Getting ahead of the game

We are proud to announce that Ward is the newest member of the Master Builders Association! This membership will keep us up to date on the latest industry news, allow us to network with other industry leaders, keep our staff up to date on the latest and greatest training courses to keep us ahead of the game, as well as many more beneficial services.

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A Perfect Fit

Ward has been working hard with Dashpivot (formerly known as Construction Cloud) on the rollout of a new IT application across all of its construction sites.  The successful implementation of the Dashpivot application has allowed us to migrate all of our HSEQ paperwork to the cloud, including permits, inductions, ITPs, site photographs and checklists.  Eliminating the reams of paperwork that are produced each day on our projects across Sydney ensures that we can spend more time on the core disciplines of planning and the control of work.  We pride ourselves on being industry leaders and the implementation of this new technology is something that we are very excited about.

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A Busy Week at Ward


The past week has seen significant progression across several Ward projects. Starting with Church Point, the commuter wharf is now open to the public, constructed through a combination of floating pontoons and fixed platform units. Additional access to the marina has also been provided through the installation of a boat ramp. Project Manager Jack Cahill and his team have been outstanding throughout all stages of the project and are deserving of high praise for their continued efforts. Photos of the project’s development are available on our Instagram profile thanks to the work of Aiden Cunningham at LuXlusive.


Other project developments are as follows:


  • At our Warriewood site, the McPherson Street bridge has been installed, linking the western and eastern sides of the project.


  • At Barangaroo, the bulk excavation and loading out of materials for Stage 1 is proceeding in earnest. The team is doing a commendable job of managing the various constraints that apply to this challenging site.


  • A weekend shutdown at Warwick Farm has allowed for an acceleration of work on the junction between Bigge Street and the Hume Highway, with roughly half of the pavement completed as of Monday. The remaining work is scheduled for completion over the next three weeks as part of a major effort to finalize the project by Christmas.


  • Mount Victoria is currently progressing through Stage 3 of the upgrades, our workers laying asphalt on the western end of the project during night shifts. The three-week asphalt program will include the completion of major road pavement works in town.


  • The final night shift has been completed at Boundary Street. Works will resume once Sydney Water returns to connect the new water mains later in the year.


  • Perimeter works at Butler Road are on pace to start this month, the goal being to complete as much of the required work prior to the busy school holiday period.


All in all, a big week for the business that required a lot of hard work and perseverance. Well done to all involved – we look forward to more busy weeks ahead!


Church Point Wharf. Photo Credit: Aiden Cunningham at LuXlusive (


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Site 53 Safety Compliance Audit

Ward is proud to have received positive feedback from a recent WHS audit at Site 53, Sydney Olympic Park. The results of the audit are testament to our continued endeavor to uphold a high standard of quality work. A clean bill of health is significant given the high-risk nature of the project’s activities, including demolition and the management of hazardous materials such as asbestos. This arrives on the back of a recent TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate) report of zero incidents in the past year, as of September. Such results are indicative of Ward’s genuine commitment to workplace safety, with an injury-free year being an outstanding achievement in the civil construction industry. The project also signifies a renewal of relations between Ward and our client, Mirvac.

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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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