McMahon Services were engaged by Christmas Island Maintenance Services to undertake this project on behalf of the Department of Immigration. The project involved the demolition of the Christmas Island Detention Centre over flow camps ‘Lilac’ and ‘Aqua’. These camps were extensions of the island’s North West Point Immigration Detention Centre.
The project scope included:
- Decommissioning and isolation of all services, including air conditioners, electrical and water services;
- Demolition and disposal of 116 transportable buildings. The buildings were demolished by excavator and loaded into semi tippers for disposal;
- Deconstruction and salvage of timber boardwalks, walkway covers and pergolas;
- Demolition of electric security fencing around the entire perimeter of the camp;
- Break down and disposal of all concrete footings;
- Demobilisation of sold transportable buildings utilising 100t crane;
- Level and grade the area to return it to as close to its original pre-construction condition.
Transport of waste in and around the detention centre was challenging as the site provided limited access for semi tippers and heavy plant, but this was overcome with extensive pre-planning and project management. McMahon Services engaged the communities local trades where possible, strengthening the relationship with the community and local businesses.