News bulletin 45:
News bulletin 45: 10 Nov 2020

The winners of the 2020 National Architecture Awards have been announced with a total of 44 projects recognised, 25 receiving national awards and 19 given commendations. And we're happy to say that there's a lot of concrete involved! The Harry Seidler Award winner is pictured.

Piling has commenced on Brisbane's Neville Bonner Bridge which is expected to open in 2022 and is part of the Queens Wharf project. The pedestrian-only bridge will be 320 metres in length and is being constructed by Fitzgerald Constructions Australia. Extended night works for structural steel and precast concrete installation are also going on at Queens Wharf until mid-December.

There are four episodes of a podcast by the Tunnelling Journal available to listen to for free about various aspects of working underground. These include risk assessment, legalities, standards, common practices, and engineering techniques.

The Snowy 2.0 project is underway with the recent delivery of TBM components to drill the main access tunnel to the underground power station cavern. More deliveries are expected in the coming weeks from Port Kembla via Canberra and Cooma. Meanwhile on the UK HS2 project, an innovative onboard robot will be launched early in 2021 on its TBMs to improve safety and efficiency. 

John Holland and Seymour Whyte have been awarded the $1.5 billion contract to deliver the Sydney Gateway which is a major road interchange between the WestConnex and the Sydney Airport terminals.

Boral is expected to sell its 50% share of the USG Boral Joint Venture to Knauf for $1.4 billion, which includes businesses in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Brisbane City Council has approved the $450 million Toowong Town Centre to be known as The Aviary project to be developed by State Development Corporation and White & Partners in Sydney.