With only one week to go, excitement is building for the announcement of this year’s Australian Construction Achievement Award winner.
For the past 26 years the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia have promoted the Australian Construction Achievement Award to celebrate the best of the best in Australian construction.
Following a record number of entries, seven finalists have been selected in 2023 to compete for the title of winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA). What makes these projects the best of the best is not just the awe-inspiring structures. The ACAA recognises projects where companies are actively contributing to a more sustainable industry. You don’t see these things when driving along a road or walking into a building.
This year’s finalists are going about their work differently. They are implementing digital tools and processes to improve productivity. They are investing in training and development initiatives to equip workers with critical skills. They are creating flexible working environments that support workers’ mental and physical health. They are breaking down barriers to entry while also building a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Collaboration is strong not just within project teams but throughout the supply chain. Moreover, these finalists are actively working to reduce the impact on the environment for future generations. Australia’s construction industry will be stronger for this.
With just the one award up for grabs, the competition is fierce.
The award would not be possible without the support of ongoing industry partners Adbri, Caterpillar, CBUS, InEight and InfraBuild – each plays a significant role in the development of the Australian construction industry.
The winner will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner presentation event on 3 May 2023, the first day of the Future of Construction Summit (3-4 May in Melbourne). The following day, audiences at the summit will hear first-hand the technical solutions being presented by major contractors and suppliers. Keep an eye out for the Shark Tank as five leading ConTech start-ups share their solutions to meet the ever-evolving challenges of modern construction.
The 2023 ACAA finalists:
Echuca-Moama Bridge Project – Stage 3
By McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) and Major Road Projects Victoria.
This project consisted of construction of a second Murray River crossing between Echuca and Moama, together with a bridge over the Campaspe River, earth embankments and flood relief bridges on the adjacent floodplains. It was delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) and constructed by McConnell Dowell in both Victoria and New South Wales on the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people.
Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach Level Crossing Removal Project
By Southern Program Alliance (ACCIONA Rail, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne, and the Level Crossing Removal Project).
The Southern Program Alliance’s (SPA) Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach Level Crossing Removal Project package removed five dangerous and congested level crossings and built three new stations on the Frankston line in Melbourne’s south-east. This created safe access across the rail corridor for vehicles and pedestrians, upgraded station precinct surroundings and improved the commuter experience on the Frankston line.
M80 Ring Road Upgrade – Sydney Road to Edgars Road
By CPB Contractors and Major Road Projects Victoria.
The M80 Upgrade widened 5.7 kilometres of the M80 Ring Road between Sydney and Edgars roads, adding additional lanes, ramps, collector distributors and a smart freeway system – all in and around live traffic flows of 165,000 vehicles per day. Clever technical solutions and a strong innovation and sustainability culture saw the project completed a year ahead of schedule and $122 million under the client’s budget.
Sydney Football Stadium Redevelopment
By John Holland Group.
This world class entertainment venue seating up to 42,500 people was designed for the fans. Offering visitors and patrons an optimal entertainment experience, its enhanced design enables accessibility, safety, sightlines and operational efficiencies. This complex structure was an integrated engineered solution, delivered to the highest quality, on time and budget as a result of its high-performing team culture.
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 Infrastructure Contract
By Parramatta Connect (CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture).
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 connects Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD, with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres long, including 5 kilometres within the existing Carlingford and Sandown Lines, along with 16 fully accessible stations and 12 new or refurbished bridges. It is expected to commence services in 2024. Parramatta Connect delivered the infrastructure works package of the project.
M4-M5 Link Tunnels Project (WestConnex Stage 3A)
By ACCIONA Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture.
The WestConnex M4-M5 Link Tunnels project constructed two 7.5-kilometre underground tunnels, representing a total tunnel length of 21,580 metres. It connected the M4 at Haberfield to the M8 at St Peters and integrated into the whole of WestConnex Integration Operation and Management Control System. The project involved excavation, civil and mechanical and electrical work over three main sites. This included the construction and energisation of six substations and two low point sumps and construction of surface ventilation buildings, cut and cover structures, local roadworks and a Water Treatment Plant.
Parramatta Square Precinct – 3, 4, 6 & 8 Parramatta Square & PHIVE Parramatta Square
By Built in joint venture with Obayashi and in partnership with Walker Corporation and Parramatta Council.
Built in a joint venture, Obayashi was engaged by Walker Corporation and Parramatta Council to deliver one of Australia’s largest urban regeneration projects including four commercial towers, civic hub, and public domain for the new $2.8 billion Parramatta Square Precinct. Establishing Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD, the works included commercial and retail builds, fit-outs, interconnecting basement, integrated transport access and public domain works.
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