Bielby delighted to see great design acknowledged

Bielby Holdings is delighted to see innovative design recognised at the recent Queensland Major Contractors Association Innovation and Excellence awards, with the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade nominated for the Designers Award and being highly commended by the judging panel.

In their submission, the Arup and HDR Joint Venture outlined the innovative and technology-led approach that they took when designing the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project:

Arup partnered with HDR to develop design innovations for the 13.5-kilometre Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project, located 50 kilometres south of Townsville. The foodplain is one of the most complex in Australia, with regular flood events spreading for many kilometres along the Bruce Highway.

The integrated design and construction team developed meaningful solutions using a risk-based approach that met both hydraulic and alignment requirements. These ideas reduced the number of bridges from the reference design from 16 to seven, which saved more than 2100 linear metres of bridge without significantly increasing the waterway area of transverse culverts.

Another key innovation was the use of tubular steel piles that made up the sub-structure on the new Haughton River Bridge. In a first for Queensland, it will be built to withstand a Category 4 earthquake.

Building information modelling formed the centrepiece of the design process. It helped to communicate intent to all parties and provided a common platform for collaboration, clash detection and interface management.

Bielby Managing Director, Adam Edwards paid tribute to the nomination “We along with our joint venture partners are delighted to be delivering a project that is at the cutting edge of design. It is fantastic to see that innovation within the construction and infrastructure industry is being recognised and rewarded by Queensland Major Contractors Association, of who Bielby is a proud member.”

For more information on Bielby’s involvement please visit:

About the Project

The $513 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($414.4 million) and Queensland Government ($102.9 million). The project covers essential upgrades to the Bruce Highway, designed to improve safety and efficiency for road users, as well as significantly improving flood immunity. The project is being delivered by The Infrastructure Group (TIG), a joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull Holdings and Albem Operations, on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

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