WEST GATE FREEWAY WINS THE 2011 AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
20 May 2011
The West Gate Freeway Alliance, of which Baulderstone is a partner, was last night handed the 2011 Australian Construction Achievement Award, the industry's most celebrated award. Click here for the winner's video.
The highly sought-after award highlights the critical input and expertise our team brought to this challenging project and reinforces Baulderstone's strong association with world-class engineering and construction achievements.
"The Australian Construction Achievement Award is the most prestigious award in our industry, and this is only the second time that Baulderstone has won it - the first time being for the ANZAC bridge. I would like to congratulate Michael Kalinowski and the entire West Gate Freeway Alliance team," said Managing Director Ian Luck.
"The award is due recognition for a project that epitomised excellence in terms of engineering, community engagement, sustainability and efficient delivery. It reinforces Baulderstone's position as one of Australia's pre-eminent contractors.
"I would also like to congratulate the CLEM7 team for being a finalist in the award - it too was a remarkable project. The fact that we had two projects as finalists is testament to the depth of our engineering capacity.
"Well done to all of those involved!"
Michael Kalinowski, Alliance General Manager, added "Winning this award is an acknowledgement of a job well done. It was a complicated and difficult job in that we had to build on and around the existing freeway whilst allowing it to continue operating at full capacity."
Taking place along a 5.6km section of the freeway on the southern fringe of the Melbourne's CBD, the project aimed to improve driver safety, improved traffic flow and travel time reliability along the West Gate Freeway, and involved major civil works such as freeway widening, bridgeworks, reconfiguration of access ramps and the installation of an intelligent freeway management system.
Due to the complex urban environment, an Alliance was formed between VicRoads, Baulderstone, Hyder Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Thiess, to address the project's numerous challenges. It was completed four and half months ahead of the nominated completion date.
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