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

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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.
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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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

 

 

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

 

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PC Labs Guide 2012



Cockram Construction has updated its brief guide to physical containment (PC) laboratories. The publication was prepared to share some of our insights as building contractors into the requirements for the design, construction and testing of physical containment laboratories. This is not an exhaustive technical resource for PC laboratory design, construction and testing.  It is simply intended to provide a useful resource within Cockram and also externally to industry professionals who are directly involved in the design, delivery and ongoing management of this type of facility.

The compact guide is available in hardcopy by contacting your local Cockram office.

Or, please feel free to download a PDF version by clicking here.