Another Successful Project Complete – 97 Waterloo Road
October 27, 2017
We are pleased to announce the completion of the 97 Waterloo Road project; off the back of a huge team effort the 97 Waterloo Road project has attained their occupation certificate and practical completion.
Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards. The project was on a strict programme due to pre-attained lease agreements; a collaborative team approach from the outset made the challenges considerably easier to overcome and were pivotal in ensuring the project was delivered on time and on budget.
The project delivered a 5 storey office building; stripped out and refurbished to open plan office space, the construction of 2 storeys of extended concrete structures, a new café, on-grade parking and the fit out of a childcare centre to accommodate 148 children.
The base building demolition and fit out were completed under a development consent and all structural and childcare works were completed under a development approval. The team hit the ground running in December, starting demolition and an intense design phase.
Once the development approval was attained, a number of curve balls came our way. Conditions stopped all structural and excavation works, stalling the critical path for project delivery. The end date could not be moved, the team proactively found a solution and submitted a section 96 to ease the impact of the conditions and developed a methodology that introduced an alternative, faster structural system (Ultrafloor). The delay provided a window of opportunity to plan for the management of a $100,000 provisional sum for contaminated soil. The entire provisional sum was returned to Goodman because the road base under the existing slab was stockpiled and re-used under the carpark.
A delay to the critical path was realised due to the DA conditions so through strategic planning and adjustments made to procurement, the office fit out was accelerated, meaning the workface stayed open and the site team could focus on remaining tasks.
Once the Section 96 was approved in mid-February the site team pushed the project ahead with the prefabricated structural system going in quickly as planned, allowing the team to complete the rear façade and achieve a watertight project.
Through the proactive efforts and approach by the team, the top floor of the building was handed over to the tenants and fit out contractors on time. The well-executed acceleration of the office fit out allowed the site team to focus attention on fitting out the ground floor lobby, childcare centre and the elaborate external childcare landscaping.
The project timing was a success with all critical dates being met and the childcare centre being handed over 2 months ahead of the occupation date. Due to delays in council a second section 96 was submitted and approved allowing the project to attain an occupation certificate for all of the structural and façade works which marked the final hurdle cleared for completion.
The project team co-ordinated with two external tenant fit out contractors across three tenancy fit outs, all of whom are now up and running in their new offices.
It has been a huge effort from all stakeholders and the trust established from an early stage among the project team has encouraged a pragmatic approach to project delivery.
A huge thanks to our subcontractors and consultants who performed exceptionally and to the Lipman project team (many of whom stepped out of their comfort zones and performed remarkably) for the long hours and commitment to the project.
A special mention to our client Goodman for making all of this possible and being a pleasure to deal with through the process.
The collaborative and proactive approach from the entire project team has resulted in another successful delivery of a Lipman project.
Congratulations to all involved on your success.