c. 2020 pitt & sherry

Lion Cheese Manufacturing Facility

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.

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