The state government of Victoria has approved a new master plan to transform the former Melbourne Convention Centre site on Spencer Street, Australia.Plans to transform the under-used site include a $200M three-tower development and feature three apartment buildings ranging from 27–34 levels, with 1,060 apartments, retail space, and spaces for 451 cars and 160 bicycles.While portions of the former Melbourne Convention Centre are being demolished to make way for the development, the 13-level Crown Plaza Hotel, which overlooks the Yarra River, will remain as it is.Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said: “This is a good development in a prime location near Southern Cross Station, trams and public space along the Yarra River which will provide more housing at the gateway between the CBD and Docklands.“This master plan shows how we can deliver more housing in under-used parts of the city while increasing the amount of parks and open space for the public.”
CIMIC Group’s construction company CPB Contractors has won a contract from GoldLinQ Pty Ltd to design and build the $200m Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project in Australia.Under the contract, CPB Contractors will construct a 7.3km northern extension of the Gold Coast light rail from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale, to connect Stage 1 with the main Brisbane to Gold Coast rail line.CIMIC Group’s executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “The Queensland government’s commitment to delivering state‐of‐the‐art public transport has provided us with the opportunity to design and construct this significant light rail infrastructure.“Our capability and major project experience in the rail sector provide the certainty of delivery that is necessary for the expansion of the transport network in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.”CPB Contractors’ managing director Román Garrido said: “We continue to work with GoldLinQ to achieve innovative design and cost‐effective construction solutions for this project, to the benefit of the people of Queensland.“In addition, our team will engage with local workers and businesses to develop increased job and work opportunities as the project progresses.”Construction work on the project is set to start in April 2016 and will be complete in late 2017.
A joint venture between Italian infrastructure group Salini Impregilo and Australia's NRW Pty Ltd. has secured a contract worth AUD1.176bn ($898m) from the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia to design, build and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth, Australia.The underground passenger rail line project will connect the eastern suburbs of the city with an existing suburban rail network as well as the airport. It will measure 8.5km in length, of which 8km will be underground.The JV will bore twin tunnels for the entire length of the line and build three stations. Parking spaces and new and expanded bus feeder services will also be built. The rail line will be tunnelled underground from a junction near Bayswater Station, under the Swan River and the airport.Western Australia’s premier Colin Barnett said: "This is a huge milestone on the path to delivering this project, which will change the face of Perth's eastern corridor and give people direct access to the airport by public transport."Early work worth AUD370m ($281m) comprising geotechnical work, contract management and land purchases is already underway. Work at the site is scheduled to begin shortly, and the line is expected to open in 2020.
The government of New Zealand is set to invest NZD278m ($193.7m) to upgrade the State Highway 2. The project will take place between Pokeno and the SH25 intersection and will include the widening of 32km of the original road into three lanes, with two of them reserved for traffic heading west towards Auckland.In addition to the extra lane, a new roundabout will be built and four interchanges separating state highway and local traffic will be constructed.It will also be future-proofed, allowing the road to become four lanes if required.Work is set to start on the design, consents and property purchase for a long-term overhaul of the road that will be carried out in five stages over several years.New Zealand transport minister Simon Bridges said: “These upgrades will help ease congestion and improve journey predictability, making a huge difference for the local community, the freight industry and for people travelling north after a weekend on the Coromandel.”Construction work is anticipated to start in 2017/18.
An alliance between Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne has secured a contract for the $1.6bn Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project in Australia. The project will see the removal of nine dangerous level crossings, the construction of five new stations and the upgrade of signalling and power. It will also transform lengthy rail and rocks into new parks, paths and open space.Along with the 65 new high-capacity metro trains, the project will create space for 11,000 extra passengers to catch the train on Melbourne's busiest rail line.Victoria’s treasurer Tim Pallas said: "The project to eliminate these congested death traps is about to begin, and 2,000 jobs are about to be created."This project will deliver more room, on more trains to carry more people on Melbourne's busiest rail line. It's needed now, and we're not going to waste a day - we're going to get it done."
The University of Canberra has signed a $1.7bn agreement with CIC Australia for the development of up to 3,300 new residences in Belconnen, Australia.The new residences will be a mix of units and townhouses, which will be constructed over a 15-20 year period.University of Canberra vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker said: "It is great to see another stage of our 'Educated Life' vision coming to fruition."Our vision foresees that by 2030 our campus will be a leading example of how a modern world-class university transformed its physical surroundings to create an integrated learning community where scholars, students and the public intermingle."This residential development, which is part of the university's Campus Community precinct, will see a mix of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the general public living in a modern, progressive, sustainable, edgy community."
The state government of Victoria, Australia has allocated $1.46bn in 2016 state budget towards the completion of the Western Distributor project.With no funding from the Commonwealth Government, Victoria will undertake the $5.5bn project on its own.The project will provide a second river crossing connecting the West Gate Freeway with Citylink, cut travel times, reduce congestion and improve the living conditions in Geelong and Melbourne's West.The expected reduction in congestion in Melbourne's West will help lower the cost of doing business and enable workers to access job locations easily. It is anticipated that about 5,600 jobs will be created during the project's construction phase.Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews decision to set aside $1.46bn over four years to complete the project has been welcomed by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for whom the progression of the project is a priority.
Australia-based construction firm Watpac has signed a $264m contract with Country Garden Australia to build the Ryde Garden residential project in North Ryde, Sydney.The company has been working with the China-based developer to formalise the contract after its appointment as preferred contractor in October 2015.The project will include 830 residential units with basement parking for 730 cars, 2,100 sq m of public park, roof top gardens and a communal pool, 1,100 sq m of commercial space including retail space, gymnasium and a child care centre. The main component of construction work will start in the coming weeks, with completion anticipated at the end of 2018. The project is aiming to achieve a 4-Star Green Star Design rating.Watpac managing director Martin Monro said: “Watpac is extremely pleased to be working with Country Garden Australia and acclaimed architects Bates Smart to deliver the Ryde Garden residential development at North Ryde in Sydney.“Comprising three towers of 13, 23 and 27-storeys, Ryde Garden will provide expansive open spaces including a public park set close to the North Ryde Station, offering a landscaped retreat for both residents and the local community.”
Brookfield Multiplex, an Australia-based contracting and development company, has signed an AUD1bn ($756m) construction contract with Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda and its partner Ridong Group to build a Jewel hotel and apartment complex on Australia’s Gold Coast.The three-tower construction project will house more than 500 residential apartments, basement parking, a 169-room five-star hotel and high-end retail and dining precincts.The Jewel project is slated to be opened in early 2019.During construction phase, the Jewel complex is set to create more than 2,700 jobs and another 500 post-construction jobs for ongoing operations and maintenance.Queensland Acting Premier Jackie Trad said: “Once opened in early 2019, the Jewel will be Australia’s largest hotel and residential complex, and such a significant investment from China’s private sector shows the value the international market places on this booming tourism hub right here in Queensland.
CPB Contractors has been appointed as the preferred contractor to design and build the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail project in Queensland, Australia.Estimated to cost $420m, the project will involve a 7.3km extension that will connect the existing light rail system at Gold Coast University Hospital station to heavy rail at the Helensvale station.Majority ($270m) of the funding for the project will be provided by the Queensland Government, with $95m to be provided by the Australian government and $55m from the City of Gold Coast Council. Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The Palaszczuk Government is satisfied CPB Contractors is experienced, well-qualified and has the expertise to manage the design and construction of the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail system and deliver it in time for the 2018 Games.“Now we’ve announced the preferred contractors, early works on the light rail extension will able to start next month.“Once it is built, Stage Two will have the potential to carry 3,000 passengers per hour which will be critical to support the transport plan for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Construction has started on the five-star Park Hyatt hotel at Auckland's waterfront in New Zealand.
New South Wales (NSW) minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced plans for a new rail nerve centre at Green Square, Sydney.
Global Switch, the owner and operator of large scale cloud and carrier neutral data centre space in Europe and Asia-Pacific, has started construction on the last two stages of its $300m Sydney East data centre project in Australia.
The Canberra Metro consortium has been selected to deliver the first stage of the Capital Metro light rail project in Australia.
CPB Contractors, the construction company of CIMIC Group, has won a highway contract from Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads.
A joint venture (JV) of Salini Impregilo and NRW has been chosen as the preferred respondent to design, build and maintain the $2bn Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth, Australia.
Ground has been broken on the NZD700m ($464.5m) New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants (Giants), an Australian rules football team, have unveiled plans for an A$800m ($569m) project to upgrade Manuka Oval and the surrounding area in Canberra, Australia.
Australian construction firm Watpac has secured a contract to build the $325m Mary Lane, a residential, hotel and dining precinct in the Brisbane CBD, Australia.