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Birragun Buru, Broome

Land Development

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End Client
Nyamba Buru Yawuru
Roadline Civil Contractors
Project Value
Project Location
Broome, Western Australia
Project Completion
July 2014
Site Area
7 hectares
Number of Lots Developed
54 lots, 108 dwellings
Number of Stages
Value Engineering Solution
  • Reduction in site geotechnical requirements.
  • Detailed hydrological modelling to achieve most efficient drainage outcome.
  • Reuse of site topsoil and mulch to mitigate erosion issues typical of the Broome area.

Located in Cable Beach Broome, Palmer Road, now known as Birragun Buru, was the first land development carried out by Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) who represent the traditional owners of the Broome area, the Yawuru people.

The project consisted of the development of 54 lots comprising single residential lots as well as group housing sites. In total approximately 108 dwellings will be produced from the development. Development of Stage 1 (9 lots) was completed in 2012 with Stage 2 (45 lots) completed in 2014.

Pritchard Francis were engaged to complete the detailed design and contract administration for the life of the project.

Due to site constraints several iterations of hydrological modelling were required in order to finalise the stormwater drainage strategy and designs for the site. Pritchard Francis were responsible for coordinating this process and achieving approvals from relevant authorities.

Pindan sands found in the Broome area are known to be collapsible and in an effort to reduce construction costs, Pritchard Francis coordinated extensive geotechnical testing which ultimately resulted in a cost effective outcome for Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

Budget constraints for the project were tight, however through extensive consultation between Nyamba Buru Yawuru, the Contractor, other consultants and authorities, Pritchard Francis were able to facilitate a cost effective outcome for all parties. The project was delivered on time and under budget.