National contractor Watpac is bolstering its defence project portfolio with a $67 million contract to deliver the new Naval Guided Weapons Maintenance Facilities at Orchard Hills in Western Sydney.
As Head Contractor, Watpac will work closely with the Department of Defence, project partners and local supply chain to deliver the facility which directly supports the operations of the Australian Defence Force.
The facility will enhance maintenance components for Navy’s Guided Weapons systems and include working accommodation for 30 personnel, receipt and dispatch areas, a maintenance workshop and test facilities.
Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont said the award was testament to the company’s extensive experience in defence and part of a long-term strategy.
“We are pleased to be collaborating again with the Department of Defence and partners on this project which will benefit from our multi-decade track record including over 30 successful defence projects worth more than $1 billion.
“Watpac has a strong Australian heritage and commitment to building the nation with public and private sector clients, offering enhanced expertise through global leader BESIX Group,” Mr Bouharmont said.
Watpac Defence Head of Sector, Kelvin Black, welcomed the award which builds on the company’s regional presence.
“We have been in the region for some time for defence base work and the Western Sydney Airport Visitor Centre.
“Local people and businesses of Western Sydney are set to benefit from construction activity and Watpac’s commitment to source 95 per cent of total sub-contract work within 50 kilometres of the site, and trade packages will be shared via the ICN Gateway as they become available,” Mr Black said.
Works are due to commence on site this month with project completion anticipated by end-2021.
The award bolsters Watpac’s nearly $2 billion portfolio of new and existing projects, including Brisbane’s Herston Quarter Redevelopment, Brisbane Airport’s Stage 2 Domestic Terminal Upgrade, Sydney’s Poly Centre tower, Melbourne’s Casey Hospital expansion and Adelaide Airport’s Terminal Expansion.