Australian Embassy, Beijing

Office: Victoria Australian Capital Territory
Sector: International
Value: $5M
Client: Department of Foreign Affairs


Architect: Hyder Consulting


Best International Project 2005, Master Builders Association of Victoria

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In November 2004 the Kane Constructions/CSCIC Joint Venture completed rectification work to the façade and major building elements of the Australian Embassy Beijing.

The intent of the project was to extend the life expectancy of the existing buildings for a further - minimum - 10 years.

To win the project, Kane Constructions proposed to establish a JV with local partner China State Construction International Company (CSCIC). From a select group of tenderers, the Kane/CSCIC JV emerged as the only builder who would commit to the specified 10-month construction period.

Based on a thorough tender submission, experience on restoration projects and capability of operating internationally, the Kane/CSCIC JV was awarded the $5m lump sum contract for the works.

The project was successfully completed in late 2005 on time and with no defects.

Works included:
• 30,000m2 of façade repairs
• Refurbishment and waterproofing of two swimming pools and swimming pool hall
• Re-cladding of the entrance colonnade
• Chancery Marble Screen structural repairs and poultice clean
• Demolish and rebuild overhead bridges
• Render repairs and painting to the entire facade
• The repair of the seismic joints
• Re-fix existing granite panels and joint installation to all external wall fenestrations
• Supply and installation of external window head flashings

All works were completed within the nominated 10-month program, including mobilisation, procurement, training, construction, commissioning and handover.

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