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Abigroup project finalist in Australian Construction Achievement Awards

09 December 2009

The Karuah to Bulahdelah (K2B) Pacific Highway Upgrade project has been listed as one of the finalists for the prestigious 2010 Australian Construction Achievement Awards.

Abigroup began construction on the $257m K2B project, which is a Design, Construct & Maintain contract for the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) of NSW, in September 2006.

The road has been progressively opened in stages with the final section opening ahead of schedule in September 2009, despite 46 weeks being lost to rain.

Steve Kiddle, Abigroup’s K2B Project Director, said, “This challenging project involved the construction of 23km of separated dual carriageway fundamentally along the Pacific Highway’s existing alignment, including new intersections, two new rest areas and seven twin-bridges over waterways and creeks.

“The K2B project consistently achieved and delivered outstanding outcomes across all the Key Result Areas nominated by the RTA including an unprecedented total of 72 ‘Superior Ratings’ in the RTA’s tri-annual Contractor Performance Reports ratings over the 37 month period.”

Despite the amount of time lost to rain the project was delivered under budget and achieved defect-free Practical Completion just ten days after being fully opened to traffic on 29 September.     

“To deliver this high quality project ahead of schedule and under budget is a remarkable achievement by the Abigroup K2B team given the challenges we faced with time lost to rain,” said Steve.

“We were able to do this because we self perform most of the works with direct wages and our own plant, giving us the ability to increase resources quickly to respond to project acceleration needs.”

Other highlights from the K2B project included:

  • over one million consecutive man hours Lost Time Injury free;
  • innovative construction and traffic staging;
  • the development of excellent relationships between Abigroup management, the RTA and Project Verifier (URS); and
  • the winning of a major environmental award at the International Erosion and Sediment Control Awards.

The environment award was received for the management and implementation of innovative techniques and best practice in erosion and sediment control category and was given for a variety of reasons including the sensitive way the project protected a wetland and minimised land clearing, resulting in the retention of an additional 40 hectares of habitat.

The winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane in May, 2010.

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