A new $51 million accommodation facility will house defence force personnel at the Puckapunyal Army Base.JENNA BISHOP February 6, 2014 4:51am
A new $51 million accommodation facility will house defence force personnel at the Puckapunyal Army Base.
A new multi-million dollar accommodation complex has just been completed at the Puckapunyal Australian Army Base to provide a comfortable home for defence personnel posted to the base.
The $51 million Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct has 201 self-contained accommodation units with a kitchenette, ensuite, desk and bed area leading onto a balcony.
Additionally, each LEAP unit has its own car space and lockable storage area.
The construction of the facility at Puckapunyal created approximately 200 full-time equivalent jobs during 17 months and now employs five local operational staff.
A Department of Defence spokesperson said the LEAP project’s vision was to provide single service men and women with a place to call home.
‘‘Importantly, the occupants of this accommodation will experience consistency across all sites, so when they move from one base to another they will encounter a familiar environment with the same high standard of unit and precinct amenities, and support services,’’ the spokesperson said.
Communal facilities such as recreation buildings and barbecue areas are provided at all LEAP 2 sites, with the larger sites also providing car maintenance sheds and lockable trailer/boat compounds.
At all LEAP sites, the contractor supports the facilities and LEAP residents via a concierge office located alongside one of the site’s recreation buildings.
The Department of Defence spokesperson said LEAP accommodation was at 14 bases Australia-wide, within precincts that were mostly adjacent to messes.
The facility, delivered by Plenary Living, is part of the company’s $900 million, Single Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct 2 public-private partnership project with the Department of Defence and was built by consortium partner Watpac.
Plenary Group chief operating officer Glenn Hay said he was pleased to see residents settled into the new facility at the iconic Puckapunyal military base.
‘‘While the project team experienced some significant latent site conditions that could have severely impacted the delivery schedule, a collaborative team effort from Plenary, Watpac and Defence ensured it was completed on time and on budget,’’ Mr Hay said.
The facility is now under the long-term management of Plenary Living with service delivery through Plenary’s facilities management partner ESS.
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