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Melbourne portal deal confirmed for Aecom, CPB and John Holland

A joint venture formed by Aecom, CPB Contractors and John Holland has been awarded the last major package of work on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel in Australia.

Cimic Group company, CPB Contractors, as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), has been awarded a AUS$1bn (£561M) package of works by the Victorian Government for the Metro Tunnel Project. 

Under the rail infrastructure alliance works package, the group will build the tunnel entrances in South Yarra and Kensington for the 9km new rail link.

The Alliance consists of CPB Contractors and John Holland, with Aecom as the design partner, as well as project owner Rail Projects Victoria and rail franchisee Metro Trains Melbourne, of which Cimic Group company represents 20%. Construction is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2025.

Cimic Group CEO Michael Wright said: “Investment in major transport infrastructure in Victoria is providing CIMIC Group and CPB Contractors with a strong pipeline of project opportunities.

“Through our in-house engineering business, EIC Activities, we are supporting our Alliance partners and client with expert insights into all geotechnical and civil engineering challenges and providing solutions that will ensure a cost-effective construction programme.”

CPB Contractors contract for the design and construct is worth £221M (AUS$400M).

CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria added: “We have a very strong presence in Victoria, allowing us to offer highly agile workforce solutions, such as locally-based engineering and technical teams that are seamlessly transitioning to the Metro Tunnel Project.

“Bringing local knowledge and international experience, we are committed to ensuring all client and community expectations are realised, including local employment and business opportunities and socially inclusive procurement strategies.”

Around 1,000 people will work on the RIA package, including almost 100 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The RIA has started preparatory works, including geotechnical, service and site investigations, at Kensington, South Yarra and West Footscray, ahead of construction of the western and eastern tunnel entrances that will connect with new stations at North Melbourne (near Arden Street),Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.

This package of works will also deliver a turnback and new platform at West Footscray Station, as well as track enhancements near Hawksburn Station.

This is the second package of Metro Tunnel works to be delivered by CPB Contractors, following the award of a £561M (AUS$1bn) design and construct contract as part of the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) in December 2017.

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