News bulletin 28:
News bulletin 28: 23 Jul 2019


The Western Australia Government has released a revised draft policy - Draft State Planning Policy 3.6 Infrastructure Contributions – to provide guidance for developers and local government to improve delivery of essential infrastructure to new and existing communities.

The successful consortium tenderer has been announced for the major works contract on South Australia's $247 million North-South Corridor Regency Road to Pym Street project (pictured). McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), Mott MacDonald Australia and Arup Group will design and construct a new 1.8 km motorway.
 
The Building Ministers' Forum met last week, along with industry representatives, to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector including professional indemnity insurance and agreed on a consistent national approach to reform.
 
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) says Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC) doesn’t include any specific reference to climate change adaptation and advises that climate change provisions should be included in the next iteration of the NCC to be reviewed in 2022.
 
The New Zealand Transport Agency has announced the preferred alliance to deliver the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatá¿¡ Tararua Highway project. The alliance includes Aurecon, WSP-Opus and other companies.
 
Holding Redlich lawyers say major project delivery has relied on the Australian Standard form of contracts for construction (in particular AS 4000 suite) for nearly two decades and recommends these contracts be updated or alternatives considered.
 

News bulletin 27:
News bulletin 27: 16 Jul 2019


Georgiou Group has revealed that the first and largest module of 12 has been lifted into place on the $31 million Skybridge project in Perth. It weighed 83 tonnes and measured 35 metres.

Fulton Hogan has commenced work on Melbourne Airport's new taxiway network worth $300 million. Construction will include more than 250,000 m2 of new pavement.

Developer, Sunland Group, has lodged a revised DA for four residential towers for Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast as part of a proposed $1.3 billion masterplan precinct.

Arcadis Australia Pacific and Mott MacDonald Australia will deliver design services for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest Metro in a JV (Metron T2M) for stations and the railway corridor between Marrickville and Punchbowl.

Victoria's West Gate Tunnel Project will launch its Tunnel Boring Machine, Bella, amid 20,000 m3 of reinforced concrete that provides a stable site for the 4000 tonne machine. It will dig south-west, building twin tunnels to connect the West Gate Freeway to the port of Melbourne, city and CityLink.

Two concrete arched shells structurally support this house in Hawthorn, an inner suburb of Melbourne (pictured).

 

News bulletin 26:
News bulletin 26: 9 Jul 2019


A bridge designed by Deakin University engineers will be made from sustainable concrete with carbon and glass fibre reinforcement that they say should see no need for maintenance for 100 years.

A technique for identifying cracks inside concrete by listening to how sounds spreads inside it has been developed by civil engineering researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Engineers Australia has released its list of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers for 2019. EA CEO, Peter McIntyre said "it showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Australian engineers and celebrates their remarkable achievements".

Construction of a pedestrian footbridge (pictured) has commenced at Port Campbell Creek in Victoria to withstand one-in-100-year weather events.

Concrete construction has helped deliver Australia’s first Passivhaus-certified apartment building – based on German design principles - in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern.
 
The Pulse Consortium will deliver tunnelling works, new underground stations and ongoing maintenance for the Cross River Rail project – South East Queensland's largest infrastructure project.
 

News bulletin 25:
News bulletin 25: 2 Jul 2019


The NSW Government has released a discussion paper on progressing reforms to the building and construction sector.