FREDON has won the contract to refurbish mechanical services at the iconic Sydney Opera House, including an historic upgrade of the main theatre. The upgrade works are the largest since the Opera House opened in 1973. 

Laing O’Rourke is the head contractor, and Fredon’s Client Services Group (CSG) will undertake the work. CSG works primarily with pre-existing structures, specialising in refurbishments, tenancy fitouts, building extensions, central plant upgrades and replacements.

“Our retrofitting expertise will come to the fore as we face the challenges of working in and around the tourist crowds, the constraints of plant rooms and spaces that are not necessarily designed with modern equipment in mind, and the standards of care, fit and finish required for such an iconic building that boasts world heritage status,” said Fredon.

The work on the main concert hall will involve co-ordinating with the replacement of 1970’s vintage custom stage machinery, including safely working over cavernous internal voids as high as a multi-story office block.

Security solutions will also be upgraded during this overall refurbishment process but SEN has no word on that contract at this time.  

Last year Fredon’s Security Division took out ASIAL’s Excellence Award for Technical Security Solutions – projects over $100,000 for a unified access control and video surveillance system with fixed and wireless duress in an iconic building at Martin Place Sydney occupied by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. ♦