Double honours for Seymour Whyte at Queensland CCF Earth Awards

Seymour Whyte’s Pacific Motorway – Coomera Exit 54 Interchange Upgrade and Townsville Ring Road Section 4 project teams took out top honours at the Queensland 2017 CCF Earth Awards in their respective categories.

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland (CCF QLD) Earth Awards recognise excellence in civil construction across five categories according to project value. The Earth Awards are designed to highlight this excellence by focussing on construction technique, environmental and social management, and project management. Exit 54 was the winner of Category 5 – $30 million to $75 million, while Townsville Ring Road won Category 6 – more than $75 million.

Seymour Whyte Northern Region Operations Manager Will MacDonald said that the awards were a clear demonstration of the company’s capabilities and the work ethos of its team members.

“Townsville Ring Road, our largest self-perform contract to date, faced strong competition from several large projects in this category,” he noted.

“Exit 54 was also a very challenging project on many fronts. The team did an exception job in dealing with the physical constraints of the site within close proximity to live traffic, managing traffic as well as the demands of the local schools and leisure destinations in and around Coomera.”

The Townsville Ring Road project involved a mixture of both greenfields and brown­fields construction to deliver an 11.5km four-lane road link, designed to motorway standard, through the Bohle River floodplain. In addition to the new dual-carriageway alignment, the scope included ­five overpass structures, three bridges and 68 cross-drainage structures. During delivery, the project team successfully managed over 2.2 million tonnes of imported material (including 880,000 cubic metres of embankment material, 300,000 cubic metres of road base and 38,000 tonnes of asphalt).

Exit 54 was a complex road infrastructure improvement project that involved construction of a new three-lane overpass bridge, adjacent to an existing overpass, over the high speed, high volume M1 motorway. Construction of the new overpass was extremely complex due to the interface with motorway traffic below, and the proximity to the existing structure, both of which needed to be operational during construction

These Seymour Whyte project teams and the other winners of the Queensland awards will now advance to contest the national awards against other states and territories at the 2017 National CCF Earth Awards in November 2017.Exit 54 project team representativesAll smiles: (left to right) Exit 54 Project Manager Bryan Broadfoot, Community Liaison Manager Seppe Embrechts, Senior Project Engineer Guillermo Robles and Contracts Administrator Jessica English

2017 CCF Award - TTR4 Well done, team: Townsville Ring Road Section 4 Project Environmental Engineer Stephen Mount (left) and Project Survey Manager Adam Lerch