Overseas Projects




Dominion completed a number of overseas projects in the South Pacific in the early 1990s. These projects were wide ranging, from upgrading road infrastructure and bridges in Samoa to constructing the Australian High Commission Housing Compound in Apia. Projects undertaken by Dominion:


PROJECT: Australian High Commission Housing Compound
VALUE: $2,630,000
CLIENT: Commonwealth of Australia
This 40-week contract provided the Australian High Commission with a new and secure housing compound just outside Apia, the capital of Western Samoa. The compound consisted of a series of five houses on differing levels, swimming pool, tennis court, bar, fale and extensive landscaping. These high class, fully air conditioned houses were a true test of logistics, resourcing and preplanning required for remote area projects. The contract was completed two weeks ahead of programme despite the devastating effects of Cyclone Val.


PROJECT: Yazaki Samoa
VALUE: $3,900,000
CLIENT: National Provident Fund of Western Samoa
This 86,000sq ft mass production line factory, the largest single industrial complex in the South Pacific, was designed, built and occupied in just 127 days. The logistics of shipping, post-cyclone shortages and labour resources were overcome to complete the project more than three weeks earlier than programmed. Works included structural steel, blockwork, long-run roofing, storm and foul water drainage, fencing and the installation of cyclone-resistant aluminium louvre windows.


PROJECT: Bridge & Culvert Construction
VALUE: $900,000
CLIENT: Western Samoan Government
In Samoa, Dominion were involved in the upgrading of a series of badly deteriorating bridges and water channelling structures which proved very challenging. Works undertaken varied considerably, from the construction of single-span bridges (including head and wing walls and piling) to strengthening and specialist remedial work to existing structures. In addition a series of new in-situ culvert structures were constructed at various locations on the Island of Upolu in the Samoa Group. Here versatility was a must as construction methods had to be adapted to allow for different areas and water characteristics. In all cases the use of our own equipment, freighted from New Zealand, and local resources were carefully managed to achieve the required results.


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