News bulletin 20:
News bulletin 20: 28 May 2019


Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney's Centre for Build Infrastructure Research have developed a foundation system to allow for construction of high-rise buildings on or near active fault lines. They propose the creation of a sand cushion between the building and its concrete piles, which has been evaluated by a three dimensional computer model.

The first concrete pour (pictured) for the Queen's Wharf project in Brisbane took place last week. About 400 mᶟ of concrete was pumped onto the site to form the footings of Tower 3, The Star Grand Hotel. In late April, Multiplex was announced as the preferred contractor for the main works on the $3.6 billion project.

An extension to Melbourne University's School of Engineering worth close to $1 billion with a key focus on prefabricated and offsite construction, underlining the need to rethink construction delivery in Australia.

The latest figures on construction work done have been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 2.4% in the March quarter while total building work fell 0.9% and engineering work dropped 4%.

However, around 2000 Victorian construction jobs are set to be created by the recently approved $500 million redevelopment of a large shopping centre in Doncaster.

CPB Contractors has been selected as preferred proponent to deliver Auckland Airport’s international taxiway and remote stands project in a contract worth NZ$200 million.