CPB Contractors wins $289m contract for Metro Tunnel works

WCN Editorial Team 28 Sep 2018 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

CPB Contractors, a Cimic Group company and part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), has won a A$400m ($289m) design and construct contract from the Victorian government as part of a A$1bn ($722m) package of works for the A$11bn ($7.9bn) Metro Tunnel Project in Australia.

The RIA comprises CPB Contractors, John Holland, AECOM as the design partner, as well as project owner Rail Projects Victoria and rail franchisee Metro Trains Melbourne, of which Cimic Group company UGL represents 20%.

Construction is expected to commence later in 2018 and be completed in 2025.

Cimic Group CEO Michael Wright said: “Investment in major transport infrastructure in Victoria is providing Cimic Group and CPB Contractors with a strong pipeline of project opportunities.

“Through our in-house engineering business, EIC Activities, we are supporting our Alliance partners and client with expert insights into all geotechnical and civil engineering challenges and providing solutions that will ensure a cost-effective construction program.”

Nearly 1,000 people, including 100 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets, will work on the RIA package.

The RIA has begun preparatory works, including geotechnical, service and site investigations, at Kensington, South Yarra and West Footscray, prior to the construction of the western and eastern tunnel entrances that will connect with new stations at North Melbourne near Arden Street, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.

The package of works includes a turnback and new platform at West Footscray Station and track enhancements near Hawksburn Station.

This will be the second package of Metro Tunnel works that will be delivered by CPB Contractors. Earlier in December 2017, the firm secured a A$1bn ($722m) design and construct contract as part of the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA).

CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria said: “We have a very strong presence in Victoria, allowing us to offer highly agile workforce solutions, such as locally-based engineering and technical teams that are seamlessly transitioning to the Metro Tunnel Project.

“Bringing local knowledge and international experience, we are committed to ensuring all client and community expectations are realised, including local employment and business opportunities and socially inclusive procurement strategies.”

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Image: Eastern portal at South Yarra. Photo: Courtesy of CPB Contractors Pty Limited.

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