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Bielby Holdings Secures Prestigious Industry Award

Bielby Holdings, as part of The Infrastructure Group, has been recognised at the 2021 Queensland Major Contractors Association Innovation and Excellence Awards for the delivery of the Haughton River Flood Plain Upgrade, securing the prestigious CBUS Super Fund Project of the Year Over $100 Million Award.

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The project included safety and flood resilience upgrades to 13.5km of the Bruce Highway at Giru (midway between Ayr and Townsville) and the construction of 5 bridges and 2 cane rail overpasses, upgrades to intersections and the installation of wide centreline treatments.

Bielby Holdings’ Managing Director Adam Edwards welcomed the award win, “We are thrilled to have won the 2021 QMCA Award for the best project in Queensland valued at over $100 million. I would like to thank QMCA for hosting the awards and the judging panel for their support of our project.”

“I would like to thank our Infrastructure Group Partners, BMD, JF Hull and Albem and client Transport and Main Roads for their collaboration and positive approach to a hugely successful project.”

“But the biggest vote of thanks must go to the entire Project team. Your skill, expertise, passion, and commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure solutions set the foundation for this outstanding achievement. Congratulations,” said Mr Edwards.

Bielby Completes Critical M1 Upgrade

Bielby Holdings has completed a major upgrade to a 3.5-kilometre section of the M1 between Sports Drive and the Gateway Motorway. This is the first package of work within the broader $750 million, eight-kilometre M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill project.

All five lanes of the upgraded motorway between Sports Drive and Gateway Motorway are now open to traffic, improving travel times and flow for users. The V1 Veloway extension from the Gateway Motorway to Camelot Park, with connections at Logan Road, Underwood Road and Maureen Street is also complete and open for bike riders.

Bielby Holding’s Adam Edwards congratulated the project team on their efforts, “We are delighted to have successfully delivered a vital section of critical road infrastructure that supports the movement of people and goods along one of Queensland’s major motorways. I want to thank the entire Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway team for their efforts and hard work delivering another successful project.”

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Learn more at: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/93317

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Meet The Team – Cindy Thomas

Cindy Thomas is one of life’s natural communicators, who has brought her impressive communication and stakeholder engagement skills to infrastructure projects across Australia. Cindy is currently a core part of our communications team, working on Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra project Section D, Contract 1 and ensuring our project is connected with our client, partners and stakeholders in the local community.

We caught up with Cindy to find out more about overcoming her fear of public speaking and her love of working in infrastructure.

Why did you become a communications professional?

I am somewhat intrinsically a communicator, and most roles in my working life have involved an element of communications and engagement. I joined the industry with Abigroup on the Bonville Upgrade project over 14 years ago, and project life and stakeholder engagement was where I really found my niche.  I became a professional because I believe stakeholder management is important, and that doing it well makes a difference.

What do you love about our industry?

It’s unpredictable, challenging, frustrating, rarely boring, and exceptionally rewarding in so many ways. I love the people, the camaraderie, and the feeling of being a part of something that changes lives.

What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra project Section D, Contract 1.

What has been your greatest professional achievement to date?

Stand out achievement is being promoted after only two years in the industry into a manager role in recognition of my leadership skills; and being awarded the NAWIC Award in 2011 for Excellence in Marketing and Community Engagement, but by far my greatest achievement was overcoming a debilitating fear of public speaking.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The most special would be the Bonville Upgrade near Coffs Harbour in NSW as this was my first project in 2006, with an insanely good group of people.  I have worked on eight projects over the past 14 years, and they have all been the ‘best’ for different reasons. The C2CD project team make it a joy to come to work every day so it’s the best right now.

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned throughout your career?

Learning to be brave and speak up – it turns out most people are thinking the same thing; believing in myself and that if I have a seat at the table, it’s for good reason; and most importantly, kindness always prevails.

What would your last meal be?

A very memorable seafood pasta I enjoyed in Monterosso Cinque Terre Italy, or a reverse seared tomahawk steak cooked by my husband.

What is the last movie you watched or series you binged?

The Tomorrow War.

What excites you about the future of infrastructure?

Sustainable social, environmental and economical innovation, greater industry support for raising awareness about mental health and well-being, diversity and inclusion on projects, and equal pay.

If you could have worked on any major project from history, what would it have been?

The Colosseum in Rome.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Entertaining friends and family on our property, music festivals, live music, travelling, reading.

Major milestone for M1 upgrade as new bridges emerge

Major construction on Stage 2 of the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade has been motoring along with significant progress on new Springwood Road bridges.

Bielby Holdings, Managing Director Adam Edwards said the upgrade, between Watland Street and Sports Drive is an important project for the Bielby Hull Joint Venture.

“The project includes M1 widening works, constructing a safer on-ramp at Lexington Road and extensions to the South East Busway and V1 Veloway.

“I am delighted to see how much progress the project team has made over the past six months.

“Drainage and sewer relocation work on Springwood Road is complete and construction has started on the three new bridges over Springwood Road.

“Foundation works for the new bridges have been completed with 24 bored piles on Springwood Road.

“Having these solid foundations in place is a major milestone for the project. The three new bridges will form part of the new M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road and V1 Veloway crossing Springwood Road.

“The new Lexington Road on-ramp will replace the Sports Drive on-ramp to provide extra capacity for merging traffic and safer access onto the M1,” Mr Edwards said.

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Bielby Hull Joint Venture, Project Manager Clayton Smith said drainage works in preparation for widening the northbound motorway to four lanes between Logan Road and Lexington Road was progressing well.

“In recent months, 670 lineal metres of pipework has been laid and more than 3,000 cubic metres of concrete poured.

“The V1 Veloway underpass at Logan Road is complete and the next stage will be to realign the northbound Logan Road off-ramp.

“We thank motorists for their patience and urge them to continue sticking to reduced speed limits through the site for their safety and the safety of our roadworkers” Mr Smith said

This project is part of the $750 million Pacific Motorway (M1): Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade, supporting 721 jobs over the life of the project.

For further information on the upgrade and to view the video drive-through, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects and search for Watland Street to Sports Drive.

For more information about the project, please phone 1800 974 983 or visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/WatlandStreettoSportsDrive.

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Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 – Project Wrap-Up

From April 2017 to April 2021, the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 played a central role in the lives of motorists, residents and businesses as works to upgrade the highway and create a more efficient and safer road network were undertaken.

For several members of the Bielby Team, the project has been a significant part of their working lives as they worked collaboratively with our team, stakeholders and partners to deliver a world-class infrastructure solution for one of the State’s busiest arterials.

Following project completion, we caught up with three key team members and asked them to share their experiences delivering a $400 million project comprising 3km of highway upgrades and seven new bridges across a flood-plain.

Andrew Howgate – Project Director

What did you enjoy most about the project?

The project has been twenty per cent of my career.

Looking back at the challenge of the complexity of raising and lowering the busy motorway while contending with safety, environmental, community and design issues, not to mention the day to day challenge of managing people, gives a great sense of accomplishment.

The job also had several firsts for me, an archaeological find in timber bridges, a collaborative contract as project manager, incorporation of numerous new computer-based company systems and tools and every conceivable Public Utility Plant challenge.

What was the project’s biggest challenge?

Managing an ever-changing throng of people; people coming, people going, people getting promoted, people having good times and bad, all of which are a natural part of a multi-year major project.

What about the completion of the project makes you most proud?

The project has no outstanding disputes or issues. The knowledge I was part of a team including the client, designers, contractors, subcontractors, and the community who have left an infrastructure legacy and strong relationships are something we should all be proud of.

How does it feel to have delivered a major piece of infrastructure for Queensland?

I always look forward to telling my kids I was part of building this.  They’re indifferent now, but one day I’m sure they’ll tell the “grandkids”.

What is the next project you will be helping Bielby to deliver?

I’m helping deliver numerous recent project wins as Project Director.  Watland Street to Sports Drive, Cooroy to Curra D1, and Northern Transitway are all in my remit.

Kylie May – Stakeholder Engagement Manager

What did you enjoy most about the project?

I loved working with the team. We created an exceptional culture and a tight-knit, collaborative environment that enabled us to meet our targets, operate efficiently and deliver the project to the satisfaction of everyone involved. It was also fantastic to be able to work on-site.

What was the project’s biggest challenge?

Working within a live motorway whilst proactively engaging with stakeholders, particularly during changes to construction methodology from unpredictable circumstances such as weather and construction conditions.

What about the completion of the project makes you most proud?

It was a privilege to work with some engaging local stakeholders and to help address their needs and concerns as we delivered the project. I also appreciated the project’s size and scale, including the seven bridges, and was fortunate to have seen the pitching and piling process within a live motorway.

How does it feel to have delivered a major piece of infrastructure for Queensland?

I feel proud to be a part of such a successful upgrade, which has significant improvements for the area. I hope to be back there one day if the next stage comes to fruition!

What is the next project you will be helping Bielby to deliver?

I’ll be working to support the delivery of the Northern Transitway in Brisbane. The project will provide a high-quality public transport corridor and will see 2.3km of dedicated northbound and southbound bus lanes constructed between Kedron and Chermside along Gympie Road.

Kane Clarke – Project Manager

What did you enjoy most about the project?

The working culture for R2D was superior; everyone came to work with a great attitude.  The ability of the R2D team to work towards a common goal whilst still being able to have a laugh made for a well-organised and effective environment.

What was the project’s biggest challenge?

The motorway traffic switches were perhaps our biggest challenge. Due to the narrow road corridor, the project had over seven major stages.  The preparation works would start months in advance, with the team focused on achieving the switch dates.  Once that date arrived, the entire R2D team worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure the motorway was open for traffic.

What about the completion of the project makes you most proud?

I was one of the first guys on the ground in 2017, so to see the project evolving was extremely rewarding and satisfying. It was also great to see that everyone who worked on R2D were equally proud of our combined efforts.

How does it feel to have delivered a major piece of infrastructure for Queensland?

It gives me immense satisfaction to drive through this section of the motorway and know I had a hand in its creation.  It’s something we worked really hard to deliver and should be proud of!

What is the next project you will be helping Bielby to deliver?

Topping the fantastic work culture in this project is going to be hard to beat, but I’m hoping to transfer some of our great learnings from this project to the next. We are still wrapping up the final tasks for R2D, and post that, I will have a better idea of what comes next.

About the Project

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The $400 million project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, each committing $200 million. The project covers a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea to the east of Oxley Road, Oxley and included seven new bridges.

In April 2017, TMR appointed Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture (BHA JV), a Queensland-owned joint venture, as the contractor for the upgrade.

Learn more about the project HERE

Bielby Welcomes Yvonne Hartnell to Critical New Role

Bielby Holdings is delighted to announce the appointment of Yvonne Hartnell as Planning Manager. Yvonne joins Bielby following a 25+ year career supporting the end-to-end delivery of Australian and international infrastructure projects for major contractors, including Downer, Lendlease, Laing O’Rourke and Thiess.

In her role, Yvonne will bring her exceptional knowledge and experience of planning and project controls strategy, advice and implementation to all current and future projects.

Managing Director Adam Edwards welcomed Yvonne to the team. “I am delighted that Yvonne has joined Bielby, and I look forward to the significant contribution she will make to our team and to the projects that we are privileged to deliver for our clients.”

Yvonne will be based at Bielby’s head office in Milton and is excited to join our growing organisation, “I am thrilled to join Bielby and to be part of their continued growth. I look forward to meeting the team, becoming embedded in projects and supporting the work we do to deliver major infrastructure across Australia in the civil, transport, resources and energy sectors,” said Yvonne.

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Everton Park Link Road Completed

Bielby Holdings is delighted to announce the completion of Everton Park Link Road, a vital congestion easing project, connecting South Pine Road, north of the Kedron Brook Creek, to Stafford Road, east of Mountridge Street in Brisbane’s inner North-West.

The completed project will reduce traffic congestion at the Stafford Road and South Pine Road intersection and improve connectivity for cyclists with dedicated facilities linking into the ever-popular Kedron Brook Bikeway.

We caught up with Joe Damen, Project Manager, who oversaw the project, ensuring its smooth progress from site mobilisation to completion.

What did you enjoy most about the project?

I liked the size of the project, as it allowed me to get to know all our staff and workers and create a cohesive team dedicated to delivering a successful project.

The project had plenty of opportunities for professional development and growth for all our staff and workers. It included plenty of technical aspects of road construction throughout the project.

What was the projects biggest technical challenge?

The project included a major reinforced concrete box culvert structure for stormwater drainage.

The structure is 60m long on a 40 degree skew at the base of a creek bed with difficult ground conditions. Comprised of 208 precast elements weighing between 6 tonnes and 12 tonnes, it was a logistical challenge to transport the materials to the site, ensuring that we worked within the boundaries of traffic curfews.

Working in a tight urban environment also posed some challenges. Each precast element had to be delivered and unloaded into a narrow corridor between the work area and Stafford Rd without causing traffic congestion on the local road network. We then had to store precast elements on their side and a dual crane lift undertaken to install them below the new road.

What about the completion of the project makes you most proud?

This is my first project as a Project Manager, and I am very proud to have led a safe and successful project on time. I’d like to thank every team member for their commitment to ensuring that we delivered another outstanding piece of infrastructure for our clients.

I look forward to seeing the project benefit the local community and businesses while reducing congestion for road users and improving access for pedestrians and cyclists.

What is the next project you will be helping Bielby to deliver?

I’ll be working with the estimating team on upcoming projects in the road and rail sectors.

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Bielby’s Casey Doolan Completes Constructionarium Australia All-Female Build

Bielby Holdings’ Casey Doolan recently joined 20 female undergraduate and early-stage career professionals as part of Constructionarium Australia’s cohort undertaking the 2021 All-Female Story Bridge Build.

Held annually, the All-Female Build is an opportunity for Constructionarium Australia to profile the vital role women play in engineering and construction and highlight the careers and pathways available to students and early-stage career professionals from across the industry.

The program is an intensive theory and practical training course where participants work together to complete the construction of a replica 30m long, 4-tonne Story Bridge at The Construction Training Centre in Salisbury.

Participants build the structure to their schedule and methodology, managing every aspect of construction from cost control to SWMS and from traffic management plans to crane lifts. Each day they are joined by leaders from across the sector who provide invaluable insights, advice and knowledge designed to help them fast track their knowledge and understanding of infrastructure delivery in Queensland.

Casey Doolan

Casey is an Environment and Sustainability Advisor for the Watland Street to Sports Drive project, as part of the Pacific Motorway (M1) Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade. We caught up with her to find out more about how she enjoyed her time with Constructionarium Australia.

What did you enjoy most about Constructionarium Australia?

I enjoyed the teamwork aspect of Constructionarium Australia the most. Working as part of a diverse team, we could utilise strengths from different disciplines and experience levels to create a team that could collaborate effectively and overcome the program’s challenges.

I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing from industry experts about the latest advancements in the engineering and sustainability space.

What challenged you most about Constructionarium Australia?

The most challenging part of Constructionarium Australia was the condensed project timeline. We usually have five days to complete the build, but Brisbane went into Lockdown mid-way through our program. That meant we had to rapidly change our schedule to complete the project a day early and implement revised working practices to ensure we complied with health advice and minimised any potential risks to our team.

As a result, we spent shorter periods on each project component than would typically be allocated. For example, the tendering process was required to be completed within two days. While this timeline was challenging, it was amazing to see the high-quality tender each team produced during the presentations to the client and as we progressed on-site to finish ahead of time and under budget.

What help do you think Constructionarium Australia participation will be in your career/studies?

Participation in Constructionarium Australia has given me a greater appreciation of the role that others play in the life of a project. The organisation chart was reshuffled at the end of each day, allowing everyone to experience different roles and responsibilities, from Project Manager to Traffic Controller. By understanding and appreciating the importance of these different roles, I will be able to work more effectively with my team to achieve shared goals.

Would you recommend taking part in a build to other students/professionals?

I would highly recommend taking part in the build to other students and professionals, for those with both an engineering and non-engineering background in the construction industry. The build enabled my cohort to grow in our confidence and believe in our capabilities.

Meet The Team – Narelle

Working in Human Resources, Narelle Aucote, has worked across Construction, Mining and Manufacturing for over 20 years.  She has been fortunate to have worked on a variety of construction projects and mine sites, in Australia and throughout the world.  We caught up with Narelle to find out a little more about her career and projects.

Why did you become an HR Professional?
I must admit I actually “stumbled across” HR. I had quit Uni (Deg. In Science, majoring in Marine Biology), my parents were not thrilled, and so I had to find a job.  I started working in an Administration role, this involved completing payroll for the business.  I then moved into a specialist payroll role which was a part of a wider HR Team.  After a short time in that team I was provided with opportunities from there to support the HR team in learning and development and recruitment.  I had always had an interest in people and what motivates them but I did not really know about Human Resources and the role they played in companies until I joined the corporate world.  From there I worked full time and studied part time and career progressed into specialist HR roles.  Whilst not the “normal” way of progressing into a career, I have definitely found working and studying gave me a far better practical application of my learning and knowledge and this has definitely helped me in my career.

What do you love about our industry?
The diversity of projects, locations, people and learning.  Each day is different, each person is different but together we form a great team and get to be involved in some amazing projects.  Many people not involved in Civil Construction take for granted what we do and for a non-Engineer in this industry I feel really privileged to be a part of our exciting, fast-moving and ever-changing industry.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am very excitedly working on the Bielby HR Strategy.  It will cover all aspects of the HR Life cycle from Recruitment to Culture to Diversity to Learning and Development and beyond!  In my past roles, I have specialised in Learning and Development, and I am very passionate about growing and challenging all of our Bielby team members to be the best they can.  One aspect of our Learning and Development strategy is to continue to develop the Bielby Engineer Development program based on our Bielby Pillars.  I have also been very busy recruiting and ensuring we have more great team members to meet the requirements of all our projects.

What has been your greatest professional achievement to date?
The projects I am most proud to have been involved in, in the past are:
Leadership Development program for Site Supervisors and Superintendents to help them with the leadership skills they need to step up from being on the tools.  We demystified what leadership is, and rather than going with the “sink or swim” attitude that many companies have we provided our front line leaders with the ability to lead.

Restructure and Organisational change project for a Manufacturing facility in South Africa.  Together with the leadership team, we turned around an underperforming business into a thriving one.  Through this I once again saw the value of great leadership in creating an amazing culture, a motivated team and dedication to a business.

What’s the best project you have worked on?
Working in a corporate support function I have been very privileged to have worked on many projects and have travelled Australia and the World doing this.  My role has not only involved working on site but also supporting projects from Australia, and this has helped to develop my skills in communication, cultural understanding, strategy, industrial relations for numerous countries, as well as how best to support our team members who are away from families in FIFO an DIDO roles.
I feel it really important to share the opportunities our industry provides not only to Engineers but also support staff who are willing to get in and have a go and I would honestly struggle to say which project has been the best.  On each project I have learned something and have got to experience something I would never have in any other industry… like getting to see a Hippopotamus on my way to work in South Africa, seeing an Oil and Gas flare light up the Jungle canopy at night in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, seeing the sea turtles playing in the waves off of Barrow Island and experiencing the beauty of so many sunrises and sunsets in some of the most remote locations of Australia, places where many people would never think to travel to.  Whilst getting to see these things I have also met some of the most diverse and wonderful people… and that is why I get out of bed and come to work each day.

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned throughout your career? 
To be adaptable, seize every opportunity that comes along and challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone daily. There are so many amazing things I would have missed out on it I had of listened to that little voice that said, “what if” and also my fears. Instead, I went with the attitude “I would rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done”.  I can honestly say I have not regretted anything I have done in my career and I am so grateful to the employers I have worked with for the opportunities they have given me.

What would your last meal be?
I love a good cheese platter, so one of those with a variety of different cheeses and a lot of wine.

What is the last movie you watched or series you binged?
Having two young kids, I tend to binge Bluey, Trolls and Paw Patrol!

Unfortunately, I do also have a terrible addiction to the reality show “Below Deck”.  I love watching it for the amazing yachts and locations they go, but also for the ridiculousness of the passengers and crew.

Who’s the greatest engineer of all time and why?
I think the Engineer that built the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain must have been pretty impressive as whilst it is absolutely beautiful, but I am not really sure it was designed to be constructed easily.

What excites you about the future of infrastructure?
I think that the work that many companies are doing in regards to using recyclable materials in road surfaces is very interesting and also the balance that we are now seeing in regards to considering our environment and how we minimise the impact.  There will always need to be infrastructure construction and so I like to think that by being in the industry we can champion how we balance the environmental impact.

If you could have worked on any major project from history, what would it have been?
Notre Dame Cathedral.  I am a believer that Paris could never be considered over-rated.  It is a beautiful city and the first time I saw Notre Dame my breath was truly taken away.  Once the restoration, from the 2019 fire, is completed I hope to be able to see it once again.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
We love to travel but that has obviously been hampered a bit by Covid, and so we now tend to camp a lot with the kids, this can be fun and not fun all at once!
Much of my time is taken up in “Mum’s Taxi” duties of ferrying the kids from playdates to sports, but when I do have a bit of spare me time, I love to read and I love to walk the dog along the Manly foreshore.

Bielby To Deliver Vital Public Transport Infrastructure for the Department of Transport and Main Roads

Bielby Holdings is delighted to announce our appointment by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to construct the Northern Transitway, which will provide a high-quality public transport corridor in Brisbane’s north.

The project is part of the state’s Passenger Transport Infrastructure Investment Program (PTIIP) and will see 2.3km of dedicated in and out-bound bus lanes constructed between Kedron and Chermside along Gympie Road.

Enabling high-frequency services, the new infrastructure will save up to six minutes of travel time on some services during peak periods, improve safety and increase capacity, benefitting over 5,000 people during peak periods each weekday. The project will also improve accessibility at bus stops,  with enhancements to kerb ramps along pathways improving access and safety for pedestrians and bike riders.

Road safety will play a critical part in the project by removing unsignaled right turns along the corridor. New traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Gympie Road and Boothby Street, including a dedicated right-turn lane and U-turn facility.

Construction commences mid-2021 and will continue for approximately two years.

Bielby Holdings’ Managing Director, Adam Edwards, welcomed the organisation’s appointment to the project.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to deliver a vital piece of public transport infrastructure that will bring significant benefits to residents, businesses and travellers in Brisbane’s north.”

“Our team welcomes the opportunity to continue our strong working partnership with TMR. We are excited to commence the project and support the Department’s vision to create integrated transport networks that support multimodal users.”

For further information about the project please visit: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/Northern-Transitway