Lendlease engineering and joint venture Partner CPB Contractors have been awarded the $644 million contract to undertake the major bulk earthworks at Western Sydney International Airport.
The new bulk earthworks package will commence early next year and is expected to be finished in 2022.
The Australian government is investing $5.3 billion in equity to deliver the airport in Badgerys Creek through the government-owned company, “Western Sydney Airport”.
The latest contract, which will see up to 500 people working on the first stage of the Nancy-Bird Walton airport, includes delivery of the detailed design, construction of earthworks and drainage for the new airport, as well as topographical design for the entire airport’s precinct.
Lendlease’s engineering arm is for sale following being hit by losses and concern private contractors had been taking excessive risks to win low-margin work, the unit is still taking on projects deemed lower risk.
The latest contract, which will see up to 500 people working on this stage of the Nancy-Bird Walton airport, includes delivery of the detailed design, construction of earthworks and drainage for the new airport, as well as topographical design for the entire airport’s precinct.
Chief executive of Lendlease Building and Engineering Dale Connor says the deal is one of Australia’s largest-ever bulk earthworks infrastructure projects to be awarded outside of the mining sector.
The project will see more than 35-heavy dump trucks and 60-scrapers move up to 75,000 cubic metres of material each day to excavate and place a total of 25-million cubic-metres of earth throughout the contract.
“As Western Sydney’s future aerotropolis, the work on Western Sydney International will be a major contributor to the economic and social development of the region,” Connor said.
Stage one of the earthworks package will see a single runway airport constructed with capacity for up to 10-million passengers a year.
The western Sydney airport is due for completion in 2026.
Lendlease and CPB Contractors are equal joint venture partners for the first package of works, currently underway at the 1780 hectare Western Sydney Airport site, which kicked off in September last year.
The project also adds to CPB Contractors’ growing list of airport infrastructure projects, including the airfield works for the new runway at Brisbane Airport, and metro projects including WestConnex in New South Wales and Brisbane's Cross River Rail.