Brighton Oval Upgrade
- Early Contractor Involvement: Design & Construct
The City of Holdfast Bay had developed a Master Plan to upgrade the Brighton Oval precinct, which is one of three sporting hubs within the city of Holdfast Bay, that provides for a wide range of sports and recreational pursuits for the local community.
This precinct is a major metropolitan sporting facility, catering for Football, Cricket, Lacrosse and Rugby. The objectives of this project were to provide modern high-quality, double-storey clubroom facilities for each of the above mentioned sporting organisations. Cook Building were engaged by the Council under an Early Contractor Engagement. This engagement had mechanisms within an agreement for the project to progress into a Design & Construct delivery method assuming the satisfaction of multiple contractual conditions being met.
The project has been a major focus for the City of Holdfast Bay for over 10 years, however under a more traditional approach without Early Contractor Engagement, the project experienced continual stumbling blocks preventing the project ever progressing further than a concept stage.
The project budget for these facilities including design and documentation, demolition, building construction, lighting of the lacrosse field, geotechnical investigation costs, designs costs, approval costs, project management costs, and all contingencies, was $8.8m.
Once engaged, Cook Building assumed responsibility for further development/modification of a concept designs of the buildings, including liaison with the relevant clubs, so to deliver the project within the above budget and in line with the program outlined above. Cook Building were required to engage as much as possible with the sporting clubs during the design development stage, so as to maximise club input into the building designs and delivery methodologies. While there was a broad understanding and significant goodwill towards achieving a fair outcome for all parties, further negotiations were paramount to project success. Cook Building, through attention to detail, stakeholder engagement and continued assessment and testing of scope against budget, was able to continue these negotiations until a fair outcome was achieved for all, culminating in the successful construction of the project in June 2020.