Diploma win Rio Tinto FIFO accommodation contract

Rio Tinto has awarded Diploma Group a $49 million contract for its Wickham Accommodation expansion project.

Stage one of the Wickham Lodge FIFO accommodation project involved the design and construction of 198 one person rooms over three storeys, with associated services and infrastructure.

Its design will include modular prefabricated units that are manufactured offsite.

Diploma CEO Nick Di Latte said the company is "delighted to have secured our second project with Rio Tinto following the successful award in July of the $44 million Rocklea Palms FIFO accommodation project in Paraburdoo".

This first stage of the FIFO accommodation contract is scheduled to start immediately, and will be completed in September next year.

The contract is part of Rio Tinto's wider $300 million Wickham expansion.

The Wickham Town Expansion Phase 2 project will create a new Wickham South subdivision and includes 212 new dwellings, 25 residential lots, the installation of 198 new high quality FIFO accommodation units, the construction of a new 1600 metre square town administration and training centre for both the company and community, as well as the new public recreational parks.

"Rio's investment will see Wickham's population increase from about 2000 to more than 2600," Barnett said.

The Wickham project will play a part in Rio Tinto's wider expansion plans and aid the miner in "increasing annual iron ore export capacity through Cape Lambert Port from the current 80 million tonnes to a possible 183 million tonnes in 2015".

Last year the WA government approved the $43 million phase 1 project, which included upgrades to the town's infrastructure.

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