The Andrews Government in the Australian state of Victoria has promised to start work on a new underground rail network circling Melbourne’s suburbs, if it is re-elected in the coming polls.
The Star Entertainment Group has broken ground on a $293m (AUD400m),53-storey mixed-use hotel tower on Broadbeach Island on the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland, marking the entry of the Dorsett hotel brand into the Australian hospitality market.
Samsung C&T, the construction arm of South Korea’s Samsung Group, has won a $785.9m order from Sydney Motorway, established by the New South Wales (NSW) government, to build a 12.9km motorway in western Sydney.
Contractor Multiplex has achieved a construction milestone with the topping out of the tallest of the three towers of Yuhu Group Australia’s Jewel mixed-use scheme in Gold Coast in the State of Queensland.
New Zealand-based McConnell Dowell has completed the construction of Chith Export Facility for Rio Tinto’s $2.6bn Amrun bauxite development on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia.
Greenland Australia and its joint venture partner, GH Australia, have appointed Richard Crookes Constructions as their construction partner for Stage 1 of Park Sydney in Erskineville, in Sydney’s inner-west.
Australian contractor Multiplex has completed the AUD128m ($95m) modern Club Stand at Flemington Racecourse of Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
IHG has signed an agreement with Australasian property development, investment and construction company Ninety Four Feet to establish Hotel Indigo Auckland in New Zealand.
HDR, as part of a joint venture with Arup, has been selected to design the upgrade for the AUD514m ($377m), 14km flood-prone Bruce Highway coastal corridor in the Australian state of Queensland.The Bruce Highway passes through the Haughton river floodplain, where frequent floods result in the closure of the highway, affecting community access, tourism and the freight movement along the corridor.The longest recorded closure so far was nearly five days and the most recent closure was in March 2018.The project is part of the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme, an AUD8.5bn ($6.2bn) programme to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the highway from Brisbane to Cairns.Design for the project is likely to take about a year and the project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.The project will be delivered through a collaborative Early Contractor Involvement contract. The Infrastructure Group, a joint venture of Bielby, BMD, JF Hull and Albem, will lead the construction.HDR’s work will include modelling one of the most complex floodplains in Australia, designing three bridge upgrades to make them taller and wider, designing grade-separated rail crossings and intersections, and developing an integrated roadway design that will combine hydraulics, structural and geotechnical elements while considering wetland impacts and biodiversity requirements.Earlier in July 2018, HDR won a five-year, $40m indefinite delivery contract for construction phase services from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ San Francisco District.Currently, HDR holds similar construction phase contracts supporting the military construction, civil works and inter-agency international services missions of the US Army Corps of Engineers throughout the US and overseas.HDR contract manager Lionel Zapata said: “This contract will allow us to leverage all of HDR’s technical resources and expertise to help the San Francisco District bring value to all of its customers. It also allows us to support other districts within USACE South Pacific Division.“HDR and our business partners provide the expertise to help facilitate execution of the construction program as well as bringing value to the clients USACE serves.“Our extensive services range from supporting USACE’s mission for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ major construction projects to helping USACE execute its military and civil works missions.”______________________________________________________________________________________________Image: The Haughton river bridge. Photo: courtesy of The State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads).
A consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and Aecom has been selected to deliver the AUD1bn ($743m) Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) works package of the Metro Tunnel project in the Australian state of Victoria.
Multiplex has completed the AUD207m ($154m) Karratha Health Campus project in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.
Bechtel, a company involved in project management, engineering, procurement and construction, has been selected by WSA as its delivery partner and project manager for the Western Sydney Airport, a $5.3bn greenfield facility in Badgerys Creek, New South Wales, Australia.
Construction has begun on a new boutique office tower in Brisbane’s Golden Triangle in Australia.
Australian company Multiplex has been appointed by 3L Alliance to deliver the first residential tower as part of the alliance’s $1bn Queens Place mixed-use development in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD).
Australian construction and civil engineering company Watpac has won an AUD110m ($81.8m) contract to design and build the new Deakin Law School building at the Burwood Campus.
Senex Energy, an Australian oil and gas exploration and production company, and Jemena, which owns and operates natural gas, electricity, and water infrastructure assets in Australia, have signed agreements to invest AUD140m ($104m) to fast-track gas from Project Atlas to the domestic market by late 2019.
Adelaide Airport has appointed Australian construction firm Watpac as the contractor for the AUD165m ($123m) expansion of its main terminal to upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining options for domestic and international travellers.
Wind power solutions company Goldwind Australia has broken ground on the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project being established near Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria.
The state government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia has selected LSB Joint Venture, comprising Lendlease Engineering, Samsung C&T and Bouygues Construction, to build the mainline tunnel of the M4-M5 WestConnex tunnel Link.
Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors, both belonging to the Cimic Group of Australia, have been selected by the New Zealand government to lead a consortium to deliver the Waikeria Corrections and Treatment Facility Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project.