Tender win for Civmec builders

Footbridge construction for theElizabeth Quay development
Footbridge construction for theElizabeth Quay development

Civmec Construction and Engineering announced last Wednesday that it had claimed the $73 million contract to supply and install steel for the new Perth Stadium in Burswood.

That followed news that fellow Henderson company Phillips Total Solutions’ (PTS) had been locked in to build the Elizabeth Quay pedestrian footbridge, a 120m structure requiring 400 tonnes of specialty grade plate steel.

PTS managing director Eric Phillips said winning the contract was a major achievement and a vote of confidence for local workers.

‘We always wanted to be part of this project because it will form part of an iconic piece of Western Australian Infrastructure that will be enjoyed by so much of the public,’ he said.

‘There is a great deal of pride that can be felt from seeing something that was locally-built forming part of such a massive project such as Elizabeth Quay.’

The bridge will be made up of 12 modules.

So far six have been completed. The rest will be finished by April before the company starts moving them to the Elizabeth Quay site.

A 270-tonne crane will lift each module onto temporary supports before they are welded together.

Curved arches being built by Civmec will then be locked into place on top of the bridge.

The project has offered work to 60 PTS workers, five apprentices, three supervisors and a project manager.

‘Projects like this are such a great opportunity to business in WA, especially the steel manufacturing industry which is often lambasted as being in its dying days,’ Mr Phillips said.

Meanwhile Civmec was celebrating news it would supply and install more than 14,000t of steel for the new Perth Stadium.

The steel will be used for the five-level stadium structure and roof trusses to support a lightweight fabric covering 85 per cent of seats.