Construction of 106-room (354 beds) 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 is also a great example of the benefits afforded by early contractor involvement. To ensure the delicate remains of the site is 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.