BGC Contracting Awarded NSW Roads and Maritime Services Contract
BGC Contracting Launches into NSW Infrastructure
Leading Australian mining and civil construction firm BGC Contracting Pty Ltd has launched its expansion into NSW by winning a contract to complete a major upgrade to a section of Princes Highway, the most important transport corridor along the south coast of NSW. The contract, awarded by Roads and Maritime Services, a NSW Government agency, is for the replacement of the existing Burrill Lake Bridge, on Princes Highway about 230km south of Sydney. BGC Contracting expects to employ 50 people from the region during the project.
In announcing the tender, Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said: “I am delighted to announce the tender for work to replace the Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway just south of Ulladulla with work to be undertaken by BGC Contracting Pty Ltd. “It’s also great that this important project will bring with it a boost to employment opportunities for local people,” Mrs Hancock said. “A new 290-metre bridge will be built across Burrill Lake on a new alignment to the east of the existing crossing,” Mrs Hancock said. “A number of businesses tendered for the project, which also includes roundabouts at either end of the new bridge to improve local road connectivity and a pedestrian and cycle path across the bridge which will link to the Ulladulla cycleway.“BGC Contracting will also remove the existing crossing once the new bridge is open to traffic and build a southern foreshore park. The entire project is expected to cost about $58 million and will provide significant benefits to the community. “The new bridge will have a higher elevation to reduce the impact of flooding on the road and the new intersections will meet modern safety standards.”
BGC Contracting CEO Greg Heylen said that the Burrill Lake success was part of the company’s renewed strategic focus on public infrastructure projects and other opportunities in resources on the east coast, particularly in NSW and Queensland. “The turn in the commodity cycle has required us to refine our growth strategy by diversifying revenue streams through a broader geographic and commodities mix,” Mr Heylen said. “BGC Contracting has a proved track record in project delivery and in this case was able to develop an innovative approach that delivered to the NSW Government a more cost effective outcome that could be completed sooner than originally requested. “BGC Contracting’s scope of work includes temporary road diversions, demolition, utility relocation, management of environmental issues, construction of the road formation, piling and bridge substructure, remediation and landscaping. When completed, the 16-span pre-cast girder bridge will raise this section of the Princes Highway above the one in 100-year flood levels.”
Early work including utilities relocation has been completed with major building work expected to start later this month.