Construction of 106-room, 354 bed youth hostel involving two structural steel buildings suspended over the largest archaeological site in the southern hemisphere.
Works also included a third building – The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre.
In 2011, the project won a Jury Commendation for Innovation from UNESCO – the only hostel in the world to have ever received this award for cultural heritage conservation. It also won the NSW Master Builders Association’s 2010 award for Best Hospitality Building ($10M to $50M).
It is a great example of the benefits afforded by early contractor involvement (ECI). In this case, buildability input informed much of the design. To ensure the delicate remains of the site were untouched by the construction process as much as possible, the building had to sit on stilts. This meant manufacturing and assembling sections of it off-site, and then attaching these to the stilts using two cranes simultaneously.