CDU city campus progress calls for a cheeky slab

Slab progress
A major milestone for the construction of Charles Darwin University (CDU)’s education and community precinct is set to be achieved.

Construction of Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new $250 million education and community precinct is on track to achieve a major milestone before the wet season, with the pouring of the basement slab nearing completion.

The project in Darwin’s CBD is the centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal and is a partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory governments and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Territory company Halikos was recently awarded the contract for the construction and fit-out of the main building and the landscaping of the public areas.

Pouring of the 2,700 cubic metre slab, which forms the base of the two-level underground carpark, has been undertaken in 12 sections and began in October 2021. The sealing of the bottom of the excavation with the pouring of the slab reduces the risk presented by the upcoming wet season.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the project will help diversify the local economy and elevate Darwin’s competitiveness in the international education sector.

“The new Charles Darwin University precinct is the centrepiece of the $320 million Darwin City Deal which is a 10-year plan to position Darwin as a vibrant and liveable tropical city with a diversified economy,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Once complete, this project will have created more than 700 jobs, helped to diversify the local economy and enhanced the culture and vibrancy of the city for future generations.”

Northern Territory Minister for Jobs and Training, the Hon Paul Kirby MLA, said the project was providing a boost to the local economy.

“The slab, and the foundations below it, have involved approximately 388 mixer loads of concrete and 450 tonnes of steel reinforcement – all put in place by Territory businesses,” Minister Kirby said.

“This project will do two things – help define the Territory as a destination for quality training and education, and provide a world-class facility further beautifying our City.”

Federal Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon, said it was great to see Halikos expanding its staffing levels and actively seeking construction workers to deliver the project.

“This important infrastructure project is creating jobs now to keep our economy going through difficult times,” Dr McMahon said.

“The scale of this project will create jobs in a diverse range of local businesses right through to early 2024.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman AO, said it was fantastic to see such a major milestone of the project completed.

“The project has come a long way in a short period of time and full credit to Halikos and its subcontractors for the progress made,” Professor Bowman said.

“Once complete, the iconic main building will establish Darwin as a university city and CDU as the University of Northern Australia.”

The new precinct will provide a modern city campus for CDU, a new purpose-built home for the Northern Territory Library and more than 230 underground car parks. 

For further information about the Education and Community Precinct, visit educationcommunityprecinct.cdu.edu.au. The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan can be viewed at infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin.  

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Darwin City Deal continues to revitalise city

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher inspects work on the Education and Community Precinct.

The Darwin City Deal, an historic agreement between three levels of government, remains on track to transform Darwin into a more vibrant and liveable tropical city.

Launching the Annual Progress Report in Darwin, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the report highlights how the City Deal is delivering jobs and boosting the economy at a critical period in the Territory’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The centrepiece of the Deal, the $250 million Charles Darwin University’s Education and Community Precinct, started construction in October 2020 and is on track to transform the city centre,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Construction is providing crucial stimulus and jobs, with 730 jobs expected to be created over the next four years.

“All levels of government are working closely together as we mark the second anniversary of the Deal and there’s no doubt this investment is helping Darwin become a more liveable and vibrant capital.”

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Deal was a win-win for the Territory.

“The transformation will get more people into the guts of our city.

“On one hand, the projects mean more construction work for Territory tradies.

“On the other, the upgrades will drive more foot traffic into local businesses, which will keep the Territory economy ticking over.

“The new Education and Community Precinct will also help attract domestic and international students to the Top End, and it’s estimated they will bring around $600 million into the local economy over the next three decades,” NMr Gunner said

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

The Darwin City Deal 2020 Annual Progress Report is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin

Charles Darwin University city campus delivers local jobs

Local businesses are set to benefit from the latest Precinct contracts.

Local jobs are set to flow from the next phase of construction of the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Education and Community Precinct in Darwin’s Central Business District, with Territory-based contractors appointed for design and construction works.

Building the world-class university campus is expected to provide a $600 million boost to the Darwin economy over a 30-year period.

Construction of the precinct will create 730 jobs and provide a long-term boost to local businesses like cafés, restaurants, bars and retail stores by attracting an influx of students and visitors.”

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said it was critical that the city deal project provided a high level of local participation in the design and construction of the precinct.

“This is one of the most significant and unique construction projects to be undertaken in Darwin in recent times,” Mr Tudge said.

“As a project under the Darwin City Deal, local industry participation is a key priority to ensure and maximise benefits for Territory businesses and workers.

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said the precinct would be a major win for the Darwin economy.

“Local companies means local jobs – and we will see the economic benefits flow within the Territory.

“We want to get people into the guts of the city, and this project will do just that – while keeping Territorians in work along the way.

“Already local engineers, architects, town planners and tradespeople have benefitted from the project and this will increase further as construction ramps up over the coming months.”

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the precinct is the centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal, bringing together culture, education and urban living.

“Construction of the CDU city campus is a great example of a partnership between governments and the community to work towards a shared vision for productive and liveable cities,” Senator McMahon said.

“Getting on with the job of building city-shaping infrastructure like this for the Territory is important now more than ever, as we support jobs and stimulate the local economy as we recover from the pandemic.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the university had worked with the Australian and Northern Territory governments through the City Deal to maximise the opportunities for local businesses.

“One of the key evaluation criteria for this contract required tenderers to demonstrate how their bids made maximum use of local consultants, contractors and suppliers,” Professor Maddocks said.

CDU has appointed Darwin construction company Halikos Pty Ltd for the first phase of the precinct’s construction and local architectural firm Mode Design Corp Pty Ltd as Principal Design Consultant (PDC).

“We are pleased to see local company Halikos awarded the first phase construction contract as they will be a key partner in our vision to help revitalise the city centre and secure the future of CDU,” Professor Maddocks said.

“The PDC will also work to broad principles aimed at creating modern learning facilities that will attract new students domestically and from overseas to study in a building that uses the latest green technology and science.”

This contract with Halikos covers work to finalise design development and provision of the Phase 2 contract for the construction and fit-out of the new building, including the two-level underground carpark, landscaping and public open spaces.

The PDC will be responsible for all aspects of the detailed design of the project.

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin

Letter to residents and businesses about ECP site excavation works

Excavation Truck Route

Excavation Truck Route from the Education and Community Precinct

Dear Resident/Neighbour/Business

This letter is to inform you that main construction works for the Education and Community Precinct (ECP) are set to begin shortly. The project is located on the site of the former carpark bounded by Cavenagh St and Woods St and Garramilla Boulevard.

The ECP project is being delivered by Charles Darwin University (CDU) in partnership with the Australian

Government and the Northern Territory Government as a major component of the Darwin City Deal. City Deals are a partnership between governments and the community to work towards a shared vision for productive and livable cities.

The ECP will feature modern and flexible teaching and research facilities while also being home to an integrated CDU and Northern Territory Library, an art gallery and public open space.

The first phase of ECP construction will comprise excavation works on the site. Local firm DTA Contractors has been appointed to undertake this work.

The ECP project team would like to draw the attention of residents and neighbours to the approved construction working hours provided for in the project’s development permit. The approved hours are:

  • Monday to Saturday – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Sundays & public holidays – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where required, trained traffic control staff will be provided to direct traffic.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We will continue to stay in touch and update you of any key project events as the works progress.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct these as follows:

  • Working hours T: 1800 973 329
  • After hours emergency: CDU Security T: 8946 7777.

For further information please visit W: educationcommunityprecinct.cdu.edu.au

The CDU team is excited to work with the community to deliver this new state-of-the-art education development that will serve the Darwin community for generations to come.

Yours faithfully,

The Education and Community Precinct Project Team.

Ground-works to commence on CDU’s city campus

ECP ground breaking

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon mark construction commencing on the Education and Community Precinct.

The transformation of Darwin’s city centre is officially underway with construction commencing today on the $250 million Education and Community Precinct with Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The precinct is the centerpiece of the Darwin City Deal and will include state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, an art gallery and a library.

The project will support hundreds of local jobs and has already ploughed financial stimulus into the NT economy through project contracts awarded to local companies.

NT business, DTA Contractors, will begin work on the precinct after winning the contract for site works and main building excavation, supporting up to 18 contractors working on site.

The precinct will create 350 on-site jobs and a further 380 jobs across the supply chain through to 2024, making it one of the biggest building projects undertaken in Darwin during recent times.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the start of construction activity means jobs and an economic boost for Darwin.

“Not only will this precinct provide invaluable education opportunities for generations, it will deliver economic benefits now and into the future for the NT,” Mr Tudge said.

“It will create unprecedented avenues for locals in the construction industry as well as architects and building engineers.”

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said this is just another part of our work to make sure the Territory bounces back strong after the coronavirus crisis.

“Getting major projects started as fast as possible allows for jobs to be created now, and for local businesses to be supported now,” Mr Gunner said.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the City Deal was a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

“The Australian Government’s decision to bring forward $74.8 million has enabled the excavation works to begin this year,” Senator McMahon said.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the awarding of the contract and breaking ground was a significant step forward for the project.

“This is the culmination of several years of work in collaboration with our partners,” Professor Maddocks said.

“This facility will build on our ability to meet future student demands while offering a state-of-the-art Education and Community Precinct for the Darwin community to come together and share ideas.”

Professor Maddocks said CDU had worked with the Australian and Northern Territory Governments through the City Deal process to maximise the opportunities for local businesses.

DTA Contractors Managing Director David Divilly, said the excavation contract would provide work for about 18 people.

“This work means I can keep my staff numbers up. You need a flow of projects to maintain staff levels and this excavation job means we can keep the team together, which might have been hard without it,” Mr Divilly said.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin.