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Design change for Swan River bridge

The state government has approved design alterations to the Swan River pedestrian bridge in an attempt to cut $4 million in construction costs, while also announcing further delays to the bridge’s opening date.

Surprise spike in construction activity

Construction work has spiked for a second straight quarter, far outpacing market expectations, but economists suggest the numbers could flatter to deceive.

Monadelphous tips 30% growth

Engineering and construction contractor Monadelphous Group has painted a positive outlook after tough trading conditions in recent years, with the company tipping strong revenue growth in the current financial year.

SCEE $32m placement to facilitate growth

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering will raise $32 million through a share placement to provide working capital as the company’s order book continues to expand.

SKA precursor telescope doubled in size

A $2.2 million expansion of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope has been completed, doubling the number of antenna stations at the facility, as design work on the planned Square Kilometre Array continues.

Cautious optimism on civil construction

Civil infrastructure work in WA is expected to stabilise at around $6.5 billion a year, underpinning renewed optimism in the sector, the Civil Contractors Federation WA has found.

AdBri probes 'hidden' underpayments

Cement and masonry supplier Adelaide Brighton, which owns Cockburn Cement, is investigating some transactions that may have hidden customer underpayments for supplied products.

Decmil awarded $75m BHP contract

Osborne Park-based Decmil Group has won a $75 million contract with BHP Billiton to upgrade and expand accommodation for the miner's existing operations and its planned South Flank iron ore project near Newman.

$1m telco upgrade for regions

South Western Wireless WA is set to establish fixed wireless internet services across large parts of the Wheatbelt, after winning a tender run by the North Eastern Wheatbelt Regional Organisation o

CPB signs $48m Lord St contract

Long-running negotiations between CPB Contractors and the state government have resulted in the CIMIC Group subsidiary signing a $47.9 million contract for the New Lord St project at Ellenbrook.

Cimic outlook bullish as net profit jumps

Construction major CIMIC Group has reaffirmed its full-year profit guidance after lifting third-quarter profit by 20 per cent.

GO2 People goes public

Belmont-based labour-hire firm GO2 People listed on the ASX today after raising more than $10 million to provide more labour to infrastructure projects and expand its building arm.

Three-way tussle for $40 million freeway work

Shortlisted contractors for the widening of the Mitchell Freeway have been announced, with BMD Constructions, CPB Contractors and WBHO Infrastructure in the race for the $40 million contract.

ACIL, GHD win pipeline study

The federal government has commissioned ACIL Allen and GHD to study the possible development of a pipeline from Western Australia to the eastern states, one of the critical elements of a possible national gas market.

Clough JV wins PNG work

A joint venture comprising local engineering group Clough and Finnish corporation Wartsila has won a contract to build a power station in Papua New Guinea for an undisclosed sum.

Civmec pursues ASX listing

Henderson-based shipbuilder Civmec has announced plans to list on the ASX, with details of its entry yet to be determined.

Amalgamation cuts port costs

The state-owned Southern Ports Authority has cut its annual operating costs by about $7 million since its three component ports were amalgamated in 2014, according to its annual report.

Aboriginal group buys fencing contractor

Karlka Developments is set to more than double its annual turnover to $35 million after acquiring Perth company FenceWright for an undisclosed sum.

Clough JV wins work on $262m Water Corp project

A joint venture between Perth-based engineering group Clough and French company Suez has won a contract to build the second stage of a water recycling plant in Craigie, which is the major component of the state government’s $262 million groundwater replenishment scheme.

Flat year at Fremantle Ports

The volume of freight through Fremantle Ports has remained static for the third year running, raising further questions about when the proposed outer harbour development at Cockburn Sound will be needed.

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