Burnie, Tasmania Lion’s $120 million redevelopment of its Burnie cheese manufacturing operation aimed to double the factory’s capacity from 11,000 to 22,000 tonnes per annum. pitt&sherry provided all civil works and services, including project definition and all statutory approvals, design and documentation of the building and mechanical services, construction management and supervision, and contract administration. Design and documentation included: architectural design civil and structural design building services design, infrastructure and piping supports production services design fire engineering (and BCA compliance). When pitt&sherry began the commission, the previous building design had led to a quantity surveying estimate of approximately $50 million, which was some $20 million above the available budget. Designing a building to the required budget challenged the client’s previously held concept of how a manufacturing facility should be developed and (among other things) how cheese could be conveyed. The net result was a decrease in areas required for manufacturing equipment and storage, and a building that used the natural fall of the site to its advantage. The following environmental, innovation and technology initiatives were included. Environmental controls protected the surrounding areas and waterways from uncontrolled discharges and nutrient overloading; encouraging the re-use of biogas produced on site; noise mitigation to prevent adverse impacts on neighbouring residences; and innovative use and design of hardstand and landscaped areas to accommodate the imbalance of cut-and-fill material generated from site earthworks. Urban and landscape design reduced the impact of the development on the surrounding community. Stakeholder engagement during the concept design phase included public presentations and one-on-one meetings with residents and members of council. Refrigeration is a critical component of the cheese-making process. pitt&sherry challenged the client’s preconceived ideas and prepared technical specifications for the refrigeration plant that focused on energy efficiency and system redundancy requirements as a key driver, and heavily weighted this attribute when evaluating tenders and assisting in the selection of a preferred contractor. Lighting was required to function reliably in a wide range of conditions across the plant. pitt&sherry collaborated with the client to perform a comprehensive review of all available lighting technologies and different commercial offerings. pitt&sherry determined that a change to a high voltage tariff was the preferred way to achieve a required capacity, significantly reducing capital spend and operating costs when compared to low voltage systems, in this case saving the client over $1.5 million in the first year of operation.