Burwood Hospital, New Zealand’s Largest Public Health Project


(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.



Order is restored for this 1911 heritage gem

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.

Baptcare expands on Templestowe Orchards Community in Doncaster

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.

2015 Victorian Client Function

For the fifth year running, Cockram’s Victorian division held their annual client function at Vue de Monde. Our guests mingled over sumptuous Wagyu Burgers as we celebrated another successful year. To view photos of the evening, click here.

Cockram secures Latrobe Regional Hospital Stage 2A Project

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.

Next for Cockram NSW


Cockram Construction Taking Melbourne Cricket Ground Information Technology and Fan Engagement to New Levels


Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has unveiled its plans to turn Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) into one of Australia’s most technically advanced and connected stadiums for fans, members and stakeholders, in partnership with Cockram Construction, IBM and Cisco.
Cockram Construction has been appointed as Head Contractor for the project, which will connect fans and improve the spectator experience, bringing them closer to the action as it happens. It includes:

  • A super-fast, secure, high-density WiFi network in and around the stadium, allowing fans to access real-time and interactive content and to engage with other fans.
  • A state-of-the-art exterior LED lighting system that will enhance the visual appearance of the MCG and allow teams/clubs to personalise and theme the stadium for their fans.
  • A best-of-breed Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system to deliver digital content to high-definition displays throughout the MCG, displaying information as it happens.
  • Best-in-class facilities for media and broadcasters that will enable faster supply of event content to fans around the world.

Cockram has worked closely with the MCC since late 2013, heading up the Early Contractor Involvement phase of the project. These works are the next phase in a $45 million investment, which will deliver a cutting-edge, high-density WiFi network inside the MCG, allowing fans, members and stakeholders fast access to the internet on any device at the stadium.

“The MCC work is an important part of our Telecommunications and Information Technology project commitments” said Cockram Managing Director, Malcolm Batten.


The IPTV solution will see installation of 800 high-definition screens. Fans will be able to watch high-definition replays and keep track of the action as it unfolds. Coupled with existing screens, a total of 2800 televisions around the stadium will mean that fans won’t miss a moment.

“I am delighted that the MCG will soon be one of the most connected stadiums in the country,” said MCC CEO Stephen Gough. “This is a significant investment to improve and personalise the MCG customer experience and also operate a more efficient stadium.”

One of the central pillars of the MCG technology improvements surrounds the ability to theme the stadium in the colours of the home team. Approximately 240 LED lamps will light the entire underside of the upper area of Level 4 seating, enabling the exterior of the stadium to be lit up in team/club colours, allowing AFL and cricket tenants to differentiate their home matches.
LED strip lighting will also be installed on the exterior façade to highlight the stadium, including gate entrances. Improved external digital way finding signage will be provided in Yarra Park.

“We look forward to delivering a critical piece of technology infrastructure for the most iconic sporting stadium in the country”, said Cockram Managing Director, Malcolm Batten.

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Cockram Queensland win National Master Builders Association Award

Cockram Construction’s Queensland division were delighted to receive the 2014 National Master Builders Lifestyle Housing For Seniors Award, which was presented to Cockram at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on 21st November. This award recognises the building industry’s significant role in developing innovative housing options for older Australians and the $60M Azure Blue Integrated Living project, delivered in May this year was the successful recipient.

Pictured: (L-R) Frank Didovich, Natasha Wells, David Andrew (Blue Care), Luisa Carter and Chris Meade.

The development consists of a 128 bed High Care aged care facility in two, three storey connected structures, plus administration, community facilities, a commercial kitchen, commercial laundry, loading dock and basement car parking.

The apartments all feature high quality fixtures and fittings with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, a dishwasher and pre-wired for internet, telephone and intercoms. Grab rails have been installed in all bathrooms and there is a 24hour emergency nurse call in all bathrooms. Independent living units have a direct phone link for assistance in case of emergency. On site management takes care of gardening and maintenance.

A peaceful bushland outlook has been retained throughout the development and many of the apartments have views of the retained natural vegetation. There are also a number of gently sloping, raised timber walkways throughout the development which have been built to the disability standards 2010 which allows residents to stroll through the retained natural forest.

With over 60 years of experience providing care and support for the community, BlueCare has developed the Azure Blue model which provides luxury retirement living in convenient locations with the added benefit of security and peace of mind provided by the BlueCare community. The Azure Blue Carina development was designed with the aim to provide resort style, independent living options to retirees aged 65 or more looking for an improved lifestyle where they can still age in place, close to their social networks and recreational interests.

Cockram wins at Master Builders Association of Victoria 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards

Cockram Construction has again received recognition at the Master Builders Association of Victoria 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards. On 8 August, the company was awarded two prestigious awards for the Wesley College New Moubray Street Precinct project and Box Hill Institute Integrated Technology Hub.

This recognition continues Cockram’s tradition of success, which dates back to the very beginning of the MBAV Awards. It reflects the pride that Cockram takes in all aspects of our work, but in particular the success of delivering complex buildings in sensitive, operational environments, to an exceptional level of quality.
Mal Batten, Managing Director, would like to extended his congratulations to the Project Teams. “They put in a great effort, and clearly the outcomes are outstanding. The awards are also a great chance for everyone in the company to reflect on the fabulous outcomes we achieve across all our projects. The success of Cockram in these awards is a public recognition of our commitment to Excellence in all we do.”

John Glasson Executive Director of Incolink presenting the award to Cockram’s Victorian State Manager, Michael Clemenger


Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $20‐30M
Wesley College New Moubray Street Precinct


Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30‐80M
Box Hill TAFE Integrated Technology Hub