Strength to strength - Rork's success in Sydney

Six months since the pandemic first started spreading across Australia and three months since the team returned from remote working, Rork Projects in Sydney is back to full swing and almost operating as normal. ‘Almost’ being the cautious, Covid-safe approach to everything that has become our new way of operating. For Rork Projects NSW General Manager Andy Richards, the initial uncertainty of the pandemic has forced a need to adapt.

“As a national company, it has been really interesting to see how COVID-19 has impacted each state differently, but we've reacted accordingly and implemented specialised safety protocols throughout to ensure we continue our operations as safely and efficiently as possible," Andy said. "I’m proud to report that our team has evolved strong, focused and quietly optimistic about the future of the construction industry in NSW.”

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Andy's optimism stems from recent project successes for Rork Projects, including the announcement by NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman of new state-of-the-art purpose built facilities for the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). Mr Speakman said that Rork Projects will carry out the $2.3 million fit out on Level 5 of 9 George Street, Paramatta. “The Indigenous-owned company brings to this project 20 years’ experience in corporate, education and government refurbishment and fit outs,” he said.

This new project flows on from Rork Projects' recently completed multiple floor building refurbishment and integrated fit outs for the Department of Communities and Justice (pictured above). Works included the strip out of redundant fit outs, services and plant (incl. boiler), hazmat remediation, new waterproof membrane to roof, full amenity upgrade to 7 floors, new fit-outs to 9 floors and new ground floor entry (including an accessible lift). The project was staged over 11 months with works completed during and after hours whilst the building was fully occupied.

ISPT Southgate Shopping Centre

Following the successful extraction and replacement of travelators at AMP’s Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre, Rork has been engaged to facilitate the removal and replacement of four travelators and two escalators at ISPT’s Southgate Shopping Centre. Although the previously utilised 500T crane won’t be necessary at Southgate, the works do involve a complex extraction using a monorail system. Works are due for completion in advance of the Christmas shopping period.

To minimise the extent of demolition and prevent exposing the Centre to the elements, a temporary monorail system has been engineered to facilitate lifting, removing and reinstating the structures, as shown through the video below.

Project updates

We are proud to be working with Brookfield Properties, Shead Management and Futurespace on six floors of refurbishments at the iconic 1920’s building located at 32 Carrington Street. Works include strip out and make good, new lighting, rationalised mechanical services, bathroom upgrades, lobby upgrade and a fit out for Brookfield’s Facilities Management team. Works are scheduled for completion in September.

Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library is back open again since COVID restrictions have been lifted. Read more on how Rork Projects worked closely with Parramatta City Council to deliver this $13 million flagship project for the region.