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Contractors call for rethink on procurement

Friday 02, February 2018

Local contractors have expressed concern that work on the next two Metronet rail projects, worth about $1 billion, could be packaged together for tendering purposes.

The Butler-to-Yanchep extension and Cockburn-to-Thornlie line build are both at the project definition stage, with construction slated to start in 2019.

Business News understands the Public Transport Authority may amalgamate the two works to reduce contract management costs.

Construction business Georgiou Group chief executive, John Georgiou, said he had concerns that the two projects would be packaged together for tendering, despite having different requirements and being in different parts of Perth.

“The government should leave it as two contracts and should not allow one team to pick up both; they should have it delivered by separate groups,” Mr Georgiou told Business News.

“What we as industry (are saying) is you should break it up and have more active companies working.”

A more competitive contracting environment should be part of the government’s procurement strategy in the longer term because it would mean more local jobs and industry development, he said.

Previous major projects, such as the building of the Mandurah rail line and Northlink road project, had been split into smaller works, Mr Georgiou said.

Bid costs were an additional concern, with the government less likely to pay back losing tenderers than counterparts on the east coast.

The Civil Contractors Federation wrote to the state government last year to argue that tendering the two railways together would not achieve the government’s objective of industry participation.

Federation chief executive Jeff Miller said the alliance model used on bigger projects tended to provide minimal opportunities for mid-tier contractors.

He said smaller and tier-two players preferred contracting directly to government, because subcontracting to tier ones brought a more onerous risk profile.

Mr Miller said CCF had recommended a delivery partner model for Metronet, after it had been successfully used interstate.

That would mean a head contractor looked after design and construction management, while all works were subcontracted.

The government would be the principal for all contracts and pay subcontractors directly.

Last week’s Langoulant special inquiry into major projects also gave a word of caution.

“Main Roads’ preference for alliance contracting arrangements on major road programs is arguably not always cost effective,” the review said.


Source: Business News, 26/02/2018

Contract awarded for M1 Pacific Motorway At Weakleys Drive

Friday 02, February 2018

Work to upgrade the M1 Pacific Motorway is ramping up with the construction contract to upgrade the intersection of Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive awarded to Georgiou Group Pty Ltd.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the project was one of three on the M1 Pacific Motorway as part of an overall $391.6 million package, jointly funded by the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments, to provide a safer and more reliable motorway for all motorists.

“This project will expand traffic capacity by replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights and increasing the number of lanes,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This will improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for all road users on one of Australia’s busiest roads.”

Work is set to commence over the coming months and expected to be complete in 2019, weather permitting.

More than 70,000 motorists use the M1 Pacific Motorway each day, including 7,000 freight vehicles.

Georgiou project recognised for sustainability

Tuesday 16, January 2018

The Liv Apartments development, currently under construction by Georgiou Group, has become WA's third property development to be recognised as a One Planet Community.

The Defence Housing Australia project received formal One Planet Community recognition after meeting conditions including a commitment to environmental, financial and lifestyle sustainability.

Located on Queen Victoria Street in WA, the multi-storey development comprising 166 apartments is the seventh project nationally to be named a One Planet Community under the international Bioregional program.

DHA senior development manager Cade Taylor said all residential units at Liv Apartments would feature environmental energy and water saving initiatives intended to reduce household bills and energy consumption.

Solar PV panels, a high-specification glazing system utilised throughout the development, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy saving ceiling fans, a rooftop communal space and ground floor retail and commercial facilities are all set to feature at the Liv Apartments development, which is due for completion in August this year.

“These initiatives are expected to reduce household bills and energy consumption at Liv,” Mr Taylor said.

“It really puts Liv Apartments on the map as a genuinely unique and sustainable place to live that will be a vital addition to the vibrant Fremantle precinct.”

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Liv Apartments would be the largest single development accredited as a One Planet Community in WA.

“It is great to see developments like this that are not only of a high quality but are sustainable and designed for the 21st century," he said.

“We are proud to have this in Fremantle - a community that prides itself on environmental leadership.”

Mandurah Bridge opens just in time for holiday season

Thursday 09, November 2017

The new Mandurah Traffic Bridge has officially opened all four lanes just in time for Christmas with Hon. Minister Rita Saffioti opening the bridge on Friday, 15 December.

Georgiou first opened the bridge to two lanes of traffic under restricted conditions in September 2017.

The stunning curved structure was built in 13 segments on the western foreshore with the team utilising the incremental bridge launch method to push the bridge over the estuary. 

Despite its simplistic appearance, the new Mandurah Traffic Bridge proved to be a complex job for our Engineering team with various challenges to ensure the curves aligned across all three cross sections.

“The design of the new bridge was complex and the construction challenging,” explained Project Manager Anthony Deurloo.

“The structure is curved in three directions – it’s curved in elevation, in plan and, in cross-section, it has a curved soffit.

“It was a very technical build. The casting bed framework we created was an extrapolation of the constant curve and the tolerances that we had to construct to were very tight. The cross section of the bridge was also rare; it’s asymmetrical as it features a lowered pedestrian footpath on one side.

“From an engineering point of view, it’s been rewarding and satisfying but a rather difficult build.”

Mayor of the City of Mandurah Rhys Williams said completion of the roadworks for the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project marks a significant milestone for the Mandurah community as they have worked hard over a number of years to develop and implement a plan to replace the old bridge.

"The project has been a well-orchestrated partnership between the City of Mandurah, State Government and the design and construction contractor, Georgiou Group."

Georgiou is now focusing on the demolition of the old bridge which is about 60 percent complete.

Remaining works on the new bridge structure include completion of footpaths, feature boardwalks underneath the bridge and landscaping which will continue through to February 2018.

Southport-Burleigh flows into completion

Thursday 09, November 2017

Georgiou recently completed Australia’s first Continuous Flow Intersection on Bundall Road in Queensland.

Known as one of the Gold Coast’s busiest roads, the upgrade of Bundall Road and Salerno Street included the addition extra lanes to create a safer, less congested point of access to Surfer’s Paradise

A CFI removes right-turning traffic from the intersection by placing the right-turn lanes to the far right outside edge of the road, increasing the number of vehicles that can travel through the intersection.

Minister Transport and Main Roads the Hon. Mark Bailey said the upgrade of the Bundall Road intersection will create an additional gateway to the area’s biggest tourist attraction and improve congestion in the area.

“This intersection will allow for the road to carry a far greater capacity at a much-improved flow rate and has also widened the length of the road and bridges to include an additional lane in both directions,” he said.

Project Manager Joe Barker praised his site team and a close relationship with client Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD (TMR) for overcoming the challenges of designing and constructing the Australian-first intersection.

“For Georgiou, change management has been a significant concern given how unique the upgrade to this existing intersection is,” he said.

“Georgiou has been proactive in identifying potential issues and offering solutions to our client TMR.

“Staging the opening over a week ensured we introduced single changes at a time to gradually adjust established driver behaviours.

“Constant communication between our project team and the client also allowed adjustments to the traffic signal phase timings to accommodate the geometric constraints of the intersection which have contributed to flawed driver decision making.

“All in all, this careful approach has significantly reduced the risk of driver confusion and has vindicated the innovated approach the client has taken to a challenging problem.”

With final asphalting completed yesterday, the team is now focused on remaining line work and will hand over the project before Christmas.

The upgrade is part of state government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads program, with the Games kicking off in April 2018.

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