Baulderstone wins Australian Construction Achievement Award for Port Botany Expansion
18 May 2012
Baulderstone, along with Joint Venture partner Jan De Nul, was awarded the Australian construction industry’s most prestigious award, the Australian Construction Achievement (ACA) Award, for its work on the Port Botany Expansion project.
This marked the second consecutive year that Baulderstone had clinched the Award after its success for Baulderstone’s role on the Westgate Freeway Alliance.
Baulderstone Managing Director, Ian Luck, said that the Award was justified praise for the delivery of an exceptional project.
“The Port Botany Expansion is a flagship project for Baulderstone – it builds on our reputation as one of Australia’s pre-eminent marine contractors. It’s also one of the most complex projects imaginable, so for the project team to get this level of recognition from their own industry is just fantastic”.
The awards were hosted by the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia and presented at last night’s Presentation Event held in Perth.
Recognised for its design excellence, engineering quality and scale, the project is one of the most significant port infrastructure projects in Australia for over 30 years. The $515 million project included the reclamation of 60 hectares of land with the construction of 1.85 kilometres of shipping wharves and associated rail and road networks.
The Port Botany Expansion project set a number of benchmarks for marine construction, both in Australia and internationally.
“Key to the project’s success was the team’s ability to engineer durable, cost-effective solutions for the client. Many of the innovative construction methodologies developed are now widely accepted as industry standard.
The complex and demanding works were delivered safely, on time and within budget, using innovative design solutions and construction techniques. The works included the construction of over 200 concrete counterfort units to form the new sea walls, with each 640t unit constructed on site, transported overland and then manoeuvred into position using a purpose built 700t capacity shear leg barge.
Other key works included the compaction of 8 million cubic metres of dredged material and construction of new rail and road access links.
The project has also provided substantial enhancements to the local community and environment, as well as major economic benefits and value for money to the wider community.
“Port Botany is a critical piece of infrastructure for Australia. The expansion works have been constructed to withstand a 1,000 year earthquake event to aid in post disaster relief, as well as service the busiest port in Australia’s most populated state, NSW.
“Coastal engineering has evolved significantly and we strive to ensure we have the range of experience that enables us to deliver the best solutions possible.
“This project is a testament to true collaboration, engineering innovation and ground breaking design. Port Botany is a milestone in Baulderstone’s portfolio of marine projects and this award reinforces our standing within the critical marine sector,” Mr Luck added.Download PDF - 78.8 KB
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