LEAP 2 HMAS Stirling

New Australian Navy accommodation a home away from home

Published 19 August 2013

ROCKINGHAM, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Plenary Living’s Single LEAP 2 accommodation facility at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island in Western Australia has helped transform the lives of hundreds of navy personnel living on base.

Plenary Group Chief Operating Officer, Glenn Hay, said the 268 new single living units and adjoining recreation areas completed in December last year had significantly improved the base’s living and social environment.

“The feedback we’re getting from residents and Defence is that the LEAP 2 facilities have literally transformed life on base,” Mr Hay said.

“We’re hearing that our residents feel really at home there and instead of leaving the Island during their free time like they once did, navy personnel are choosing to stay on site and interact as a community.

“We’re seeing that the recreational and barbeque areas are utilised every afternoon and they’ve even started their own mixed netball competition.”

The facility was built by local construction firm Pindan as part of Plenary Living’s $900 million Phase 2 Single Living Environment Accommodation Precinct (LEAP 2) public private partnership project with the Department of Defence.

Plenary is responsible for financing, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining 3,015 accommodation units across 14 Australian Defence Force bases over 33 years and has joined forces with a consortium of local construction companies and Compass Group Pty Ltd to deliver the project.

Pindan’s work on the Single LEAP 2 project also includes the construction of a further 60 units at the Campbell army barracks one hour north at Swanbourne. This site was completed in late July and the units are now fully occupied.

Pindan Director of Business Development, Scott Davison, said that Pindan was honoured to be part of the works at Stirling and is pleased to follow it up with the successful completion of the units at Campbell Barracks.

"Our local knowledge and reputation for construction excellence in Western Australia was a major contributing factor to negotiating this job which has further enhanced Pindan’s expansive Design and Construct capabilities," Mr Davison said.

The LEAP 2 sites in Western Australia are alone valued at around $69 million. An estimated 190 local jobs were created during the construction of both sites.

Mr Hay said that the LEAP 2 facilities at Stirling were completed at a time when demand for living-in accommodation on Garden Island was at its highest.

“Most of the units were occupied within the first month and there’s a list of junior sailors waiting to move in.”

“The Single LEAP 2 public private partnership project is all about improving the living-in accommodation provided to single servicemen and servicewomen across Australia, and we’re proud to have achieved just that at Stirling and other LEAP 2 sites that we’ve rolled out across the country.”

Campbell Barracks is the eighth site completed as part of the Single LEAP 2 project. A further nine sites will be rolled out in the coming months with the final site expected to be completed in early 2014.