News bulletin 22:
News bulletin 22: 11 Jun 2019

In Brisbane, Roma Street Station’s busway interchange will undergo a $250 million underground transformation to connect it to the Cross River Rail Project and the existing bus interchange will be demolished. Brisbane City Council also has plans to transform Adelaide Street as a new transit boulevard and build an underground tunnel entry for Brisbane Metro.

The Tasmanian Government has released a number of tenders for a range of government-based infrastructure including schools; hospitals; remand centres; highway upgrades; botanic garden facilities; and housing projects. The recent state budget also indicated there was money set aside for water, sewerage and rail projects as well.

A new regulatory system for engineers in New Zealand has been proposed and Engineering New Zealand is inviting feedback about the proposal to refine its submission to the government. The CPEng qualification would be replaced with a certification of general engineering competence and licensing for safety-critical engineering work and operated independently, but accountable to the government.

Karratha, in WA's Pilbara region is expected to head into another construction boom as $65 billion of newly slated industrial developments move forward that are expected to lead to new infrastructure to support a doubling of the population. A Hilton Hotel is in the planning stages, a new road from Karratha to Karijini National Park is anticipated, and a newly built international airport is about to open.

The venture capital unit of Mexican concrete giant Cemex has invested in gravity energy storage firm, Energy Vault, which uses renewable power to winch concrete blocks into the air and stack them. It then releases energy by lowering the blocks and is reportedly cheaper than hydro.

A spiral staircase made of concrete (pictured) rises through the centre of an open-plan office in Switzerland winding its way up four levels and ending with a large elliptical skylight.