Building bridges

09 August, 2017

Henderson-based Civmec will build key components of the Swan River Bridge after entering into a contract with the State Government.

The State Government and head contractor York Rizzani Joint Venture signed a sub-alliance agreement with Civmec for the fabrication of the bridge components.

The new agreement brings Civmec into the Swan River Bridge Alliance, which also includes Main Roads Western Australia and York Rizzani Joint Venture.

Civmec will fabricate the steel required, paint the arches and decks and transport it to bridge construction sites. 

Civmec will also organise the services of other local companies and workshops to assist with the fabrication and shop detailing to meet the target completion date of March 2018.

There are financial incentives in place for York Rizzani Joint Venture to meet that date.

The cost of locally manufactured steel is estimated to be $25 million, forming part of the budget for the $83 million bridge construction.

The steel deck and arch components were originally being manufactured in Malaysia by York Rizzani Joint Venture's previous subcontractor Toyota Tsusho.

That subcontract was terminated after Toyota Tsusho failed to deliver components within the repeatedly extended deadlines.

After ongoing disputes, York Rizzani Joint Venture terminated the subcontract and will remain liable for any claims from Toyota Tsusho regarding the subcontract.

Civmec chief executive Pat Tallon has said the March deadline was achievable and it would never commit to something couldn’t deliver.

He said if they can do this it’s real proof that WA companies can work together and deliver something that other countries really can't.

“We are pleased to be able play such an important role on this iconic project,” he told ABC.

“Having already completed the fabrication and construction of the new Perth stadium on time with the highest quality and other complex structures such as the fabrication of the arches for Perth’s Elizabeth Quay pedestrian bridge, this new project further reaffirms Civmec’s global competitiveness for complex steel structures.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says in the process of renegotiation, the government had managed to create about 250 local jobs and gained a clearer delivery date.

"While the steel fabrication is challenging and complex, and there is a risk that the target completion date may not be met, the advice we have received is that the March schedule can work,” she says.

"With the works undertaken locally, there will be detailed management and monitoring by the project team with a fully collaborative approach to risk management and issue resolution.”

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