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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.

November 2019

Stage 1

Stage 1 titles were issued in May 2019, and streetscape landscaping has been completed! You might have read in the Geelong Advertiser recently that homes are now under construction, and the new community has begun to take shape. If you are a lot owner in Stage 1 please keep in mind that you are required to commence maintaining your block although your home construction might not have commenced.

Stage 4

The construction of Stage 4 is largely complete; however, some of the outstanding works noted in the previous update have been impacted by weather delays and contractor availability. Stage 4 includes 29 residential lots, as well as significant project infrastructure, and is considered the most complex stage within the community.

The following is a construction update broken into the individual infrastructure items:

  • 29 residential lots: Construction works are generally complete. The final topsoiling and pegging of the blocks, as well as asphalting, will be completed before the end of the month. Authority asset testing and commissioning has been completed, which includes the recent successful Powercor electrical audit. Final lodgement of documentation to be made to the authorities in the coming weeks.
  • Landscape reserve: The reserve runs along the rear of lots 1 – 15 and includes an asphalt maintenance track which will soon be completed. This asphalt track was one item which has been delayed due to wet weather, which resulted in delays to asphalting the remaining balance of the stage. The reserve will also include some minor planting, and the property boundaries adjacent to the reserve will be fenced by Villawood in accordance with Council requirements.
  • Major and minor wetland retarding basins: Construction works are generally complete, except for some minor topsoiling and earthworks. These basins include extensive gabion wall structures, which added significant complexity to the project. The design and approval of these structures took an additional 12 months than originally forecast, which prevented construction commencement of the stage. Once underway, the construction of the gabion walls alone spanned over several months, and midway through construction the completion of these walls was delayed largely due to wet weather. The delays to the gabions prevented the team from completing some of the internal subdivision works.
  • Sewer pump station: Construction is now complete, with testing and commissioning underway.
  • VicRoads noise wall: Roughly half of the wall has been completed. Ultimately the wall will be adjacent to some of Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6. The approval process of this wall was significantly delayed, which resulted in the commencement of the wall in October 2019, roughly 6 months behind original forecasts.

Now that the major infrastructure items have mostly been completed, the team can focus on completing the entire package of works, and the smaller outstanding items covered in the information above. At this time the completion of Stage 4 is expected between late November 2019 or first week of December 2019, roughly three weeks behind the previous construction update.

Usually when a stage is completed, one week is allowed for Council compliance, and another week for registration of titles. This typical timeframe would see titles delivered for Stage 4 in mid-December 2019 at the earliest. With the Christmas holidays in mind, which significantly impacts authority availability and approvals, it is more realistic to assume that titles will be issued in the first week of January 2020.

Whilst we acknowledge that titles in the first week of January 2020 are a delay from our previous forecast of November 2020, due to the construction works being pushed back several weeks, a significant portion of this delay is now caused by the December 2019 holiday period. As noted above however, works will be completed in early December 2019, and it will be an administrative process with Authorities through to achieving titles, providing greater certainty that the title date of first week of January 2020 will be achieved. This is also supported by the project recently passing the Powercor Electrical audit, which has removed a significant ongoing risk for construction completion and the release of titles.

To minimise the impact of this delay to settlements and construction commencement of homes, once construction has been completed we will allow valuers to complete inspections on lots, and builders to complete preliminary soil survey work. These inspections will likely be available from mid December 2019, and are to be scheduled on a case by case basis by calling the Wandana sales team.

Considering the above information, titles for Stage 4 will likely be issued in January 2020, which is two months behind the previous forecast.

Stage 3

 

Stage 3 includes the construction 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, road excavation, water and gas works, ag drains and road crossing conduits, and around 70% of the sewer, drainage pipes, and drainage pits.

Upcoming works include subgrade improvement and capping layer (relating to the road construction) and retaining walls, with electrical and fibre installation works to take place in late November 2019.

Recent approvals allowed works to the existing underground electrical and water assets (mentioned above) to be completed, which was previously a significant constraint for the stage.

The site team are continuing to aim for the completion of all Stage 3 construction works in 2019, with only audits and testing to take place in 2020.

On the basis that all construction works are completed in 2019, Stage 3 titles remain forecast for February, 2020 as per the previous update.

Stage 5

 

Stage 5 construction commenced in June 2019, and the team have completed bulk earthworks and stripping, sewer and drainage systems, 80% of the water and gas network, 50% of road boxing, and 20% ag drain and road crossing conduits. Stage 5 also includes a minor retarding basin, which has largely been completed, well ahead of original forecasts.

There is a general shortage of construction crews available, and as a result, it is common that construction crews are shared between various stages of a project like Wandana, to enable teams to focus on the critical items which might have an effect on project titles. As a result of this, Stage 5 will likely title shortly after Stage 3.

Stage 5 titles remain forecast as April 2020 as per the previous update.

Stage 2b

Following the recent demand for the Wandana community, Stage 2b was released in October 2019 which includes 24 lots.

With engineering plans lodged with Council earlier this year, we anticipate construction commencement in early 2020 with titles forecast for Q1 2021.

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 although works have previously been forecast to commence in Spring 2019, it is now forecast that works will commence early 2020, with an Autumn 2020 park opening.

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