Ward-Mirvac Reunion: Sydney Olympic Park

CEO Julia Ward (fifth from the left), with GM-Remediation and Earthworks Steve Green (fourth from the right), attend the opening of SOPA Site 53, alongside members of Mirvac.

Commencing this week, Ward will be involved in a two-part project at the Sydney Olympic Park, Site 53. Stage One will see the demolition of existing buildings and USTs; bulk excavation beginning in Stage Two with the removal of 90,000 m3 of material, across an area of 8,000 m2. Civil works will continue throughout the second stage, with the design and construction of shoring using piles, anchors and shotcrete, as well as the implementation of foundation piles around the perimeter of the site. Ward is excited to again be working alongside long-term client Mirvac, the latter finalizing works on the site with the erection of four residential towers. Remember to check back regularly for further updates on project milestones!

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Barangaroo Excavation Contract


Artist’s impression of the completed Barangaroo project, courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Ward is pleased to announce the execution of contract for basement excavation at the high-profile Crown Casino, Barangaroo. With the signing of the contract, Ward begins preparations to commence bulk excavation of over 70,000 m3 of potentially contaminated material. The project will incorporate a nation-first “top-down” methodology, in which the excavations will be carried out alongside the high-rise construction. Innovation aside, the Barangaroo project is the largest contract in Ward’s 44-year history, secured through the diligent work of Senior Project Manager Dave Condon and his team, as well as through the efforts of Senior Estimator Brian Walsh and COO Brian Mahon. Remember to check back regularly for further updates on project milestones!

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Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade

Traffic Switch, Great Western Highway, Western End of Section Two

Ward is proud to announce a recent milestone in the Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade project. With the completion of the traffic switch, work can now begin on the eastbound carriageway of the Great Western Highway, the final section of the project. Despite the threat of adverse weather, the successful implementation of the traffic switch has allowed the project to advance on schedule under the guidance of Ward’s Project Manager Albert Roberson.

The reopening of the now-widened westbound carriageway has resulted in the easement of traffic congestion, with marked improvement in travel conditions between Sydney and Bathurst. Further works, including pedestrian sidewalks and newly reinforced concrete retaining walls, have contributed to the safety of the Great Western Highway, as well as increased its suitability for use by heavy vehicles and commuters alike. These safety measures have surpassed the audit requirements, thanks to the innovative work of Ward’s Plant Manager Nick Stama and our Health Safety Environment and Quality (HSEQ) team.

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Mount Victoria Milestone

Our Mount Victoria Project Safety Upgrade project team recently celebrated the milestone achievement of returning the highway to a 60 km/h speed limit to ease traffic flows through the town during the winter months. Student Engineer Darren Zhang (pictured), who is working on the project on a part-time basis while he completes his civil engineering studies at UTS, was delighted to be pictured alongside the newly updated speed signage. Work continues apace on the project with completion planned for later this year.

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Last Sunday, Ward’s elite athletes (or just those silly enough to wake up at 4.30am on a Sunday), competed in the Australian Corporate Triathlon Series in Sydney.

The race consisted of a 350m swim, 10km cycle, and a 4.5km run.

The teams were made up of the following:

Team 1: Mark Colton, Joe Peach & Ben Steele

Team 2: Dave Condon, Aleksei Rybakov, & Rory Kelly

Team 3: Julia Ward and Don Edwards

Team 4: Adrian Wong, Ben Maher, & Nathan Bucki

The competitors in Teams 1 & 2 all completed the full triathlon, while Teams 3 & 4 completed it as a relay style race.

To no surprise, Joe Peach (the guy who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for completing the Blackmores Sydney marathon dressed as The Queen) came in first place out of the Ward group (38th overall), but not far behind was his teammate Mark Colton.  Sorry, Ben. I’m sure you’ll never hear the end of that third-place finish out at Warriewood.  Furthermore, this team managed to take out first position in the Engineering category … a title which they will no doubt fiercely defend in 2018.

The winner of Team 2 was Aleksei, no doubt though.  The guy trained like he was competing in the Hunger Games. Well done, mate!

Honorable mention goes to our CEO, Julia Ward, for being the only woman to compete and still finishing with the quickest time for the 350m swim!

Overall it was a beautiful and competitive day out at Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.  Job well done to all those who gave it their best shot, and we will see you soon at the City2Surf!

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Made it out Alive… & with Honours

Congratulations are in order for our bright, young Estimating Assistant, Brianna Dorrough.

Brie recently graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) with Honours class I. She received a Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Deans Medal, which is awarded to all graduating undergrad students in the faculty who achieve a cumulative Weighted Average Mark of 85 or above (no surprise there though after seeing her glowing transcript).

Well done you little legend! We’re proud to have you as one of our own and look forward to keeping you in the Ward family for many years to come.

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TRIFR Success

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all people working on our sites and the people affected by our activities.  We do this via the implementation of effective systems and procedures, and by promoting a safe culture right across the business.

One of the key measurements we use to measure our performance is the Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR).  The TRIFR measures the number of all Lost Time Injuries and Medically Treated Injuries standardized over a period of 1,000,000 man hours.

According to Safe Work Australia statistics, the Industry average TRIFR in 2014 was 11.4 and as of March 2017, our TRIFR over a 12-month period was 2.6.  This fantastic result is indicative of our commitment to Health and Safety and our ultimate goal of “zero harm”.

Well done to our HSEQ team on such a pleasing result and to all of our sites who continue to promote and undertake safe work practices on a daily basis!

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Celebrating some Ward Legends

Congratulations are in order for two of Wards longest standing staff members, George Mouzourakis and Harry Vavlas, for their impressive and excellent service over the years!

George has been with Wards since 2006, marking his 11th year just a one month ago. He has worked as a Labourer and Leading Hand on various projects over the years including Royal North Shore Hospital & Sydney Light Rail.  This Greece-grown legend is one sweet talker making him very popular amongst the ladies at Ward.  That’s no surprise though, I mean… check out that hair!

Harry’s been around for even longer!  Harry first started with us a mere 31 years ago in 1985.  He then left us in 1988 for what he thought were greener pastures, but like so many others, Harry made his way back to Ward in 1995.  We’re thrilled that he has remained with us for the past 22 years.  Harry has worked on so many Ward projects over the last two decades … I’d be typing for far too long to list them all.  He’s described by his colleagues as tremendously loyal, even helping our founder, Peter Ward, work on his family home in Vaucluse back in the day.

Harry and George – on behalf of Ward, we say thank you for the hard work, dedication, and loyalty you’ve demonstrated over the years.  We look forward to the many more good times ahead!

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New Chief Executive Officer appointment

Julia-Ward-1We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Ward as the new Chief Executive Officer of Ward, effective immediately. 

Julia is the daughter of the later Peter Ward, who founded our multi-disciplined and full-service civil and environmental engineering contracting business back in 1973.  She has been a key member of Ward’s executive and leadership team since 2014 in her capacity as Chief Financial Officer and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since her late father’s passing in 2008.  She will take over from Karl McCarthy, who has led the business for the past two years.  

We will continue to emphasise maintaining positive long-term relationships with our clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and other valued partners.  We are exceptionally proud of our history in helping to shape the landscape of NSW and are excited to capitalise on our experience, expertise, and unique multi-disciplinary in-house capabilities to successfully deliver projects over the years to come.  The dedication that we show to our people, the loyalty of our staff, and the strong emphasis that we place on their safety will also continue to be a core value of our business.   

We look forward to strengthening our relationship with you and to continuing to embody the values that we have developed over the past 40 years.  

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Smooth sailing for the seawall construction!

It has been smooth sailing for the team working on the McCarrs Creek Road Upgrade project at Church Point. After running a tight ship, the team was able to complete the sheet piling installation for the sea wall, well before their set deadline. We’re happy to report that the early completion of this milestone has minimised the noise pollution for the surrounding neighbourhoods.


Seawall construction

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