- It has been awarded with an ENR (Engineering News-Record) 2020 Global Best Projects Award
- The Toowoomba project’s core values of Collaboration, Accountability, Commitment, Respect and Trust are exemplified throughout the entire workforce and mirrored within the community
The Toowoomba bypass was fully inaugurated in September 2019. This was the first road concession contract awarded to Ferrovial in Australia. The $1.6 billion project is a 41 kilometre road bypass route to the north of Toowoomba. It connects the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton.
The route is designed to increase freight efficiency and significantly improve driver safety and community amenity by avoiding 18 sets of traffic lights and removing heavy vehicles from Toowoomba’s Central Business District (CBD).
The ENR Global Best Projects Award focuses on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in other countries.
In this sense, the Toowoomba project’s core values of Collaboration, Accountability, Commitment, Respect and Trust are exemplified throughout the entire workforce and mirrored within the community. The project Management Team led a culturally inclusive work environment. A number of project subcontractors were also from non-English speaking backgrounds. To address cultural and language barriers, the project offered both Spanish and English lessons to all staff members. This created a culture of acceptance, inclusiveness and greater communication between workers over the length of the project. In addition, Family Day events were held for staff to celebrate successes with family friendly activities and to enjoy time together outside of the construction environment. Group activities outside of work hours, such as participating in community events were implemented and well attended. These leadership initiatives resulted in an empowered workforce who were encouraged to have a voice and set the overall inclusive culture of the project.
The awards ceremony will be held on 17th September.