McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the official opening of the IKEA Cheras project in Kuala Lumpur, 10 days earlier than originally scheduled.

With over 45,000 customers attending the first day of trading, Malaysia’s ‘biggest house warming party’ started with a traditional Swedish breakfast attended by family members of IKEA owners, IKEA senior management and Malaysian dignitaries. This was followed by a traditional Swedish log cutting ceremony to the tune of ABBA. Customers who had been eagerly lining up since early morning were released into the store at 9am.

The IKEA Cheras store is the 8th largest in the world and is expected to be in the top three for daily visitor numbers out of the 400+ IKEA stores globally. It has over 42,000m2 of retail floor space and 60,000m2 of underground car parking, which includes four road tunnels from the car parks to adjacent roads.

To achieve this project milestone the McConnell Dowell team of over 700 employees and subcontractors worked day and night 7 days a week for the past few months ensuring the building was safe, functional and ready for the constant stream of customers. This project was not without its challenges. However, the team worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges and ensured the opening date was achieved. 

Sitting proudly outside the store is the second tallest IKEA sign in the world. Watch the Youtube timelapse clip of its erection here.

 

 

Ikea Store Opening, Malyasia

McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the official opening of the IKEA Cheras project in Kuala Lumpur, 10 days earlier than originally scheduled.

With over 45,000 customers attending the first day of trading, Malaysia’s ‘biggest house warming party’ started with a traditional Swedish breakfast attended by family members of IKEA owners, IKEA senior management and Malaysian dignitaries. This was followed by a traditional Swedish log cutting ceremony to the tune of ABBA. Customers who had been eagerly lining up since early morning were released into the store at 9am.

The IKEA Cheras store is the 8th largest in the world and is expected to be in the top three for daily visitor numbers out of the 400+ IKEA stores globally. It has over 42,000m2 of retail floor space and 60,000m2 of underground car parking, which includes four road tunnels from the car parks to adjacent roads.

To achieve this project milestone the McConnell Dowell team of over 700 employees and subcontractors worked day and night 7 days a week for the past few months ensuring the building was safe, functional and ready for the constant stream of customers. This project was not without its challenges. However, the team worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges and ensured the opening date was achieved. 

Sitting proudly outside the store is the second tallest IKEA sign in the world. Watch the Youtube timelapse clip of its erection here.

 

 

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One of the biggest infrastructure projects in the Queenstown area was officially started yesterday morning, when Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges turned the first sod at the Kawarau Falls new bridge site. 

McConnell Dowell has been awarded the construction of the NZ$22 million project to improve traffic capacity in the area by replacing an historic 90-year-old, one-lane bridge with a new two-lane bridge with footpath. The old bridge will remain in place and become part of the Queenstown Trail cycling and walking network, increasing safety for visitors and locals enjoying the Lake Wakatipu environment.

Expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017, the new bridge will help accommodate the growing traffic volumes resulting from growth and commercial development in Frankton Flats, around Queenstown International Airport. This leads to delays at the bridge, especially during the peak winter ski and summer holiday periods, causing frustration for visitors, locals and freight operators. 

“McConnell Dowell is very pleased to be a part of this project to benefit the Queenstown community,” said McConnell Dowell Managing Director Roger McRae. ”This is an important project and technically challenging site, and we will take pride in delivering a truly excellent product.” 

To deliver the new bridge, McConnell Dowell is working with consultants Novare Design, Coffey International, Boffa Miskell and Hadley Consultants, with support from design checkers Arup NZ, Holmes Consulting and MWH.

The team will draw on collective experience from award-winning projects, such as the Lower Hatea River Crossing (LHRC) in Whangarei, the Makira steel arch bridge in the Solomon Islands and the Waitaki Bridges Replacement in Kurow. 

The bridge itself is designed to be attractive, durable and low maintenance as well as being built to withstand a one in 2,500 year earthquake.

The construction is designed to minimise disruption to river users, including tourism operators, and to preserve the sensitive river environment. A proactive stakeholder communications plan is in place to keep stakeholders, including the local community, informed of developments.

Read more about the project on the NZ Transport Agency website here

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Sod Turned at Kawarau Falls Bridge

One of the biggest infrastructure projects in the Queenstown area was officially started yesterday morning, when Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges turned the first sod at the Kawarau Falls new bridge site. 

McConnell Dowell has been awarded the construction of the NZ$22 million project to improve traffic capacity in the area by replacing an historic 90-year-old, one-lane bridge with a new two-lane bridge with footpath. The old bridge will remain in place and become part of the Queenstown Trail cycling and walking network, increasing safety for visitors and locals enjoying the Lake Wakatipu environment.

Expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017, the new bridge will help accommodate the growing traffic volumes resulting from growth and commercial development in Frankton Flats, around Queenstown International Airport. This leads to delays at the bridge, especially during the peak winter ski and summer holiday periods, causing frustration for visitors, locals and freight operators. 

“McConnell Dowell is very pleased to be a part of this project to benefit the Queenstown community,” said McConnell Dowell Managing Director Roger McRae. ”This is an important project and technically challenging site, and we will take pride in delivering a truly excellent product.” 

To deliver the new bridge, McConnell Dowell is working with consultants Novare Design, Coffey International, Boffa Miskell and Hadley Consultants, with support from design checkers Arup NZ, Holmes Consulting and MWH.

The team will draw on collective experience from award-winning projects, such as the Lower Hatea River Crossing (LHRC) in Whangarei, the Makira steel arch bridge in the Solomon Islands and the Waitaki Bridges Replacement in Kurow. 

The bridge itself is designed to be attractive, durable and low maintenance as well as being built to withstand a one in 2,500 year earthquake.

The construction is designed to minimise disruption to river users, including tourism operators, and to preserve the sensitive river environment. A proactive stakeholder communications plan is in place to keep stakeholders, including the local community, informed of developments.

Read more about the project on the NZ Transport Agency website here

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The Northern Territory Government this week announced that Jemena has been selected to build and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI), connecting the Territory's vast gas fields to the east coast gas market.

The 623km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland and has a capital cost of around $800 million.

McConnell Dowell have been supporting Jemena through the competitive tender process for the NEGI project and will continue in this role as the agreed construction contractor for the project. The construction scope for this contract will include the 623km high pressure gas pipeline, two compressor stations and gas treatment facilities. The value of this construction work is expected to exceed $300 million.

Jemena and McConnell Dowell have been working closely with communities and businesses along the proposed route from the start of the bidding process to maximize local and Indigenous participation in the delivery and ongoing management of the pipeline.

McConnell Dowell Executive General Manager Pipelines, Jim Frith stated...

The collaborative Early Contractor Involvement approach adopted by Jemena has assisted McConnell Dowell and other project partners and key stakeholders to work together to provide optimized solutions for this project. We thank the Jemena team for providing us with this opportunity.

We look forward to project execution so we can play our part in delivering the full benefits of this project to the community and other project partners. The project is an important addition to our significant track record of successful major pipeline and mechanical infrastructure delivery.

Construction is expected to be completed by 2018 and, once completed, it will be known as the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP).

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Picture caption: The awarding of the North East Gas Interconnector Project continues McConnell Dowell's leadership in cross country gas pipeline construction

McConnell Dowell to construct North East Gas Interconnector

The Northern Territory Government this week announced that Jemena has been selected to build and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI), connecting the Territory's vast gas fields to the east coast gas market.

The 623km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland and has a capital cost of around $800 million.

McConnell Dowell have been supporting Jemena through the competitive tender process for the NEGI project and will continue in this role as the agreed construction contractor for the project. The construction scope for this contract will include the 623km high pressure gas pipeline, two compressor stations and gas treatment facilities. The value of this construction work is expected to exceed $300 million.

Jemena and McConnell Dowell have been working closely with communities and businesses along the proposed route from the start of the bidding process to maximize local and Indigenous participation in the delivery and ongoing management of the pipeline.

McConnell Dowell Executive General Manager Pipelines, Jim Frith stated...

The collaborative Early Contractor Involvement approach adopted by Jemena has assisted McConnell Dowell and other project partners and key stakeholders to work together to provide optimized solutions for this project. We thank the Jemena team for providing us with this opportunity.

We look forward to project execution so we can play our part in delivering the full benefits of this project to the community and other project partners. The project is an important addition to our significant track record of successful major pipeline and mechanical infrastructure delivery.

Construction is expected to be completed by 2018 and, once completed, it will be known as the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP).

VNIE web

Picture caption: The awarding of the North East Gas Interconnector Project continues McConnell Dowell's leadership in cross country gas pipeline construction

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McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the awarding of a contract for the design and construction of the Rowsley Crossing Loop project by V/Line.

The one kilometre long crossing loop, located at Maddingley on the railway line between Ballarat and Sunshine in Victoria, will provide another opportunity for trains to pass each other on the busy corridor, offer greater flexibility to train operations and help with timetabling.

McConnell Dowell's scope of work includes the design, construction and integration of the crossing loop and the upgrade of the Rowsley Station Road level crossing.

Reflecting on the award McConnell Dowell's General Manager for Rail, Malcolm Tinkler said:

"The Rowsley Crossing Loop is an important project to help improve the operational flexibility and reliability of V/Line's Ballarat corridor and McConnell Dowell is delighted to have been selected to deliver it.

"Through our established relationship with V/Line developed over recent years, we continue to provide them with safe, reliable and cost effective maintenance services and enhancements to their regional public transport infrastructure.

"This project reinforces this relationship and we look forward to delivering this critical piece of infrastructure for V/Line which will help to improve the commuter experience along the Ballarat corridor."

The Rowsley Crossing Loop is being built as part of the $14.1 million 'Ballan Station Car Park Upgrade and Rowsley Crossing Loop' project. On site works will commence in November and project completion is expected in mid 2016.

Contract Award - Rowsley Passing Loop Contract

McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the awarding of a contract for the design and construction of the Rowsley Crossing Loop project by V/Line.

The one kilometre long crossing loop, located at Maddingley on the railway line between Ballarat and Sunshine in Victoria, will provide another opportunity for trains to pass each other on the busy corridor, offer greater flexibility to train operations and help with timetabling.

McConnell Dowell's scope of work includes the design, construction and integration of the crossing loop and the upgrade of the Rowsley Station Road level crossing.

Reflecting on the award McConnell Dowell's General Manager for Rail, Malcolm Tinkler said:

"The Rowsley Crossing Loop is an important project to help improve the operational flexibility and reliability of V/Line's Ballarat corridor and McConnell Dowell is delighted to have been selected to deliver it.

"Through our established relationship with V/Line developed over recent years, we continue to provide them with safe, reliable and cost effective maintenance services and enhancements to their regional public transport infrastructure.

"This project reinforces this relationship and we look forward to delivering this critical piece of infrastructure for V/Line which will help to improve the commuter experience along the Ballarat corridor."

The Rowsley Crossing Loop is being built as part of the $14.1 million 'Ballan Station Car Park Upgrade and Rowsley Crossing Loop' project. On site works will commence in November and project completion is expected in mid 2016.

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Adelaide’s construction industry heavyweights gathered over breakfast at the Hilton on Wednesday morning to learn about potential sub-contract and supply opportunities associated with the O-Bahn City Access Project in South Australia.

Earlier in the month the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) announced McConnell Dowell as the preferred contractor for the high profile $160 million guided bus tunnel from Hackney Road into the CBD.

McConnell Dowell’s project team (including Project Manager Mark O’Reilly, Design Manager Melanie Saunders, Construction Managers Mario Russo and Nigel Schmidt, and Procurement Manager Sean Hughes) provided the 260 strong crowd with an overview of the project’s scope and timelines, and the Local Industry Participation and Workforce Industry Participation targets to be met by MCD and all subcontractors.

Other speakers included DPTI’s Project Manager Dariusz Fanok, Ian Nightingale from the Office of the Industry Advocate, and Bettina Venner from the Industry Capability Network (ICN).

All speaker presentations and information about work packages can be found on the ICN Gateway: http://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3657/o-bahn-city-access-project

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Supplier and Subcontractor Event - O-Bahn City Access Project

Adelaide’s construction industry heavyweights gathered over breakfast at the Hilton on Wednesday morning to learn about potential sub-contract and supply opportunities associated with the O-Bahn City Access Project in South Australia.

Earlier in the month the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) announced McConnell Dowell as the preferred contractor for the high profile $160 million guided bus tunnel from Hackney Road into the CBD.

McConnell Dowell’s project team (including Project Manager Mark O’Reilly, Design Manager Melanie Saunders, Construction Managers Mario Russo and Nigel Schmidt, and Procurement Manager Sean Hughes) provided the 260 strong crowd with an overview of the project’s scope and timelines, and the Local Industry Participation and Workforce Industry Participation targets to be met by MCD and all subcontractors.

Other speakers included DPTI’s Project Manager Dariusz Fanok, Ian Nightingale from the Office of the Industry Advocate, and Bettina Venner from the Industry Capability Network (ICN).

All speaker presentations and information about work packages can be found on the ICN Gateway: http://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3657/o-bahn-city-access-project

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McConnell Dowell’s reputation as a Creative Construction company has been supported by two wins at the Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) Canterbury Branch Contractor of the Year Awards on Saturday.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Innovation Award for the Waitaki Erosion Remediation project, and the Supreme Award of the night – the Contractor of the Year Award. This is awarded to the contractor considered by the judges to have the best all-round performance in the Christchurch region. 
The erosion remediation work was carried out at Meridian Energy’s Waitaki Dam and Power Station in North Otago. It involved design, consenting and construction works for three separate parts of the dam upgrade: the tailrace right bank erosion remediation and protection works at the switchyard, the sluice pier remediation works and the Left Bank anchoring. 
Our methodology and design included several firsts in New Zealand, including the use of Rukki interlocking drilled piles. This new system provided safety advantages by eliminating the need to work on the water, and delivered significant savings to the client. 
Our client, Meridian Energy, is “extremely happy” with our work, which they consider was “executed to a very high standard”. 
The judges’ comments for the Contractor of the Year Award:

“McConnell Dowell’s culture is founded on expertise, creativity, and progressive thinking and this has been demonstrated in their contracts over this year. In particular they have challenged themselves to find best solutions for every project and to have open and collaborative relationships with their stakeholders. Many of their innovations in design and method have resulted in large cost savings which are obviously appreciated by their clients. McConnell Dowell are also highly regarded by their subcontractors who appreciate their openness, their operational expertise and their fairness. They are a very professional outfit. Their projects are consistently executed to a high standard and they are worthy winners of the Contractor of the Year Award.”
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McConnell Dowell wins at CCNZ Canterbury Awards

McConnell Dowell’s reputation as a Creative Construction company has been supported by two wins at the Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) Canterbury Branch Contractor of the Year Awards on Saturday.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Innovation Award for the Waitaki Erosion Remediation project, and the Supreme Award of the night – the Contractor of the Year Award. This is awarded to the contractor considered by the judges to have the best all-round performance in the Christchurch region. 
The erosion remediation work was carried out at Meridian Energy’s Waitaki Dam and Power Station in North Otago. It involved design, consenting and construction works for three separate parts of the dam upgrade: the tailrace right bank erosion remediation and protection works at the switchyard, the sluice pier remediation works and the Left Bank anchoring. 
Our methodology and design included several firsts in New Zealand, including the use of Rukki interlocking drilled piles. This new system provided safety advantages by eliminating the need to work on the water, and delivered significant savings to the client. 
Our client, Meridian Energy, is “extremely happy” with our work, which they consider was “executed to a very high standard”. 
The judges’ comments for the Contractor of the Year Award:

“McConnell Dowell’s culture is founded on expertise, creativity, and progressive thinking and this has been demonstrated in their contracts over this year. In particular they have challenged themselves to find best solutions for every project and to have open and collaborative relationships with their stakeholders. Many of their innovations in design and method have resulted in large cost savings which are obviously appreciated by their clients. McConnell Dowell are also highly regarded by their subcontractors who appreciate their openness, their operational expertise and their fairness. They are a very professional outfit. Their projects are consistently executed to a high standard and they are worthy winners of the Contractor of the Year Award.”
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The inaugural Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award has been taken out by Mark Barrows, Managing Director of Dutco McConnell Dowell based in Dubai at the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) Conference, 19 October on the Gold Coast.

This award recognizes excellence in the construction industry and particularly the pipelines sector.

Mark began his career in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1985 where Jeff Shepherd appointed him Project Engineer for the Wasley’s Pipeline in South Australia. Since that time Mark has progressed through senior roles within McConnell Dowell.

APGA President Mark Dayman said…

“Mark worked closely with Jeff Shepherd throughout his career to establish McConnell Dowell’s pipelines capability on the world stage. The challenging projects they undertook as a team were typically remote with long shifts away from home so, in many respects, they became family.”

“Nominees for the Jeff Shepherd award were not limited to construction. Jeff Shepherd was also highly regarded for his mentoring and training skills, bringing young people through the industry and ensuring they received broad and deep experience and was instrumental in developing the next generation of leaders.”

“Mark benefited from the mentoring, training, support and diverse experience provided by the late Mr Shepherd to become an industry leader in his own right and now draws on Jeff’s example to similarly mentor the industry’s future leaders.”

Other great news announced on the night were the Safety Award commendation for Fourth Transmission Pipeline Phase 2 project, as well as Jim Frith, Executive General Manager for McConnell Dowell re-elected to the APGA Board.

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Mark Barrows (L) is presented with his award by Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek​.

Mark Barrows Accepts The Inaugural Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award

The inaugural Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award has been taken out by Mark Barrows, Managing Director of Dutco McConnell Dowell based in Dubai at the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) Conference, 19 October on the Gold Coast.

This award recognizes excellence in the construction industry and particularly the pipelines sector.

Mark began his career in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1985 where Jeff Shepherd appointed him Project Engineer for the Wasley’s Pipeline in South Australia. Since that time Mark has progressed through senior roles within McConnell Dowell.

APGA President Mark Dayman said…

“Mark worked closely with Jeff Shepherd throughout his career to establish McConnell Dowell’s pipelines capability on the world stage. The challenging projects they undertook as a team were typically remote with long shifts away from home so, in many respects, they became family.”

“Nominees for the Jeff Shepherd award were not limited to construction. Jeff Shepherd was also highly regarded for his mentoring and training skills, bringing young people through the industry and ensuring they received broad and deep experience and was instrumental in developing the next generation of leaders.”

“Mark benefited from the mentoring, training, support and diverse experience provided by the late Mr Shepherd to become an industry leader in his own right and now draws on Jeff’s example to similarly mentor the industry’s future leaders.”

Other great news announced on the night were the Safety Award commendation for Fourth Transmission Pipeline Phase 2 project, as well as Jim Frith, Executive General Manager for McConnell Dowell re-elected to the APGA Board.

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Mark Barrows (L) is presented with his award by Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek​.

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McConnell Dowell is pleased to have been awarded the design and construct contract for the O-Bahn City Access Project in Adelaide, South Australia.

In making the announcement, South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said...

"McConnell Dowell has delivered some of the state's key infrastructure projects in recent times, including the award-winning Riverbank Bridge – the centrepiece of our Riverbank Precinct." 

"The company has also been involved in a number of other award-winning projects including the Bakewell Underpass and the Adelaide Showgrounds Station."

McConnell Dowell Chief Executive Scott Cummins said the company was delighted to continue its history of close collaboration with the South Australian Government.

"We have a proud history of delivering new infrastructure here and this project continues that tradition," Mr Cummins said.

"McConnell Dowell wholeheartedly embraces the SA Government's Workforce Participation and Skills Development policies.

"We look forward to working with local industry – particularly our South Australian partner SAGE Automation – to ensure we maximise local employment and training opportunities throughout the project delivery."

SAGE Automation will deliver some of the latest Intelligent Transport Systems for the project which will monitor safety, traffic flow, CCTV and communications within the tunnel as well as provide for emergency response in the event of an incident.

The O-Bahn City Access Project is the latest investment in rebuilding South Australia's public transport network to create faster, more efficient and more accessible services.

Pictured from left: Adrian Fahey (SAGE), Peter Fraser (MCD), The Hon Stephen Mullighan (Minister for Transport and Infrastructure); Luigi Rossi (DPTI); Justin Kahl (SAGE); Dariusz Fanok (DPTI); and Mark O'Reilly (MCD), at SAGE Automation.

Award Announcement

Contract Award - O-Bahn Tunnel, South Australia

McConnell Dowell is pleased to have been awarded the design and construct contract for the O-Bahn City Access Project in Adelaide, South Australia.

In making the announcement, South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said...

"McConnell Dowell has delivered some of the state's key infrastructure projects in recent times, including the award-winning Riverbank Bridge – the centrepiece of our Riverbank Precinct." 

"The company has also been involved in a number of other award-winning projects including the Bakewell Underpass and the Adelaide Showgrounds Station."

McConnell Dowell Chief Executive Scott Cummins said the company was delighted to continue its history of close collaboration with the South Australian Government.

"We have a proud history of delivering new infrastructure here and this project continues that tradition," Mr Cummins said.

"McConnell Dowell wholeheartedly embraces the SA Government's Workforce Participation and Skills Development policies.

"We look forward to working with local industry – particularly our South Australian partner SAGE Automation – to ensure we maximise local employment and training opportunities throughout the project delivery."

SAGE Automation will deliver some of the latest Intelligent Transport Systems for the project which will monitor safety, traffic flow, CCTV and communications within the tunnel as well as provide for emergency response in the event of an incident.

The O-Bahn City Access Project is the latest investment in rebuilding South Australia's public transport network to create faster, more efficient and more accessible services.

Pictured from left: Adrian Fahey (SAGE), Peter Fraser (MCD), The Hon Stephen Mullighan (Minister for Transport and Infrastructure); Luigi Rossi (DPTI); Justin Kahl (SAGE); Dariusz Fanok (DPTI); and Mark O'Reilly (MCD), at SAGE Automation.

Award Announcement

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Alice, the giant Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has today successfully completed excavation of the second motorway tunnel on Auckland’s Waterview Connection motorway project.

One of the largest TBM’s ever used in the Southern Hemisphere broke through into daylight after its 2.4km-long journey underground between the suburbs of Waterview and Owairaka.

“Today’s breakthrough is a massive milestone for a project that will transform the way Aucklanders get around their city – a brilliant and remarkable effort and a proud day that needs to be celebrated,” says the NZ Transport Agency’s Highways Manager in Auckland, Brett Gliddon.

Around 800 staff and contractors who’ve been working hard to deliver the project, stopped work this morning to watch the breakthrough together, live on specially erected screens and celebrate their success so far.

“The risks associated with constructing tunnels twice as long as the Auckland Harbour Bridge were always high and the Waterview team rightly needs to be congratulated for its engineering skills and innovation to complete this job safely and on time. That’s a fantastic achievement.”

The $1.4bn Waterview Connection is New Zealand’s largest ever roading project. It includes construction of twin 3-lane tunnels – the longest road tunnels in the country - and a giant interchange to connect Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern Motorways (State Highways 16 and 20).

The project is being delivered for the Transport Agency by the Well-Connected Alliance.

Tunnelling at Waterview first began in 2013. The first tunnel was completed in September 2014. In a rare manoeuvre for any TBM worldwide, Alice was then turned 180 degrees to complete her second drive.

“The project’s careful and detailed design, planning and operation for the construction of the tunnels and the complex turnaround grabbed some pretty amazing headlines in New Zealand and overseas,” Mr Gliddon says.

During her time underground, Alice excavated enough dirt to fill 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools and installed more than 24,000 concrete segments to line both tunnels.

The TBM’s job is now complete. Over the coming months Alice will be taken apart and returned to the German company, Herrenknecht, that designed and built her.

“Although it’s the end of the road for Alice she will leave behind a lasting legacy – the world class tunnels she helped construct that will benefit Auckland and New Zealand for 100 years and more,” Mr Gliddon says.

Meanwhile, there is a busy programme of work to complete both tunnels. Sixteen cross passages linking the two tunnels are being constructed, equipment to safely operate the tunnels together with lighting and signage are being fitted, walls and the ceiling are being painted, and back-filling continues before the motorway asphalt is laid.

The Transport Agency plans to open the tunnels and the adjacent Great North Road Interchange in early 2017.

The Waterview Connection completes Auckland’s Western Ring Route, a 48km alternative route to SH1. It will link Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere and the North Shore, improving network resilience, travel time reliability and bus shoulder lanes as well as upgrading cycleway and pedestrian facilities.

The Waterview Connection project is being delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance which includes the Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation. Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.

For the latest breakthrough video visit:

Waterview - Alice's Breakthrough Video - 19 October 2015

Waterview Breakthrough (Video)

Alice completes remarkable journey

Alice, the giant Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has today successfully completed excavation of the second motorway tunnel on Auckland’s Waterview Connection motorway project.

One of the largest TBM’s ever used in the Southern Hemisphere broke through into daylight after its 2.4km-long journey underground between the suburbs of Waterview and Owairaka.

“Today’s breakthrough is a massive milestone for a project that will transform the way Aucklanders get around their city – a brilliant and remarkable effort and a proud day that needs to be celebrated,” says the NZ Transport Agency’s Highways Manager in Auckland, Brett Gliddon.

Around 800 staff and contractors who’ve been working hard to deliver the project, stopped work this morning to watch the breakthrough together, live on specially erected screens and celebrate their success so far.

“The risks associated with constructing tunnels twice as long as the Auckland Harbour Bridge were always high and the Waterview team rightly needs to be congratulated for its engineering skills and innovation to complete this job safely and on time. That’s a fantastic achievement.”

The $1.4bn Waterview Connection is New Zealand’s largest ever roading project. It includes construction of twin 3-lane tunnels – the longest road tunnels in the country - and a giant interchange to connect Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern Motorways (State Highways 16 and 20).

The project is being delivered for the Transport Agency by the Well-Connected Alliance.

Tunnelling at Waterview first began in 2013. The first tunnel was completed in September 2014. In a rare manoeuvre for any TBM worldwide, Alice was then turned 180 degrees to complete her second drive.

“The project’s careful and detailed design, planning and operation for the construction of the tunnels and the complex turnaround grabbed some pretty amazing headlines in New Zealand and overseas,” Mr Gliddon says.

During her time underground, Alice excavated enough dirt to fill 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools and installed more than 24,000 concrete segments to line both tunnels.

The TBM’s job is now complete. Over the coming months Alice will be taken apart and returned to the German company, Herrenknecht, that designed and built her.

“Although it’s the end of the road for Alice she will leave behind a lasting legacy – the world class tunnels she helped construct that will benefit Auckland and New Zealand for 100 years and more,” Mr Gliddon says.

Meanwhile, there is a busy programme of work to complete both tunnels. Sixteen cross passages linking the two tunnels are being constructed, equipment to safely operate the tunnels together with lighting and signage are being fitted, walls and the ceiling are being painted, and back-filling continues before the motorway asphalt is laid.

The Transport Agency plans to open the tunnels and the adjacent Great North Road Interchange in early 2017.

The Waterview Connection completes Auckland’s Western Ring Route, a 48km alternative route to SH1. It will link Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere and the North Shore, improving network resilience, travel time reliability and bus shoulder lanes as well as upgrading cycleway and pedestrian facilities.

The Waterview Connection project is being delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance which includes the Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation. Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.

For the latest breakthrough video visit:

Waterview - Alice's Breakthrough Video - 19 October 2015

Waterview Breakthrough (Video)

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The $1.4 billion Gold Coast Light Rail Project received more accolades last week winning the national award for excellence in civil construction from the Australian Civil Contractors Federation (CCF).

The award was in the top category, involving projects valued at over $150m. It beat some stiff competition including some major expressway projects

In assessing the project, the judges said...

This is a city-changing infrastructure project that has integrated new and existing transport systems and stimulated urban regeneration. Working on and adjacent to live roadways with up to 32,000 vehicles per day, the project implemented more than 57 traffic management plans. The complexity of the project demanded outstanding design solutions, engineering excellence and pioneering construction methods.

Harry Hartman, Project Director, accepted the award on behalf of the large team who worked tirelessly between 2011 and 2014 to design and deliver this complex project.

 CCF National Awards 2015

 

Gold Coast Light Rail Project Wins National Award

The $1.4 billion Gold Coast Light Rail Project received more accolades last week winning the national award for excellence in civil construction from the Australian Civil Contractors Federation (CCF).

The award was in the top category, involving projects valued at over $150m. It beat some stiff competition including some major expressway projects

In assessing the project, the judges said...

This is a city-changing infrastructure project that has integrated new and existing transport systems and stimulated urban regeneration. Working on and adjacent to live roadways with up to 32,000 vehicles per day, the project implemented more than 57 traffic management plans. The complexity of the project demanded outstanding design solutions, engineering excellence and pioneering construction methods.

Harry Hartman, Project Director, accepted the award on behalf of the large team who worked tirelessly between 2011 and 2014 to design and deliver this complex project.

 CCF National Awards 2015

 

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The Vale Iron Ore Jetty Project, was announced as the country’s best major infrastructure project at the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards (MCIEA) ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, 11th September 2015.

McConnell Dowell, together with Bam from the Netherlands and Malaysian partner SYS, completed the project in late 2013 for Brazilian mining giant Vale. The results were the construction of a new wharf which connects an angle shaped transfer platform, to a 1,800-meter long access trestle joining the platform to shore.

The new jetty accommodates some of the largest bulk carriers currently sailing the oceans to date, illustrating McConnell Dowell's strength in building jetties at an extraordinary scale.

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 Vale 
 

McConnell Dowell wins at Malaysian Construction Industry Awards (MCIEA)

The Vale Iron Ore Jetty Project, was announced as the country’s best major infrastructure project at the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards (MCIEA) ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, 11th September 2015.

McConnell Dowell, together with Bam from the Netherlands and Malaysian partner SYS, completed the project in late 2013 for Brazilian mining giant Vale. The results were the construction of a new wharf which connects an angle shaped transfer platform, to a 1,800-meter long access trestle joining the platform to shore.

The new jetty accommodates some of the largest bulk carriers currently sailing the oceans to date, illustrating McConnell Dowell's strength in building jetties at an extraordinary scale.

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Vale 
 
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After more than 12 months of fast-track construction and over four million manhours completed without a lost time injury, McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Fourth Transmission Pipeline Stage 2 (FTP2) project in Thailand.

The contract, awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai by PTT Public Company Limited, involved construction of over 60km of 42 inch high pressure gas pipelines and major facilities spread over 300km of challenging terrain and traversing six provinces of Thailand, between Nakhon in the north and Rayong in the south. 

The pipeline encompassed extensive trenchless construction including 45 waterway crossings and 189 road crossings. In addition, 157 km of right of way had to be rehabilitated, and damaged or unusable fibre-optic cable conduit repaired or replaced. At peak construction, personnel exceeded 2,800 located at over 50 discrete work locations.

We also used our own local fabrication facility in Thailand to expedite the fabrication of all structural, mechanical, and piping needed for the extensive above ground facilities which included 18 block valves, mid-line pig launcher/ receiver station, and end-of-line facilities.

Thanks to our client PTT for their collaborative approach to the project and their community consultation leadership that resulted in minimal disruption to communities along the route. Thanks also to our construction partner Consolidated Contracting Company.
 
The new pipeline brings important new gas supplies to the residents and businesses of Thailand.
 
The linked video showcases the challenges and triumphs of our team on this important project.
 
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Fourth Transmission Pipeline Completed. YouTube Video Released

After more than 12 months of fast-track construction and over four million manhours completed without a lost time injury, McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Fourth Transmission Pipeline Stage 2 (FTP2) project in Thailand.

The contract, awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai by PTT Public Company Limited, involved construction of over 60km of 42 inch high pressure gas pipelines and major facilities spread over 300km of challenging terrain and traversing six provinces of Thailand, between Nakhon in the north and Rayong in the south. 

The pipeline encompassed extensive trenchless construction including 45 waterway crossings and 189 road crossings. In addition, 157 km of right of way had to be rehabilitated, and damaged or unusable fibre-optic cable conduit repaired or replaced. At peak construction, personnel exceeded 2,800 located at over 50 discrete work locations.

We also used our own local fabrication facility in Thailand to expedite the fabrication of all structural, mechanical, and piping needed for the extensive above ground facilities which included 18 block valves, mid-line pig launcher/ receiver station, and end-of-line facilities.

Thanks to our client PTT for their collaborative approach to the project and their community consultation leadership that resulted in minimal disruption to communities along the route. Thanks also to our construction partner Consolidated Contracting Company.
 
The new pipeline brings important new gas supplies to the residents and businesses of Thailand.
 
The linked video showcases the challenges and triumphs of our team on this important project.
 
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