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.

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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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Bielby Secures Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra – Section D

Bielby Holdings, in joint venture with BMD Group is delighted to have secured the first of two major contracts (Contract 1) to deliver the fourth and final section of the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra program – Section D: Woondum to Curra (C2CD).

Contract 1 between Woondum to Sandy Creek Road involves construction of a new four lane divided highway connecting to the existing Bruce Highway south of Gympie at Woondum, and new interchanges at Penny Road, Gympie Connection Road.

Managing Director Adam Edwards, welcomed the project win “We are delighted to have secured another key road project in Queensland and to continue our relationship with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.”

“As a proudly Queensland owned business, we are excited about the opportunities to employ local people and support local businesses while delivering a key piece of infrastructure for the region.”

At Bielby Holdings, our workplaces are respectful, inclusive and value the diversity of our employees and the communities we operate within. All employment enquiries can be directed to hr@bielby.co.au. Local businesses and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest on the local Industry Register located www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra

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National Prequalification Certification

Bielby Holdings is pleased to announce that we recently achieved a further three year ‘National Prequalification Certification’ with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for Roadworks and Bridgeworks. Further to retaining our certification, we have also been recognised as a competent and dependable contractor through maintaining the highest prequalification level for Roadworks category (R5) and more recently achieving the highest prequalification level in Bridgeworks (B4).

To achieve these highest levels, Bielby has had to satisfy to the Assessing Agency that is has maintained and improved its management systems, has the relevant technical experience of key personnel related to Roadworks and Bridgeworks as well as maintaining solid performances on previous and current projects.

This is an outstanding achievement of which Bielby Holdings is incredibly proud to be recognised as having what it takes to deliver on major projects at the highest possible levels.

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25 Year Milestone for Bielby Project Manager

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.

Bielby Secures Major Project

Bielby Holdings is delighted to announce that we have been appointed by the Department of Transport and Main Road to construct the Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway upgrade.

The upgrade will see Improvements to 3.46 kilometres of the Pacific Motorway northbound carriageway between Sports Drive entry ramp and the Gateway Motorway overpass (SD2GM) and involves widening of northbound travel lanes to five lanes, upgrade to the Gateway Motorway exit ramp, relocation of Big Al’s Brook Fish Passage and extending the off road concrete cycle Veloway (V1) on the western side of the M1.

Work is scheduled to commence late March 2020 with the project running through to April 2021.

Managing Director, Adam Edwards, welcomed the project win “We are delighted to have secured the Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway upgrade. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Department or Transport and Main Roads, as we construct a vital piece of infrastructure for South-East Queensland.”

“I’d like to congratulate everyone at Bielby involved in the process as securing a major project in a highly competitive environment is always a challenge. It is a testament to the outstanding work we have delivered for TMR in the past that they have trusted us to be their delivery partner on this major project.”

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