Bielby’s Andrew Howgate racked up an impressive milestone with the company in May, passing 25 years as a Bielby employee. We caught up with Andrew and asked him to cast his mind back to 1st May 1995 when he became a Site Engineer working with the team delivering the Deagon Deviation Upgrade to the Gateway Motorway.
What was your first impression of Bielby?
That’s a long time ago now but possibly the competency of the management and the ease at how things happened.
And it is impossible to overlook the generosity of being handed my first phone – a secondhand Nokia!
What project have you most enjoyed working on?
There are quite a few to choose from, in 25 years I’ve been lucky to work on a range of projects but Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra Section A, Package 2 is my favourite.
It was a project that was complex and highly involved with the construction of 8km of highway, six bridges and major earthworks involving cuts and fill up to 40m deep.
What are the 3 major projects that stand out for you in your time at Bielby?
In addition to Cooroy to Curra Section A Package 2, I’d have to say my current project – Ipswich Motorway Upgrade; Rocklea to Darra and The Gladstone Rail Link; Aldoga to East End Line. Each project that I have worked on has its unique qualities and challenges, and that means that there is a lot of variety in the roles and projects I have undertaken.
From major highway upgrades and managing millions of vehicle movements to constructing a rail line to aid the resources sector, I’ve been lucky to have worked on some of the company’s flagship projects.
What has been the biggest change in Bielby over the last 25 years?
Besides the obvious – faster computers and mobile phones and tablets, it was the decision to move from roundabout and widening projects to the larger scale infrastructure which necessitated bigger teams and stronger systems.
What is the best thing about life at Bielby?
Being part of a team with the same goals and knowing everyone from the owner to the leading hand.