Hydraulics Bundoora

CompleteProject Director, Dermot Browne

Project summary/description

La Trobe University is currently strategically upgrading site wide hydraulic engineering infrastructure based on advice within the 10 Year Capital Development Plan which identified that the fire and water services currently share a common distribution system which was compliant at the time of installation but is not compliant to today's Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards.

The project includes:

  • Fire Services
    Providing a dedicated independent fire hydrant system site wide reticulated ring main by duplicating the existing shared ring main.
  • Domestic Cold Water Services
    Utilising existing combined fire and cold water ring main as dedicated cold water ring main.

The benefits of the project to the University and wider community can be summarised as folow;

  • Brand new, dedicated fire ring main campus wide to meet and exceed current BCA regulations.
  • Upgrade of pipework sections to the cold water ring main infrastructure
  • Provides the University with the most flexible and future proofed solutions.
  • Opportunity to review existing connections for integrity and leakages
  • Upgraded controls for the fire ring main resulting in better efficiencies with water control
  • Impact to the Campus and its extensive landscaping assets will be kept to a minimum with carefully planned pipeworks routes ruing the existing tunnel system wherever possible.

Funding source and budget details

The approved budget for this project is $5.225 million and will be directly funded by the University.

Project Documents

The Hydraulics Phasing Plan (PDF 1.36MB) identifies the full extent of works around the campus which have been split into zones. Please refer to the Key Dates sections for timelines for each zone.

Project key milestones

ActivityTarget milestoneStatus
Project brief compilation23 March 2012Complete
Principial consultant appoitment07 May 2012Complete
Schematic Design14 September 2012Complete
Design development18 October 2012Complete
Tender review, reporting and contractor engagementFebruary 2013Complete
Tunnel clean commencement08 March 2013Complete
Main construction works commence 08 April 2013Complete
Completion January 2014 Complete

Project team consultants

Fire EngineerExova Warringtonfire
Project ManagerCoffey Projects
Hazardous Substances AuditorNoel Arnold
Quantity SurveyorWilde & Woollard
ContractorKane Constructions

Project updates

Last Update: 5 November 2014