2012 National Infrastructure Awards

 

2012 Annual Infrastructure Oration and National Infrastructure Awards

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia hosted the Annual Infrastructure Oration and the 2012 National Infrastructure Awards on 4 April, at a gala dinner in Sydney.

It marked the sixth time IPA has convened the Annual Infrastructure Oration and National Infrastructure Awards, bringing together almost 600 of the sector’s most senior public and private sector leaders.

The 2012 Infrastructure Oration was delivered by Hamish Tyrwhitt, the Chief Executive Officer of Leighton Holdings. Mr Tyrwhitt’s Oration detailed the opportunities and challenges that face Australia at the dawn of the Asian century – and called for a new round of project governance and economic reforms to position Australia to take its proper place amongst Asia’s booming economies.

As with previous years, the nominations were judged by an independent judging panel, comprising of:

  • Adrian Kloeden, Chairman of Serco Asia Pacific (panel Chair);
  • Dr Kerry Schott, former Managing Director of Sydney Water, IPA Board Member and the author of the NSW Government’s Commission of Audit into Public Sector Management;
  • Rick Turchini, former Managing Director of Baulderstone and Non-Executive Director; and
  • The Hon Mark Birrell, Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

IPA Chairman, Hon Mark Birrell (left) and Evans & Peck Managing Director, Rob Aldis (far right), present the award for Project of the Year to the Hon David Davis, Victorian Minister for Health; and Tony Lubofsky, Project Director, The New Royal Children's Hospital.

The panel noted the depth and calibre of project nominations this year, with more than 70 nominations received across the 7 categories.

 

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia acknowledges the generous support of our Oration Sponsor, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ;

 

And our category sponsors:

Hansen Yuncken

Plenary Group

Rider Levett Bucknall

Evans & Peck

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport; and

The SMART Infrastructure Facility

 

 Project of the Year – sponsored by Evans & Peck

Winner: The New Royal Children’s Hospital

Victorian Department of Health and Children’s Health Partnership consisting of: International Public Partnerships, Lend Lease, Spotless Group, Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS.

 

 

 

 The new $1 billion Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, is a world-class, 357-bed tertiary paediatric hospital with state-of-the-art facilities, providing the best health care and environment for patients, families and staff.

 

Commissioned on time and budget, it features a stunning central atrium spanning six floors, a two-storey coral reef aquarium, a meerkat enclosure maintained by Melbourne Zoo, interactive Scienceworks displays, a Hoyts ‘bean-bag’ theatre and 85per cent single-bed rooms.

 

Located in Royal Park, there are direct park views in 80per cent of inpatient bedrooms and an outdoor terrace in every ward.

 

Courtyards, gardens and play areas feature throughout the hospital. It is Australia’s greenest hospital, with energy efficient features that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45per cent and water saving features achieving a minimum 20per cent reduction in water use.

 

A visionary design brief, on a unique site, lead to the creation of an exceptional project solution and delivery of a facility beyond the client’s expectations.

 

IPA congratulates the Victorian Department of Health, Lend Lease, International Public Partnerships, Spotless Group, Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS on this outstanding project.

 

Previous recipients of the prestigious Project of the Year include:

 

  • 2011 – The Gateway Upgrade Project (QLD)
  • 2010 – Melbourne Channel Deepening (VIC)
  • 2009 – Headquarters Joint Operations Command Centre (CTH)
  • 2008 – Eastlink Motorway (VIC)
  • 2007 – NSW Schools PPP (NSW)

 

Project of the Year Finalists

Port Botany Expansion

Nominee: Sydney Ports Corporation (Client); Baulderstone/ Jan de Nul (Delivery Joint Venture)

 

 

The Port Botany Expansion project is an outstanding example of engineering excellence and one of the most significant port infrastructure projects delivered in Australia for over 30 years. The $515m project included the reclamation of 60 hectares of land with the construction of 1.85km of shipping wharves and associated rail and road network.

 

The complex and demanding works were delivered safely, on time and within budget, using innovative design solutions and construction methodologies. This was achieved in spite of significant challenges that would have substantially delayed most projects of a similar scale.

 

The project has provided significant enhancements to the local community and environment, as well as major economic benefits and value for money to the wider community.

 

In addition to setting a number of benchmarks for future infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally, the PBE is a testament to true collaboration, engineering innovation and ground breaking design.

 

The Westgate Bridge Strengthening Project

Nominee: Westgate Bridge Strengthening Alliance consisting of: John Holland, VicRoads, Sinclair Knight Merz and Flint & Neil.

 

 

The West Gate Bridge Strengthening Alliance has delivered strengthening and upgrades, to the 2.8km long bridge, worth $400 million while maintaining the operational capacity of the bridge to safely carry 160,000 vehicles per day. 

 

At its construction peak 700 workers were on site and 200 permanent staff. Together, they delivered outstanding engineering and program solutions to the complex issues of strengthening an existing bridge where virtually every location required a bespoke solution needing high levels of fitment accuracy.

 

Installing 400,000 bolts, 100,000 fabricated steel sections, 12,000 square meters of carbon fibre fabric and 38 kilometres of carbon fibre laminate, while working at heights of up to 50 metres over the navigation channel of Australia’s busiest port, over public roads and high voltage power lines, made the West Gate Bridge Strengthening one of the most challenging and logistically complex projects ever undertaken in Australia.


Advisory Excellence Award
– sponsored by Hansen Yuncken

Winner: The Barangaroo Development Project

KPMG – Financial Adviser to the State

 

Barangaroo represents an extraordinary opportunity for urban, waterfront renewal. On the western edge of Sydney’s CBD, this 22 hectare former container port is being transformed into a vital new extension of the city. When complete, the $6 billion precinct, funded by private sector investment, will include a new iconic landscaped Headland Park, spectacular public waterfront walks and parks, shops, cafes and restaurants, world class commercial office towers and apartments, all serviced by new and extended transport systems. Barangaroo will be a welcoming place for all Australians.

 

It will give everyone a dynamic new opportunity to enjoy Sydney Harbour with more than half of Barangaroo open public space. Construction has begun on both the Headland Park and the basement beneath the three commercial towers.

 

The first commercial tower, the Headland Park and public promenade are on track to open in 2015 with completion of the entire development projected by 2023.

 

FINALISTS


Nation Building Economic Stimulus Program - NSW Social Housing Initiative

Nominee: Evans & Peck – Strategic Adviser to the State

 

The Federal Government’s $1.9 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Program for Social Housing in NSW is the largest social housing infrastructure project across Australia in decades.

 

The Program has delivered 6028 accessible and energy efficient homes to date for thousands of people in need.

 

 In a strategic advisory role, and in partnership with Housing NSW, Evans & Peck developed the initial strategy for the Program to deliver the NSW Social Housing Initiative. A series of innovative processes were implemented to achieve significant time and cost savings. Evans & Peck went on to hold key positions in the Program Management Office during the implementation and delivery phases of the Program.

 

The Program successfully stimulated the NSW economy during the Global Financial Crisis creating over 5,000 jobs, providing opportunities for a new generation of apprentices injecting $1.9 billion within two years - while housing over 10,000 people in need.


Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Nominee: Ernst & Young – Commercial and Financial Adviser to the state

 

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project includes the development of a purpose-built PPP facility in Parkville to support and enable integrated delivery of patient treatment and care, cancer research and education.

 

The Victorian Department of Health is the lead State agency. Ernst & Young is the State's financial and commercial adviser to the project since completing its business case. Plenary Health is the developer.

 

The new facility will house the relocated Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It will also provide cancer research and clinical care facilities for Melbourne Health and The University of Melbourne. In addition, eight successful organisations in cancer control have formed a powerful alliance with the vision to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care.

 

Through innovation and collaboration, the VCCC alliance will drive the next generation of improvements in prevention, detection and cancer treatment.

 

Contractor Excellence Award - sponsored by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ


Winner: The Port Botany Expansion Project

Baulderstone

 

 

The Port Botany Expansion project is an outstanding example of engineering excellence and one of the most significant port infrastructure projects delivered in Australia for over 30 years. The $515m project included the reclamation of 60 hectares of land with the construction of 1.85km of shipping wharves and associated rail and road network.

 

The complex and demanding works were delivered safely, on time and within budget, using innovative design solutions and construction methodologies. This was achieved in spite of significant challenges that would have substantially delayed most projects of a similar scale.

 

The project has provided significant enhancements to the local community and environment, as well as major economic benefits and value for money to the wider community.

 

 In addition to setting a number of benchmarks for future infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally, the PBE is a testament to true collaboration, engineering innovation and ground breaking design.

 

FINALISTS

Logan Water Alliance

Nominee: Logan Water Alliance consisting of: Allconnex Water, Cardno, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Tenix

 

Allconnex Water’s Logan Water Alliance is a $300 million planning-led alliance accountable for the delivery of planning, design and construction activities for new and improved water, wastewater and recycled water infrastructure.

 

The Alliance is a public private sector enterprise comprising Tenix, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cardno and Allconnex Water and was established in August 2009 to meet the demand for water services in the Logan district.

 

One of the largest water infrastructure delivery programs of its type, Logan Water Alliance’s main activities include:

  • Program management – overall management of the program and key alliance personnel, and provision of program-wide services such as people management, financial management and community engagement.
  • Planning and project development – investigation, planning, project prioritisation and feasibility studies to assist Allconnex Water to decide whether / how to proceed with particular infrastructure works.
  • Project delivery – development of project budgets and the design, construction and commissioning of approved infrastructure.

 

Middlemount Coal Rail Spur

Nominee: Middlemount Early Rail Alliance consisting of: John Holland, Middlemount Coal Pty Ltd and GHD

 

The Middlemount Coal Rail Spur Project, delivered by the Middlemount Early Rail Alliance (MERA), involved the design, construction and commissioning of a 16.5 kilometre electrified rail spur to transport coal from the Middlemount Coal Pty Ltd (MCPL) open cut coal mine near Middlemount, Central Queensland to Hay Point.

 

Construction began in August 2010 and reached practical completion in November 2011.

 

MERA comprised MCPL as the owner, John Holland (Qld) Pty Ltd as constructor and GHD (Aust) Pty Ltd as designer. This is the first railway balloon loop and connection to the QR National mainline to be designed and constructed solely by a private contractor and owned by a private company in Queensland.

 

During construction MERA was faced with several challenges including six months of wet weather at the commencement of the project. Amidst these challenges, MERA delivered impressive statistics and results on safety, environmental, quality and early project delivery.

 

Financial Excellence Award – sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall

 

Winner: The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Macquarie Capital – Financial Adviser and Co-Sponsor

 

 

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (new RAH) will be South Australia’s largest and Australia’s most advanced hospital. The new RAH is the single largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in South Australia. Containing 700 single room beds and 100 same-day beds, the new RAH will have the capacity to admit more than 80,000 patients per year.

 

The SAHP consortium (including Hansen Yuncken, Leighton Contractors, Macquarie Capital and Spotless) will undertake the financing, design, construction and operation of the non-clinical services of the $A1.85 billion new RAH over a 35 year concession period.

 

At financial close, the Macquarie arranged financing solution raised more than $A2.5 billion in long term debt and more than $A300 million in private equity investment.

 

FINALISTS

 

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Nominee: Plenary Group – Financial Adviser and Sponsor

 

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project will deliver a new, $1 billion facility purpose-built for cancer research, treatment and care in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, Victoria.

 

Construction is under way to create the brand new 130,000m2 home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and new cancer research and clinical services for Melbourne Health and The University of Melbourne.

 

In addition to the new facilities being built, eight world-leading cancer organisations have come together to share knowledge and resources and drive the next generation of cancer research, education, treatment and care.

 

Based on the site of the former Royal Dental Hospital and linked by bridges across to new facilities at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the VCCC Project will assist building partners to accelerate the discovery of new cancer treatments, attract the nation’s leading cancer researchers and provide a centre of excellence for people affected by cancer.

 

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Nominee: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited – Financial Adviser

 

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal ("WICET") is a new coal loading facility being constructed at the Port of Gladstone, in Queensland, Australia.

 

WICET is owned and being developed by existing and potential coal exporters, and is the first bulk terminal in Australia enabling multi-user and multi-owner participation by all qualifying producers.

 

WICET is essential infrastructure for the development of coal export capacity to service the steel making and energy needs of the Asia Pacific region. For Queensland, it provides a crucial platform for the development of large scale export mines in the Bowen and Surat basins.

 

Once fully commissioned, the Terminal will provide over 80 million tonnes per annum in additional export coal capacity through the Port of Gladstone. In September 2011, WICET successfully completed the financing for Stage 1 development (27 million tonnes per annum) raising a total of US$2,900 million and A$1,150 million to fund construction costs.

 

Government Partnership Excellence Award – sponsored by SMART Infrastructure Facility

Winner: The Mundaring Water Treatment Plant

Client - Water Corporation of Western Australia

Delivery Consortium – Helena Water consisting of: Acciona Agua, Brookfield Multiplex, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland Advisory Services and TRILITY

 

Helena Water has entered into a PPP with Water Corporation of Western Australia to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain a $306 million water treatment plant at Mundaring. The Project reached Financial Close in July 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2 years followed by a 35year operating concession.

 

The Helena Water consortium comprises of ACCIONA Agua, TRILITY, Royal Bank of Scotland Infrastructure Advisory, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, and Brookfield Multiplex.

 

Helena Water’s financial advisor RBS Infrastructure Advisory procured a highly competitive debt funding solution from its bank group comprising Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi-UFJ, BNP Paribas, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and WestLB. It was the first PPP in Australia since the GFC to be funded entirely by foreign banks.

 

The Project is the first PPP awarded in Western Australian in over 5 years and contributes to meeting the State’s objective of diversifying financing sources for the development of infrastructure in Western

Australia.

 

FINALISTS

Queensland Asset Sales Programme

Client – Queensland Government

 

On 2 June 2009, the Queensland government announced the restructure of key components of the Queensland Government’s infrastructure asset portfolio under the Renewing Queensland Plan, a two year asset sale program – designed to strengthen the state’s balance sheet and fund its ambitious capital programme.

 

The programme was conducted under the Renewing Queensland Plan – developed by Rothschild, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

The plan involved the divestment of approximately A$15bn of assets across the forestry, tollroads, rail and ports sectors.

The assets sold under the Renewing Queensland Plan included:

 

  • Forestry Plantations Queensland; sold (by way of 99 year lease) for A$603m
  • QR National; demerger and IPO with an enterprise value of A$6.7bn
  • Port of Brisbane; sold (by way of 99 year lease) for approximately A$2.3bn in proceeds
  • Abbot Point Coal Terminal; sold (by way of 99 year lease) for A$1.829bn
  • Queensland Motorways Limited; sold (by way of a 40 year concession) to QIC for A$3.088bn

 

Queensland Reconstruction

Client – Queensland Reconstruction Authority

 

Over the summer of 2010-2011, Queensland experienced an unprecedented series of extreme weather events that devastated local communities, damaged vital infrastructure and resulted in the entire state being declared a natural disaster zone.

 

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority is overseeing the $6.8 billion reconstruction program through a governance structure that has been recognised as best practice.

As at December 2011, there was almost $755.7 million of projects completed, $1.965 billion in projects underway or out to tender and a further $834.3 million being prepared for market.

 

Tasmanian Sustainable Irrigation Development

Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd

 

The state-owned company Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) is transforming the island’s farming landscape with a series of 13 irrigation schemes that will all but drought-proof the state. With climate change, the schemes will broaden the canvas upon which Tasmanian farmers can work, opening up new crops and enabling conventional horticulture and livestock production to be intensified.

 

TI’s partnership involving the Commonwealth, the Tasmanian Government and private farmer capital will deliver the equivalent of 40,000 Olympic swimming pools of extra water every year on Tasmanian farms with 95 per cent reliability of delivery.

 

The schemes are costing $330 million, one-third of which is private farmer capital. The project is nearly halfway to its target and will be completed in 2015.

 

Not only will it herald a new era in Tasmanian agriculture that will contribute to world food security, it will breathe new life into marginal towns and communities throughout the state.

 

Operator and Service Provider Excellence Award – sponsored by Plenary Group

 

Winner: The Operation of Yarra Trams

KDR – Keolis Downer EDI Rail

 

 

FINALISTS

 

The operational delivery of the Aspire Schools PPP

Leighton Contractors – Services Division

 

Leighton Contractors’ Services Division is responsible for the daily operations of seven schools (six primary and one secondary) across south east Queensland, built under the Aspire Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.

 

The $189m operational contract stands for 30 years, with an additional contingency period of 25 years. This includes the operations and maintenance of all school facilities, and the lifecycle management of the assets and buildings.

 

The team of 39 staff are responsible for all hard and soft services following construction. Leighton Contractors’ Services Division works closely with principals and schools officers at each site to deliver reliable facilities that enable teaching staff to focus on delivering quality education to students.

 

Demand for the schools has grown beyond original enrolment forecasts and staff now maintain facilities for over 5,779 Queensland students.

 

The operation of The Perth Desalination Project

Degrémont

 

Facing impending water shortages in April 2005, Western Australia's Water Corporation (WA) formed an Alliance with global water treatment company Degrémont and constructor Multiplex Engineering Pty Ltd.

 

The resulting Alliance (pro-Alliance) was tasked with the Design, Build and 25-year Operation (Alliance between Degrémont & Water Corporation (WA)) of The Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, the city’s first seawater desalination plant using reverse osmosis technology and the first large desalination plant in the southern hemisphere.

 

The $345 million state-of-the-art plant is located at Kwinana, 25 kilometres south of Perth in WA. With a capacity of 143,000 m3/d the plant is able to produce up to 17per cent of Perth’s drinking water.

 

Following 5 years of continued operational success, the plant continues to consistently help with the areas drought, population growth, increased water demand and reduced rainfall allowing the people of Perth to trust and rely on the valued operation of the plant.

 

 

SMART Infrastructure Project– sponsored by The Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Joint winners:

 

FutureFlow

FutureFlow Alliance consisting of Transfield Services, Sinclair Knight Merz, Comdain Construction and Goulburn Murray Water

 

 

Northern Victoria is one of the most important agricultural production regions in Australia. The farmers in this region produce food for local and export markets totalling around $1.94 billion. Following 12 consecutive years of drought and irrigators reliance on an out-dated irrigation system, this once productive food region struggled to maintain this output.

 

The $290 million FutureFlow alliance was setup in 2008 by GM-W to go about modernising the existing irrigation infrastructure (over 6,300 km of open channels) with a world leading IT based system and in the process save over 30per cent of water (on average 94 GL per year) that was previously lost through leakage, seepage or evaporation.

 

This water has been returned to irrigators and the environment to maintain the regions strong agricultural output.

 

To date, the Future flow alliance has delivered the largest and fastest constructed channel automation system in Australia, and possibly the world.

 

Tasmanian Sustainable Irrigation Development

Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd

 

 

 

The state-owned company Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) is transforming the island’s farming landscape with a series of 13 irrigation schemes that will all but drought-proof the state. With climate change, the schemes will broaden the canvas upon which Tasmanian farmers can work, opening up new crops and enabling conventional horticulture and livestock production to be intensified.

 

TI’s partnership involving the Commonwealth, the Tasmanian Government and private farmer capital will deliver the equivalent of 40,000 Olympic swimming pools of extra water every year on Tasmanian farms with 95 per cent reliability of delivery.

 

The schemes are costing $330 million, one-third of which is private farmer capital. The project is nearly halfway to its target and will be completed in 2015.

 

Not only will it herald a new era in Tasmanian agriculture that will contribute to world food security, it will breathe new life into marginal towns and communities throughout the state.

 

SMART Infrastructure Research Grant – sponsored by The 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.

 

Recipient: Colin Duffield, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne for Quantification of design innovation for infrastructure projects

 

This research aims to quantify the benefits of design innovation brought to bear on service outcomes and sustainability through the use of different procurement techniques (incl PPPs and collaborative contracts) and a competitive bidding process. A key outcome of the study will be the establishment of a refined and industry validated model for evaluating design value.

This research will be the first study in Australia that seeks to quantify the value proposition relationship between an early investment in design and the economic and service outcomes delivered over time.

 

 

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