CPB Contractors wins £181m contract for Western Sydney Airport project

WCN Editorial Team 3 Sep 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

CPB Contractors, the construction company of Australian engineering services company CIMIC Group, along with its joint venture partner Lendlease, has won an earthworks contract for the federally funded A$5.3bn (£3bn) Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

Under the terms of the contract, CPB Contractors and its partner will deliver the bulk earthworks, generating revenue of around A$323m (£181m) to CPB Contractors.

Previously, the joint venture secured an early earthworks package from Western Sydney Airport in July 2018.

The joint venture will undertake one of Australia’s largest-ever infrastructure earthworks projects.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that work under the contract would involve shifting 25m m³ of earth on the site to support the construction of the major elements of the airport, including the runway and terminal.

Morrison said: “With the ink now signed on the contacts, this huge construction work is due to begin in early 2020, and it’ll mean hundreds of new jobs on the airport site. This is a game-changer for Western Sydney and things are starting to take shape. The Airport is going to mean more jobs for local workers and more opportunities for Western Sydney.”

CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright said: “CIMIC Group is proud to play a continuing role in this important facility, which will be a major catalyst for economic development and employment in Western Sydney.

“CIMIC Group continues to deliver new infrastructure for future generations across our NSW, national and international operations.”

The earthworks include overall topographical and drainage design for the airport precinct as well as detailed design and construction of earthworks and drainage for the area.

CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria said: “This builds on CPB Contractors’ growing list of airport infrastructure projects including the taxiway upgrade at Auckland Airport and the airfield works for the new runway at Brisbane Airport.”

Work will commence later in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “The construction of a major airport comes around once in a generation and this infrastructure project will not only provide job opportunities west of Sydney during the construction phase but also beyond 2026 when it opens.

“When complete, the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will ensure greater connectivity to other Australian cities, regional hubs and of course the world which benefits all Australians and visitors.”

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Image: CPB Contractors wins £181m contract for Western Sydney Airport project. Photo: Courtesy of CPB Contractors.

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