Keilor Cemetery Expansion

Location: Keilor East, VIC

Client: Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT)

Date: July 2016 – September 2017

Due to a demand for additional grave sites, the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) has decided to expand the Keilor Cemetery. GMCT has contracted ACE to undertake the Stage 1 Early Works, which includes the construction of approximately 1400 new graves.

The expansion is on a vacant parcel of land adjacent to the existing Keilor Cemetery. This land is bounded by the Calder and M80 Freeway Ramp.

ACE’s scope of work included:

  • Earthworks, including rock excavation
  • Stormwater drainage and overland flow path construction
  • Roadworks for the internal road network
  • Construction of a shared user path
  • Concrete foundations for graves
  • Rock wall and sleeper wall construction
  • Piling works
  • Connection of water supply
  • Electrical works
  • Installation of fencing and gates
  • Landscape works, including topsoiling and grassing.

ACE was awarded the second stage 1Z, which included additional grave construction and landscaping works.

Mernda Police Station Pavement

Location: Mernda, VIC

Client: ADCO Constructions

Date: June 2016 – August 2017

Built at the corner of Pimpinella Pass and Bridge Inn Rd, Mernda’s new Police Station houses uniformed officers, a family violence unit, a criminal investigation unit, a divisional response unit, along with other police units and administrative staff. The State Government appointed ADCO Constructions to design and build the new station.

ACE will undertake the following scope:

  • Construction of the carpark, including kerb and channel
  • Heavy duty concrete pavement
  • Exposed concrete footpath
  • Precast panel footings
  • Security fencing
  • Soft landscaping

Bolte Recreational Package

Location: Docklands, Victoria

Client: Mirvac

Date: March 2017 – May 2017

ACE was contracted by Mirvac to undertake the civil and landscaping works associated with their new recreational facility. This new recreational facility included a swimming pool, sauna, massage treatment room, change facilities, gym, café and a trafficable green roof. The recreational facility is a part of Mirvac’s Wharf Entrance at Yarra’s Edge Development, which also features a new high-rise apartment building.

ACE’s scope of works included:

  • Earthworks
  • Drainage and conduit works
  • Hard landscaping, including construction of in-situ concrete seat walls, exposed aggregate concrete paving and bluestone paving
  • Furniture installation
  • Irrigation
  • Playground equipment installation
  • Soft landscaping, including planting, grassing and sand pit construction
  • Green roof construction and turfing
  • Electrical works

Loy Yang Mine

Location: Traralgon East, Victoria

Client: AGL Loy Yang Pty Ltd, in its capacity as agent for the AGL Loy Yang Partnership

Date:  February 2017

As part of AGL Loy Yang’s rehabilitation plan, in 2017, some overburden previously placed at the external above ground overburden dump was instead placed in the base of the Loy Yang Mine.

Ace was awarded a contract to deliver the construction of the travel path (Civil Works Stage 1 and 2) for the relocation of travelling stacker TS4, from its current location on the external Overburden Dump, into the base of the mine.

TS4 is a crirical asset in the generation of power at both Loy Yang A and Loy Yang B power stations, and being 22 meters wide, 38 meters high, 173 meters long, with a 107.5m reach and weighing 2,100 tonnes, its relocation posed many logistical challenges.

The works were conducted both within and outside the operational areas of the mine, and no interruptions to production occurred.

The works on the 19km travel path include:

  • Reshaping the 30 m wide travel path to the appropriate grades
  • Site preparation
  • Clearing and grubbing
  • Topsoil management
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Stump removal from harvested plantation
  • Culvert construction
  • Reshaping batters
  • Fire services pipe installation
  • Re-topsoiling
  • Reseeding

Ace was subsequently engaged to deliver a second package of works, for the Below Grass L410 Conveyor Formation.

These works included:

  • Earthworks
  • Drainage
  • Pavements
  • Crushed rock access roads
  • Cement treated crushed rock pavement for the conveyor
  • Below ground stormwater drainage
  • Rock lined swales and batter protection
  • Service conduits under the formation
  • Hardstands for the Head End assembly

Post Entry Quarantine Facility

Location: Mickleham, Victoria

Client: CPB Contractors

Date: May 2014 –  2017

ACE is currently engaged by CPB Contractors for the construction of the Post Entry Quarantine Facility project. This is the largest single contract ACE has won to date, at a value of circa $40M.

This project is Commonwealth funded and will manage high risk imported animal and plant commodities.

ACE is delivering the civil and landscaping works across the site.

Scope of works for the civil contract included:

  • Overall site area 730,000m2
  • Cut to stockpile 150,000m3
  • Cut to fill 60,000m3
  • Asphalt pavements 55,000m2
  • Concrete footpath and heavy duty road pavement 15,000m2
  • Kerb and edge strip 12,000lm
  • Drainage pits and pipe 2,000lm
  • Culverts on concrete slab 900lm
  • Agi drainage pipes 25,000lm
  • Electrical conduit including light pole footings 21,000lm
  • Temp haul roads 7km
  • Crushed rock hardstands 150,000m2
  • Temporary and permanent fencing 5km.

Scope of works for the landscape contract included:

  • Paving
  • Modular planters
  • Furniture, rock aprons
  • Root barriers
  • Irrigation systems
  • Garden beds
  • Trees
  • Plants
  • Mulching
  • Lawns and extended maintenance

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • Program – Ace adapted its program to suit the Managing Contractor’s requirements, particularly in relation to other simultaneous contractors’ works onsite.
  • Quality requirements – Tolerances on pavement levels were very tight and Ace managed this by utilising GPS controlled plant.
  • Design – There were problems associated with the client’s design. Ace’s Design Surveyor provided buildability advice to CPB and SKM to resolve these issues.
  • Interfaces with other Contractors – There were many other contractors (>15) working on site at the same time.  In addition,
  • Interfaces with other Simultaneous Projects – Ace had to consider and coordinate works with other concurrent projects being undertaken in close proximity to the site, by other contractors.

These included construction of:

  • A recycled water main at the front of the site
  • Buried NBN broadband services
  • Buried Telstra services
  • Merrifield subdivision and associated new intersections, also on Donnybrook Rd.

Monbulk Soccer Centre

Location: Monbulk, Victoria

Client: Yarra Ranges Council

Date: May 2015 – Dec 2016

Devco undertook the construction of a new subregional soccer facility with 2 FIFA rated pitches, 2 pavillions, vegetation zone and parking. ACE was contracted by Devco to undertake bulk earthworks and associated works.

ACE’s scope included:

  • Bulk earthworks
  • Dewatering and desilting of the existing dam
  • Construction of carparks
  • External turning lane works
  • Construction of access road to the pavillions
  • Construction of synthetic soccer pitch
  • Coloured concreting
  • Construction of footpaths
  • Inground stormwater drainage
  • Kerb and channel
  • Installation of street furniture
  • Soft landscaping

Melton Town Centre Streetscape

Location: Palmerston Street, Melton, Victoria

Client: Melton City Council

Date: April 2016 – November 2016

Ace was contracted by the Melton City Council to undertake the Stage 2 – Civil and Landscaping works for the Melton Town Centre Streetscape Redevelopment. This stage involved works on the Palmerston Street Precinct, located between High Street and McKenzie Streets.

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Demolition of carpark and old town square
  • Palmerston Street upgrade, including service changes, landscaped median, street trees,
  • lighting, kerb and channel and pavement works
  • High quality landscaping works within a Civic Open Space including seating, irrigation,
  • Pavement treatments, public lighting and turf
  • Revitalisation of the existing amphitheatre
  • Timber decking to compliment the heritage listed former Melton Courthouse, now operating as a Café and Visitor Information Centre
  • Earthworks
  • Concrete footpaths
  • Stone paving
  • Installation of street furniture
  • Public toilet construction
  • Drainage system,
  • Sewer and water main relocation
  • Electrical switchboard upgrade
  • Removal of asbestos pit

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • Minimising construction impacts to traders and public in a live environment, particularly in regards to construction noise and dust
  • Maintaining access for local business, so that they can remain operational during construction
  • Managing multiple work fronts
  • Traffic, vehicle and pedestrian management
  • Underground services