2000-room Roy Hill workers village ready for influx of staff

Brookfield Multiplex has completed the $200 million accommodation village at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine in the Pilbara, paving the way for more than 2000 workers to move onto the site.

Work started on the village in August last year, with the employee facilities now consisting of 2,000 permanent rooms, an auditorium, mess halls, a gym, sporting facilities, a swimming pool, and barbeque areas.

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

"Our subcontracting model was key to our success – we employed specialists for each part of the project and we maintained a policy of transparency and communication with the client every step of the way to ensure we were meeting our targets and milestones,” Palandri said.

Roy Hill project director Sanjiv Manchanda said while the construction of the site was met with some challenges, the village was set to attract “quality workers”.

"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.”

Brookfield have now been awarded a $70 contract to complete non-processing infrastructure facilities at the site, including heavy and light vehicle workshops and a wash down facility, a boilermaker workshop, tyre change facility, lube farm, administration buildings and gatehouse.

These works are expected to be completed in 2015.

The Roy Hill project includes a new 55 million tonne per annum iron ore mine, 344 kilometres of railway and a new port at Port Hedland.

Roy Hill said it is pushing to complete financing before the year is out, with production scheduled to commence in September 2015.

The project has awarded $3 billion worth of contracts for the development of the mine as the company moves closer to securing the $7 billion needed for its future.

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