Watpac has been appointed managing contractor to build the $170 million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) for Rheinmetall Defence Australia at Redbank, in Ipswich.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said earthworks were expected to start by mid-year, building works by the end of the year, and the facility completed by the end of 2020.
“The Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence will be the base for Rheinmetall to deliver the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract for next-generation combat reconnaissance vehicles for the Australian Army,” Mr Dick said.
“Progress is well underway with GHD completing the initial designs – work they will finalise in association with Watpac – and the development application has been approved by Ipswich City Council.”
Bulk earthworks to prepare the Redbank Motorway Estate site for construction were expected to begin mid-year, he said.
Businesses with an interest in participating in the construction of the MILVEHCOE are encouraged to register on the ICN Gateway.