Archerfield was engaged as Project Director by a NSW Government state-owned corporation in relation to the redevelopment and conversion of ex-rail yards in Sydney’s west into a state of the art Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC).
The ILC was designed with a number of distinct precincts, such as a main intermodal terminal area, empty container storage, warehouse/distribution facilities, administration and infrastructure (roads, bridges, green areas, etc), that need to be closely integrated. Additionally, there were a number of stakeholders to the project each with discrete objectives and operational requirements, including Government (as land owner), the terminal operator, freight forwarders, property developers, shipping lines and road/rail operators.
At the time of Archerfield’s appointment there were significant issues with the delivery of the ILC. Construction was behind programme and costs were rapidly increasing beyond forecast. The site is approximately 60 ha in size and was affected by some significant contamination as a result of the previous uses. The initial phase of Archerfield’s engagement therefore focused on an in-depth audit of the project’s status as a precursor to re-basing the delivery programme and cost budget and contractual arrangements that underpin them.
As Project Director, Archerfield managed a diverse range of consultants and contractors to deliver the ILC in accordance with its revised programme and cost budget as well as developing strategies for the commercialisation of the warehousing component.
The completed ILC was subsequently included in the privatisation of certain NSW Ports through long-term lease arrangements.