Grocon Case Study

The Ribbon


Willow was engaged by Grocon as the preferred consultant for both Digital Engineering Services and the Documenting Architect role. In this capacity, we will be collaborating with Grocon, the designers, and subcontractors to deliver documentation and BIM Services through the Design Development, Construction Documentation and Site Services phases. The Ribbon project is a redevelopment of the existing IMAX site at Darling Harbour in Sydney, bound by Darling Harbour to the north, the new convention centre to the west, and the Darling Quarter precinct to the south, it is sure to be one of the largest and most significant Hotel developments in the country. The project will comprise of a 450 guestrooms 5 Star hotel, 140+ serviced apartments, 170 Car stacker, IMAX theatre redevelopment, retail, PMNSW offices and extensive public domain redevelopment works.

  • customer


  • location

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • building size


  • industry

    Hospitality, Mixed-Use

  • resources

    The Ribbon website
  • Products & Services

    WillowDigital™ Architecture, WillowDigital™ Engineering

Scope of work

WillowDigital™ Architecture has been engaged to

  • Provide construction documentation for the base build and fitout

  • Coordinate all Architectural, Structural, and Services aspects of the project

  • Provide site services through construction with a site-based team working collaboratively with the head contractor and the sub-contractor teams

WillowDigital™ Engineering has been engaged to

  • Provide BIM Execution Plan and Models Map
  • Provide the Digital Briefing Requirements
  • Review Design & Construction Digital Progress
  • Assist the Sub-contractor teams to with model set up and general BIM requirements
  • Facilitate BIM coordination workshops with the design and sub-contractor teams
  • Undertake Model Audit reviews

The Willow advantage

Grocon has derived the following benefits

  • Acquiring a “Virtual Build” of the project that helps develop the construction methodology, improve safety and enable collaboration between the key project delivery personnel
  • The digital process also helped mitigate the extreme complexity of the site geometry and building design

Willow Architecture has played a critical role in the delivery of what is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most complex and demanding construction projects. From day one, they have been a trusted and valued partner to Grocon and the wider project team, going above and beyond their scope to ensure project success. Their collaborative mindset, digitally driven skill-set and industry-leading team have been essential elements in delivering what will be one of Australia’s most iconic hotel projects.

Tony Mackenzie

Project Manager, Grocon, The Ribbon Darling Harbour

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