Canstruct rebuilds major portions of Nauru detention centre in record time after the site was ravaged by fire
SOPHIE FOSTER, THE COURIER-MAIL, AUGUST 16, 2013 12:56PM
A Queensland company has rebuilt major portions of the Federal Government’s Nauru Refugee Processing Centre in “record time”, just four weeks after the site was ravaged by fire during a riot.
First pictures of the rebuilt site obtained by The Courier-Mail show Darra flatpack construction experts Canstruct built an administration centre, a replacement accommodation building and two other central facility buildings in a company-record time.
Over a 24-day period, post-fire, the Queensland company went into overdrive building temporary facilities for people accommodated at the centre, demolishing each burnt-out building and erecting a new administration office facility, property store, interview buildings and other infrastructure and services.
A fire that broke out during a riot by people accommodated at the centre destroyed all living quarters, alongside a dining and kitchen facility, and offices for the Salvos, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Transfield and International Health and Medical Services.
Canstruct had 110 people working on the Nauru RPC contract before the fire, just over half of whom were locals.
Group chief executive Rory Murphy said staff were devastated when the original buildings were destroyed by fire, leading to the company offering workers the chance to return home “with no questions asked” if they wished.
But, he said, “everyone was keen to stay and rebuild” and had to be congratulated for turning the situation around so quickly.
He said the Department of Immigration and Citizenship acted quickly to ensure rebuilding started within days of the riot.
“I am incredibly proud of the efforts of the team to demolish all the burnt-out buildings and erect new buildings,” Mr Murphy said.
“This has been a remarkable effort in very trying circumstances.”
Canstruct used its Force 10 solution on the site, the pre-built components for which fit in containers, which were shipped to Nauru and erected with the help of local labour.
In the six months before the fire, the firm had built 11 accommodation buildings, almost 80 per cent of the total number required under the contract. It has also finished central facilities, including the kitchen, dining hall, recreation centres and administrative buildings.