General Electrical Installation

Contact Group technicians standing outside Thyne House

Contact Group’s Launceston branch is about to wrap up a major project on Bathurst Street, the $8.9 million dollar expansion of Thyne House.

The Tasmanian Government project is aimed at delivering more accommodation and support to young Tasmanians at risk of homelessness, with the expansion increasing the capacity of the facility from 30 one-bedroom residential units to 50.

The work has also included upgrades to the existing 30-units, reception area, living areas, laundries, storage areas and an additional overnight staff unit.

Project Manager pointing to the exterior of the building.

Contact Group was engaged by VOS Constructions and Joinery to carry out the general electrical installation, as well as data, security and fire protection systems.

Project Manager Michael Partridge said it’s been a great effort from all the staff involved.

“We’ve had the same team working on site from the start and they’ve developed a great working relationship and really put in 110-percent,” he said.

Contact Group technicians installing security systems.

Michael said the job presented a range of challenges, mostly because it was a heritage site.

“Access in the old section was very difficult with many old walls up to 700mm thick,” he said.

The expansion has required about six Contact Group technicians on site, including two apprentices.

“This has been a great opportunity in particular for one of our first-year apprentices, Lewis, who has worked on this project continuously since it began. He has picked up a great range of skills and has been mentoured by two of our most experienced technicians in a range of disciplines,” he said.

The facility which is home to about 30 young people aged between 16 and 25 remained fully operational throughout the build.

Contact Group technicians standing next to a switchboard.

Michael said that was one of the main considerations of his team.

“We had to keep in mind that these young people were living and studying on site, so we tried to limit the noise and impact on them as much as possible,” he said.

The project should be completed by the end of February.

Well done to all the trades involved, especially our Contact Group team led by Michael Partridge and Dylan Tannock.

Contact Group technicians inside one of the apartments.