The Gateway Upgrade project, a joint venture by Leighton and Abigroup, was the big winner at the Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards, taking home the R.W. Hawken Award and the award for Best Infrastructure Project Over $50 Million.
The $2.12 billion project is one of the largest road and bridge projects in Queensland history.
The 24-kilometre long road infrastructure project features 34 bridges, including the duplicated new Gateway Bridge, and makes a massive contribution to easing congestion and smoothing freight efficiency through Brisbane. The project includes a new pedestrian and cycle way complete with four viewing platforms that look east to Moreton Bay, and free-flow electronic tolling and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to improve traffic flow and better manage capacity.
“The judges found this project to be outstanding,” said Engineers Australia Queensland president Steven Goh. “The works of the second Gateway Bridge had to retain the lines of the 25 year old Gateway Bridge, but with significantly improved detailed designs and construction to provide increased safety, security, cost-effectiveness and a substantially improved design life.”
A total of 40 projects from across the state were entered into this year’s Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards, including Arup’s 25,000 capacity Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, which won an Excellence Award in the category of Building and Structures.
The venue, designed in conjunction with Populous, features unique solar panelling which will generate 275,000 kWh of electricty per year, making it the largest installed solar power plan in the Southern Hemisphere.
Other features and initiatives that helped the project scoop the award include a quick-dry playing surface, a lightweight fabric roof and the re-use of existing civil infrastructure on a flood-prone site plagued by poor drainage.
Intensive wind engineering testing was carried out to ensure the unique roof glazing, with its photovolaic cells, could withstand all possible environmental weather condition scenarios.
Other Excellence Award winners included the Portsmith Landfill Closure in both the Environment and Sustainability categories, the South Brisbane Upgrade Project in the Project Management category and Toowoomba Range Rail Flood Recovery in the Project Infrastructure Under $50 Million category.
All regional winners are now eligible for the National Engineering Excellence Awards, which will be held in Canberra on November 20.