Lendlease lands $644m Badgerys Creek contract

Lendlease lands $644m Badgerys Creek contract

6 September 2019

Construction giant Lendlease has landed the federal government’s $644 million major earthworks contract for the development of the Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, who called the planned Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport a “game changer” for the area.

Mr Morrison said the contract was awarded to Lendlease Engineering and its joint venture partner CPB Contractors after a rigorous competitive tender process to undertake one of Australia’s largest ever infrastructure earthworks projects.

Work under the contract would move around 25 million cubic metres of earth on the site to support construction of the major elements of the airport, including the runway and terminal.

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.

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.

“With the ink now signed on the contracts, this huge construction work is due to begin in early 2020, and it’ll mean hundreds of new jobs on the airport site,” the Prime Minister said.

“This is a game-changer for Western Sydney and things are starting to take shape.”

The airport is being developed in stages by the Federal Government-owned Western Sydney Airport in response to passenger demand. Stage 1 will see a single runway airport constructed with capacity for up to 10 million passengers a year.

Dale Connor, the chief executive of Lendlease Building and Engineering, said, 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.

“This project gives Lendlease the ability to provide further skills, training and employment opportunities across Western Sydney, with up to 500 people expected to work on this significant stage in the delivery of the airport,” Mr Connor said.

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.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said it was “an important first step in the construction of a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure project”.

“The construction of a major airport comes around once in a generation and this infrastructure project will not only provide job opportunities west of Sydney during the construction phase but also beyond 2026 when it opens,” he said.