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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… Read more
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… Read more
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: “The sale of… Read more
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
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… Read more
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,… Read more
On Wednesday 11 June at 0830hrs, a second major milestone was reached on McConnell Dowell’s DTL2 C917A Contract in Singapore. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) S-602 ‘Gloria’ reached her final destination, completing excavation on the Bukit Panjang Bound metro tunnel from her starting point at King Albert Park (KAP) Metro Station and docking in the station wall at the Sixth Avenue (SAV) Metro Station. This marks the completion of the excavation works of the metro tunnels on the C917A Contract, with this second of the twin tubes being completed just 34 calendar days after the first tube (Expo Bound) was… Read more
The stunning Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge was officially opened on Saturday 14 June by the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill. Final testing of the bridge’s lights and waterfall feature was undertaken ahead of the official opening to highlight a celebration hosted by McConnell Dowell and attended representatives of client Department Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and key subcontractors to mark the bridge’s completion. The pedestrian bridge is an impressive structure in the light of day, but it is at night that this spectacular structure really comes alive. Located in the heart of Adelaide’s iconic Riverbank Precinct, the new bridge… Read more
With more than 40 years’ experience as a pioneer in tunnel and underground construction, picking up countless awards and setting records along the way, we have released a new video highlighting just a few of our successes. In the video, McConnell Dowell's unrivalled set of tunnel and underground capabilities across the transport sector, utilities, hydropower and mining are showcased through the delivery of some of the most challenging and ambitious projects from around the world. These include the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand, works on the Singapore Downtown Line 2 Metro project, Bogong Power Development, and various other projects… Read more
Tunnelling has resumed at Auckland’s Waterview Connection project after the completion of maintenance work on the giant tunnel boring machine, Alice. Alice stopped earlier this month so steel fibre brushes associated with the installation of the tunnel lining could be replaced. At that stage, she was about 40m below the surface and had travelled 870m, about a third of her 2.4km journey to construct the first of the twin motorway tunnels that will connect Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern motorways.  “It made sense for Alice to take a breather now, replace the worn brushes that have done their job, and have… Read more
McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that on Thursday 8th of May at 0500hrs, a major milestone was reached on the DTL2 C917A project in Singapore. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) S-603 Sophia reached her final destination, completing excavation from her starting point at King Albert Park (KAP) Station and docking in the station wall at the Sixth Avenue (SAV) Metro Station.  This is a very important moment in the project, with the risk level on tunnelling productivity dropping significantly with the completion of the first of the twin metro tubes.  Sophia's sister TBM, S-602 Grace is anticipated to catch… Read more
The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have awarded McConnell Dowell and Joint Venture Partner Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. - Australia (OHL) the contract to construct the Pacific Highway upgrade between Kempsey and Kundabung in northern New South Wales. The project will involve the construction of 13.7km of 2 lane dual carriageway with 6km of local roads.  The existing highway is a single carriageway with only one lane in each direction.  The project will upgrade this to dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction, ensuring better safety and improved efficiency for commuters on this portion of the highway. The… Read more
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