The Gables Lake is considered the crown jewel of The Gables development. Four hectares in size, it has been compared to that of Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay. Meticulously planned and designed, its construction was the first step in the realisation of The Gables Town Centre, which will ultimately bring shopping, dining, entertainment, workspaces and residential options to the Box Hill community.
Orion was engaged by Celestino to provide project management and construction management services for the duration of the project. This included
- extensive collaboration with the client
- provision of expert services,
- management of complex design elements,
- driving approvals within protracted time frames,
- representing the client and project’s interests during the construction cycle.
The local authority said it had not seen a civil engineering proposal this complex in nature. As a result, the project team was tasked with obtaining approvals from the local government, various state authority agencies, and several independent external peer reviewers.
From a construction perspective, the lake required stringent quality control and supervision measures.
Orion was able to ensure that the design was responsive to the client and authority requirements, and obtain approvals in advance of commencing work onsite. In addition, Orion facilitated pre-construction workshops and planning meetings to address project specific constraints, thereby reducing the constructability risk.
Timely approvals resulted from an excellent working relationship with the client, contractor and approval authority which led to the smooth transition from approvals into construction.
Fully understanding the key challenges of the project and addressing these in a prompt manner was fundamental to the project’s success. Active engagement with both internal and external stakeholders ensured the early formation of a balanced and informed development strategy.
Construction Management, Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement