In 2010, LVO was engaged by MCD to provide design and construction documentation for a proposed reconfiguration, office and mess facilities, and a large addition to the existing mobile workshop building at the GEMCO mine on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory.
Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO), a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, is solely responsible for mining one of the largest sources of Manganese in the world from Groote Eylandt.
This reconfiguration and 1,350sqm addition to the large workshop is to provide a more efficient layout to suit the demands of this busy facility. It includes refurbished existing amenities, a new administration area, tool store, and staff facilities, as well as an extension to the road train service bay area and construction of a new tyre store.
The mine and workshop facilities run 24 hours a day so the construction phase cannot interrupt these operations and requires carefully staged planning.
During the design phase, our Project Architect was involved in design workshops held at the remote Groote Eylandt location, providing an insight into the day-to-day demands and strict OH&S protocols for this job.