The site presented several challenges in regard to economic and timely development. Challenges faced included the remediation of the chicken farm and monitoring of ground water conditions which required the involvement of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The site’s elevation and existing topography introduced significant grading and earthworks challenges involving the export of material and working with rock.
To expedite the approval process and progress the remediation of Stage 1, Orion engaged contamination experts to peer review early due diligence investigations and prepare a remediation action plan. This plan was subsequently reviewed by an EPA auditor prior to obtaining comments or approval from the local Council.
By doing this, the time from consent to remediation works commencing was significantly reduced. Regular interaction with the EPA auditor during construction also enabled Council requirements to be addressed with no delay to the Subdivision Certificate approval.
During the construction of Stage 1, the developer secured the adjoining property (Stage 2) and Orion quickly developed a consolidated grading strategy. This reduced the volume of export across both stages by approximately 70,000 cubic metres.
A S96 amendment and Construction Certificate was obtained within 2 months of the strategy being formulated. Orion then worked with the established civil contractor and Council to implement the revised grading strategy, leading to no impact on the overall project program.
The success of the relationships held with the contractor and Council, as well as early identification or risks, significantly impacted on the feasibility of the project. The cost savings allowed the project to proceed.
Strict project management, timely commencement of remediation, and the ability to quickly respond to changes in the approved design, meant the project was completed and registered on time. The Orion team was responsive, well prepared and able to think ‘outside the box’.
Project Management, Engineering Design, Construction Management, Contract Superintendence