Part of a project delivered Australia wide to bring accommodation for single ADF members into line with community standards, and to a new national Defence standard, the Single Living Environment Accommodation Project (LEAP) Phase II delivered 540 apartment units across approximately 42 buildings on Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.

The project is an integral part of Defence’s $1.2 billion, 13 base Private Public Partnership established with Plenary Living, who managed the development on behalf of Defence.

Notable features of the design include:

  • The first large scale National Broadband Network rollout at a Defence site, with all Live-In Accommodation (LIA) dwellings able to access high speed voice, data and Internet services delivered by a GPON fibre network
  • Significant infrastructure enabling works to connect the site to the Base’s existing services. This involved modification of the HV ring main and transformer network, extension of the LPG system and the establishment of a separate potable water and fire pipe reticulation system with onsite storage tanks
  • Delivery of Austar pay TV as well as free-to-air digital television channels – all over a single optical fibre core – from a central location to each individual building on site
  • Ability to remotely monitor, manage and control services to entire buildings as well as individual apartments – an essential requirement given the constant flux created by multiple deployments.

The facility provides Australian military personnel with modern and comfortable purpose built accommodation.