BESIX Watpac set to build fifth project for James Cook University

BESIX Watpac has been appointed to deliver the JCU Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre.

BESIX Watpac set to build fifth project for James Cook University
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​BESIX Watpac has been appointed as managing contractor for Stage 2 of the Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre (CTEC) at James Cook University (JCU) following the successful completion of Stage 1.

With a client-contractor relationship that spans 15 years, this project reinforces the long-standing relationship between BESIX Watpac and JCU being their fifth collaboration together.

The portfolio includes the Ideas Lab in Cairns and the Engineering and Innovation Place (EIP), Australian Tropical Science & Innovation Precinct (ATSIP) and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM) and Translational Research Facility at the JCU ‘Bebegu Yamba’ Campus in Townsville.

Stage 2 of the CTEC project will see the development of a purpose-designed, four-storey, 3,500m2 teaching and research facility, aimed at elevating tropical studies. The building forms part of the Far North Queensland Health Innovation Precinct and will stand alongside the Carins Hospital’s new surgical centre.

In a first for the region, the building will feature a Cross Laminated Timber structure.

Wade Cummins, General Manager of BESIX Watpac QLD, NT & NZ, expressed enthusiasm for the project, emphasising the company's dedication to driving advancements in education and research within the tropical context.

"We are excited to contribute to the development of the CTEC, a facility that will undoubtedly shape the future of tropical research and education,” Mr Cummins said.

“BESIX Watpac is firmly established in North and Far North Queensland, and our local team will bring a strong focus on delivering a high-quality facility for JCU.”

Glen Watson, Northern Area Manager for BESIX Watpac, highlighted the collaborative effort driving the initiative forward, with a focus on creating opportunities for Indigenous participation and supporting local businesses.

“A six per cent Indigenous participation target has been set for the project. We’ve been actively engaging with the community since stage 1 and will continue to focus on creating opportunities for local businesses,” Mr Watson said.

Works are underway with earthworks and piling works recently completed.

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