UK-based construction and project management consultancy Turner & Townsend has been appointed by Vicinity Centres to manage the retail delivery of its AUD350M ($264M) Chadstone Shopping Centre redevelopment in Melbourne, Australia.
Laing O’Rourke Australia has won an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract for the first stage of the AUD250M ($188M) Sydney Opera House’s Building Renewal Programme in Australia.The renewal programme — which represents the largest package of works since the Opera House opened in 1973 — includes upgrades to the Opera House‘s two largest internal performance spaces, the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre.It will also include upgrades to the entry and foyers and new creative learning and function centres.Laing O’Rourke will work with the Opera House and its design teams to ensure the programme is as efficient as possible. Each project will progress through a series of review points before moving on to the construction phase.Laing O'Rourke Australia’s managing director Cathal O’Rourke said: “We are excited and honoured to be working on this landmark building and look forward to collaborating with the Opera House and its design teams to identify the smartest, most efficient and sensitive solutions for this important project.“The work the Opera House has already done to digitally map the entire structure — combined with Laing O’Rourke’s Digital Engineering expertise — will help deliver the best result for the venue’s 8.2M annual visitors, thousands of performers and the wider Australian community, who all feel a sense of ownership over the UNESCO World Heritage site.”The programme will be carried out over the next five years.
A joint venture between KBR, SMEC Australia and US-based Jacobs Engineering has been appointed to oversee design at the Darlington Upgrade project in Adelaide, Australia.The design JV was subcontracted by the Gateway South Consortium — comprising Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke — which was recently selected to design and build the AUD620M ($440M) road project.The Jacobs, KBR and SMEC Australia JV will be responsible for the reconfiguration of the existing 3.3km-long road from the Southern Expressway to north of Tonsley Boulevard, and the design of a lowered, non-stop motorway.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be involved in this landmark transport project for South Australia and look forward to working closely with the other members of the Gateway South team.“This project represents an excellent opportunity to leverage our proven experience and expertise on major transport infrastructure projects.”The majority of the detailed design and approvals work is set to commence in 2016, with all ground works anticipated to be finished by 2018.
Australian construction firm Watpac has been selected as the preferred builder by the Australian Unity to deliver the $1.1bn Herston Quarter project in Brisbane, Australia.This selection follows the recent announcement of Australian Unity — a healthcare, financial services, and independent and assisted living organisation — as the preferred tenderer for the project by the Queensland government. The development — located next to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital — will include the construction of a public rehabilitation hospital, a private hospital, residential aged care, retirement living and student accommodation.It will also feature health research, childcare, a co-working hub, and education and training facilities.The first stage of works is expected to begin in 2017.
The government of Australia has unveiled plans for a new $100m high school in Adelaide.
Australian construction firm Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction work on a residential building in Southbank, Melbourne.The $124M project, named Platinum Tower, includes 438 apartments available in one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom options.The development, designed by Squillace, features a swimming pool, a sauna, a spa, a gym, private dining, winter gardens and a sky lounge with views of Melbourne CBD, Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay.The tower’s podium includes retail space, a ground level restaurant and café and concierge facilities for residents. It also provides nine levels of car parking.Brookfield Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Cottam said: “We are delighted to deliver another premium residential tower to Melbourne’s skyline. We have drawn on our specialist expertise to meet construction challenges associated with delivering high-rise towers in the busy CBD environment.”The project created 1,900 jobs during construction and was completed in just under two years.
Three consortia have been selected for the construction of a new metro tunnel and five new underground stations in Australia.The shortlisted bidders for the AU$6bn (£3.5bn) public-private partnership (PPP) include Continuum Victoria, Cross Yarra Partnership and Moving Melbourne Together.The PPP will be responsible for the construction and fit-out of the 9km metro tunnel and five new underground stations — to be located at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria, said: “The best construction companies in the world are lining up to build the biggest public transport project in Australia — the Metro Tunnel.“Melbourne needs the Metro Tunnel and we’re not wasting a moment — major work starts next year. The Metro Tunnel will let us run trains so often that you don’t need a timetable — you just turn up and go.”At least six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be used during construction, with three giant shafts — up to 11 storeys deep — to be excavated at Franklin Street and A’Beckett Street near Melbourne Central station, and at City Square near Flinders Street Station.The consortia now have to submit a formal proposal by early next year. A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2017. According to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, the project is expected to create 4,700 jobs.• Continuum Victoria comprises Acciona Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination;• Cross Yarra Partnership comprises Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital;• Moving Melbourne Together comprises Pacific Partnerships, CPB Constructors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital.
Finbar Group is set to develop three residential towers in Western Australia’s Applecross suburb.The $350M three-stage project will be built on an 8,072sq m site and will feature 440 apartments with independent resort-style amenities. The ground floor will house commercial property.Finbar’s managing director Darren Pateman said: “This development will provide different living options to suit a range of buyers with needs that reflect their individual situations including downsizers who want to remain in their existing area, families, couples and younger buyers wanting to get a foothold into the new apartment market in a postcode that would otherwise be unobtainable for them.”Finbar has already started detailed design work on the project and hopes to submit the three stages for consideration and approval within the next two months. The company intends to begin the first stage of marketing early next year.
The government of New Zealand has committed $435M for the construction of the new Christchurch Northern Corridor and the second stage of the Christchurch Southern Motorway. The $240M Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast, from the Waimakairiri River to Cranford Street. The project will facilitate North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch. The $195M second stage of the Southern Motorway project will transform the State Highway 1 into four lanes, north of Rolleston. The contract for this second stage has been awarded to a joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Downer. According to NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland, both motorways will help improve travel times and support the growth of Christchurch as an important freight distribution centre and export hub.These are the two last Christchurch Motorways projects to be built under the government’s Roads of National Significance programme.Construction on the projects is expected to commence in October, and be completed within four years.
Construction works have started on the $420M Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension in Queensland, Australia.Stage 2 will involve the construction of three new light rail stations at Parkwood East, Parkwood and Helensvale and extra park-and-ride car parking facilities at Helensvale and Parkwood stations.Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said: “Construction work will now accelerate in the race towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will support up to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation.“Bulk earthworks and excavation are underway to prepare for the installation of the track to ensure this gold medal project is Games-ready before April 2018. “Four new trams will be required to service Stage 2 and they have already been ordered. They will be built in Germany and arrive in Australia by October 2017 and a total of 18 light rail vehicles will service both stages.”
Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction on the $295M Melbourne One residential tower.The 47-storey tower, located at 618 Lonsdale Street, features 477 housing units available in one-, two- and three-bedroom options, along with penthouses. Melbourne One also includes a grand foyer with concierge, a gymnasium and an indoor heated swimming pool. The project created 1,000 jobs during its construction period and used 1,700cb m of concrete.Brookfield Multiplex’s regional managing director Victoria Graham Cottam said: "We are proud to deliver another residential building for Central Equity and to hand it over on time reinforcing our relationship with Central Equity."Brookfield Multiplex is also building Central Equity’s Southbank Central — a 48-storey apartment tower featuring 485 units.
Brookfield Multiplex has been selected as the managing contractor for a $428.3M museum project in Western Australia.The New Museum, designed by architects OMA and Hassell, will be almost four times bigger than the now-closed Western Australia Museum, which it will replace. It will feature nearly 7,000sq m of galleries, including 1,000sq m of space to stage blockbuster exhibitions.It will also feature education studios, viewing areas to see scientists and curators at work, retail space and food and beverage outlets.Premier Colin Barnett said: "The concept cannot fail to impress. It is bold and distinctive, from the vast public plaza to spacious galleries that overlook the CBD and link with important heritage buildings."West Australians will share in a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a vibrant new cultural home in the heart of Perth, and to change the way people from around the world engage with the State and our unique stories."The project will create up to 3,300 jobs, with about 1,800 workers to be employed on-site during the construction phase.Early works are expected to start in late 2016, with main construction commencing in 2017. The museum is due to open in 2020.
Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction on Walker Corporation’s $300m Tower Two at the Collins Square development in Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD).
Tunnelling work has commenced on the WestConnex M4 East motorway in New South Wales, Australia. Four road headers have been placed underground to start work on the first WestConnex tunnel. Construction work will be carried out in both directions to create the 5.5km tunnels that will link Homebush with Haberfield, in the first stage of WestConnex.The section between Homebush Bay Drive and Underwood Road is surface motorway, while the rest is twin 5.3m-high tunnels — three lanes in each direction from Homebush to Haberfield.New South Wales premier Mike Baird said: “This is a milestone event for the congestion-busting WestConnex motorway, which will deliver more than $20bn in benefits to NSW and create 10,000 jobs during construction.“Sydney can’t wait a minute longer for WestConnex which will cut 40 minutes from a typical journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport, and bypass up to 52 sets of traffic lights.”New South Wales minister for roads and freight Duncan Gay said that the government was getting on with delivering much-needed infrastructure for Sydney’s growing population, with tunnelling starting at four different sites over the coming months to build the M4 East, which will open to motorists in 2019.Upon completion, WestConnex will join the M4 and M5 in a continuous motorway with connections at Rozelle, Camperdown, St Peters and Sydney Airport.
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) subsidiary Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has secured an AUD398M ($300M) loan for the construction of a container terminal at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne, Australia.The loan was provided by several financial institutions, including Citibank, KFW IPEX-Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Bookrunners, Bank of China, DBS Bank, Investec Bank, and Cathay United Bank.Finnish export credit agency Finnvera has also participated in the transaction by providing a guarantee for a portion of the facility.Work on the terminal started in late 2014, and will be delivered in two phases. The first phase will be ready for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, while the second phase will be complete in 2017.VICT’s CEO Anders Dommestrup said: “VICT is extremely pleased to have signed this project finance facility with internationally renowned banks as this is a testament to the viability of VICT.“We remain committed to working with all our partners — the Port of Melbourne, local community, our contractors, and now our lenders — to deliver to Melbourne a world-class and industry leading container terminal.”
Schlumberger company OneSubsea has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth $300M from Woodside Energy for the Greater Enfield Project oil development, off the northwest coast of Australia.The project will create a 31km subsea tie-back to the Ngujima-Yin floating, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility.OneSubsea will supply the subsea production system and the dual multiphase boosting system for the project.The contract includes the delivery of six horizontal SpoolTree subsea trees, six horizontal trees for the water injection system and six multiphase meters.It will also involve the provision of a high-boost dual pump station with high-voltage motors, umbilical, topside, subsea controls and distribution, intervention and workover control systems, landing string, and installation and commissioning services.
Acciona in a joint venture with Ferrovial has been selected as the preferred bidder to design and construct the AUD250M ($189.8M) Clarence River Crossing in Australia.The project will include the construction of a 1.5km four-lane bridge in the Australian town of Harwood, with a vertical clearance above the river of at least 30m.Two years ago, the joint venture won the Pacific Highway Upgrade project between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads — a 19.5km section. The work involved the construction of a bridge over the River Nambucca in Macksville, two bridges across Warrell Creek and two intersections.Both projects are part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade plan to improve and extend the highway that connects Sydney with Brisbane, financed by the governments of Australia and New South Wales.
Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a third work package for the Ichthys project onshore LNG facilities in Darwin, Australia.Under the $200M package, the company will be responsible for providing civil finishing works at Bladin Point. Laing O’Rourke’s region director Stuart Crofts said: “This is the third major package we have secured on this project.“In 2012 Laing O’Rourke was awarded the EPC contract to deliver a network of four massive cryogenic tanks — in consortium with Kawasaki Heavy Industries — and the $260M contract to deliver the 3,500 bed Manigurr-ma Village in Howard Springs.“The logistically challenging project will see the project delivery team working in and around a number of other contractors completing major work packages on the site, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries — Laing O’Rourke’s own Cryogenic Tanks team.“Laing O’Rourke’s demonstrated capability to work collaboratively with a large number of stakeholders and our commitment to the use of Digital Engineering and innovative solutions to manage complex interfaces and deliver to the client’s program was instrumental in our success.”
Jacobs Engineering Group has been appointed as client-side technical advisor by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the AUD2bn ($1.5bn) Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Australia.The project includes the construction of about 8.5km of underground rail. The twin-bored tunnels will connect an existing underground rail line to the Perth airport and the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network. It will also involve the construction of new overground and underground stations.Under the contract, Jacobs will be responsible for the provision of a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to review the project’s design and construction documentation.The team will review and confirm the technical acceptance of safety critical systems and adherence to PTA operations, maintenance and other policy conditions, as well as compliance with other stakeholder requirements.Jacobs is also acting as the discipline lead for rail and building services — mechanical and electrical, and is being supported by sub-consultants B,G&E and Golder & Associates.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia, and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.“We recognize successful delivery for this project requires a well integrated delivery team that works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes. As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship.”
Construction firm Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as the contractor by AMP Capital for the $600M Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia.When completed, the project will offer space for large international and fashion retailers, food and entertainment venues and 150 housing units, in addition to the current retail offer.Karrinyup Shopping Centre is managed by AMP Capital Shopping Centres on behalf of its owner, UniSuper.AMP Capital shopping centres state development manager Scott Nugent said: “The redevelopment of Karrinyup will see the centre expand from 59,715sq m to 113,000sq m, and will surpass all other retail precincts previously delivered in Perth for its range of shops, lifestyle and entertainment options.”Brookfield Multiplex’s CEO John Flecker said: “We are excited to deliver the next phase of Karrinyup, which will reposition it to provide customers with an unprecedented retail and entertainment experience. AMP Capital has been investing in Western Australia since the late 1800s, and we look forward to investing further in the state.” The project will create 2,500 construction jobs and additional 2,500 jobs once completed.