11 December 2013 — Regardless of poll-jockeying around funding and prioritisation of infrastructure, the Consult Australia 2013 Awards for Excellence are proof that given a budget, Australia’s consulting engineers design and deliver built environment outcomes exceptionally well.
Held on 6 December in Melbourne, the awards brought together senior representatives from leading consulting firms including AECOM, Arup, GHD, Hyder Consulting, Norman Disney & Young, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SMEC Australia and WorleyParsons to celebrate and recognise the sector’s innovation and leadership.
Queensland projects were high achievers, with the Airport Link project in Brisbane, the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Dinmore to Goodna (D2G) and the premium grade One One One Eagle Street Brisbane building winning five out of nine project-based categories.
The Origin Alliance team who undertook the D2G project, comprising SMEC Australia and Parsons Brinckerhoff, together with Abigroup Contractors, Fulton Hogan, Seymour Whyte and the QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads, won Gold Awards for Collaboration, Development of People and Client Focus, and were also Highly Commended for Technological Innovation.
Arup received two Gold Awards for Queensland projects, a joint award with Parsons Brinckerhoff for the Airport Link, Northern Busway and Airport Roundtable Upgrade under the Safety in Design Category, and a Technical Innovation Gold Award for One One One Eagle Street. Arup developed the building’s unique structure in conjunction with Cox Rayner Architects, worked with Leighton Contractors to develop the construction methodology and provided civil, facade, fire and maritime engineering consultancy services for the landmark 6 Star Green Star Office tower.
In addition to their project wins, Parsons Brinkerhoff was also recognised with the Large Firm of the Year Award.
Perth firm BG&E won medium firm of the year for the second year running, and were given the Gold Award for Sustainability in Design for their work in Tanzania on the Mambo–Tema Bridges. The judges were impressed by the firm’s commitment to the human dimension and community benefit in the Tanzania project, which had an overall objective of transferring skills to local people so as to create a self-sustaining outcome.
For the second year running, GHD scooped a Gold Award in the Diversity Category for their Indigenous Support and Women at GHD initiatives. The Indigenous Services Action plan aims to increase the opportunities for Indigenous people, while the Women in GHD initiative encourages and capitalises on the strengths.
A Gold Award for Diversity was also won by Parsons Brinkerhoff Diversity Agenda, a program operating since 2010 which aims to move from quota-thinking to measurable targets achieving balance across hiring, promoting and developing staff.
“These Awards have again demonstrated excellence across the sector following what has been a difficult year for our industry, characterised by uncertainty in a relatively scarce pipeline of work,” said Consult Australia chief executive Ms Megan Motto.
See a full list of award winners and highly commended firms and projects.