In October 2006, a 22 hectare suburban area at Sydney's east Darling Harbour was officially named in honour of Barangaroo, the second wife of Bennelong, the Aboriginal man renowned for establishing a dialogue between indigenous people and early New South Wales colonists.
As Barangaroo played her part in the establishment of Sydney city all those years ago, little could she have known that she would be commemorated in the establishment of an exciting Sydney foreshore development that would deliver modern commercial office spaces, residences and parklands to future citizens of the city.
Named for Sydney’s past, and revitalising a formerly dowdy dockland shipping precinct, the $7 billion Barangaroo redevelopment project is squarely aimed at the city’s future and comprises three precincts - Barangaroo South, Barangaroo Central and Headland Park.
Barangaroo South is the southern third of the site and will act as an extension of Sydney's CBD with high-rise office buildings, apartments, retail outlets, public spaces and a hotel. Barangaroo Central will contain low-rise residential, commercial and civic buildings. And on the north of the site the 6 hectare Headland Park will feature a reconstructed, naturalistic headland based around the pre-1836 shoreline.
At its peak, over the 10-year development, the Barangaroo site is expected to host 3,000 workers each day from the numerous construction companies, contractors and subcontractors involved in the project.
And at its heart, prepared to deliver whatever may be required by any of the many companies and thousands of workers, sits Coates Hire’s project-site facility.
Supplying portable buildings, access equipment, general tools and equipment, pumping and dewatering equipment and high reach access equipment – in fact anything that anyone may require on the massive and complex project. The project site facility is testament to Coates Hire's superior supply capabilities and the exceptional skills of Coates Hire staff such as John Dwyer, who runs it.
According to Stuart King, the Coates Hire Area Manager responsible for northeast Sydney, John Dwyer was hand-picked from among many exceptional Coates Hire staff for the demanding and important role.
"After 20 years with Coates Hire, John has an extraordinary skillset, the ability to liaise with anyone from upper management to the guys working on the ground and the in-depth industry knowledge required to assist with a project of such magnitude," Stuart said.
"As the go-to person on location, John’s role is incredibly demanding that requires him to liaise with many different clients, take orders, organise delivery and resolve any issues that arise and he does it all with the utmost skill and dedication.
"It may sound like a business spiel, but our people have the capabilities to meet every need and, with his ability to problem solve and think outside the box, John is one of the best and that will pay huge dividends for our clients at Barangaroo."
Having established the Barangaroo site unit in November and already having about 95% of the hire business, Stuart said Coates Hire is prepared for the long haul and raring to meet the challenge of keeping the many contractors and subcontractors happy over the course of the 10-year project.
"Coates Hire is all about building long-lasting and productive relationships with our clients, so 10 years at Barangaroo is just fine with us."