Our expansion into Melbourne in April 2022 included the acquisition of Monaco Hickey, one of the few builders in Australia with the expertise required to construct world-class pharmaceutical facilities.
Since 1994, Monaco Hickey has earned an enviable reputation for successfully delivering highly technical and complex projects, with a focus on the health care, research, and pharmaceutical production sectors of the building industry.
Quality, safety and the environment are critically important to our entire team and we place a high emphasis on best practice quality management, safety and environmental management systems and procedures.
Director Patrick Hickey and his team are hands-on, experienced construction professionals who are well regarded in the industry for their ability to deliver projects of significant scope. This specialised team will continue to deliver complex laboratory research and clean room manufacturing facilities as part of Roberts Co.
CSL Hawara Headquarters
CSL Hawara is a joint venture project with Probuild Constructions to deliver the second stage of Elizabeth North. Three ultra-modern buildings that bridge Parkville’s Biomedical district with Melbourne’s CBD. Comprising cleanrooms, L5-9 laboratories and office and support function on the upper level.
Wallan GP Super Clinic
Monaco Hickey partnered with architects from the award-winning Billard Leece Partnership to build the distinctive Wallan superclinic. For such an ambitious vision, the client needed a builder with the experience to handle complex design features. These included slanted, highly articulated timber sunshades, large pop out windows and a curved hoop pine atrium ceiling. This striking façade was further enhanced with extensive external decking space, landscaping and a carpark.
The client, Nexus Primary Health, required a purpose-built healthcare facility to provide an integrated care experience. The completed superclinic features rooms for a GP practice, paediatrics, pharmacy and pathology as well as treatments and procedures. The clinic also includes a maternal healthcare facility, a community kitchen and multipurpose areas.
The completion of this project provides much needed centralised specialist medical services for the community, and means that local residents are no longer required to travel into metropolitan Melbourne for medical treatment.
Nexus Primary Health
Monaco Hickey was instrumental in delivering a world-class plasma product production facility for the global, biopharmaceutical company, CSL.
Three levels were constructed, incorporating an extensive electrical and mechanical building plant, new substation, transformers, re-production plant infrastructure, production processing, administrative support offices and warehousing.
Monaco Hickey successfully co-ordinated and site managed approximately $100m of product processing equipment and services in conjunction with facility construction.
The finished building features a heavily loaded concrete floor and lightweight, long-span roof-truss framing, which provides a separation of trafficable plant and ceiling spaces from clean spaces underneath. At completion of the structure, Monaco Hickey was also engaged to integrate specialist tenancy fit-outs
This project delivered a state-of-the-art, clean room manufacturing facility, and was finished on time and within budget. The structure received an MBAV Award in 2014, which recognised the building’s outstanding construction.
DEPI Biosecurity Glasshouse CSIRO
Monaco Hickey won the challenging job of constructing a state-of-the-art quarantine containment facility, built to store, monitor and assess a wide range of potentially illegal plants and animals.
Purpose built to exacting QC2 standards, this facility must simultaneously house a variety of different animal species, including fish, in temperature sensitive environments.
Meticulous attention was paid to the functionality of the facility’s glasshouse, where the temperature, humidity, irrigation, sunlight and fresh air intake into each section was monitored so that multiple plant types could be be maintained.
Days after the building was handed over, the client was able to undertake a raid, using its new facility to immediately house thousands of confiscated reptile and fish species.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
As part of a larger refurbishment, Monaco Hickey are engaged by Hospira to upgrade existing production facilities.
This project necessitated a very short production shutdown in order to refurbish existing filling and tank rooms needed for the manufacturing of a new sterile product. Monaco Hickey therefore observed tight commissioning tolerances and compressed timeframes to minimise the client’s production downtime.
A structural steel platform to house air handling units were erected prior to commencing the shutdown. Monaco Hickey then commenced demolition works and installed new in-ground drains, internal structures and reflected ceiling modifications to accommodate new HEPA filters and light fitting layouts.
A range of other works took place in parallel with the facilities upgrade, including epoxy flooring, which meant careful planning and co-ordination between Monaco Hickey, the client and specialist suppliers.
Hospira Australia Pty Ltd
GSK BFS2 Rommelag 2
Monaco Hickey was engaged by GSK to extend an existing manufacturing facility in order to accommodate a second Rommelag BFS machine.
Construction was undertaken adjacent to an operational assembly area in which the original Rommelag machine was installed.
Monaco Hickey installed all the necessary plant and infrastructure that supports production at this facility: sterile water plant, air-conditioning to cleanroom standards C and D, electrical and control systems and fire protection. Specialised pharmaceutical equipment, sourced from Europe, was installed and brought online without disruption to the project’s schedule.
GSK’s Boronia site is the company’s world manufacturing centre for Ventolin Nebules and associated products. Monaco Hickey’s involvement in the provision of this additional capacity has greatly added to GSK’s export capability and complements the BFS1 area that was originally completed in 1990.
This project was completed on time and within client budget.
Wyndham Vale Primary Care Clinic
In 2012, Monaco Hickey was contracted to build the Wyndham Vale Primary Care Centre, a superclinic providing much needed health services in an area of rapid urban growth
This primary care centre was designed to accommodate a range of GP and practitioner consulting rooms. Additional diagnostic and treatment spaces included dental and consultancy spaces as well as a child care facility.
To allow for future expansion, Monaco Hickey constructed two pods on the second level. The team also worked on outdoor landscaping structures to complement the architectural design. This project was successfully completed on time and on budget.
ISIS Primary Care
Wyndham Vale VIC
Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct
Monaco Hickey was asked to create a 210-seat lecture theatre complex within the tightly defined, single level confines of the Alfred Hospital Precinct above a fully operational animal house.
Monaco Hickey’s solution was an elliptical shaped, 600m2 lecture theatre and associated lobby and amenity facilities.
A key goal of this project was to deliver a high quality build while minimising noise and vibrational impacts on breeding laboratory animals.
Monaco Hickey achieved this through skilful co-ordination and interfacing with the animal house’s operators. Disruption was kept to a minimum, with a state-of-the-art lecture theatre successfully delivered in the midst of a fully functioning hospital on time and on budget.
Austin Hospital Theatres
This complex project for Austin Health consisted of the complete demolition, strip-out and construction of operating theatres 3 and 4 on the second level of the Harold Stokes Building.
The extensive demolition included asbestos strip-out and clearance prior to commencement. It was paramount that dust and debris did not contaminate surrounding areas in order that adjacent theatres 1 and 2 could remain functioning throughout the project.
Infrastructure upgrades saw the installation of HVAC, lighting control, nurse call points, body protection, new medical gases and operating theatre pendants, and flow plenums.
Monaco Hickey provided careful planning and tight logistical controls to ensure successful delivery of the project, while fully implementing a detailed commissioning and validation process, enabling the renovated theatres to go back into operation.
All theatres endured minimal disruption and remained fully operational during the course of the project, which was delivered on time and within budget.
The refurbishment and extension of Jewishcare’s intensive care facility in Caulfield resulted in the conversion of existing retired/aged care rooms to high quality single bed ensuites.
Monaco Hickey constructed a secure dementia wing, together with a hotel style general aged care wing over a new basement carpark. Monaco Hickey also updated the back of house kitchens and laundry facilities, which allowed the client to increase its resident uptake.
The existing facilities were contained within a building that required significant structural and infrastructure upgrade to enable compliance. The end result was a modern, high quality and efficient nursing home.