02/02/2021 - 15:44

Laing O’Rourke wins two big projects

02/02/2021 - 15:44

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UK-based contractor Laing O’Rourke has won two infrastructure projects collectively worth more than $600 million – a major upgrade to Great Eastern Highway and replacement of the Fremantle traffic bridge.

Laing O’Rourke wins two big projects
The project will upgrade two major intersections on Great Eastern Hwy. Photo: Main Roads WA

UK-based contractor Laing O'Rourke has won two infrastructure projects collectively worth more than $600 million – a major upgrade to Great Eastern Highway and replacement of the Fremantle traffic bridge.

The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project includes the construction of two major interchanges, at the intersections with Roe Hwy and Abernethy Road.

The Greater Connect consortium, comprising Laing O’Rourke, AECOM and design consultancy Arcadis, has been contracted to deliver the project, budgeted to cost $386.5 million.

The project also includes an upgrade of Great Eastern Highway between the new interchanges, and an upgrade of Roe Highway between Great Eastern Highway and Clayton Street.

Further elements include an upgrade to sections of Abernethy Road and a new bridge over the Helena River, completing the extension of Lloyd Street from Clayton Street to Stirling Crescent.

Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said procurement for the upgrades had been streamlined to boost the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Early works are expected to start mid-year and completion is expected by mid-2024 subject to environmental and statutory approvals.

The Laing O'Rourke consortium beat two other consortia short-listed for the project.

One was led by CPB Contractors, which was the market leader in WA but has become the perennial bridesmaid in bids for infrastructure projects over the past year.

The second was led by Queensland-based Seymour Whyte Constructions, which has not been a major player in WA infrastructure.

Separately, a consortium comprising Laing O’Rourke, Arup and WSP will form an alliance with Main Roads Western Australia to guide the next stage of planning for a new Fremantle traffic bridge.

In a statement today, the government said the preferred alignment initially had a new traffic bridge to the east of the current bridge, but in response to community feedback, the alliance team will now further investigate options to build between the existing road and rail bridges.

The project is budgeted to cost $230 million, with construction due to commence in late 2021.

Today's news comes three months after Laing O'Rourke signed a $753 million contract to deliver one of the state’s largest infrastructure projects: the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line.

In addition, in July 2019, Laing O'Rourke and BG&E signed a $134 million construction contract for the Armadale Road to North Lake Road bridge project.

In addition to these contract wins, a Laing O'Rourke consortium was short-listed last month for the Byford rail line project.

It has joined with Pritchard Francis Consulting and Kellogg Brown and Root in the MetConnx Alliance.

The competing Byford Alliance comprises Downer EDI, CPB Contractors, Aurecon and Carey Mining's civil arm CareyMC.

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