Holsworthy Defence Barracks

Holsworthy Defence Barracks

LOCATION: Moorebank Units Relocation

DATE COMPLETED: December 2015

BUILDER: Laing O’Rourke Constructions, Woods Bagot Architects, BVN Architects, Conrad Gargett Architects

PROJECT VALUE: $3,000,000



This job was the largest single site Australian Defence capital works project since World War II for complete relocation of Defence facilities and assets from a 190 hectare Moorebank site to the Holsworthy Barracks 110ha. School of Military Engineering included the delivery of a mix of engineering instructional and learning facilities lecture theatres, classrooms, office buildings, and accommodation. Fully furnished Officers Mess, live-in accommodation, office accommodation, entry precinct, museum, chapel, workshops, Q stores.

The varied project was akin to constructing an entire village within a secure military base, including an Olympic-scale swimming pool and gym, motels, a new mess, and 350,0000ha training ground. It also included design and construction of a new public heritage learning centre, the Museum of Military Engineering, representing the biggest museum move in the southern hemisphere.

The Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia awarded the $870m Moorebank Relocation (MUR) project the nation’s most coveted industry prize.

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