News bulletin 28:
News bulletin 28: 14 Jul 2020

Antarctica's first paved runway, a 2700 metre pavement near Davis Research Station plus terminal facilities on an area of two square kilometres, have been put out for competitive tender by the Australian Government. Much of the new runway will be prefabricated in Australia and shipped to the site.

The 2019 Kevin Cavanagh Trophy winner, the Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension in Hyde Park Sydney, has been awarded the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in the NSW Architecture Awards. All NSW entries can be viewed here.

The newly created role of Chief Engineer has been announced by Engineers Australia. The person appointed will lead EA's engagement and policy discussions with industry, government, academia and other key stakeholders. EA has also published this year's Australia's Most Innovative Engineers list that includes novel stadium constructions.

A new methodology for infrastructure procurement set to produce high quality and cost-effective outcomes for transport agencies has been published in a research report by Austroads. A webinar is also planned on this for 1-2pm on 31 July.

With many employers struggling with conditions during the pandemic, NVC Precast (formerly North-Vic Constructions), which manufactures and supplies precast concrete in Victoria and southern NSW is bucking the trend.  With 50 full-time employees and 30+ contractors it plans to bring more workers on board.

A free construction market intelligence report for Q2 2020, which breaks down Australia's sectors has been released by Rider Levett Bucknall. General inputs into construction costs across the country are generating many opposing factors, the consultancy says.

Image source: Australian Antarctic Division