Rawlinson’s (W.A.) were engaged by Donovan Payne Architects to provide cost management services for the Armadale Aquatic Centre Redevelopment. This project consisted of the construction of new administration, changing facilities, indoor pool, family leisure pool, aquatic health facility, gymnasium, club training rooms, geothermal heating and various other additions and alterations.
This project was the upgrade of an existing facility and included the demolition of the existing 50m pool. It also included a separate contract for the supply and installation of a geothermal bore to heat the facilities water. Due to the nature of the works the cost estimates required specialist understanding of the staging and sequencing of the works along with close liaison with the local council regarding shutdown periods.
Rawlinsons provided cost planning services from the initial concept design stage right through until contract documentation where both a Pre Tender Estimate and a schedule of rates were prepared for the City of Armadale. The tender prices came in marginally overbudget and it was agreed that some value engineering and tender negotiations would be required to get the project back on budget whilst minimising any impact to the programme. Rawlinsons provided a list of possible value engineering items that did not reduce the overall scope but focused more on economical material selections and refined air conditioning systems. All value engineering items were reviewed in depth with both the design team and the Client and a final list of items was issued to all contractors to provide the associated cost savings. This value engineering exercise resulted in savings of over $500,000 being achieved whilst not deleting and scope and not adversely affecting the overall aesthetics of the design.