Foundry Road

Project Description

The site occupies a key location on the corner of Helena Street and Foundry Road, Midland. The development provides a mixture of affordable one, two and three bedroom apartments for a mix of socio-economic groups included the aged and physically impaired. In addition, the project provides a range of commercial units for small local businesses close to the Midland Train Station, which aligns with Foundation Housing’s aim to provide housing and commercial opportunities close to transport hubs.

The development is a good reflection of high-quality architectural solutions and workmanship achieved on a relatively low budget.

Our Role

NS Projects was appointed project manager and superintendent in 2009. During construction, our role was independent superintendent providing full contract administration services during the 15-month construction programme, including managing the handover and subsequent occupation.

Challenges Overcome

  • A tight construction budget required rigid contract administration, a structured scope management process, and close cost control. NS Projects has worked closely with the contractor to ensure the project was delivered within the original budget.
  • A range of stakeholders were involved in the project, requiring clear communication channels and structured management processes.
  • Construction of a below-ground pump room (below the water table) resulted in a series of engineering challenges and alternative design solutions to successfully overcome the issue of potential flooding.

Project Details

  • Name: Foundry Road
  • Type: Residential
  • Client: Foundation Housing
  • Date: 2009 to 2011
  • Role: Project Manager and Superintendent
  • Value: $9.3 million

Key Outcomes

  • The outstanding design has received many accolades and nominations for design awards.
  • The project utilised only a fraction of the project contingency.
  • The project was completed ahead of programme thanks to the co-operative working relationship established between all parties.
  • The development provides a range of accommodation to address the lack of affordable housing in the Midland area.