Project Single LEAP successful

The Defence accommodation project, worth millions of dollars, has been delivered on time and on budget

The Department of Defence has managed to successfully deliver more than 4000 new accommodation units for single Australian Defence Force members in every mainland state and territory across Australia.

Project Single Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct (LEAP) involved the finance, design and construction of 4410 accommodation units and supporting infrastructure at 20 sites across 17 Australian Defence Force (ADF) bases.

“The $900 million contract for the second phase of Project Single LEAP is the Commonwealth’s largest ever investment under a public/private partnership,” said deputy secretary of defence, support and reform, Steve Grzeskowiak.

The project involved the creation and delivery of self-contained furnished rooms, car parking, secure storage space, and recreational facilities. This was delivered in two stages, with the first completed in January 2009, then the second completed by February 2014.

The first phase of the project delivered 1395 units of accommodation at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney; Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera; and RAAF Base Amberley, Ipswich. The second phase delivered 3015 units of accommodation at Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks in Queensland, and was completed at Robertson Barracks in Darwin.

Phases one and two of Project Single LEAP were carried out under a public/private partnership with Plenary Living. The signing of the contract for phase two in June 2011 was hailed by Defence as “the beginning of a landmark project in Commonwealth history”.

“By providing a consistently high standard of accommodation for our single servicemen and women, we can make Defence a more attractive employment prospect and improve the lives of those who choose to serve our country,” Mr Grzeskowiak said.

“We are very pleased with the results of this project and look forward to the next 30 years of providing single ADF members with a place to call home.”