Past project

PrixCar storage facility

Client name:  Realta (PrixCar)
Project value: $7 million
Contract period: 18 months

Background and scope

Family-owned property development and construction business, Realta had acquired land which they intended to transform into a car storage facility. Realta approached Simpson Earth, recognising our extensive knowledge and experience in managing complex earthworks projects and in particular, our many years of handling coal wash refuge. 

The challenge

The project was located in a flood zone area. The nature of the wet swampy ground meant extra efforts were required for the site to be drained, dried out and reworked to consolidate the ground into engineered fill to pass compaction. Environmental conditions meant the client had to purchase 4 hectares of trees on the neighbouring property through Biobanking, in order to be able to clear the site of its existing trees to complete the project.

Our approach

An extensive level of preparation and planning was required to begin the project. We set up and maintained sizable workable fill areas, which enabled us to manage high volumes of truck deliveries in almost all weather conditions throughout the project. 

In total, over half a million cubic metres of import material was placed, 20 hectares of land was cleared and over 200,000m3 of cut to fill material was moved. Stormwater drainage pipes and culverts were installed and large detention basins were excavated with the installation of large concrete panels to create extra storage volume. A 2 lane concrete bridge was built over the existing creek to allow truck access into the new facility. Subgrades and base course materials were placed in preparation for spray seal and asphalt of the entire site.

The result

Despite the challenging conditions presented, the project was completed ahead of schedule. Realta was able to sign a long term lease agreement with a major car storage/transport business and store up to 25,000 new and imported cars at their new facility. 

The facility operates at full capacity allowing for imported cars to be quickly transported from Port Kembla wharf to the holding facility, where the cars are then distributed to their local dealers across NSW.

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