National building and civil construction company Georgiou Group has this week been awarded the main construction contract for the $187.2 million Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass project in NSW, with the Georgiou Group construction contract valued at circa $115 million (incl GST).
The Parkes Bypass involves relocating the highway about two kilometres west, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south, a total length of 10.5 kilometres.
Eastern Region Executive General Manager Gary Georgiou said the project is a great win for Georgiou, with the team ready to mobilise and commence work over the coming months.
“Our experienced team is in the final stages of completing the New England Highway Upgrade at Bolivia Hill and will transition onto our Parkes project, bringing with them a wealth of technical and complex bridge construction expertise,” he explains.
“This project is what Georgiou really cuts its teeth on – a regional bulk earthworks bridge project with a key client who we have worked closely with on multiple projects over the past five years.”
The project team – which will employ 120 at peak – will construct two new bridges, new intersections, a four-way roundabout as well as the realignment and reconfiguration of local roads in the area.
Mr Georgiou said it was very important all construction projects are delivered in accordance with the NSW Public Health Orders and the company’s strong COVID management plans.
“As with any construction project in NSW – or anywhere in Australia – it’s extremely important for Georgiou that our stringent COVID protocols remain in place for the safety of our people, those working on our projects and, most importantly, the local community,” he said.
“In addition to daily temperature testing and COVID management plans, the Parkes project will have an appointed COVID marshal on site and movements – of staff and subcontractors – will be limited to reduce any risk of COVID transmission.”
The project is set to reduce travel time, improve freight productivity and safety along a vital transport corridor in New South Wales. The bypass is part of the $700 million Newell Highway upgrade program and will remove up to 1,200 trucks per day from local streets.