Supporting Australia’s Defence Alliance with the United States
WSP is working closely with Managing Contractor, Sitzler and Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch-Department of Defence, on the upgrade of range facilities and infrastructure in the Northern Territory as part of the proposed USFPI capital infrastructure works in Australia. Upgrades to the four existing training areas will improve interoperability between Australian and our partners, including the US armed forces. The project enhances opportunities to engage with partners in the Indo-Pacific and better posture both nations to respond to contingencies requiring humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
The training areas and ranges sites include:
- Robertson Barracks Close Training Area
- Kangaroo Flats Training Area
- Mount Bundey Training Area
- Bradshaw Field Training Area
The anticipated completion of the project is mid-2026.
Providing flexible, long-lasting solutions
Engaged as the lead design consult, WSP is providing all building services related to the range support buildings, support facilities, camp facilities, medical facilities, wash bays and infrastructure..
The scope of work includes:
- Decommissioning of select facilities and ranges
- Upgrade of existing training area facilities
- Construction of new support facilities and infrastructure
- Provision of new roads and upgrades to existing roads
- Provision of new services infrastructure and upgrades to existing services
- Heavy duty hardstands
We are leveraging our position \ by\ implementing local teams to carry out site inspections, attend site meetings at the remote locations across the NT.
Having local presence, including our Design Manager based in WSP’s Darwin office, has provided the Managing Contractor with immediate in-person access to key members of the project team, while also being a conduit to our subject matter experts, and further strengthening the delivery team.
Innovative solutions to unique challenges
Our team is addressing several unique key requirements in the project:
- Noise criteria developed to address aircraft noise ingress and impulsive noise
- Whole-of-life assessments and the incorporation of solar and renewable energy solutions to support sustainable electrical infrastructure
- Acoustics incorporated into every building to address considerations around noise
- Addressing the inconsistent nature of the use of facilities in a remote location, ensuring systems are easily maintainable
- Complex hydraulics infrastructure that is operable in a remote location
- Obtaining the technical approvals for the design services, under necessary Australian and Defence-specific standards.