Barpa is excited to announce a successful start to the 2019 year. We’ve managed to secure three new Defence projects in Western Australia, adding to a NT project we secured in late December.


Our teams work hard to win these projects and we are always up against excellent competition.


We thank the Department of Defence and its Project Delivery Service partners Aurecon and Augility for recognising the value and quality of Barpa’s submissions and performance.


These projects will continue to help us deliver on our vision to ‘Empower Indigenous people and businesses’. The projects are to be completed by our teams within the next 36 weeks with the engagement of local contractors and Indigenous contractors.


The projects are;
– RAAF Base Curtin Fuel Installation Remediation, WA
– Regional Fire Protection Equipment Compliance, WA
– RAAF Base Curtin Building Works, WA
– Robertson Barracks WONCO Wing demountable Replacement, NT


August has been a productive month for Barpa securing two new construction contracts!


Pilbara Building Works Project

Barpa has been awarded the construction of the Department of Defence, Pilbara Building Works Project. The scope of works of this project involves building works in remote areas of Northern Western Australia namely Carnavon, Derby, Newman and Tom Price. The works relate to the provision of and installation of demountable accommodation. This project win reinforces the relationship, between Barpa, the Department of Defence and its Project Delivery Service partner Aurecon. The project is expected to be completed within the next 20 weeks with the engagement of local Indigenous contractors.


Vehicle and Boat Storage Works Project

Barpa has been awarded the construction of the Department of Defence, Vehicle and Boat Storage Works Project. The scope of works of this project involves building works in remote areas of Far North Queensland namely Weipa, Bamaga and Thursday Island. The works relate to various Army Reserve Training Depots and Deployment Facilities. This project win reinforces the relationship, between Barpa, the Department of Defence and its Project Delivery Service partner Augility. The project is expected to be completed within the next 17 weeks though the engagement of local Indigenous contractors

Barpa is proud to announce it has been awarded a contract from the Department of Defence at the Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Queensland. This project involves 12 different refurbishment and remediation tasks across a range of locations within Gallipoli Barracks. The works are expected to take 9 months to complete.


This is Barpa’s second project being performed at Gallipoli Barracks with works well underway undertaking extensive Electrical Remediation Works upgrading aging and outdated electrical infrastructure.


Gallipoli Barracks

Photo Courtesy of ABC

Fit-out for PM&C

1 National Circuit, Canberra

In October 2017, Barpa successfully completed a fit-out project for Prime Minister & Cabinet at 1 National Circuit, Canberra. The scope included a revised office lay-out, new workstations and high security communications works.


Mernda Rail, Info and Jobs Hub

Mernda, Victoria, Australia

In May 2017, Barpa successfully completed a fit out of the Mernda Rail, Info and Jobs Hub in Epping, Victoria for the Mernda Rail Extension Project.

Barpa was contracted by John Holland to deliver the project which involved extensive refurbishment and remodelling of an existing building. The project was managed by Barpa’s Alex Kerr and Carl Peterson. Alex and Carl who are both talented artists also contributed their personal art to the project which was scanned and affixed to the walls to provide a warm inviting space, which also paid respect to the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people.

The Jobs Hub will help jobseekers from all backgrounds find meaningful employment. The Hub offers face-to-face support, assistance with job applications and resume writing, as well as training opportunities, and will connect jobseekers to employers and suitable roles.

ANSTO Waste Management Services Building Extension

Lucas Heights, NSW

Barpa was engaged by the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to construct an extension to the Waste Management Services Building.
The extension comprises eight new below ground storage pits, some 11 metres deep to store Intermediate Level Solid Waste (ILSW). The pits were constructed within the sandstone bedrock. The extension is a steel framed structure.
In addition to the building extension, the project also enhances the security and operability of the building with a new aerated concrete panel façade – Hebel wall, to replace the existing metal cladding. New mechanical and hydraulics services were installed while the existing electrical and fire services were upgraded.
The existing roof sheeting was replaced and incorporated skylights and roof turbine ventilators.
All works were completed while the facility was in operation

Vehicle Maintenance Ramp Modifications

RAAF Base Learmonth

The Western Australian division of Barpa Construction Services were awarded a project under the Estate Works Program, providing the Commonwealth with a value for money outcome through an Indigenous Supplier.  The Construction Only Contract was managed by Aurecon for the Department of Defence.

The project comprised modifications to vehicle maintenance ramps and the installation of a new oily water separator and modifications to vehicle maintenance ramps and minor modification works to an existing oily water separator at RAAF Learmonth in Exmouth, WA.

DHS Palm Island Office Refurbishment

Aboriginal Shire of Palm Island, Queensland

The refurbishment of the Centrelink Office in Main Street, Palm Island included new floor finishes, workstations, internal painting and minor electrical and communication works.

To ensure no disruption to the services provided to the Palm Island community, works were required to be completed over a weekend.  This required a high degree of coordination and flexibility by the Barpa site team, their suppliers and trade contractors.

RAAF Base Learmonth Combined Mess Facility

Minilya-Exmouth Rd, Learmonth WA - Australia

Following extensive cyclone damage, a permanent Combined Mess Facility was constructed by Barpa Construction Services at RAAF Base Learmonth.

Civil, structural, building services and fit out works were undertaken, in addition to a large commercial kitchen, food storage and servery areas.  As part of the project, Barpa coordinated the removal of undocumented, existing asbestos and also coordinated works by an external specialist contractor to demolish and replace the existing gas tanks.

The project was undertaken in full compliance with base security requirements.

Origin Energy Fitout


Fitout to approximately 24,000m² for Origin energy’s Melbourne premises in the CBD. The fitout includes Tenancy C at ground level and offices levels 1 through to 20, (noting levels 10 and 11 are plant levels). This fitout is 5 Star Green Star design and as-built (pending).

IKEA Tempe Showroom and Warehouse Store

NSW - Australia

The 39,000 sqm store (equivalent to 20 football fields) with car parking for 1775 cars and 2.5 km of shopping, sits on a 2.3 hectare site and is located in Tempe – South West of Sydney CBD.
The two level rectangular shaped building comprises:
– A bulky goods showroom
– Unlicensed restaurant (approximate capacity for 750 people)
– Children’s play area
– Warehouse
– Swedish food market
– Office space
– Public amenities and loading dock.
The project is unique in that it was constructed on an old rubbish tip site. A seven hundred metre methane gas wall was constructed to allow ventilation of the methane gases underneath a portion of the new building.
The existing heritage listed ATECO building and clock tower has been retained for use as IKEA’s headquarters, which will ensure the local character and visual amenity of the area is conserved. The project design is also highly focused on encouraging the pedestrian and cycle traffic to IKEA through the use of regional cycle paths through the site.

Willetton Senior High School

Willetton, WA - Australia

One of WA’s largest secondary schools is set to undergo a redevelopment in a bid to house its rapidly increasing student population. A multi-stage plan has been outlined for Willetton Senior High School, with construction set to take place over the next five years. Stage one is broken down into 3 separable portions. Stage one will see a new science block added to the school grounds and will include the construction of a new science block to enhance the high standard of science education at the school, complete with the most up-to-date science and technology equipment, more laboratories and a dedicated planning area for staff.

National Broadband Network – Satellite Ground Stations


The project for NBN Co involves the construction of satellite ground stations that will form part of the National Broadband Network’s Long Term Satellite Service that provides high speed broadband to regional, rural and remote Australia. The construction works include a single storey building at the centre of each facility which will consist of a vestibule, technical rooms, a store room, office room, staff lunch room and amenities; Installation of antenna array; construction of internal sealed and unsealed roads around the site and services will include permanent and emergency power supply, data, communication, inergen gas suppression system, hydraulics, air-conditioning, fire, security, and sewerage system.

University of Canberra and OCHRE Health – Bruce GP Super Clinic

ACT – Australia

Cockram in conjunction with SKM-S2F, have been engaged to undertake the full design and construct of the Student Led Clinics and OCHRE Health GP Super Clinic.

The project is a joint venture between the University of Canberra (UC) and OCHRE Health and will be built with funding from the Australian Government’s GP Super Clinics Program through the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA), the clinical Training Funding Program through Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and UC.

The new building will provide four levels with a GFA of 1200m² and will deliver general practice and specialist medical services, medical support services and health service training facilities.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service


Fitout of an existing building for the purpose of blood processing, production, sampling and administration for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The facility is the Victorian and Tasmanian Principal Site (VTPS) of the ARCBS. The scope included all fitout and services, including the provision of all new plant and equipment to approximately 16,500m2 with a Basement, Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor.  Consisting of Offices, staff breakout and meeting rooms, Reception, Laboratories, warehousing, Cool & Freezer rooms, Plant areas and landscaping.

St Stephen's Hospital, Hervey Bay

Queensland - Australia

These works will expand the current 8 bed acute care day facility to a 96-bed acute care hospital with five operating theatres, six oncology bays, isolation bays and dialysis bays. The hospital will also provide training for nursing students and allied health placements.

As Australia’s first fully digital hospital, the project is a significant development for the Fraser Coast region providing a number of economic benefits and an improved range of medical services for the community.

The innovative e-health system will allow easier access to patient records for medical staff as well as providing alerts to allergies and abnormalities in testing results, linking to other parts of the health system and specialist practitioners.

The construction and e-Health components of the St Stephen’s Hospital project is an overall $90M investment in regional health services and facilities.

Frankston Hospital Stage 3 and Emergency Department

Frankston, VIC – Australia

A new Emergency Department and much needed ward expansion, the redevelopment will boost the hospital’s capacity to meet the demands of the growing population on the Peninsula and to cater for future health needs.

Royal Melbourne Hospital Allied Health Project

Vic Australia

A highly complex project with a strong focus on existing building services, consituting enabling Works in the operational Royal Melbourne Hospital.

University of Newcastle – Medical Sciences Building West (MSB)

NSW - Australia

The four storey facility at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus involved the construction of a new anatomy & cadaver storage building which adjoins the existing Medical Services Building (MSB) and includes teaching and laboratory facilities.

The scope of works included a pharmacy teaching laboratory and hearse receipt loading area for cadaver delivery lift and waste storage areas; teaching laboratories, preparation and cold rooms, entry foyer and amenities; main teaching area, wash down and storage areas, dissection room and cadaver storage; plant space, resource display area, separate offices and amenities, storage areas and additional cadaver storage. This level also incorporates the University of Newcastle’s Body Donation Programs. The project was completed using a GC21 contract with a design development component.

National Training Areas & Ranges Improvement Programme (NTARIP)

Lancelin, Bindoon, Muchea, Swanbourne, WA - Australia

Esslemont Cockram was contracted by the Department of Defence to carry out a range of civil, general maintenance and radar system upgrade in the four locations North of Perth. The works formed one part of a major range improvement program being executed across Australia, at the same time
The scope of works included many kilometers of roads upgrades and general facilities improvements as well as the installation of technically complex radar systems. These systems were designed and installed within Cockrams contract including a portion of work that was leading edge technology, the first time ever installed in Australian defence ranges.

University of Wollongong - Kooloobong Student Accommodation

NSW - Australia

The project involved the construction of a new 360 bed Student Accommodation facility with associated car parking for over 200 cars and external landscaping.

The new building has fulfilled a real need for student housing for the university. The design aesthetic was created to reflect a positive residence through the use of multiple exterior cladding and lively internal finishes. The building also has a very high standard of finishes with sizeable rooms for a project of this type in the current market. The project also includes environmental measures such as rainwater re-use, natural ventilation, smart metering and automated valves to better plan and control energy usage of the building.

There were a number of construction challenges due to the location within the operational campus and due to the sloping terrain of the construction site. Pedestrian and vehicle use of the bounding road and car-park was heavy and therefore required student and public safety to be managed to the highest standard.

Charles Sturt University - National Wine and Grape Industry Centre

NSW - Australia

The NWGIC is located on the grounds of Charles Sturt University’s Wagga Wagga Campus.
Designed by DesignInc Architecture, the project works include the part refurbishment and additions of two existing buildings and the construction of a new three-storey laboratory building (including roof plant-room area) to provide for additional research laboratory space, functional staff and education areas and a larger cellar door facility for CSU wines and cheeses.
The Services within the facility include: Level 1 – Cellar, Lounge Room, Wine Store, Office, Wet Areas; Level 2 – Shell Structure Only; Level 3 – Radiation Room, Office, Calibration Room, 4x PC2 Lab Rooms, Wet Areas, Cool-Room, Freezer Room; Level 4 – Plant Room & Attic Level.

University of Ballarat Science and Engineering Precinct

Vic Australia

Construction of a new facility for undergraduate and post graduate courses and research in occupational health and safety, Environmental Management, Mining Engineering, Metallurgy, Geology, Civil Engineering and Structures, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Food Science and Technology as well as housing Administration and the Head of School.

Hunter Medical Research Institute - New Research Facility

Newcastle, NSW - Australia

Located within the Rankin Park campus adjacent to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, the 16,000 m² building consists of two five-storey wings (east & west) linked together by a two-storey elevated glass entry pod. The partnership development between Hunter Medical Research Institute, Hunter New England Health and The University of Newcastle represents a significant capital investment at the John Hunter Hospital Precinct and shall provide for 450 leading researchers under the one roof. The project consists of the following key features: PC2 laboratories, specific pathogen free zones, clinical trial support unit, animal holding areas (bio resource facility), outdoor semi enclosed recreation and barbeque area for the staff, workstations and generic open plan laboratories, lecture theatre and associated support staff offices and amenities. Construction of a three tiered open deck car-park for 250 vehicles is also part of the construction works to be undertaken.

Surf Coast Community and Civic Precinct Stage 1

VIC – Australia

Registered for a Greenstar office design rating and targeting a 5 Star rating , this project includes the construction of the new Surf Coast Shire Council offices and associated roadways, landscaping and wetland construction. In addition to the new Shire offices a new sports precinct is to be constructed including an AFL ground, a synthetic soccer field, four Netball courts and associated sports pavilion.

Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland

Queensland - Australia

The Centre for Advanced Imaging is a highly advanced medical imaging facility which will include a cyclotron unit, used to generate radioactive isotopes for medical imaging equipment. The new structure is being built on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus, and will also include several magnetic resonance imaging units, a full floor of PC2 laboratories, associated teaching and academic spaces and related facilities.
It is the only facility of its type in Australia, one of only a handful in the world and once completed will house a powerful MRI system that is more than twice as strong as any other MRI system currently available in the Southern Hemisphere.

The project includes the extensive refurbishment of the adjoining Gehrmann Building and also the chillers on the nearby Ritchie Building.

This highly advanced project requires specialist construction skills, given the very high operational standards required for cyclotrons and MRI installations. Cockram Construction’s prior experience with cyclotron and advanced medical imaging projects, plus our commitment to deliver a highly skilled project team, were instrumental in reinforcing our reputation as one of a small number of contractors capable of delivering a project of this nature.

South West TAFE Redevelopment

VIC – Australia

The South West TAFE Redevelopment project comprised construction of a new three level building in the central business district. The building comprises teaching areas, administration areas, student support and a large conference facility that provides extensive audio visual remote conferencing facilities. As the adjoining buildings are Heritage listed the design intent of this new building was to provide a juxtaposition and as such the building is of a modern appearance. The construction of the façade required exact construction tolerances to ensure the geometry, and resulting appearance of the façade reflected the design intent.