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Case Study

Barangaroo Waterfront Development

Aerial view of Barangaroo Sydney

Advising on the most ambitious and significant waterfront greening projects anywhere in the world.

The Challenge

The $6 billion Barangaroo precinct - funded by private sector investment - includes an iconic landscaped headland park, spectacular public waterfront walks and parks, shops, cafes and restaurants, and world-class commercial office towers and apartments all serviced by new and extended transport systems. It is also set to become Sydney’s new financial services hub for Australia and the Asia Pacific.  

Scope

Advisian advised on four critically important aspects of the Barangaroo Precinct:

1. The Headland Park

This is the centrepiece in the transformation of the precinct. The naturalistic parkland reinforces and complements the existing headland parks of Sydney Harbour, such as Goat Island, Ballast Point and Balls Head. The Headland Park also incorporates the significant new cultural facility within the headland for the benefit of the people of Sydney. 

2. Barangaroo Central

This is the mixed-used precinct of the development incorporating residential, commercial, retail and cultural facilities. Advisian is assisting in the delivery of an interim domain while the long-term planning and procurement of this area is undertaken.

3. Wynyard Walk

The pedestrian link to Wynyard Station and the CBD .

4. Overseas Passenger Terminal

This involves the relocation of the overseas passenger terminal to White Bay.

 

The $6 billion Barangaroo precinct - funded by private sector investment - includes an iconic landscaped headland park, spectacular public waterfront walks and parks, shops, cafes and restaurants, and world-class commercial office towers and apartments all serviced by new and extended transport systems.

Approach

Advisian was appointed a four-year term to manage many aspects of the planning, development, design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the works. This important urban and social infrastructure opportunity followed a number of successful staff secondments into the Authority’s Headland Park team during the preliminary project development phase.

Overall, we provided:

  • Specialist advice and technical input on all matters relating to the identification and assessment of procurement and delivery strategies

  • Advice on the construction contract and commercial risk allocations within a complex environment of multiple stakeholder liabilities

  • Advice on construction requirements and community impacts, ensuring construction methodologies are capable of delivering a safe outcome and effectively mitigate environmental and community impacts

  • Contract management of the tier one early-works contractor engaged to design and construct the initial phase of the high-profile Headland Park project under significant environmental and community exposure

  • Management and facilitation of value management activities and value engineering workshops across a range of engineering and architectural disciplines during the Design Phase to ensure a best value for money outcome was being progressed

  • Expert advisors to the procurement evaluation teams, including commercial, technical and constructability advice

  • Management of a complex matrix of environmental responsibilities and project approval requirements, adjacent to Sydney Harbour

  • Development of a high-profile early works and main works request for tender documentation, and a tender assessment framework including tender preparation, process management, evaluation facilitation, tenderer negotiation and contract execution

  • Contract management of the tier one main works contractor engaged to design and construct the headland park under significant environmental and community exposure

  • Development and implementation of multiple key stakeholder interface agreements

  • Strategic procurement, planning and programming of the complex underground pedestrian connection through to Wynyard Station and the Sydney Central Business District

  • Project management support for the relocation of existing overseas passenger shipping terminal and construction of the new terminal in White Bay so that work can commence at the proposed Northern Cove and Barangaroo Central

  • Strategic advice on the procurement and delivery of Barangaroo Central which led to the inclusion of the interim public domain on the Central site being successfully designed and procured within the main works contractor’s scope

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia 2016 Project of the Year

Results

  • Successful procurement of several key early works packages, including procurement of tier one early works contractor at Headland Park within extremely challenging timescales

  • Successful contract management of the early work construction contract involving a range of significant scope changes set in a challenging political landscape and exposed to close public scrutiny

  • Successful procurement of a tier one contractor to deliver the Headland Park main works including Central within budget and time constraints to a high-level quality

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