News bulletin 20 ->
News bulletin 20 -> 25 May 2021

Foundation work for the construction of The Star Gold Coast’s second hotel tower is now underway following the completion of site demolition work on the site. Piling of 280 piles, each up to 40 metres long and a metre wide, is now underway and Multiplex is now focused on the physical build and the rise of the new 63-storey tower.

The NSW government will push ahead with a $2.5 billion motorway tunnel between Kogarah and Arncliffe but doubt remains over a future extension south towards the Sutherland Shire as only stage one has been signed for. This involves tunnelling 4 km between Kogarah and the WestConnex Motorway in Arncliffe.

Three large construction companies are vying to deliver the first phase of construction for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop. CPB Contractors, John Holland, and Laing O’Rourke are in the running for the contract that will be awarded by the end of the year with construction starting in 2022.

One of Sydney's largest residential property developments, Toplace Group’s Skyview apartments in Castle Hill, is under review amid the discovery of structural issues that will require specialist engineering advice, according to ABC News.

A Civil Contractors Federation national economic report has found that there needs to be additional civil construction funding to garner economic and employment growth in the post-COVID -19 recovery. Rebuilding Australia, A Plan for a Civil Infrastructure Led Recovery also analyses the risks to an infrastructure-led recovery that require urgent attention by all levels of government.

Australian company Calix is working on carbon capture through their core kiln technology by separating CO₂ by flash heating minerals in external reactors and using this to reduce emissions in C0₂-intensive industries like lime and cement production. There’s a 2-minute mini-podcast to listen to, too.

Four tunnel boring machines has finished 20 months of digging under Melbourne to create two 9km-long 6.3m-high rail tunnels lined with 250,000 tonnes of concrete for the city’s Metro Tunnel Project.

Image: DGCC Project Director, Jaime Cali, overlooking the site with Multiplex Project Manager, James Davey.