John Holland has been awarded the 2011 Contractor Excellence Award by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) for the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor (DSTC) – Stage 1 project.
The $800m project is the first major integrated road and rail project delivered in south-east Queensland and involved the construction of a new passenger railway line from Darra to Richlands, a new railway station at Richlands and the duplication of the Centenary Highway from two to four lanes.
DSTC Stage 1 was delivered by John Holland in an alliance with Queensland Rail, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, GHD and KBR.
“The IPA awards recognise excellence in infrastructure delivery, acknowledging projects that are innovative and excel across all major project delivery metrics. This award is an appropriate recognition of the outstanding efforts of the entire Horizon Alliance team over the life of the project,” John Holland group managing director Glenn Palin said.
Gavin Stubbs, general manager of John Holland’s Northern Region business, said the project has demonstrated the company’s ability to successfully deliver a major integrated transport project in collaboration with diverse project partners.
“The project has demonstrated what can be achieved when diverse stakeholders, including design and delivery experts, come together with a genuine will to collaborate and make decisions based on best-for-community outcomes. I congratulate the entire Horizon Alliance team for their efforts throughout the delivery process” Stubbs said.
Stage 2 of the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor – the Richland’s to Springfield Rail Extension  – is a $475m project due for completion in 2013.
TrackStar, comprising Thiess, United Group Infrastructure, Aurecon, AECOM and QR, is designing and constructing the extension which includes a 9.5km dual track rail line from Richlands to Springfield and two train stations.
IPA is the nation’s peak infrastructure forum, advocating the public policy interests of the infrastructure industry.
John Holland received the award at a ceremony in Sydney in late March.