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Construction Update

During construction, there are many steps that need to be completed for stages to title, and not all of them are visible on site. We work with a range of consultants and contractors to co-ordinate planning, approvals and audits to see your stage progress to issue of titles behind the scenes. Please see below updates for each individual Stage.

October 2019

Stage 1

Stage 1 titles were issued in May 2019, and streetscape landscaping has been completed! We are extremely excited to have completed the first stage of the project and look forward to seeing the Wandana community take shape upon the construction of the very first homes. If you are a lot owner in Stage 1 please keep in mind that you are required to maintain your block although your house construction is yet to commence.

Stage 4

Stage 4 is made up of multiple complex construction projects, as well as the delivery of 29 residential lots.

The residential component of Stages 4 works is largely complete, with the site team now finishing up the final layer of asphalt (which was dependant on the gabion walls being completed in the retarding basins), topsoiling, and various Council maintenance tracks (which was dependant on Powercor’s relocation of electrical assets).

The other construction projects within Stage 4, which must be completed prior to statement of compliance, include;

  • Sewer pump station and rising main; which is now complete, and is undergoing testing and commissioning,
  • Two wetland retarding basins; with the smaller basin now complete and the larger basin expected for completion later this month,
  • VicRoads noise wall; with significant clearing and earthworks now underway adjacent to the Ring Road, the noise wall construction will commence on the 7/10.

Protracted approvals processes associated with the individual components of Stage 4, as well as recent challenges completing wetland earthworks and gabion construction through the wetter months of the year, have made it difficult for the site team to remain on programme and have caused some project delays.

Practical completion of Stage 4 is anticipated October 2019 (earlier this year it was forecast as Winter 2019). The site team have commenced the testing and audits of underground infrastructure, which can often take between four to six weeks. With the Powercor audit likely taking place mid-October 2019, we anticipate statement of compliance will be issued in October 2019 or November 2019.

In light of the above timeframes, titles for Stage 4 will likely be issued in November, 2019.

Stage 3

Stage 3 includes the delivery of 29 lots as well as the careful removal and realignment of significant underground water and electrical infrastructure.

Construction commenced earlier this year focussing on areas that could be completed prior to the required realignment works. During this time the team has completed stripping and bulk earthworks, and around 70% of the sewer, drainage pipes, and drainage pits, and around 50% of the road excavation and subgrade works.

Last month existing underground electrical assets were relocated by Powercor which were previously a significant constraint to the construction of some of Stage 3. Although all construction plans were approved, there were limited works that could be completed beyond this point until the relocation had taken place, which was requested in early 2019. With the Powercor works now complete, it allows the project team to move through sections of the stage previously restricted by the existing supply.

Plans were approved last month regarding the realignment of water infrastructure, and the site team have since completed installation of roughly 80% of the significant Barwon Water main, which is forecast to be completed in the coming weeks. Once complete, the realignment and removal of the existing main can take place.

With an aim to have all construction works completed in 2019, with only audits and testing to take place in 2020, the current Stage 3 titles remain forecast for February, 2020.

Stage 5

Stage 5 construction commenced in June 2019, and the team have completed bulk earthworks and stripping, and have completed 70% of drainage pipes and pits, and around 30% of sewer. Some of the Stage 5 infrastructure has already been completed as part of the Stage 3 and 4 works due to some of these stages having shared infrastructure. Later this month the watermain and road boxing team will be transferred across from Stage 3 as their works on that stage come to an end. Due to a general shortage of construction crews available, it is common that construction crews are shared between various stages of Wandana, to enable teams to focus on the critical items which might have an effect on project titles.

Stage 5 also includes a wetland retarding basin, which is well under construction with bulk earthworks complete, and the installation of gabion retaining walls underway.

The titles were forecast as April 2020 on the previous update, and the site team are working extremely hard to keep this programme date.

The Stage 5 titles will closely follow Stage 3 completion, and titles are forecast for April 2020.

Drewan Park

Throughout the construction of the Wandana community, Villawood will also be working with Council to complete upgrade works to the existing Drewan Park. The park will have a makeover which includes new planting and path network, play equipment, picnic facilities, as well as a new shelter and public restrooms. The plans for the upgrade works have been approved by Council and will commence in Spring 2019, with an anticipated opening of early 2020!