Economic benefits and jobs for the local community


Hanwha Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence (H-ACE)

Built has been appointed to design and construct the Hanwha Armored Vehicle Centre of Excellence (H-ACE), a purpose-built manufacturing, development and testing centre for armored vehicles. Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) and client Project Manager Conscia have appointed Built to deliver the H-ACE next to Avalon airport in Geelong.

The 32,000 square metre facility will initially be focused on the production of Hanwha’s AS9 self-propelled howitzer and AS10 Armoured Ammunition Resupply vehicles. In addition to the potential for multiple assembly lines, the plant will feature a 1,500 metre test track, an integrated training wing, a deep-water test facility and an obstacle course.

Value: $143m

Client: Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA)

Architect: Design Inc

Completion date: July 2024


“Built is proud to be selected by HDA and Conscia to construct the H-ACE facility which will deliver huge economic benefits and jobs for the local community. We’re excited to combine our local experience and relationships in Geelong, together with the specialist knowledge of our national Defence team to deliver a world-class manufacturing facility.”

Brett Mason, CEO, Built Group

It is estimated that over 100 jobs will be created during construction of the facility, which will ultimately support a large, long-term set of advanced manufacturing jobs when completed. Moreover, local subcontractors have been awarded trade packages throughout the construction period.

Throughout the design phase, we have utilised our inhouse digital engineering capabilities to plan the most efficient and effective design and buildability solutions before the project takes physical form.

“We look forward to working with Built to develop a true ecosystem of Australian owned companies delivering a successful project and supporting the future of sovereign manufacturing in Australia.”

Brendan Bilston, Executive Director of Conscia

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