UTS Lucy Mentee

Estimator Brianna Dorrough is pictured on site with her UTS Lucy Mentee Eliza Dowey.

Eliza is currently completing her final year of a double degree (Bachelor of Engineering – Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts – International/Global Studies) and works as an Undergraduate Engineer for @KBR

Brianna was pleased to introduce Eliza to our head office staff to give her an idea of the variety of supporting roles that keep our sites running smoothly.

Brianna & Eliza then visited the Lane Cove West AirTrunk data centre where the team were busy excavating and loading out material.

Last stop of the day was a drive to Sydney Airport to the Northern Pond Bay 83 to 85 Apron Upgrade Project. (pictured)

Thanks to the project teams on both jobs for taking the time of showing Eliza around the sites and giving her more of an insight of working in Engineering.

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2020 Women in Engineering & IT Cooperative Scholarships

Congratulations to Erin Andrew, one of two recipients of the 2020 UTS Women In Engineering & IT Cooperative Scholarship for Civil Engineering. Erin’s scholarship has been sponsored By Ward.

Erin is about to start the second semester of her Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, and we can’t for her to join us on site in November.

There are a number of UTS alumni in the Ward team, which is a testament to the high quality of UTS’ Civil Engineering program.

Ward sponsors the University of Technology Sydney’s Women in Engineering & IT Cooperative scholarships each year to encourage more women to choose a career in civil engineering.

Congratulations and welcome to the Ward team, Erin!

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Simblist Road Empty Container Park open for business

Ward has recently completed the construction of a 2.2Ha Empty Container Park at Simblist Road Port Botany for NSW Ports.

The project included early contractor involvement (ECI) in the design with a scope of work comprised of earthworks, demolition, services relocation & installation, stormwater, pavement and ancillary works.

Well done to all involved for what is an excellent example of collaboration leading to better project outcomes.

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Our new F100 rating – a stepping stone to F150

Ward is pleased to announce that our prequalified financial rating with Transport for NSW has been increased from F75 to F100.  This means that we are now prequalified to tender project up to a value of $100 million with Transport for NSW (up from our existing cap of $75 million).

A contractor’s financial rating is determined with respect to the amount of working capital contained on its balance sheet, it net tangible asset position, and access to relevant bank funding facilities.  Since the commencement of 2015, our financial rating with Transport for NSW has steadily increased from F25 ($25 million cap) to F100 ($100 million cap).  This is a fantastic achievement which has been driven by the profitability of the business, the dedication of our staff, and the capital management decisions of the Board of Directors.   

Our next target is to obtain our F150 rating.  Both the management team and Board of Directors are committed to achieving this goal. 

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Certificate Of Appreciation

Ward is a proud participant in the NSW Rural Fire Services Supportive Employer Program that recognises the vital contribution employers make to the NSW RFS, especially by releasing volunteers to attend incidents and other NSW RFS activities during work hours.

We are particularly proud of the efforts of estimator Michael Leong and Environmental Co-ordinator Rowan Grace, who worked tirelessly with their RFS brigades throughout this past bushfire season to support their local communities.

Michael is pictured here presenting CEO Julia Ward with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Copacabana, Thornton and Blackheath/Mt Victoria Rural Fire Brigades to say thank you for Ward’s ongoing support and understanding over the 2019/2020 fire season.

Pictured left to right; Michael Leong, Julia Ward, Brian Mahon 

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Parramatta Light Rail Completion

Ward is pleased to have led the team that has successfully delivered the Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) Enabling Works project for Transport for New South Wales.

As Principal Contractor for the project we are particularly proud of the excellent safety, environmental  and community outcomes achieved.

It is pleasing to note these challenging enabling works were completed on time in order to allow the main Parramatta Connect works to progress as planned. 

We would take the opportunity to thank the entire project team including our client Transport for NSW, our partner Diona, designer GHD, subcontractors Nova Civil, Retro Traffic, Stone Will Landscaping, Complete ITS, Downer Asphalt, Ward Utilities and heritage consultant Artefact.

The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres, and is expected to open in 2023.

Ward is proud to have played a key role in the delivery of this landmark project.
*Photography by Luxlusive*

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Site Inspection

Environmental Co-ordinator Vanessa Zbinden and Site Engineer Michael Blumor are pictured on site at Sydney Airport with their UTS Lucy Mentee Ruth Mukheibir.

Ward is a proud supporter of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT Scholarship and its Lucy mentoring program that connects women studying engineering or technology at UTS to industry professionals for one-on-one mentoring.

After a few months of being restricted to on-line meetings, Michael and Vanessa were delighted to welcome Ruth on a site inspection of Ward’s Bays 83 to 85 upgrade project at Sydney Airport.

Thanks to Project Manager Jacob Dickson and Site Engineer Brady Noack for taking the time to show Ruth around the project and share their experiences of working in engineering.

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Parramatta CBD

Delivering challenging Sydney Road network upgrade projects is a part of the Ward DNA.
With our in house utility and traffic management capabilities we are uniquely placed to support our clients in the on-time delivery of these critical projects.
The pictured enhancements to the Parramatta CBD road network are just one of the many recent achievements of Ward in this space. An efficient road network leads to better economic outcomes.
Keep an eye out for our Ward teams as we continue to work to improve the Sydney Road network.

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This month Ward proudly celebrates twenty years of working both Airside and Landside at some of Australia’s premier airfields including Sydney International Airport, HMAS Albatross, HMAS Williamtown and Brisbane Airport.

From replacing pavements on a busy taxi-way intersection over 46 continuous nights of curfew work through to managing complex contamination issues, the Ward team has always excelled in its airfield project delivery.

We look forward to a further 20 years of support to an industry that is critical to Australia’s economic success.

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Project Update

The junction between Simblist and Bumborah Point Roads at Port Botany was a busy place last weekend as Ward successfully completed the critical intersection pavement replacement works over a 46 hour continuous shift.

The works involved removal of the failed pavement, subgrade preparation and construction of the new pavement utilising high early strength concrete.

Work was carried out over the weekend to minimise the impact on NSW Ports tenants who rely on this intersection on a daily basis.

Well done to project team of John Gillan, Mark Colton, Stewart Hancock and George Callaghan for the careful planning, construction staging and delivery of the work under live traffic conditions on a rotating shift basis.

A special thanks to our selected subcontractors Chandos Traffic and NA Group for their support in delivering another quality job.

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