News bulletin 42:
News bulletin 42: 29 Oct 2019


New designs for Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Tower have been given the green light by the Minister for Planning. The $1 billion 34-level tower will be located on Collins Street in the Victorian capital.
 
Far North Queensland's single biggest road project design and build contract has been awarded to John Holland, AECOM, and Seymour Whyte (HAS Group). The Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project includes duplication of sections of the Bruce Highway and a number of bridges and overpasses.

Meanwhile, Meriton has won development approval for Parramatta's tallest apartment tower at 67 levels. There will also be a second 58-floor tower hotel at the NSW site.
 
International planning leader and civil engineer, Joanne Carmichael, has been appointed Arup's Leader of Advisory, Planning and design for its NSW/ACT office. Ms Carmichael has been in the Middle East for nine years and has also worked across the UK, India and Africa.
 
The Victorian Government has shortlisted three consortia vying to construct the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital (pictured) by 2025. The consortia include John Holland, Lendlease and Multiplex, each partnered with finance and other companies, with the successful tendered announced in 2020.
 
The $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project by Salini Impregilo continues to draw controversy as Ethiopia remains in dispute with Egypt over its construction, the main part of which is 175m high and contains 10.5 million m3 of concrete and features Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC). Separately, Salini Impregilo has recently said infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for social economic development and can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals set by the UN.