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ALICE COMPLETES THE FIRST TUNNEL IN NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY’S $1.4B WATERVIEW CONNECTION

Alice, as the largest TBM in operation in the world is affectionately known, broke through ahead of schedule in textbook style and incredible accuracy (within 10mm of the design position) to complete the first tunnel in Auckland’s Waterview Connection. “Alice’s breakthrough was one of the most technically challenging aspects of the project,” said Roger McRae. Managing Director of McConnell Dowell. “Arriving ahead of schedule of a date estimated over two years ago is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved. This is the largest TBM in operation in the world and the largest diameter tunnels ever built in Australasia. The project management, planning, processes and procedures are world-class.” Read more...

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WATERVIEW TUNNELS CONSTRUCTION REACHES HALFWAY

At 1.45 pm today Alice successfully broke through to daylight at the end of her ten month 2.4km underground journey as part of the $1.4bn project to build the 5km, six-lane motorway in Auckland. "This is a spectacular milestone for the project and everyone involved," said Roger McRae. Managing Director of McConnell Dowell. McConnell Dowell is delivering the project as part of the Well-Connected Alliance. "This is one of the truly great engineering projects in the history of construction in New Zealand," said McRae. “The breakthrough itself was very exciting. But what is personally extremely satisfying for me is that the tunnel team achieved this milestone with over 1 million man hours lost time injury free." Read more...

 

MCCONNELL DOWELL COMMITTED TO CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

As reported in the Australian media recently, an audit conducted by the Victorian Construction Code Compliance Unit (CCCU) at the Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project in 2013, has led to the State Minister for Finance imposing a sanction on McConnell Dowell. This sanction prevents McConnell Dowell from tendering for or registering an interest in Victorian Government funded building and construction projects for three months. The sanction commenced on 15 September 2014 and will end on 14 December 2014. The CCCU determined that McConnell Dowell had breached the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry by engaging a labour hire company in a way that did not comply with the approved Workplace Relations Management Plan. Read more...

 

MCCONNELL DOWELL DIVESTS ELECTRIX BUSINESS

We are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to divest the Electrix Business. The transaction remains subject to standard completion conditions but is expected to be finalised by 31 October 2014. Electrix' new owners, VINCI Energies, are committed to growing the business and delivering great service to their customers. McConnell Dowell has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Electrix over many years and will continue this into the future where the skills of the two organisations combine to deliver additional value to our clients. Reflecting on the sale, McConnell Dowell's CEO David Robinson stated: Read more...

 

MCCONNELL DOWELL WINS AT NEW ZEALAND CONTRACTORS FEDERATION & ROADING NEW ZEALAND HIREPOOL CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

McConnell Dowell has had an ‘across the board’ win at the New Zealand Contactors’ Federation (NZCF) and Roading New Zealand Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards 2014. The awards celebrate excellence by contractors in the construction, management and maintenance of infrastructure. NZCF executive officer Malcolm Abernethy said this year the awards had the highest number of entries ever recorded. The company won the top award in two project value categories, and was awarded a highly commended in a third category, demonstrating excellence in the construction and delivery of projects of modest value to the construction and delivery of infrastructure of national significance. Read more...

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ALL ABOARD AS THE G OPENS TO PASSENGERS

McConnell Dowell was pleased to announce a day of free travel for the $1.2 billion Gold Coast Light Rail's official opening on Sunday 20 July, 2014. More than 80,000 passengers were welcomed aboard the G: on the first day in operation. The service was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, GoldLinQ Chairman John Witheriff and other dignitaries. Revenue service is now underway. With the three year design, construction and the testing and commissioning phase complete, commencement of operations marks a significant achievement for McConnell Dowell and its partner Bombardier. The team has delivered Queensland’s first modern light rail system and the one of the largest upgrades of underground services undertaken in the state. Read more...

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MCCONNELL DOWELL LEADING INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR NEW HOMES

Construction company McConnell Dowell’s new micro tunnel boring machine (MTBM) arrives in the country in the next few weeks to settle in Silverdale where it will make its way underground from the existing Watercare Pump Station off Millwater Parkway Orewa to a new series of subdivisions north of Grand Drive. Major residential developments are already underway in the area bringing tens of thousands of residents to Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast. The largest development, Millwater, will house more than 10,000 residents with around 3500 homes planned. Despite the fact that there is a shortage of homes in Auckland, roads, water, sewerage and gas all have to be in place at the right time to bring people to a new area,” says Michael Buckland, construction manager for McConnell Dowell. Read more...

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