• Oliver Kinross and ark:media have partnered together to produce the Australian Construction Awards Commemorative Annual.  This colourful, high impact publication celebrates Australia's $134 billion co ...
  • Welcome to BuildIT!

    05 Jun 2019
    It is with great pleasure that we present the 21st edition ofBuildIT™, the Resource Guide for Builders and Renovators. 
  • Initial Section of Sydney Metro Opens

    Australia’s first heavy rail metro line, the driverless Sydney Metro, welcomed riders aboard its initial operating segment May 26, the International Railway Journal reports.

  • The Federal Government has renewed its call for a focus on building safety, sustainability and effective design with the introduction of a dedicated Minister for Housing – the Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar – and the elevation into Cabinet of the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure – Alan Tudge.
  • Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city for construction according to a recent report by Arcadis. 

    It places 34th on the list of the world’s 100 leading cities, with Brisbane coming in at 56, Melbourne at 61 and Perth at 62.

  • A new bridge is currently underway at Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, that is almost the same width of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Other states would love to have the problems Victoria does.
  • At this point, the economic power of the Australian construction industry is undeniable. It generates over $350 billion in revenue and has a projected annual growth rate of 2.5 per cent over the next five years.
  • Diversified property major GPT Group will build Australia’s largest timber building, a premium 12-level office tower, on top of the Melbourne Central shopping mall, which itself sits above a metro tunnel train station.
  • The first South Australian (SA) road built with soft plastics and glass at Happy Valley in the City of Onkaparinga has seen plastic from approximately 139,000 plastic bags and packaging and 39,750 glass bottle equivalents diverted from landfill.
  • Justin Hemmes' former construction boss has admitted to fleecing Merivale of $230,000 but has applied to have the matter dealt with on mental health grounds.
  • The City of Sydney has recently announced that over the next financial year they will spend in the region of $200m on major infrastructure projects. The main beneficiaries will be projects set in the Green Square neighbourhood along with improvements to the environmental performance of the city as a whole and the Light Rail.

  • Despite the proposed $100 billion investment by the Federal Government for infrastructure, prominent economists have claimed that Australia should invest more heavily in infrastructure. This claim has lead to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) into supporting the cause. The announcement specifically referenced calls for infrastructure investment to be evaluated by an independent agency.
  • The North West Metro, Australia's first fully accessible railway, will open to passengers on Sunday 26th of May 2019. This service will run from Rouse Hill to Chatswood and will be a turn up and go service. The train will run every 4 minutes on peak hours.
  • Looking to streamline and grow Australia's freight network, the Australian Federal Government has outlined a plan which involves efficiently collecting and analysing freight data. Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack backs this initiative claiming that “We know better data makes better decisions and that means jobs and opportunities can flow.”
  • The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has tasked the Productivity Commission to conduct a review into the far-reaching transport reforms, with a focus on the safety and efficiency of the national freight network. The COAG looks to establish a national regulatory system. The transform reform was designed to provide productivity gains for the economy while reducing the compliance burden on the transport industry via cutting fees and duplication of work. The Productivity Commission will look at whether the initiative is actually delivering productivity benefits and safety. The Commission is due to report to Government within twelve months of commencement. It will undertake broad public consultation, and invite public submissions.
  • The economic connection and community connection is at the heart of all effective infrastructure. For Airports, the connection provided is increasingly becoming a part of how we live our lives and how it can support the nation's economic growth. The Australian Airports Association (AAA) conducted a study and found that airports add $34.6 billion in economic activity and $32.3 billion in tourism activity – a huge contribution to our economy. This comes as no shock due to the concentrated efforts by airports to invest to meet the immensely various needs of the millions of passengers they serve every year.
  • Increase in NSW Safety Measures Called for After Death of Apprentice.

    Months before the death of an 18 year old apprentice the NSW workplace safety watchdog served over 100 notices of scaffolding breach.

  • Green cities around the world - 8 ways Australian cities can go green. Global cities are implementing policies to go green. Here are 8 policies Australian cities can follow to help cut emissions

  • The construction market in NSW has been growing significantly over the last couple of years.  Many commentators are now somewhat uncertain about the future of the industry, in particular, the residential market. Will the growth continue? Factoring in potential unstable political situations and amendments to lending, industry leaders are concerned about how all would be impacted

  • If you want to know about some of the cities of the future, you should spend time studying the design of airports. Despite being one of the newest architectural typologies, airports are some of the few structures with the magnitude, intricacy and density to rival cities. At airports, systemic urban conditions are exaggerated, making them fascinating case studies for urban design.

  • After 3 years of construction, Canberra has finally got their own light rail and they are celebrating last Saturday, 20th April with free travel for the whole month for the local community. On this first day of operation, over 25,000 passengers experienced the light rail.  The light rail is now in active service from the 20th onwards.

  • Over $100 Billion Allocated for Infrastructure Construction, Upgrades and Redevelopment

    Over the next ten years the Federal Government has pledged $100 Billion Dollars for infrastructure investment, alongside the state investment the figure increases to well over $100 billion.

    So Where's this money going to be spent? In short: Roads and Rail.

  • As part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, CPB Contractors of the CIMIC Group company has been selected by the New South Wales Government to complete stage 6 of the Northern Road Upgrade. The contract awarded is expected to bring the company approximately $119 million in revenue.


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