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Queensland's Gateway Upgrade Project named 'Project of the Year'

23 March 2011

Queensland’s $2.12 billion Gateway Upgrade Project has won Australia’s prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ at the 2011 Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) awards.

IPA Chairman Mark Birrell said the Gateway Project was judged as the best project of the past year because of its ‘iconic status, its engineering brilliance and sheer scale’.

The project was designed and constructed for Queensland Motorways Limited (QML) by the Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture (LAJV).

Abigroup’s Managing Director David Jurd said that close working relationships played a key part in the success of the project.

“Strong collaboration between the Joint Venture team and the client QML was one of the secrets of our success – particularly for the construction of the main bridge,” said Mr Jurd.

“The project team worked hard to re-sequence the project, delivering time savings for the project partners and the travelling public.”

To ensure optimal project management and resource, technical and commercial requirements of this complex project were properly considered, LAJV team split the Project into three areas, running them simultaneously – North, Bridge and South.

Three months were saved on the program by constructing the new bridge’s approach structures using a segmental match-casting methodology.

Establishing an on-site pre-cast factory to produce most of the project’s concrete components saved time and guaranteed supply and quality of pre-cast material.

By working collaboratively with QML, the LAJV were able to use cost savings to enhance project outcomes such as constructing six lanes instead of four lanes over Kedron Brook to improve the new Gateway Motorway’s functionality.

Other valued-added solutions delivered by LAJV were additional on and off-ramps to Kingsford Smith Drive in Eagle Farm and the upgrade to a key section of the motorway to eight lanes instead of six to improve motorway functionality, and produce longer term client cost savings.

The Gateway Upgrade Project comprised construction of a second Gateway Bridge (renamed - Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge – South); refurbishment of the original Gateway Bridge (renamed Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge – North); construction of a new 7km six-lane motorway north of the Bridges; and an upgrade of 16km of Gateway Motorway south of the Bridges.

The $2.12 billion Gateway Upgrade Project is a Queensland Government initiative delivered by Queensland Motorways Limited with design and construction by the Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture. 

Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture and Queensland Motorways representatives at the awards ceremony

Back row L-R: John Gardiner (QML), David Jurd (Abigroup), David Wright (QML), John Kirkwood (Abigroup), Phil Meyer

Front row L-R: Robert Wensley QC (QML), Gerry van der Wal (LAJV - Abigroup), Kim Hilliard (LAJV - Leighton), Peter Rotolone (QML) & Mark Palmer (LAJV - Abigroup)

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