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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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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.

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.


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.



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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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.

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.