One of Australia’s largest real estate portfolios
The Department of Defence has one of the largest real estate portfolios in Australia, managed by their Estate and Infrastructure Group.
The work of Defence’s Estate Planning Branch includes assessing viability and prioritising facility and infrastructure requirements across their entire portfolio. To manage this effectively, they begin any major project by preparing a comprehensive initial business case (IBC).
Proven expertise in strategic planning
Because of our expertise in strategic planning and feasibility studies, APP was engaged to deliver IBCs for projects in three locations:
- Relocation of an Army Reserves Unit at Tweed Heads
- Mid-term refresh of the Townsville Field Training Area
- Upgrade of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airfield.
Each IBC involved a complex, multi-stage process, including:
- consulting with diverse stakeholders
- articulating the business need
- developing suitable options
- preparing a business case in accordance with specific Department of Finance requirements
- engaging a quantity surveyor to develop P50 cost estimates
- consulting on engineering and architectural design issues.
Efficient, integrated team approach
Each project had very different stakeholder and technical priorities. Our goals included:
- delivering all three projects to the same master program
- fully addressing specific local stakeholder, technical and site requirements for each project
- delivering consistent quality across all projects
- simplifying communications with clients and national stakeholders.
To achieve this, we drew on our national presence to develop an efficient, integrated team approach. Each IBC was developed within a local APP office, with support and oversight from a national APP team.
With each project, we were able to add significant value.
We introduced an early deliverable ‘Property Report’, which addressed:
- user requirements
- available properties for purchase or lease
- a recommended property solution, to be detailed in the IBC.
Our team spent additional time to define and agree the scope priorities. This enabled us to engineer several options that balanced the complicated user priorities within the available budget.
Cocos (Keeling) Island
We engaged specialist airfield design engineers to develop concept designs. We contacted the civil contractor who most recently completed an upgrade on the runway, for independent feedback and alternate logistic and design costings.