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Brookfield completes $200m Roy Hill Mine Village project

28 November 2013

Brookfield Multiplex has completed the $200m Roy Hill accommodation village in Western Australia's Pilbara for mining heiress Gina Rinehart's new iron ore mine, allowing about 2,000 workers to move on site to handle mine construction and operations.

The project, work on which was started in August 2012, comprises 2,000 permanent rooms for employees, an auditorium, mess halls and a recreation centre featuring a gym, sports facilities, a swimming pool, and barbeque areas.

Brookfield Multiplex regional managing director Chris Palandri said the Roy Hill mine accommodation village was the company's first project in the north-west.

"The outcome is a premier facility that is well beyond the quality one would expect at a mining camp - complete with recreational amenities so workers feel at home here," Palandri said.

The contracting and development firm has also received a $70m deal to complete work on Non-Processing Infrastructure (NPI) facilities at Roy Hill, which includes heavy and light vehicle workshops, a boilermaker workshop lube farm, administration buildings, aa gatehouse, in addition to facilities for washdown and tyre changing.

Work on the NPI facilities is scheduled to commence next January, with completion planned for 2015.

Roy Hill project director Sanjiv Manchand said the mine accommodation village was an ambitious project and that the finished product had exceeded expectations.

"We initially awarded the tender to Brookfield Multiplex because their proposal showed a solid understanding of our vision statement for the community," Manchand said.

"Because the development is situated in such a remote location - 100km from the nearest town - there were a number of logistical challenges, so while it was important to have a detailed plan and process for delivery, Brookfield Multiplex's ability to remain flexible and adaptable was paramount.

"The end result is a reflection of the way Roy Hill and Brookfield Multiplex have worked collaboratively to deliver quality accommodation and infrastructure, which will in turn attract quality workers across all areas."