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Multiplex Centre for Excellence in Sydney. Source: Image supplied.
  • Multiplex will help School Infrastructure NSW to improve construction quality
  • This comes after the NSW state budget committed to big spending on school infrastructure
  • A key focus is to ensure certainty cost, quality and delivery when developing infrastructure plans

The NSW Government is looking to the private sector to help them improve construction quality and school infrastructure projects, partnering with global construction company Multiplex.

The agreement will facilitate Multiplex’s access to the School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) Construction Handbook, a construction methodology and detailed systems handbook that the department can incorporate in its own standards and guidelines for education facilities.

This comes after the NSW state budget resulted in a big win for the education sector, with $7.9 billion of investment over the next four years set to deliver 215 new schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

David Ghannoum, Multiplex Regional Managing Director for NSW and ACT, said Multiplex was on a continuous journey to enhance building standards across the board.

“We have decades of experience and research that shows us the more you collaborate
and plan upfront, the better the quality outcomes will be,” he said.

Supported by the innovative Centre for Excellence in Rosebery, Multiplex will utilise its documentation management approach to identify common construction quality issues such as waterproofing and detail best practices to address them.

Anthony Manning, Chief Executive of SINSW said a key focus for the department was to achieve certainty about quality, cost and delivery when developing the new infrastructure.

“The agreement with Multiplex is a great example of how we can collaborate with industry, benefit from their expertise and drive high quality outcomes in our projects.”

Multiplex was also recently awarded the early contractor involvement (ECI) contract to work with SINSW to plan and design a major update to Mosman High School on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The upgrade aims to accommodate an additional 1,200 students, with construction set to commence in early 2022.

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