Coorong Council Offices

Background

The Coorong District Council was formed in May 1997 following the amalgamation of the District Councils of Peake, Coonalpyn Downs and Meningie. In 2014 they needed to relocate their principal office from Meningie to Tailem Bend with a new two-storey office to provide more effective and sustainable Local Government Services to the community.

Challenges

  • More than 1500 district residents signed a petition protesting the Council’s plans before the development was approved, forcing the budget to be tightened
  • Significant rock was struck during the build of the sub-structure
  • Being a regional location was a significant hurdle
  • Asbestos was on site
  • There was an increase in scope and changes to the build during the project

Outcomes

  • We demolished existing buildings and delivered a double-storey structure with private offices, meeting rooms, council chamber, commercial kitchen, three kitchenettes, balconies, car park and wheelchair accessible lift
  • By involving an interior designer, we were able to work with the tight budget and still deliver big impact, key design elements for the “wow factor”
  • We initiated a contingency design when rock was struck, saving time and money and enabling contractors to keep working
  • We ensured local trades of suitable quality, experience and resources and managed a timely flow of work with specialist trades from Adelaide
  • Removal of asbestos by a specialist contractor was factored into the project scope and cost so that it didn’t delay the timeline
  • Our project management skills and strong client, supplier and contractor relationships ensured timely completion despite changes to the project scope 

Rear entry to Coorong Council Office, Commercial

Build Entry, Coorong Council, Commercial

“It will provide the council with a professional and practical space for its operations, as well as giving the community a building to be proud of. Per square metre, it’s good value.”

Coorong Council Chief Executive Officer
Vincent Cammell