Seymour Whyte wins national award for excellence in civil construction

Seymour Whyte’s Wyong Road & Pacific Highway Upgrade project team were announced winners of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) National Earth Awards Project Value $30M–$75M category

Celebrating 25 years, the prestigious CCF National Earth Awards Gala Dinner recognised the finalists from 42 projects who gathered in the Great Hall of Parliament House in the nation’s capital last week.

Seymour Whyte Regional Manager – Southern Steve Lambert said that it was wonderful that industry peers had recognised the achievements of the Wyong Road & Pacific Highway Upgrade team.

“Right from the start, it was a complex job within a tight urban footprint but our team successfully delivered the project more than 12 months ahead of schedule through collaboration with the client and key stakeholders, and engineering innovation and creativity.

“Their biggest challenge the construction of a new 86m, four-span concrete bridge over a live rail line and in close proximity to road traffic on the existing structure—which both had to remain operational throughout the works.”

The project team identified the program was heavily dependent on works within rail possessions. To remove the critical time constraints associated with such high-risk activities, the team developed clever temporary works designs that allowed construction to continue outside of possessions.
Implementation of these initiatives enabled construction of the bridge piers in two rail possessions over three months, well ahead of the allocated five rail possession over 18 months allowed in the contract.

Since its completion in November 2017, the upgrade has significantly eased congestion and greatly improved traffic flow along the Pacific Highway and Wyong Road for more reliable travel times during peak periods.

Top team (left to right): The project’s Irena Sims, Matt Aldrick, Matthew Carroll, Mitchell Hogg, Caitlin Tolone and Brad Binns, with CCF National President Mick Unger