Steel fabricator major link for airport project

Airport Link, a 6.7km underground toll road, is a major motorway linking Brisbane's CBD to the northern suburbs and airport precinct, avoiding up to 18 sets of traffic lights. The link was built in conjunction with two other projects, the Northern Busway and the Airport Roundabout Upgrade. Valued at $4.8 billion, it is Australia’s largest road infrastructure project.

The Queensland Government appointed BrisConnections to deliver the project, with Thiess Australia and John Holland Group (TJH) designing and constructing the three integrated projects.

TJH’s Projects Contracts Manager, Michael Rossiter worked with ICN on their industry participation plan. 'We formed a relationship with ICN at the start of construction, as the most effective way to implement the plan,' says Mr Rossiter.

TJH approached ICN on many occasions to find suppliers and sub-contractors; including Brisbane-based Gay Constructions. Gay Constructions began working on Airport Link after ICN put its name forward on a shortlist of potential contractors.

Gay Constructions supplies steel fabrication to industrial, commercial and mining projects throughout Australia. General Manager, Brett Mathieson said Gay Constructions’ main strength was its reputation for providing high-quality steel products and highly qualified tradesmen to perform services onsite.

Winning five contracts with the $4.8 billion Airport Link project has done far more than inject $4 million into Gay Constructions. Their involvement in the project has given the steel fabricator a much needed revenue stream during a tough economic climate over the past few years.

Gay Constructions supplied $1 million of structural steel for the Nudgee Road overpass;  fabricated, delivered and installed structural steel, balustrades and handrail components of the Lutwyche and Kedron bus stations; provided specialised labour to weld the head of the tunnel boring machine together; supplied floor plates;  and provided labour to weld reinforcing cages.

'They (TJH) saw we kept doing a good, reliable job and kept giving us more work,' says Mr Matheison. The global financial crisis was tough for Gay Constructions. It was vital to retain experienced staff for major projects, like Airport Link. 'When you have good people, you want to keep them.'

Gay Constructions has had a profile with ICN for many years. 'Our ICN profile outlines our strengths and specialties. We actively registered ourselves with ICN because we realised the potential opportunities it could bring to the business. Major project managers often go to ICN, seeking contractors to help with their projects'.

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