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Pfizer Hangzhou – $180M USD investment in China. Due for completion July 2018.

Cockram and Pfizer are fittingly proud of this latest milestone on the major project in Hangzhou. The new Global Biotechnology Facility has been an engineering and Construction Management showcase for China and the Global Industry. Designed by Jacobs Engineering and EDRI, the 56,989 m2 facility incorporates GE Kubio prefabricated pods and is rapidly approaching completion. Given the complexity of the project and both Pfizer & Cockram’s high safety and quality standards, Cockram adopted a substantial Construction Management Team which has once again delivered the results Pfizer and Cockram are known for.

The effort and result were appropriately recognized by Michael J. West, Pfizer’s Global EHS Director for Environment, Health & Safety, who stated:

“….I have never been associated with one (major project) that has accomplished what you have when it comes to safety. It has been an amazing accomplishment, only possible through the dedication of everyone from the back offices to the front lines.”


Whilst the combination of Pfizer and Cockram is certainly not new in China – winning the ISPE Sustainability Award for a recently completed major project in Suzhou was a unique achievement. The 48,200m2 Greenfield Manufacturing Facility known as Pfizer Diamond was completed in rapid time in October 2017 and was fittingly awarded the ISPE FOYA Sustainability Award in March 2018. As Procurement & Construction Management Contractor Cockram enjoyed another successful partnership with Pfizer to deliver the project on-time with 1.7m LTI Free Man Hours. Pfizer Suzhou’s General Manager, Mr. Sui Jinguo commended the team:

“…During the cooperation with Cockram, their team has demonstrated strong Project Management capability and excellent expertise…”

The new building is instantly recognisable as an energy efficient facility with its striking ‘Green’ Façade all helping to reach it’s LEED Platinum status. 


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Whilst the combination of Pfizer and Cockram is certainly not new in China – winning the ISPE Sustainability Award for a recently completed major project in Suzhou was a unique achievement. The 48,200m2 Greenfield Manufacturing Facility known as Pfizer Diamond was completed in rapid time in October 2017 and was fittingly awarded the ISPE FOYA Sustainability Award in March 2018. As Procurement & Construction Management Contractor Cockram enjoyed another successful partnership with Pfizer to deliver the project on-time with 1.7m LTI Free Man Hours. Pfizer Suzhou’s General Manager, Mr. Sui Jinguo commended the team:

“…During the cooperation with Cockram, their team has demonstrated strong Project Management capability and excellent expertise…”

The new building is instantly recognisable as an energy efficient facility with its striking ‘Green’ Façade all helping to reach it’s LEED Platinum status. 


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Zoetis Suzhou – Ground Breaking Ceremony conducted 25th April 2018

More than 20 years since we managed the last green fields manufacturing facility for Zoetis in Suzhou (known as Upjohn Suzhou Animal Health back then – later acquired by Pfizer / then Publically Listed), Cockram is yet again breaking ground on a major Animal Health facility. This latest investment by Zoetis is a 77,520 m2 facility to serve local and international markets. With design nearing completion by PM Group and EDRI, the handover was exceptionally smooth to the Cockram PCM Team who will manage the Construction activities through to completion in December 2019.

“…The relationship Cockram has with Pfizer affiliated companies is particularly pleasing and spans our entire history in China…”    “…it would be difficult to find a time period where we were not managing a major investment for Pfizer or an affiliated company in China this past 25 years…” added Robert Sirgiovanni, Cockram’s Asia Vice President.


Some 30 Years after establishing a major Manufacturing Facility in Xian, China, Xian Jansen (part of the J&J Group of Companies) embarked on another major investment in central China to relocate the successful facility it created all those years before. The highly automated, major facility is certain to be a benchmark for the region and has already received many accolades from the city and local government offices.

What was a tremendous effort by the Project Team over a number of years has produced a most impressive facility that will serve J&J well into the future. The overall project team led by J&J Senior Management comprised Cockram as Procurement and Construction Managers, Jacobs Engineering as Lead Designers, EDRI as LDI and a number of specialist Consultants.

“…We knew it would be a challenge to manage such a major and complex facility in the traditional city of Xian. The quality achieved is truly eye-catching and a credit to the Project Team, not to mention amassing a 5 Million Man hour Lost Time Injury Free Construction Period….” Remarked Robert Sirgiovanni. “…..It would not have been possible without the support and cooperation from our strategic client. Our relationship with J&J in China spans 2 decades and I’m pleased to report we have just been awarded another Laboratory project in China to manage with our strategic client…”


Cockram and Siemens have recently commenced a major expansion of the Siemens Pharmaceutical facility in Shanghai. The complex, 85,200m2 green fields project involves expansion of multiple existing buildings with minimal disruption to the existing operations – something Cockram has encountered many times before in China and internationally.

The phased expansion designed by Jacobs Engineering and EDRI will be managed by Cockram through to early 2020. This is the first time that Cockram has worked together with Siemens on a Capital Expansion Project – hopefully, the first of many!

Cockram doubles down (or trebles) on major Biological Facilities in China. Fresh from the success of the Pfizer Hangzhou Facility and another for JUST Biotherapeutics also in Hangzhou, Cockram was engaged by BeiGene as Procurement and Construction Manager for a Major Greenfield Facility in Guangzhou. The impressive 101,300 m2 facility was designed by PM Group & EDRI and also incorporates the GE Kubio prefabricated units. Construction commenced October 2017 and is moving at a cracking pace.

“…Cockram’s Biological Experience, GE Kubio Experience and Guangzhou experience made the selection choice easy for BeiGene. Cockram has completed major projects in Guangzhou for Baxter and IFF during this past decade…”

— Johnny Han, General Manager, Cockram China.

Fresh from the success of the major works at Shanghai Disneyland, Cockram and Scenario (Cockram’s majority-owned Themepark Contracting entity), ‘Scenario Cockram’ continues to expand its Operations globally. Whilst major works are on-going at iconic Themeparks in California and Orlando a new project in China has recently commenced. This 22,000m2 indoor attraction in Zhuhai, China for the Lisun Group, is based on the Lionsgate brand. Scenario Cockram is providing full Turnkey Services in conjunction with the Thinkwell Group who are the Creative Designers and overall Project Managers. In this instance, Cockram China is the General Contractor for the project.

The scale and quality of the project are best depicted in the creative work developed by Thinkwell.

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2017 has been another outstanding year of project delivery for us at Cockram Construction. Across Australia, we have delivered technically complex projects to our clients in our traditional sectors as well as continuing our growth geographically and into new sectors.

We are proud to offer a full-service construction offering to clients on projects throughout the entire country.

We look forward to continuing to have “outstanding people delivering outstanding projects” to our clients in 2018.

(Pictured L to R: Ian McKellar, Phill Arrowsmith, Michael Clemenger , Mark Hopkins & Ronald Schack)

Safety is at the forefront of everything that we do and we are delighted to confirm that Cockram is the winner of the 2017 Master Builders Excellence in Construction Award for Excellence in Health & Safety on our CSL AlbuRX Facility project in Broadmeadows.

CSL is currently expanding its manufacturing base in Broadmeadows with the new AlbuRX facility. When completed, the facility will manufacture a blood plasma-based intravenous therapy, which is produced soley in the recently completed CSL facility in Bern, Switzerland.  The product is primarily used for the treatment of burns, shock, pancreatitis and albumin loss.

The project presented a significant number of challenges for the site team in our construction methodology who have embraced the opportunity with innovative approaches to maintain programme and ensure at all times the health & safety of all workers on site.

Cockram is committed to making a positive contribution to Closing the Gap that exists between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians in the areas of Employment, Education & Training.

Closing the gap in these areas we believe will assist in closing gaps in other areas, including incarceration, health and life expectancy.

Cockram hopes to achieve this goal through educating its staff on Reconciliation and through providing Indigenous employment opportunities within the Construction Industry.

We are very proud and excited to now announce our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which is our roadmap of practical actions towards achieving and creating meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

We understand that having a RAP in place will further benefit our business and is equally good for the economy. It will contribute heavily towards a number of key developmental business areas including compliance, supplier diversity, meeting customer’s needs for changed procurement preferences, staff engagement and cultural awareness – all touch points that are equally important in supporting other indigenous businesses on their journey.

View the RAP on the Reconciliation Australia website.

The Leighs Cockram JV Ltd team are delighted to confirm that our NZ$200M Burwood Hospital redevelopment project was the winner of the NALCO Health Project Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, recently held in Auckland and hosted by the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand.

Pictured above from the Leighs Cockram JV Ltd team is Mike Knowles, Dean Velenski, Michael Clemenger, Danny Tessier, Paul O’Brien and Stuart Watts.


The Canberra office is proud to announce we have secured the $13M Australian Catholic University Veritas Building project.

The Veritas building project consists of the construction of a new 2 story building with a gross floor area of 3194m2.

We see the Veritas Building as the new heart of the campus. The new building will provide the Australian Catholic University with state-of-the-art library facilities, flexible learning areas, a modernised lecture space, staff amenities, an inviting student cafe’ and common areas to encourage collaboration, imagination and creativity which are all inducive to learning and high achievement.

The Veritas building will sit between two existing buildings. Covered walkways will connect the three buildings making each building easily accessible all
year round.

The building will be constructed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star –Design and As Built v1.1 certified rating. Well done to our bid team; Luke Bruvel, Skye Russell and Darren Priddle for their efforts securing this project.

Cockram Construction is excited to announce its appointment by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) to deliver the landmark Arkadia apartment project located in Alexandria. The works are valued at $67m.

This initiative represents Cockram’s significant expansion into the Residential market, off the back of CASA Residences currently being constructed in Erskineville – due for completion later this year. Arkadia combines contemporary apartment living with lush green spaces and distinctive residential facilities.

On Cockram’s partnership with DHA, State Manager, Roger Ornek expressed his excitement about collaborating on the project: “Cockram is proud to be aligning with DHA to deliver quality housing to the heart of Sydney CBD and setting a new benchmark in residential development,” adding that, “We hope Arkadia will be the beginning of a long and trusted partnership which will continue to deliver quality buildings for DHA”.

DHA Managing Director, Jan Mason said, “I am delighted that we will be partnering with Cockram to complete this state-of-the-art residential project that will be a major addition to this important inner-Sydney precinct.”

“Cockram has a reputation for safety, quality of work, professionalism and development of its staff. In many ways, the values they exhibit are very similar to those we pursue at DHA,” Ms Mason said.

Construction will commence in May 2017, with completion expected in November 2018. Located at 18 Huntley Street, Arkadia will comprise 152 modern apartments and terraces designed by high-profile architects DKO.


Image: Motohiro Umehara (Managing Director, Kajima Australia) and Malcolm Batten (Managing Director, Cockram Construction)

Cockram Construction (“Cockram”) is pleased to announce that international construction company, Kajima Corporation (“Kajima”) has made a strategic investment in Cockram.

Malcolm Batten, Managing Director, Cockram said: “Kajima has a global track record of investing in high performance businesses and retaining and working with the local management to successfully help them grow their businesses.   This investment demonstrates confidence in our strategy of providing diversified construction services throughout Australia and Asia Pacific. 
“Kajima’s investment provides us with the financial resources and technical expertise to enable us to grow our existing specialist market in social infrastructure in Australia.  It will also ultimately allow us to expand our international business in Asia Pacific and the United States where demand is growing.”
All existing Cockram executive shareholders will remain invested in the company alongside Kajima who will become the majority shareholder.
Kajima has been in business for over 175 years with current annual revenues of approximately A$21 billion.  Kajima entered the Australian construction market in 2015 with a similar strategic investment in Icon Construction Group (“Icon”), an Australian residential and commercial builder.  Kajima’s investment in Cockram will ultimately lead to a merger between Cockram’s Australian business and Icon during 2019.
The merger will combine Icon’s extensive residential and commercial construction expertise with Cockram’s specialist social infrastructure business to create a compelling full spectrum construction services offering in Australia. 



Cockram has successfully delivered a unique waste water project with our joint venture partner, CCB Envico. The Wallan Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) Upgrade project, valued at $17.0M, was handed over to clients Yarra Valley Water in December 2016 after an 18 month delivery period.

The new Wallan STP located to the north of the existing lagoons within the Yarra Valley Water site provides the town of Wallan with an increased capacity to treat an average dry weather flow of 4ML/day and a peak wet weather flow of 16ML/day. The key feature of the project is the concrete tank that includes two Bioreactors, Splitter Box and Balance Tank within the 50m long x 30m wide x 6m high tank that can hold up to 7ML.

Other treatment features include a Screening area with two screens and a lift pump well, Chemical Storage and Dosing facilities, Tertiary Filter area, RAS and WAS pumps and a Filtered Water storage tank. The FW storage tank is connected to the existing Recycled Water treatment plant, lagoons and also has an emergency discharge to the adjacent creek. Also included are an Amenities building with office, kitchen, laboratory and bathroom facilities, a Maintenance Shed and a Ring Road around the new facility.

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2016 saw Cockram Australia, delivering many technically complex and high quality facilities for our clients. Our project teams displayed incredible levels of dedication to ensure the successful delivery of our projects.

Our diversification into new sectors of the market has seen us deliver projects across many industries, including water, IT and infrastructure supplementing our already diverse project mix.

We look forward to continuing to deliver outstanding Projects in 2017.


Cockram has delivered another outstanding health facility with practical completion on the $60.0M Holmesglen Private Hospital in Moorabbin, Victoria.

Healthscope partnered with Holmesglen Institute of TAFE to develop part of their existing Moorabbin site into the new Holmesglen Private Hospital. The project converted an existing conference centre into a health and education precinct, providing clinical training for Holmesglen’s health science students, as well as health care for local residents.

Key features of the new private hospital for bayside suburbs include 7 operating theatres with a further cardiac catheter laboratory, a dedicated ICU and CCU, 24 hour emergency department, day oncology, approximately 140 beds and associated support services including radiology, pathology, pharmacy, a diagnostic imaging facility, consulting suites, a commercial kitchen and a retail cafe.

The hospital successfully opened on schedule on Monday 16th January 2017 with operating theatres and the emergency department being put to use within the first few hours of the hospital opening.

The successful completion of the project has further enhanced Cockram ‘s excellent reputation in the health sector and was a key factor in us recently being awarded our second project for Healthscope in Victoria; the John Fawkner Private Hospital expansion project.

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Coined ‘a jewel in the Garden’, The Calyx project was the redevelopment of the existing Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. This striking visitor attraction – is Australia’s first dedicated horticultural display centre – a living art gallery.

Won through a design competition, Cockram engaged PTW Architects, Structural Engineer: BG&E and Landscape Architects: McGregor Coxall to design this highly flexible building, using elements of the original Arc Glasshouse, while retaining the design quality, integrity and innovation of the existing structure.

Works included:

  • Refurbished greenhouse & additional greenhouse space
  • Outdoor display
  • Educational space
  • Interconnected / adaptable rooms for horticultural display & other uses
  • Reception area
  • Amenities + warm up kitchen + storage
  • Loading dock + associated services areas


The resulting building is a highly flexible, multipurpose space that can be easily adapted for exhibitions, educational experiences, functions, corporate entertainment and the like.

This new world-class attraction opened in June 2016 and was the major legacy project of the Garden’s 200th birthday celebration program.

Cockram and our design team, in co-operation with the client and their project manager have delivered a high quality bespoke, circular, public building that represents the design and construction philosophy, operating at its very best.

For more information on the project – click HERE
For information on current exhibitions – click HERE

Photography: John Gollings


Cockram has recently completed one of the most impressive private sporting facilities in Australia for Camberwell Grammar School, with the construction of a $45.0M sports complex, chapel and function centre.

This ambitious project was successfully delivered on time and on budget, achieving Practical Completion on the 7th November 2016, and the School could not be more delighted.

“We are particularly grateful to the Cockram team for your professional and friendly manner throughout the project and for your cooperation and guidance through the many complexities and challenges faced in developing this diverse and state-of-the-art facility. Thanks to the many good people who contributed to this project, the School now has a magnificent new Chapel and Sports Centre – to be treasured for many years to come.”
Chris Lloyd – Business Manager, Camberwell Grammar School

Key features of the project include a newly constructed sports oval, aquatic facilities, basketball and table tennis halls, gymnasium and ergonomic rooms, class rooms and office areas. The aquatic facility includes a 51.5 metre swimming pool with a dividing boom allowing for 50 metre, two 25 metre and water polo settings, a learn to swim program pool, concourse areas, spectator seating and associated wet area amenities. The new sports centre also provides the school with first class function facilities including a 200 seat chapel, commercial kitchen, function room and balcony overlooking the re-instated Keith Anderson Oval. A 250 space carpark constructed beneath the oval will provide staff and visitor car parking facilities, and bus drop off and parent pick-up zones to ease congestion and traffic flow in surrounding residential streets. Extensive external landscaping to the surrounds of the new sports centre and oval have also been completed as part of the works.

The successful completion of this outstanding project has further enhanced Cockram’s excellent reputation in the sporting and aquatics space.

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Aaron Clingan - ACT Manager, Cockram; Robert Sirgiovanni - Vice President (Asia), Cockram; Jo MacArthur - Media & Communications Officer, Australian Made Campaign (Award Sponsor)

Aaron Clingan – ACT Manager, Cockram; Robert Sirgiovanni – Vice President (Asia), Cockram; Jo MacArthur – Media & Communications Officer, Australian Made Campaign (Award Sponsor)

Cockram Corporation is the 2016 Winner of the Master Builders Australia (MBA) National Export Award – Building and Construction Contractors or Services. Cockram has previously won MBA Export Awards in 2009, 2003, 2002 and 2001.

Since Cockram’s first overseas expansion to China in 1993, our presence has grown and today we enjoy the success of a significant and thriving profitable business, with four office locations in China and operations in India, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA and Puerto Rico. This Award is testament to our robust systems, talented people and pioneering spirit, which allow us to confidently offer project solutions throughout the world.

The specific project nominated was the major contracts works undertaken at Shanghai Disneyland by Cockram Projects Limited. The success of this project launched the new entity, Scenario – A Cockram Company, which is our recent expansion into theme parks in China and globally, with primary offices in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Orlando, Shanghai and Thailand and current projects in Asia, USA and the Middle East. Scenario draws upon decades of Show Contracting experience and over 150 years of Cockram’s experience in project and construction management.



(Left–Right) Malcolm Batten, Managing Director – Cockram Construction, Rt Hon. John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister, Anthony Leighs, Managing Director – Leighs Construction.

The circa NZ$200.0M Burwood Health Campus is part of the largest and most complex hospital building project in the history of New Zealand’s public health service, and was officially opened by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on 19 August 2016. Cockram Construction teamed up with Canterbury-based Leighs Construction to deliver the project as Leighs Cockram JV Ltd. The company was formed specifically to tender the project and was shortlisted because of its local and overseas experience and reputation for delivering high quality, large-scale building projects.
Included in the 32,500 square metre project are three three-storey ward blocks for medical, rehabilitation and mental health services for the elderly that will provide accommodation for up to 230 patients; clinical support services such as radiology and pharmacy; an outpatient clinic that will cater for about 80,000 outpatients visits each year; administration facilities, general service spaces such as a central kitchen to service the entire Burwood campus, plant rooms, loading areas and a new front entrance for the Burwood Hospital.



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Image from Pirates of the Caribbean ride released by Disney.

June 16th, 2016 saw the official opening of the Shanghai Disneyland Themepark as the jewel in the crown of China’s Themepark venues. This also caps off 3 years of hard work by Scenario Cockram on a range of key projects within the park – in particular the Show Sets to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride one of the park’s signature rides, and the Supervision of the Main Street and Entry Garden.

In appreciation for the successful work undertaken by Scenario Cockram many of our Shanghai staff were treated to complimentary entry during the soft opening period.

Scenario Cockram also successful reached more than 1M man hours without a Lost Time Injury wining multiple park-wide awards from the Disney Mgmt team.

The success of this project has been pivotal to the launch of “Scenario”, A Cockram Company, which has since secured major projects in the USA, Malaysia and USA.


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Cockram staff members from left to right: Zhao Bo- CSA Engineer, Leo Geng- MEP Engineer, Terry Wu- Electrical Engineer, Xu Jianhua- Safety Supervisor; Johnny Han- General Manager ( China ), Robert Sirgiovanni- Vice President (Asia); Peter Spence- ( Regional Construction Director), Sunny Chen- Project Manager, Rajendra Acharya- Project Control Manager, Mandy Cao- Permitting Coordinator; Jackey Zhang- Procurement Manager; Andy Zhang- Scheduler, Carol Xu- CQA Document Controller, Kate Dai- Project Administrator

Continuing with a 20+ relationship with the Pfizer group of companies in China, Cockram Projects (Shanghai) was awarded the Construction Management contract of a major Greenfields biological project for Pfizer. The well-publicized project sees Pfizer Inc. invest approximately USD$350 million to develop a state-of-the-art Global Biotechnology Centre to manufacture biosimilar medicines for patients in china and around the world. The greenfield project is located in the Biotech campus in the Hangzhou Economic Development Area (HEDA) with site spanning approximately 56,000m2 and gross floor area of approximately 33,000m2 in phase 1.

The June 28th Ground Breaking ceremony officially kicks off the project whereby Cockram will provide full PCM services to Pfizer Biologics Hangzhou Pfizer Inc. This exciting project will be constructed almost concurrently with another Greenfields Manufacturing project that Cockram Projects is managing for Pfizer in the nearby city of Suzhou.


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Following on from the success of the award-winning AstraZeneca Taizhou projects, Cockram Projects (Shanghai) has been awarded the Construction Management contract of a Brownfields project in Wuxi, Jiangsu. More details regarding this exciting new project will be released shortly.

Last month Scenario, a Cockram Company, was awarded the Contract to Design, Fabricate and Install Static and Animated Figures and Show Action Equipment to the new major Warner Bros. Themepark in Yas island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Set to open in 2018, the new US$1 Billion Dollar Themepark will include all the Warner Bros. old favourites of Looney Tunes as well as Batman / Gotham City.
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In addition to this Scenario is busy on the early work of 3 lands at the Twentieth Century Fox World Project in the Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This will involve complete Design, Fabrication and Supervision of major components for Ice Age, Aliens vs Predator, and Sci Fi Land. Now set to open in 2018 the RM2B investment provides media based rides and attractions on a site covering more than 25 acres.
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Scenario’s Operations Director (Asia), Mr. Tom Stapleton, beamed: “This is great forward work for the Scenario Cockram team who worked tirelessly to successfully complete the Shanghai Disneyland project these past few years.” Scenario will service these projects and others, including a new major attraction in Zhuhai, South China,  from it’s new Asia Headquarters in Hong Kong where Tom is based.

Cockram Projects (Shanghai) has recently been awarded another project for Johnson & Johnson China whereby Cockram is providing Construction Management services for a Brownfields redevelopment of an existing laboratory located in Zhang Jiang Technology Park Shanghai.

The finished R&D facility will include renovated office spaces, new chemical and biological laboratories by upgrading existing areas of an occupied building. The project has involved close working relationships with functional groups from J&J including Engineering, Facilities / Real Estate and end user personnel.
This project emphasizes the excellent working relationship between Cockram and J&J in China, as Cockram is currently providing Construction Management services on 2 other J&J China projects including the 55,000m2 Greenfields relocation facility in Xian.

JUST Biotherapeutics Project Rendering Photo in HEDA Hangzhou, China.

Just Bio Concept Drg – $ 60 M investment in China. New EPCM Project commenced March 2016.

In Q2 of 2016, Cockram kicked off another Biological project in Hangzhou (city approx. 180Km away from Shanghai). Just Biotherapeutics™ (Just Bio) is an integrated biologicals company focused on technologies that will accelerate development of biotherapeutics, and substantially reduce their manufacturing cost. Their main focus is to develop some low cost oncology biological drugs from the strong financial support from Gates and Lilly foundations.

Just Bio intends to utilize a customized leasing facility and quickly engaged Cockram China to be the full project life cycle EPCM service provider managing design, procurement, construction and commissioning & qualification and project handover. The renovated plant will manufacture proprietary biologic therapeutics.  This will include a modular production suite (J.Pods), warehouse, supporting utilities, QC laboratories, and associated offices and amenities. The Majority of the Design Development will be undertaken by partner Engineering firm, Irish based PM Group, working from their regional office in Shanghai.

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The Queensland division has recently completed a redevelopment of the original 1911 Mater Public Hospital building at Woolloongabba which is now restored to its former glory.


The heritage-listed Whitty Building was only Brisbane’s second public hospital when it opened more than a century ago, and remained used for clinical practice until 1981.

The building has since largely been used for administrative and outpatient services however, has now been restored to serve as a medical education facility for The University of Queensland.

The project which was designed by Conrad Gargett, provides a clinical teaching environment for students from Mater and The University of Queensland.

The restoration will now allow medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to experience the best of theory and practice in a tertiary teaching hospital, and now also accommodates education and teaching spaces, administrative offices, student amenities and various business units.

Other project construction works have included the movement of fire lines, cutting into and diversion of water, altering of mechanical chilled water, pneumatic tube relocation, stem relocation, existing hospital equipment relocation, isolation and disconnection of power boards, installation of breakers into existing power boards, and isolation of existing fire sprinkler pipes.

The presence of staff, patients and visitors in the project surrounds meant that safety was a paramount operational consideration. The site is located within the busy Mater campus at South Brisbane which was in operation at all times. Understanding our client’s business and how our activities could impact on their operations enabled Mater to continue their day to day operations without interruption.

The project team consisted of Cockram as the head contractor alongside Aurecon, Turner and Townsend, Conrad Gargett, Cardno, WSP and TT Building Surveyors.

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After continued national success in the public health and aged care sector, the Victorian division has recently been awarded a new $30.0M private aged care facility for Baptcare at its Templestowe Orchards Community in Doncaster, Victoria.


As part of Baptcare’s exciting plans to create a modern integrated living community, Cockram will deliver a new 150 bedroom Residential Aged Care facility over four levels including a basement, commercial kitchen and a link bridge on three levels.

The lead consultants on the project are Connect PM – Project Managers and CHT Architects (Australia).

The site is located within the Andersons Creek Road Baptcare facility and is surrounded by an access road to the existing operational facility which includes a church and community centre.

Co-ordination of the construction works along the site boundary will be critical in ensuring that the existing tree protection zone is maintained when completing the site excavation. Works outside of the site boundary will require careful planning and co-ordination to ensure the daily operations of the site are not interrupted, whilst also ensuring that safe access for elderly residents and visitors is maintained.

The structure consists of 34 piles combining a shotcrete and precast panel retention system and four floors of post-tensioned slabs above.

There are three different types of bedrooms which will all provide different levels of care with internal common areas such as dining and living rooms and administration offices.

The façade includes feature brickwork and aluminium curtain walling over the four and five floor structure, with an external podium level that will connect into future proposed stages of the development.

Cockram will be driving a design solution to the external façade in consultation with our sub-contractor and design team to ensure that design intent is maintained, and value for money is provided.

Access throughout the building is provided by two passenger lifts that are accessed from the carpark basement through to the top floor. A goods lift also transports items from the basement commercial kitchen to the individual serveries located on each floor.

The fixed lump sum project commenced in December 2015 and has a Stage 1 forecast completion date of April 2017. The next Stage 1a project is expected to commence from July 2016, as part of the Master Plan for the overall site.

Cockram Victoria were awarded the $57.8M project for the Larobe Regional Hospital which commenced on site in November 2016.


We return to work at the hospital after successfully building their Latrobe Valley Cancer Care Clinic in 2006. Located in Traralgon, the hospital is embarking on the landmark Stage 2A Redevelopment and the scope includes:

New two level Acute building, which on completion will become the new entrance to the hospital. The building includes:

  • New emergency department, including fast track and high acuity areas, ambulance bays, short stay ward, paediatric assessment area, dispensary and general office spaces
  • Main entry atrium and café
  • Satellite imaging area
  • Two new endoscopy rooms and a day procedures unit including amenities and associated support and recovery areas
  • Cardiac hybrid catheterisation laboratory including associated support and recovery areas
  • New three level inpatients unit with 64 beds, support spaces, offices and bariatric rooms

Two linkways which connect the existing hospital to the Stage 2A Redevelopment, one of which breaks through two existing bedrooms and must be completed as late as possible in the project to ensure the hospital capacity is maintained

Major services upgrades to the existing hospital which involve upgrades of existing services and installing new thermal plant, installation of a new stand-by generator, major gas diversions, site wide fire service upgrades and increased capacity for medical gases

New buildings will be constructed on the western side of the hospital precinct along Village Avenue, behind the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre, which Cockram previously completed in August 2006.

A carpark on Village Avenue has been extended to accommodate the loss of car parks on the construction site and a pedestrian footpath leading from the car park will soon be completed with a crossing installed before the main works get underway.

Cockram is working with the client Latrobe Regional Hospital, Architects Health Science Planning Consultants and Project Managers Johnstaff.

The facility is scheduled for completion in October 2017.

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Aerial view of 40,000m2 Expansion to Mondelez Suzhou (formerly Kraft)

A major Expansion to Mondelez (formerly Kraft) existing facility in Suzhou has now been completed and is in production. In partnership with PMG, Cockram provided Construction Management services to deliver a challenging project on a compact site to a high standard, allowing Mondelez to power ahead with its production expansion needs. The 40,000m2 Manufacturing Expansion to the baking area also required major upgrade to utilities and relocation and upgrade of offices, cafeteria and amenities. All this was conducted within the confines of a very busy Food Manufacturing Facility that had large delivery trucks enter and exit every few minutes to the sweet smell of fresh cookies. The partnership with PM Group, a Major Irish based Engineering firm was a major contributor to the project success. The partnership between the two companies commenced two decades ago on a major Pharmaceutical project in Australia. PMG and Cockram have since partnered on other successful food and Pharmaceutical projects in China.

Cockram’s Project Leaders, Will Boothey (Centre left) and Brave Zhao (Centre Right) accept the award from Astra Zeneca’s VP, Mr. Julio Sanchez (Far Right)

Having worked continuously on the project from the beginning Cockram has since completed Phase 2 Expansion and is rapidly completing Phase 3.

Commencing with the highly successful Phase 1 project in 2012, Cockram is continuing CM services on Phase 2 and 3 which have now exceed 4M Man Hours without a lost time injury. Cockram was presented an award by Julio Sanchez, VP Astra Zeneca Global Engineering, as recognition of the efforts to maintain such a high safety standard. The Phase 1 Greenfields project in the medical city of Taizhou, Jiangsu Province is a 50,000m2 Dry Products and Sterile Filing Manufacturing Facility, which commenced Construction in 2012. The project was completed in 18 months and peaked at 1000 workers. It was a highly successful project that has recently been awarded the ISPE Facility of the Year Award for Project execution.

Having worked continuously on the project from the beginning Cockram has since completed the Phase 2 Expansion and is rapidly completing Phase 3.

External photo of EISAI China (Suzhou) Expansion Project

The new expansion to Eisai was handed over to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Company, Eisai, in Suzhou China. A colourful ceremony marked the occasion where many Eisai dignitaries attended and presented Cockram with a silk painting as appreciation for their efforts to deliver the World Class Sterile Filling facility. The 5,800m2 facility expansion was completed in less than 12 months despite the usual New Year showdown and some late design changes.

Amongst the VIP’s from Eisai at the opening ceremony were: Ms. Wendy Yue (GM of Eisai China Holdings & VP and Manufacturing Division Head of Eisai China Inc.), Ms. Fendy Feng (GM of Eisai China Inc.) and Mr. Norio Kaneko (VP of Asia Region & Chairman of Eisai China Holdings Ltd.), Mr. Yoshiyuki Ose (Chairman of Eisai China Inc.), Mr. Takatoshi Fukai (EDCS SBDCU & HR Head), Mr. Hideshi Honda (Executive VP & President of Asia Region).

Cockram China were engaged as the Design and Construction Managers joining Eisai at the Conceptual Design phase to complete the Preliminary and Detailed Design and establish the site. Managing directly with the LDI and the GC, Cockram ensured the best Cleanroom systems were adopted on the project providing Eisai with a World Class Sterile facility at local prices.


Photo of Site and Piling Equipment with Qin Ling Mountains in backdrop

Cockram and Johnson & Johnson made a positive start to the major Pharmaceutical Manufacturing relocation project in the ancient City of Xian, China. Construction commenced at the end of 2014 with all piling and site establishment works successfully completed prior to Chinese New Year.

The new US300M+ manufacturing facility will allow for the relocation of Johnson and Johnson’s manufacturing base in Xian which was originally constructed in the late 1980’s. The new manufacturing facility, which is sited at the base on the picturesque Qin Ling mountains, will be approximately 45,000m2 in floor area (Phase 1) catering for both Solids and Non-solid products.

This is Cockram’s 5th and largest Construction Project for J&J China which is culminated form a successful working relationship that began in Shanghai in 1998.