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Abigroup opens new Hunter region headquarters

02 July 2010

Leading national construction and engineering contractor Abigroup formally opened its new Hunter region office in Beresfield today.

The Minister for the Hunter and Newcastle MP Jodi McKay cut the ribbon during an opening ceremony which featured speeches from Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate and Abigroup’s Managing Director David Jurd, who hails from the Hunter and studied engineering at Newcastle University.

The new office, which is located at Birraba Avenue, reflects the increasing importance that Abigroup attaches to the Hunter region with the company working on a whole range of diverse projects including medical, office and residential buildings, water treatment and waste management, roads, rail and mine works.

“Abigroup has carried out a large number of diverse projects in the Hunter region over the years and it’s fitting that we should have a permanent presence here,” said David Jurd.

“These new offices provide us with the space and facilities to take on a whole range of current and future projects and there is scope for us to double the size of the office as we expand and take on more local employees.”

Among the projects that Abigroup is currently working on in the Hunter region is a $240 million program of works being carried out by the Hunter Water Alliance to upgrade 12 existing wastewater treatment works and a pipeline project in Newcastle.

The company recently completed three contracts worth approximately $90 million for works associated with the building of the new coal export terminal at Kooragang Island in Newcastle. The work included earthworks, the construction of a rail bridge and viaduct, a dump station structure, a conveyor tunnel, track work and signalling design and installation.

Last year Abigroup completed the $160 million Mater Hospital project in Waratah which involved the full redevelopment of the existing hospital and was the first health project in NSW to be developed under a Public Private Partnership.

It followed the construction of an eight level commercial building at 670 Hunter Street in the heart of Newcastle. This $30 million project, which was completed in 2007, included the fit-out of three levels for Hunter New England Health for use as a community health centre.

A large amount of the road infrastructure around Newcastle and in the surrounding areas has been constructed by Abigroup.

Last year the company constructed a new 23km section of Pacific Highway between Karuah and Bulahdelah in a $245 million project for the RTA.   

Other road projects include:

  • the F3 Freeway to Newcastle Link Road: which involved the construction of six kilometres of dual carriageway between Cameron Park Drive and Ganney St in Wallsend;
  • Pacific Highway Raymond Terrace to Karuah construction of 19km of northbound carriageway and reconstruction of 14km of existing southbound carriageway; and
  • continuous reinforced concrete paving, including earthworks, for a nearly 20km stretch of the F3 Freeway between Palmers Road, West Wallsend and Minmi.

Abigroup’s mining work includes the construction of infrastructure at the Bengalla Coal Mine in the Hunter Valley. The project involved bulk earthworks, haul roads, dams, pipelines, pumping and process plants.

Rail work undertaken in the Hunter region includes the Maitland to Branxton bi-directional re-signalling programme and the construction of a new rail loop at the Moolarben Coal Project.

Abigroup’s involvement with the Hunter region does not just involve construction and engineering. The company also has very good links with Newcastle University with both David Jurd and his predecessor Peter Brecht – now CEO of Abigroup’s parent company Bilfinger Berger Australia – studying engineering at the University.

Abigroup sponsors a scholarship programme at Newcastle University which gives five civil engineering, five surveying and five environmental engineering students the opportunity to combine their studies with working for the company.

The Minister for the Hunter and Newcastle, MP Jodi McKay at the opening of Abigroup's Hunter region headquarters

Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate



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