2011 National Infrastructure Awards

2011 National Infrastructure Awards

IPA's National Infrastructure Awards each year honour private and public sector achievement and celebrate, as well as reward, the innovation of the national infrastructure community.

The 2011 National Infrastructure Awards were held on 17 March, giving the opportunity for the infrastructure sector to come together to showcase the successes of the industry over 2010.


Gateway Upgrade Project
LeightonAbigroup Joint Venture

Companies involved:
Abigroup; AECOM; Aurecon; Cardno; Coffey International; Conneq; Evans & Peck; Leighton Contractors; Queensland Motorways; Sinclair Knight Merz; SMEC and VSL Australia;

The prestigious Project of the Year for 2011 was awarded to Queensland’s Gateway Upgrade Project.

The massive $2.12 billion Gateway Upgrade Project is a Queensland Government initiative delivered by Queensland Motorways, with design and construction by the Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture. Delivered progressively, the upgrade has provided motorists with a safer, smarter and more durable motorway.

Totalling 24 kilometres and delivered during a construction boom, this complex project involved the duplication of Brisbane’s iconic Gateway Bridge, as well as the upgrade of some 16 kilometres of the Gateway Motorway south of the Bridges. The project also saw the refurbishment of the existing Bridge; and a new 7 kilometre motorway running north from the Bridges.

Despite the challenges, value for money outcomes were delivered through innovative design, efficient construction methodologies and exemplary performances in safety, environment and community engagement. The project was completed seven months early and delivers a major enhancement to Brisbane’s road estate.

IPA congratulates the Queensland Government, Abigroup, Leighton Contractors, Queensland Motorways Limited, AECOM, Aurecon, Cardno, Coffey International, Conneq, Evans & Peck, Sinclair Knight Merz, SMEC and VSL Australia on this outstanding project.


Mr Rick Turchini | FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, Baulderstone

From time to time, IPA’s Chairman confers an individual award, recognising an outstanding individual who has made a sustained personal contribution and provided industry leadership to the national infrastructure sector.

In 2011, IPA’s Chairman Mark Birrell presented the Chairman’s Prize to retired Baulderstone Managing Director Rick Turchini, for his career long contribution to infrastructure.

As part of Australia’s infrastructure sector for over four decades, Rick Turchini has been part of delivering some of Australia’s most important projects.

Rick began his career in the electricity sector as a civil engineer, before joining Leighton Contractors in 1981 as a project manager. Over time, Rick became the General Manager of NSW and the ACT and led projects including the M5 South West Motorway – Australia’s first modern PPP; the Eastern Distributor; Westlink M7; Sydney Harbour Casino and Angel Place.

After a short retirement, Rick returned to a full time executive role as the Managing Director of Baulderstone in 2005 – an organisation he successfully led for five years – delivering high-profile projects including the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne; the Tullamarine - Calder Freeway Interchange Alliance; Optus headquarters in Sydney; and the Phu My Bridge in Vietnam.

Throughout his career, Rick has made a significant investment in industry associations, including his service on the Board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia; as well as senior roles with the Australian Constructors Association and Civil Contractors Federation – amongst others.

At the end of last year, Rick retired as the Managing Director of Baulderstone. Infrastructure Partnerships Australia would like to acknowledge Rick Turchini for his outstanding service to our association and sector.

ADVISORY EXCELLENCE AWARD – Sponsored by Hansen Yuncken

The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Ernst & Young – Commercial and Financial Adviser to the State

Companies Involved:
Clayton Utz; Macquarie Capital Advisers Limited and South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office

The NRAH Project involves the construction, maintenance and provision of hotel services at a new hospital to replace the ageing Royal Adelaide Hospital. It is being delivered as a PPP with a capital value in the order of $1.7 billion, making it the largest project of its kind in Australia’s history.

NRAH will be South Australia’s flagship public hospital, and will include single rooms for all inpatients. It will offer more operating theatres and procedure rooms, a 30 per cent increase in intensive care beds and a significant increase in emergency care capacity.

The project will deliver high quality healthcare and provides a model for other major clinical hospital projects in South Australia and around the country.

The Advisory Excellence Award recognises excellent advice that allows a project to progress and break new ground.

Consideration was also given to scale, complexity and difficulty of the project.

CONTRACTOR EXCELLENCE AWARD – Sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland

Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor
John Holland

The Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor – Stage 1 is the first integrated road and rail project for South-East Queensland. It was a major transport initiative to service the future needs of Brisbane’s growing western corridor.

Stage 1 of the project involves the construction of a new passenger railway line from Darra to Richlands; construction of a railway station, bus interchange and park and ride facilities at Richlands and a duplication of the Centenary Highway from two to four lanes from Richlands to meet with the existing Logan Motorway interchange at Carole Park.

Stage 1 reached practical completion in November 2010, four months ahead of schedule at an estimated cost of approximately $800 million.

The Contractor Excellence Award recognises innovation and best-practice in the construction and delivery of infrastructure projects.


Port of Brisbane Privatisation

Macquarie Capital Advisers Limited – Financial Adviser; Queensland Treasury

Companies Involved:
Deloitte; PwC

Q Port Holdings (QPH), a consortium comprising four of the largest and most experienced infrastructure investors in the world, was the successful bidder for the 99-year lease of the Port of Brisbane.

The QPH consortium, advised by Macquarie Capital Advisers, comprises Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), Industry Funds Management (IFM), QIC Global Infrastructure (QIC) on behalf of its managed funds and Tawreed Investments Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

The sale, completed in the face of significant opposition, delivered a return to the State of $2.1 billion. The structure of the transaction also saw the investment of around $200 million to upgrade the Port of Brisbane Motorway transferred to the private sector, freeing up additional public capital for other projects.

All nominees in the category should be recognised for overcoming significant complexities not least of which being procured during extraordinarily difficult economic times.

GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD – Sponsored by the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility

M2 Motorway Upgrade
NSW Roads and Traffic Authority – Client; Transurban – Manager and Operator

The Hills M2 Motorway is a 21 kilometre four-lane motorway, owned and operated by Hills Motorway, a Transurban subsidiary. The motorway links Sydney’s lower north shore and north-west regions.

Around 100,000 vehicles travel on this motorway each work day, along with more than 17,000 bus passengers. The M2 Motorway Upgrade Project will widen the motorway, increasing its capacity to accommodate projected population growth and increased transport needs.

The project used an innovative approach to fund the $550 million capacity enhancement, with the Hills Motorway to finance the project on behalf of the State through an extension of the concession term and a one off tolling increase. This project is expected to deliver more than $1.7 billion in economic benefit to the State, but has removed the requirement for taxpayers to fund the extension. The Hills M2 Motorway Upgrade Project is being delivered by Hills Motorway in partnership with the NSW Government and the RTA, with completion anticipated in 2013.

The Government Partnership Excellence Award recognises a genuine partnership in the development and delivery of public policy objectives. Judges looked at the scale, size and complexity of projects, how risk was allocated as well as achievement of time, cost and quality objectives.


Sydney Desalination Plant

Veolia Water Australia

Veolia Water operates Sydney’s Desalination Plant on behalf of Sydney Water, providing high quality drinking water for Sydney.

The plant can provide up to an average of 250 million litres per day – drinking water for up to 1.5 million people or enough water to fill more than 100 Olympic sized swimming pools daily.

Veolia Water operates the Kurnell plant with a team of 34 people, turning seawater into potable drinking water via 36,000 reverse osmosis membranes. Flexible operations ensure the plant can increase or decrease water production, standby, shutdown or restart quickly - providing Sydney with a guaranteed, non-rainfall dependent drinking water source integrated into the broader water supply system. Veolia has engaged with the community and exceeded service level and quality requirements consistently, since the plant was commissioned.

The Operator and Service Provider Excellence Award recognises world-class operation of infrastructure. The judges considered efficiency in delivery and operation, management of team and stakeholder relationships and general satisfaction of stakeholder groups.

SMART INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AWARD – Sponsored by the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport

The Remote Area Essential Services Program (RAESP) – Providing essential Indigenous Services

Parsons Brinckerhoff – RAES Program manager; CleanTeq – Technology provider

Companies Involved:
WA Department of Housing and WA Department of Health

The Remote Area Essential Services Program (RAESP) provides essential services like sewerage, power and water, to 89 remote Aboriginal communities. The program has been managed by PB since 2005.

The location of these communities means that access to town water and other services is not available. Naturally elevated levels of nitrate in the groundwater supply had meant that water quality did not meet the Australian Drinking Guidelines. PB has worked with the WA Department of Housing, the Department of Health, technology providers and the community to develop a solution to remove the nitrate from the potable supply.

Commonly used technologies such as reverse osmosis and ion exchange were ruled out, meaning a unique solution was required.

PB is undertaking a trial of denitrification technology, which uses bacteria to effect nitrate removal and is simple, requiring only a single pump to push water through a media chamber, resulting in low power usage. The process also conserves water and does not generate a waste stream. The simple technology requirements translate into less user inputs and less frequent maintenance scheduling. This project is the first time a biological denitrification treatment process will be used in Australia to treat a potable supply.

The Smart Infrastructure project award recognises excellence in conception and commission of smart technologies to deliver better infrastructure services – and takes into account Infrastructure Australia’s key themes

SMART INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT – Sponsored by the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport

IPA is pleased to partner with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport in the awarding of a $25 000 grant for research to be undertaken in the area of Smart Infrastructure.

Nominees were assessed on their research scope and potential application of their research to create greater efficiencies in new and/or existing infrastructure.

Winner: Green Infrastructure – Connecting people with landscapes through urban retrofitting.
Centre for Sustainable Design, University of Queensland.

The intent of this research project is twofold – on one hand, to develop a practical approach to the integration of green infrastructure in the densification of existing inner urban areas, with particular emphasis on the consequent changes of land use and development planning; and on the other hand, to recognise how social innovation is a potentially powerful concept, capable of anchoring urban change more firmly into the community fabric.

This project aims to challenge people to think differently about the big issues affecting communities, and to test practical ways to integrate innovative approaches into responses to unmet social needs. The project will examine ways to foster socially innovative strategies for enabling long-term healthy communities early in the urban retrofit process.


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