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 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

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Bielby Undergraduates Complete Constructionarium Australia Program

For the past eight days, Bielby Holdings, Elian Ware, and Jayden Smith joined 14 other undergraduate and early-stage career professionals as part of the latest Constructionarium Australia cohort undertaking an intensive theory and practical training program.

The program takes participants through a complete project build from tender to completion, as they work as a team to deliver a replica 30m long, 4-tonne Story Bridge at The Construction Training Centre in Salisbury.

We caught up with Elian and Jayden to find out more about their participation and how they enjoyed their time with Constructionarium Australia.

Elian Ware

Elian Ware is an Undergraduate Site Engineer who has spent the last eight months working on the Everton Park Link Road Project, where he is working towards project completion in the coming months.

What did you enjoy most about Constructionarium Australia?

Constructionarium really gave me a broader picture of the construction industry. Having only experienced the day to day life of a site, I wasn’t aware of the community interlinking the industry where various companies, although fighting for the same jobs and projects, have to work together to maintain sustainable businesses. Seeing and talking to all these industry professionals at the QMCA awards, at the BBQ on Wednesday, and also the panel on Friday made me feel a part of this community. It inspired me as to what I could become in the future.

What challenged you most about Constructionarium Australia?

Being pushed into the deep end and out of my comfort zone. I was appointed the project manager for the Thursday (the 3rd day of construction) and was in charge of ensuring that we had completed the job, ready for the handover on Friday. We managed to complete the job on time; however, it was a challenge. Also, being introduced to so many industry professionals and learning to network with them, I found quite a new experience and was like nothing I’d ever done before.

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

The main component I will take away from this experience is the emphasis on using soft skills in the industry and how much I developed them in those eight days. Talking to subcontractors/clients to maintain relationships is almost more important than hard skills, and I will use this knowledge in my ongoing career.

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

Absolutely, meeting all these different people from different companies with all sorts of different experience gave a taste of the industry and the group I worked with got along very well. You learn a lot during the eight days of taking a project from inception through to handover.

Networking is also a huge component of this build and is very nicely integrated into the eight-day schedule; you will meet a wide range of people who are eager to talk to young professionals regardless of their high positions in the industry and busy schedules.

Harry, Jason, and Alex, and all the individuals for lunch & learns were all very inclusive and very passionate about the whole build and always ready to take questions and give advice. Harry was great at pushing us all out of our comfort zones and put us in positions where we would learn the most.

Jayden Smith

Jayden Smith has spent the last ten months with Bielby as he completes four years of Civil Engineering studies at QUT. Currently embedded at head office, he works with the precontracts team on bids for projects across Queensland.

What did you enjoy most about Constructionarium Australia?

The aspect I enjoyed the most was learning the full cycle of how a project comes to fruition. Seeing the Story Bridge build start as a bundle of drawings with a team of people who had never met, to completing the project under time and under budget was definitely a highlight to me.

What challenged you most about Constructionarium Australia?

The most challenging part of Constructionarium was being delegated the role of Project Manager on the first day of construction. At this point, the team was still unsure about each other, and from the very start, the holes in our tender began to show. Our tendered efficiencies and the use of assumptions throughout the tender caused many problems for me as the project manager. For example, due to a short two-day tendering time, our lift plan hadn’t considered in which order the prefabricated panels were placed on top of one another.

The fact that this had not been considered during the tender phase caused mass downtime for the crane crew, costing us valuable time and money whilst a new strategy was developed. However, I feel like I learnt the most through these challenges; it highlighted to me the importance of the tender phase and the level of detail that is required on-site to ensure a project runs smoothly.

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

Constructionarium has allowed me to build a variety of new skills. As part of the tendering team for Bielby, it has given me a new perspective for the level of detail required on-site from a cost and program point of view. It has also allowed me to network with peers at the same stage in our careers as well as people at the top of the industry. Being given the opportunity to attend a QMCA event was a highlight and allowed me to develop the ‘soft skills’ of networking by talking to industry professionals.

Something that I have come across through my time at Bielby is the involvement of Indigenous Companies in tenders, which was also a topic covered throughout Constructionarium. Alex Ibarra gave a presentation on Indigenous Culture and was incredibly moving for me.

Until now, I had never fully understood the importance or role it had in our society, but Alex explained it in a way that made sense, and he was also extremely open to further discussion. Having someone you could ask at any time, any question without judgement, was extremely helpful, allowing me to grasp the concepts he presented. We even had a one-on-one chat whilst I was doing Traffic Control on-site for a length of time, and I found that I learnt the most from him in that environment. The inclusion of Indigenous Culture is something that is still very new in the Construction Industry, and I believe in the next 5 years, it will become more prevalent. I am grateful that I have been exposed to it now throughout the duration of the Constructionarium course to prepare me for the future.

Lastly, the Lunch and Learns (which run at lunch all eight days by professionals) have taught me the importance of developing myself professionally as well as ensuring that I look after myself mentally and enjoy what I do as an Engineer. This is not something that I would usually consider at work, but Constructionarium has taught me that it should be at the top of my priorities.

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

Definitely. No matter what stage you are at in your career, I can guarantee that Constructionarium will teach at least one aspect that will make it worthwhile.

The group of 16 that went through this course at the same time as I were not just Undergraduates.

The team ranged in experience from students to older professionals with up to 20 years of experience who were further developing their skills or taking on a new role. Every participant mentioned they had gained a plethora of new knowledge in their respective fields. This course doesn’t just cover the technical skills required by an engineer. It also teaches the ‘Soft Skills’ that are far more important when working towards a Project Management position or beyond. All in all, this course has definitely opened my eyes to what skills I need to work on to progress my career to where I want to be, and I believe it will for others too.

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Bielby Secures Watland Street to Sports Drive M1 Upgrade

Bielby Holdings, in a joint venture with JF Hull Holdings, is delighted to have secured the Pacific Motorway M1 Watland Street to Sports Drive Upgrade. Already on-site delivering the Sports drive to Gateway Motorway upgrade, this is our second package of works on the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade Project.

The project will see significant enhancements made to the M1, designed to improve traffic flow, safety and connections for bus and cycle commuters. Work will include widening the M1 up to four northbound lanes between the Watland Street overpass and the existing Sports Drive on-ramp,  a new M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road and widening Rochedale Road to three southbound lanes from the Rochedale Road off-ramp (Exit 19) to Springwood Road.

In addition, the South-East Busway will be extended to Springwood bus station and the V1 Veloway will be extended from Sports Drive to Watland Street.

Managing Director Adam Edwards, welcomed the project win “We are delighted to have secured a second package of works on the M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade. It is a part of Queensland we know well having been involved in the original M1 Springwood South to Daisy Hill construction from 2009-12 and our current involvement in the upgrade of the M1 from Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway.”

“This is an exciting project for the region that will see significant investment made in improving road, bus and cycle infrastructure and introducing new smart motorway technologies that will reduce ‘stop-start’ travel on the motorway.”

“As a Queensland business, it is fantastic to continue our relationship with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and to deliver a key upgrade to one of the state’s most important pieces of infrastructure. We are also delighted to be able to help support businesses and employ locals as we undertake the project,” said Mr Edwards.

For employment opportunities, please direct enquiries to hr@bielby.com.au.

For more information about the Pacific Motorway M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, please visit: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/Pacific-Motorway-M1-Eight-Mile-Plains-to-Daisy-Hill-Upgrade

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Berrybank Stage 2 Wind Farm Project

Bielby Holdings is delighted to have secured the design and construction of the Civil Balance of Plant (CBoP) works for the Berrybank Stage 2 Wind Farm Project for Vestas – Australian Wind Technology (Vestas).

Located within the Corangamite and Golden Plains Shire Councils approximately 76km west of Geelong and 48km south of Ballarat, Victoria, the project will deliver 107 MW of power into the grid, enough to power 82 000 homes.

Managing Director, Adam Edwards, outlined Bielby’s involvement. “We are delighted to be undertaking our first project with Vestas, and are looking forward to bringing our proven design and construction capabilities to a major renewables project in Victoria.”

“Design has already commenced and as our team are deployed and commence works, we are confident that our extensive experience in the renewable energy sector will provide positive results for Vestas and significant benefits to the project.”

“Our role will be to provide the critical civil infrastructure required to enable the project’s 26 x V136 4.2MW HH112m wind turbines to be installed and for the site to be accessed via more than 20km of internal roads and improved public roads. We look forward to this exciting step in Bielby’s history and to making a positive contribution to the Corangamite and Golden Plains Shires,” said Adam.

Across the project, Bielby will be responsible for the delivery of;

  • 26 turbine foundations
  • 26 crane hardstands
  • 20km of internal access road
  • Public road upgrades, and
  • Facility provision and maintenance
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HRFU Project Update

It has been a busy couple of months in north Queensland as works progress on the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade.

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.

Bielby Managing Director, Adam Edwards recently visited the site, “It was great to see such impressive progress being made on the project, with significant works being undertaken in recent months. All credit must go to everyone involved in the joint venture team.”

But, as with any project, milestones achieved don’t mean resting on laurels! Throughout November, the project will continue at a rapid pace which will see the completion of key bridges, critical traffic switches and culvert installation at the project’s northern end.

As the project moves through its next phase, we look forward to bringing you updates on the following works:

  • Construction of main deck spans at the Upper Haughton/Hodal Road overpass and Pink Lily Lagoon bridge
  • installation of flood-prone culverts at the northern end of the project
  • erection of final super T girders at the Haughton River bridge and completion of bridge substructure construction
  • completion of the Horseshoe Lagoon bridge
  • switch Bruce Highway traffic onto the new, final alignment south of Trembath Road
  • complete pavement rehabilitation on overtaking lanes (between Shirbourne Road and Woodstock Giru Road).

For more information on Bielby’s involvement, please visit: https://www.bielby.com.au/haughton-river-floodplain-upgrade-project/

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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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Bielby Holdings Awarded Contract for Everton Park Link Road

Bielby Holdings is delighted to have been appointed to undertake construction works on the Everton Park Link Road for The Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The project will see significant investment made to ease congestion in North-West Brisbane with the new link road connecting South Pine Road, north of the Kedron Brook Creek, to Stafford Road, east of Mountridge Street.

To ease disruption, the majority of the Everton Park Link Road will be constructed away from operating roads, and traffic impacts will be minimised during construction. Upon completion the project will provide a direct route between Stafford Road and South Pine Road, reducing traffic congestion at the Stafford Road and South Pine Road intersection.

As part of the project the right turn facility from South Pine Road into Stafford Road during peak hours, providing more traffic light ‘green time,’ and improving travel time at the intersection.
Cyclists and active transport users are also catered for with increased connectivity and dedicated facilities linking into the ever-popular Kedron Brook Bikeway.

Wider footpaths and additional pedestrian crossings will provide significant benefits for local retailers, cafes and entertainment venues as pedestrians will be able to access the site quickly and safely.

Managing Director, Adam Edwards, welcomed the project win “Bielby has a successful history of delivering projects in the local area, having completed the upgrades to the Samford Road/Wardell Street Interchange in nearby Enoggera for the Department in 2013. We are delighted to be involved in the delivery of Everton Park Link Road, a project that caters for multi-modal transport and will provide improved critical infrastructure for local residents and businesses.”

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