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22 November 2013

Laing O'Rourke project takes out prestigious infrastructure awards

Laing O'Rourke has taken out the state and national titles at the Master Builders' Association Awards in the major civil engineering category.

The K10 Berth at Newcastle's Kooragang Island

Each year, Master Builders' Australia acknowledges excellence in the building and construction industry through its prestigious awards.

Laing O’Rourke was named the winner of the top Civil Engineering Projects category at the NSW Master Builders Association (MBA) 2013 Excellence in Construction Awards for its delivery the K10 Berth Construction project.

Laing O’Rourke also took out the Toyota National Civil/Infrastructure gong at the MBA National Awards, held a week later, for the same project.

The K10 Berth Construction project was delivered for Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) in December 2012, two months ahead of schedule.

Laing O’Rourke Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said he was extremely proud of the team that delivered this significant project.

“Not only was this project delivered ahead of schedule but also with an exemplary safety record and under budget,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“It was also the third consecutive wharf project we successfully delivered at Newcastle's Kooragang Island in less than five years – having previously completed K8/9 for NCIG and K7 for Port Waratah Coal Services.

"The project highlighted our industry-leading capabilities in Design for Manufacture and Assembly - bringing in major pre-fabricated components for safer, more efficient delivery - as well as being a flagship for our direct delivery workforce management.

“We have a long and proud history of delivering critical infrastructure across Australia and to receive such outstanding industry recognition is testament Laing O’Rourke’s unique ability to deliver sustainable value for clients. 

“Our history in marine engineering has given us a proven track record in designing and constructing major marine infrastructure in both busy port environments and remote coastal locations.”

The project comprised construction of:

  • A new 465m long wharf adjacent to the existing K8 and K9 wharfs
  • Two new concrete beams 465m long, including rail for the ship loader; and
  • All associated drainage and road works.
K10 is helping expand the capacity of the Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export terminal
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