Project Specifications

Mars Australia


Wacol, Queensland

May 2020

Construction of a new Treats Wrapping Room for the Mars Birdcare facility


Total successfully completed the construction of a new Bird Food Treats Wrapping Room which will add to the onsite production capacity of the Mars factory in Wacol.

The Treats Wrapping Room was constructed from mineral wool insulated panels sitting on hobs and supported by a new structural steel frame fixed within an existing warehouse. The 240 square metre room comprised of a wrapping area, hygiene junction, holding area and drying chamber. All plant and equipment related to the existing drying chamber at the facility was decommissioned, removed and reinstalled in its new location outside of the existing factory. A new HVAC system was designed and installed to maintain a constant temperature in the new Treats Wrapping Room.


The timing and methodology of the removal and recommissioning of the drying chamber was a key drive of the project. This equipment was a pivotal part of their production process and there was limited downtime allowed. Careful planning between Total and the mechanical contractor ensured all risks are mitigated prior to decommissioning of the equipment. Another challenge faced on the project was due to a main switchboard that fed the mechanical plant required an upgrade. This switchboard was replaced and re-commissioned as part of our works.


Through close collaboration with the onsite Mars representatives, we effective staged the works around peak times which reduced the overall project duration.

Project Contact

Simon Hinneberg
Chief Operating Officer

Simon has broad experience delivering a wide range of commercial and industrial projects. Prior to establishing the Total Construction Queensland office in 2010, he held senior management positions throughout Australia and overseas within international construction and development organisations delivering numerous high-profile projects. He has a thorough understanding of the commercial and technical aspects of construction methodology and possesses exceptional communication skills.