WA firm to build Swan River Pedestrian Bridge

Construction on the Perth’s Swan River pedestrian bridge, which will provide access from the city to the new Perth Stadium, is set to start this month.Henderson-based company Civmec has been awarded the contract to build key components of the $83 million Swan River Pedestrian Bridge in Perth after the previous subcontract with Toyota Tsusho was terminated.

This month the Western Australia Government and head contractor York Rizzani Joint Venture signed a sub-alliance agreement with Civmec for the fabrication of the bridge components.

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

However, according to a statement from the office of WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, that subcontract was terminated after Toyota Tsusho failed to deliver bridge components within the repeatedly extended deadlines.

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

“The signing of Civmec represents a significant step forward compared to the contract we had inherited upon entering government,” said Ms. Saffioti in the statement.

“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.

“We share York Rizzani Joint Venture’s view that their new arrangements provide a more reliable basis for successfully completing the project than previously, and the decision to enlist local industry to get the job done was the best way forward.”

The Alliance, using Civmec’s expertise, will manage the steel fabrication, painting of the arches and decks and their transportation to site.

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

According to the statement, the new program of works relies on Civmec organising the services of other local companies and workshops to assist with the fabrication and shop detailing. It also detailed that the target completion date for the bridge of March 2018 remains achievable.

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