2.5 Million Man Hours LTI Free… Pfizer Hangzhou!

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.”


A New Award for a Not-So-New Client

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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Breaking Ground For Zoetis Again!

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.


A Benchmark for Central China

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…”


A First for Cockram and Siemens!

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!

A Major Bio Facility for BeiGene in Guangzhou

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.

Cockram and Scenario Continue to Ride the Theme Park Boom

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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A Year in Review 2017

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.

Cockram Win Safety Award Again!

(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.

Burwood Hospital Redevelopment wins NALCO Health Project Award

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.

Cockram welcomes strategic investment by Kajima Corporation


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 builds state of the art sporting facilities for Camberwell Grammar School


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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Cockram Wins 2016 National Export Award

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.


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.