Salford expertise helps win role on Australia’s biggest office scheme

An example of Oakwood's technology

Salford-based construction consultancy Oakwood has today announced that its work with contractor Built has been instrumental in the successful bid to secure the £271.6m tender for a 55-storey building, known as ‘6&8 Parramatta Square’.

Parramatta Square, located in Sydney’s West, is one of Australia’s biggest urban renewal projects.

Working in a joint venture with Australian construction management company McGregor, Oakwood produced a 4D-model which was used by Built to communicate their construction methodology and programme to the client.

This 4D-model played an important role in helping Built win the tender on what is the largest commercial office building currently being constructed in Australia.

Oakwood and McGregor will be providing digital support to Built during construction, helping to deliver programme certainty on the project. Oakwood’s BIM (building information modelling) experience in 3D & 4D modelling, VR and lifecycle tracking of materials, will help improve efficiencies and reduce waste, providing Built with visual method statements to assure productivity is maximised.

Built managing director Brett Mason said: “Oakwood and McGregor have helped demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of BIM.

“We are investing in these skills to improve efficiency and to ensure there are no delays on site, and we are committed to making sure we use this type of technology on all our future projects.

“We have established a strong relationship with Oakwood and McGregor and are looking forward to working with them on this latest scheme at Parramatta.”

Oakwood and McGregor are already working with Built on buildings 3 and 4 at Parramatta Square, which, together with tower 6&8, is valued at £650m-worth of construction works.

Chris Brown, director at Oakwood, said: “Our involvement with the latest tranche of work will assure that the lifecycle of all three projects can be carefully managed.

“Rather than looking at each in isolation, we can see how they interact with each other and assure maximum efficiencies on the wider site.”

Located to the West of Sydney, the Parramatta Square scheme, which is being developed by the Walker Corporation, is set to rival the city’s central business district.

On completion, the project as a whole, will provide 290,000 sq m of office space across three buildings.