“This three year project designed with BVN is a game changer for the construction industry”
Michael Bleby, Australian Financial review

Moorebank Units Relocation

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BVN with Conrad Gargett in association
Laing O'Rourke/Australian Government, Department of Defence
Heathcote Road, Moorebank NSW 2170, Australia
July 2011 - April 2015
Full Architectural Services

73,200m² GFA



The School of Military Engineering (SME) provides training to the Australian Army’s Engineers in all aspects of military engineering including mobility and counter mobility tasks, general engineering, and geomatic engineering. SME is home to the Royal Australian Engineers Corps.

The Moorebank Units Relocation (MUR) project relocates the School and other Garrison support functions from Steele Barracks to nearby Holsworthy Barracks to enable the establishment of a joint Federal-State Intermodal Node Terminal (Logistics Centre) on the current Moorebank site.

BVN prepared a master plan for the comprehensive redevelopment of Holsworthy Barracks, including a new campus for SME. Other precincts include a Training Precinct for an Army Reserve Brigade, a Front Entry Precinct which includes Base Support and public functions, and a Recreation Precinct that includes a new Physical Fitness Complex and a large Combined Messing building for the entire Barracks.

The project scope include a significant Museum – the Australian Army Museum of Military Engineering, and a Chapel complex that is the spiritual home of the Engineer Corps.

The project incorporates the delivery of over 70 buildings across a broad range of types, including a new gym and pool, mess buildings, office accommodation, training and educational facilities, a chapel, military museum, living in accommodation (residential units), logistics stores, vehicle and trade workshops,  vehicle compounds, external training areas and a large lecture theatre.

BVN worked collaboratively with Laing O’Rourke to develop a rigorous and consistent architectural language, comprising glazed curtain walling, precast concrete panels, and a suite of prefabricated elements such as bathroom pods, to meet the extremely tight construction timeframe. The project reinvigorates the Barracks and establishes a new, contemporary architectural character.

The Australian Government’s Department of Defence project website can be found here.


Brief Elements

  • Training and Educational Buildings
  • Residential Units
  • Museum
  • Chapel
  • Office accommodation
  • Logistics facilities
  • Physical Fitness Complex
  • Combined Mess Building
  • Workshops and Vehicle compounds


  • Major redevelopment of operational Army base achieved within very tight timeframes
  • New master planned campus for School of Military Engineering
  • Five major precincts with over 70 separate buildings
  • Major new Museum


Point Project Management
Project Manager
Laing O'Rourke
Managing Contractor
Structural, Mechanical, ESD
Civil, Hydraulic, Wet Fire
Electrical, Communications, Security
Conrad Gargett Architecture
Landscape Architect
Aquenta Consulting
Quantity Surveyor & WOL
Gardner Group
NCC & Building Certifier