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Sydney Roosters Launch

Julia and Brian recently attended the Sydney Roosters Season Launch at the famous SCG Members Pavilion which included an opportunity for a photoshoot inside the SCG Home Dressing Rooms.  We wish the Sydney Roosters a successful 2021 season and congratulate them on their win on Saturday!

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Ward’s reflect RAP receives endorsement from Reconciliation Australia

We are pleased to advise that Ward’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

The RAP sets out Ward’s plan for the next twelve months to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, businesses and communities.

Well done to Danielle Amos and the Ward RAP Working Group for putting the plan together.

We look forward to updating you with our progress over the next few months!

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Ward Civil & The Glen

Ward Civil plant manager Nick Stama recently delivered a 4WD Navara Ute to The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre as part of Ward’s support for the excellent work done by Alex Lee and his team.

The Glen is a Central Coast based service that provides Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation opportunities for men (Indigenous and non-Indigenous from all over NSW).

In 1994, Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation was registered, and set up The Glen. Since that date it has been an example of the triumph of the Koori and the human spirit. The Glen is evidence that dreams can come true. The Glen is the only male specific “Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre”.

The founding motivation for The Glen was the suffering of the community at the hands of drugs and alcohol addiction. The Glen was and still is today, especially interested in trying to get men (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) out of the criminal justice system and into treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction, which causes the offending behaviours.

Ward is a proud supporter of the Glen. Pictured at the recent presentation of the Ute are; Glen CEO Alex Lee, Ward COO Brian Mahon, Community and Diversity Manager Danielle and Plant Manager Nick Stama and Dean.

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Easing Sydney’s Congestion: Ward to deliver two more projects at Turramurra and Blakehurst

Easing Sydney’s Congestion: Ward to deliver two more projects at Turramurra and Blakehurst

Ward is delighted to have secured two new Easing Sydney Congestion (ESC) projects with Transport for NSW, one at Turramurra and the other at Blakehurst.

We enjoy working with TfNSW and are delighted to be part of the ESC team delivering significant improvements to reduce Sydney’s congestion.

Pacific Highway between, Turramurra and Wahroonga: Ward will widen and upgrade a section of the Pacific Highway between Turramurra and Wahroonga to reduce travel times and improve traffic flow.

Princes Highway south of Torrens Street, Blakehurst: Ward will remove the long-standing tidal flow arrangement on the Princes Highway south of Torrens Street at Blakehurst by widening and upgrading the road. This project is part of TfNSW’s Gateway to the South Pinch Point program.

Ward has already delivered a number successful ESC projects at Lane Cove, Macquarie park, Eastwood, Liverpool, Hoxton Park and Parramatta (currently underway).

Well done to our estimating team on two great wins. It’s going to be a busy time for the Ward project delivery team!

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Ward inspired by young minds at UTS Girls in STEM tinker workshop

Ward was delighted to participate in the recent University of Technology Sydney’s Girls in STEM tinker workshop for Year 7-10 students which is designed to encourage more females to choose a career in civil engineering.

The Ward team had a great time answering questions and helping out with the activity – creating a model structure using craft materials, within a set of climatic and socio-economic conditions.

“I enjoyed meeting female engineers/graduates. They provided me with a lot of insight on their field of work and aspects of being an engineer.” – Year 7 participant, 2020

“My favourite part of the workshop was when I got to meet female members of the Ward company.” – Year 7 participant, 2020

We hope we had a positive impact, and would love to see the girls on site in a few years’ time!

Thank you to Lauren Black WEIT Program Coordinator and the team from UTS for hosting us.

Thanks to the Ward team for giving up their time:

  • Ying Feng, Undergraduate Engineer
  • Kaylene Bosman, Safety Coordinator
  • Danielle Amos, Community and Stakeholder Relations Manager
  • Olivia Cowell, Estimator
  • Vanessa Zbinden, Environmental Coordinator
  • Olivia Bryce-Stark, Undergraduate Engineer
  • Nicole Sandow, Undergraduate Engineer

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Back to School at Ward!

It is back to school for the Ward team currently undertaking the Certificate 3 in Civil Construction at Health & Safety Advisory Service.

Well done to Kon Katsaounis, Tyler Stevens, Tyler Afo, Ben Garland, George Mouzourakis, Khodor Khachab and Jamie Reeley who have swapped the construction site for the class room so they can further their knowledge base and also ensure they are up to date with current regulations and technologies.

Thanks also to Lee Wood for making this a rewarding journey for the team.

A commitment to training and the personal development of our team is a business fundamental for Ward.

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WINNER: Ward takes out the 2020 MBA National Business Leadership Award

Ward has been named the Large Civil Construction Business of the Year at the 2020 Master Builders Association Business Leadership Awards.

The National Business Leadership Awards recognise excellence in management best practice, improvement initiatives, innovation, industry leadership and corporate social responsibility. 

Winning this award is a major highlight for the business. In recent times, we have been focusing not only on delivering great infrastructure solutions for our clients,  but improving the way we do business.

This year we have achieved some major objectives, like developing our very first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, and receiving our F100 financial rating. We are also continuing our support for the University of Technology Sydney’s Women in Engineering and IT scholarship and our sponsorship of the Sydney Roosters NRLW and Tarsha Gale Cup teams.

A big thank you to our clients for their ongoing support. We would also like to thank our long-term suppliers and subcontractors, as well as the entire Ward Civil team for their hard work and dedication on site every single day.

This year, the Master Builders awards ceremony was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions and we have shared the link to Julia’s award acceptance.

https://vimeo.com/452106551/e373445b0b

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University of Technology Sydney Lucy Mentorship Program Students visit Ward

We were delighted to host a group of UTS female engineering students for a visit to our warehouse facility and adjacent construction site in Lane Cove West last week.

The students are participants in the excellent UTS Lucy mentoring Program that connects women, including cis- and trans-women, studying engineering or technology at UTS to industry professionals for one-on-one mentoring.

A big thank you to Sarah Lawrence from AECOM and the Ward team – Brianna (Estimator), Michele (Site Engineer) and Olivia (Undergraduate Engineer) for providing insights into their individual career journeys. Thanks also to Project Manager John Gillan for accommodating the site visit.

Ward has partnered with UTS to help improve female participation in our industry. We support its excellent Women in Engineering and IT scholarship program and provide mentors to the Lucy Mentoring program.

It was a great afternoon with lots of questions and interesting observations. We wish all the best to the students as they continue with their studies and hope the visit might be a help when deciding on career direction.

Finally a shout out to Erin, who starts her internship with Ward in November!

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Ward secures two projects with the City of Sydney!

Ward has recently been awarded two new projects by the City of Sydney, one at MacDonald Street Erskineville and the other at Portman St Zetland.

The MacDonald Street Widening and Trunk Drainage project at Erskineville will upgrade the public domain and existing stormwater infrastructure to improve amenity and reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

The Portman Street Upgrade project at Zetland is part of the broader Green Square development. The upgrade will improve traffic flow in the area and increase active transport availability.

We are delighted to have been chosen by City of Sydney for the delivery of these two challenging projects and look forward to building a successful relationship with the City of Sydney team and local community.


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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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Milestone

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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In This Together: Ward Civil marks Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Australia’s 2020 theme “In This Together” resonates at this time when many families and co-workers have been separated by social distancing.

With our ‘In This Together’ posters displayed at every one of our project sites, Ward are proud to be participating in a number of events during this reconciliation week, with COO Brian Mahon set to speak at a yarning circle, hosted by Ventia. 

This year, the Ward team have been working hard at developing new and existing relationships with indigenous-owned subcontractors and suppliers.

We have also changed our reporting requirements for our existing cohort of subcontractors, to learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute to the broader supply chain.

Ward is in the final stages of developing our very first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with formal sign-off expected within the next couple of months. We are very excited to commence our first RAP, which outlines the meaningful ways in which we can increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in our business.  

Ward is a community sponsor of the NRL Sydney Roosters. This means we are major sponsors of the Rooster’s NRLW team, and the Roosters Tarsha Gale Cup indigenous women’s under 18s team.

Thank you to the Ward team and our partners who have contributed to the formulation of our RAP and celebration of Reconciliation Week.

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Ward Dry Vac in action in Parramatta

Ward Utilities and their dry vac trucks have been active on our Great Western Highway project in Parramatta in recent weeks.

With no task too difficult, our experienced Operators can be seen here carefully excavating around existing utilities and potential heritage items in stiff clay material. By not using water, all material generated could be used for backfill saving significantly on material disposal and supply costs.

A sustainable approach to the management of this critical risk.

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Working in Construction

Ward has put together a 30-minute video on working in construction, to give high-school students learning from home an insight into the civil construction world.

The video features interviews with people from right across Ward, from CEO Julia Ward to undergraduate Nicole Sandow.

The video will be aired this week to high school students from over 500 schools in the public, catholic and independent systems.

We always jump at the opportunity to talk about civil construction, and we also love to showcase Ward’s diversity.

COVID-19 has shown us a new way of working, and our commitment to inspiring young minds to pursue a career in construction has not skipped a beat.

Pictured: Community and Stakeholder Manager Danielle Amos and Estimator Brianna Dorrough filming interviews for the video.

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Project Update

It is business as usual for the Ward team as we continue with our critical road network upgrade works with the aim of easing congestion in Parramatta CBD.

This photograph is of O’Connell Street in North Parramatta after a recent successful traffic switch.

Ward offers the full suite of services necessary to complete these complex network upgrade projects that are integral to easing Sydney’s congestion and improving journey outcomes. 

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COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has very quickly changed the way we interact with one another in our home and working lives.

At Ward we have adapted our business processes to help keep our people, our clients and our other stakeholders safe.

Additional controls implemented include;

  • The allocation of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to each project to improve awareness and ensure the effectiveness of the controls.
  • A cloud based register of each worker’s Close Contacts recorded daily, that will allow us to respond effectively in the event of a positive strike.
  • Dedicated cleaners and additional hand wash facilities rolled out to each project site.
  • Daily tool-box meetings providing updates and reinforcing the message of social distancing, personal hygiene and isolation where necessary.
  • Provision of additional site sheds to enhance social distancing.
  • Staggered pre-starts and meal breaks.
  • Daily reviews of mitigation effectiveness with our dedicated Pandemic Management Team.

For more information please contact contact@wardgroup.com.au.

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Welcome to the team!

We welcome Michelle Tauroa, our new HSEQ Manager, to the Ward team.

Michelle has a strong record of working as a contractor’s HSEQ Manager with over 14 years infrastructure experience in the construction and transport space. 

A strong advocate of the introduction of new technology to improve safety outcomes, Michelle will be a valued addition to the team.

We are delighted to have Michelle on board!

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PLR Update

Ward Utilities was active last night on the Great Western Highway in Parramatta safely exposing and mapping existing underground services as part of the Easing Sydney Congestion Program.

GM Ross Traynor explained “We have implemented a stringent COVID-19 compliance regime that allows us to work safely as we support this essential infrastructure work. The remote operation functionality of our Dry-Vacs means they can be safely operated whilst maintaining the social distancing that is essential these days. The ability to excavate safely in the absence of water means there is no messy slurry, mist or liquid waste to account for. It provides a sustainable outcome as there is no waste generated and you can back-fill your trial holes with the excavated material. All in all it was a good productive safe night’s work.”  

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Ward Civil COVID-19 Update

Don’t be fooled by our quiet head office because it is business as usual for the Ward team on all of our projects as we face up to the COVID-19 challenge.

We are reaping the benefit of Ward’s robust on-line collaborative platforms that allow Head Office and project support staff to work remotely when required.

Head Office may look quiet but the work is continuing. This is a key part of our business continuity strategy designed to meet challenges such as COVID-19.

Work is proceeding to plan across all of our project sites in strict compliance with Government social distancing, personal hygiene and self isolation guidelines.

We thank all of our team, including subcontractors and suppliers, for your dedication and hard work in keeping the work on track whilst complying with our COVID-19 requirements and we thank our clients for your continued support.

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Welcome to the Team!

Ward is delighted to welcome Digital Transformation specialist Jana Deshpande to the team.

In this era of the Internet of Things it is essential that we harness our various data sources to provide meaningful information that can assist with optimising performance across the business. “It is exciting to work with a company that places digital technology at the forefront of what it does and is receptive to innovation” said Jana. “With the rapid pace of innovation in this digital and AI space you have to be able to adapt. I am looking forward to the challenge”.

Ward COO Brian Mahon, pictured welcoming Jana on board, said “Jana’s industry experience and expertise in digital systems makes her the ideal candidate to lead this next phase in our business transformation. Watch this space for further developments for sure”

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Young Roosters stars explore career options in construction

Ward presented at the Sydney Roosters CareerWise sessions for the Under 16s and Under 18s teams on Monday afternoon.

The CareerWise sessions are designed to encourage young players to build a career outside of rugby league, to set them up for their post-football life.

To be eligible to play, the young athletes must be engaged in fulltime education, a traineeship or work.

Whilst supporting their number one goal of being selected to play in the NRL, The Roosters work hard to make sure that junior players have options for their post football life.

Ward showcased the various job types and the projects we work on. As a lot of the Under 16s and Under 18s players are still at school, there was a big focus on discussing the different pathways into the civil construction industry.

Ward’s flexible work practices makes working with us an attractive option for people with competing priorities, like playing representative football! 

We loved the chance to talk about what we do, and hopefully we will be able to welcome some new recruits in the coming months.

Thanks to The Roosters for having us and to Ward HR Manager Leigh-Anne Pye, Chandos Traffic Manager Jennifer O’Brien and Community & Stakeholder Manager Danielle Amos for flying the Ward flag.

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New major road intersection upgrade project puts Ward Utilities dry-vac, utility mapping & traffic monitoring technology in the spotlight.

Ward is celebrating another significant project win, this time a major intersection upgrade project to help ease congestion within Parramatta CBD. The project is in the sweet spot for Ward, and allows us to demonstrate why we are the industry leaders in this challenging Sydney road network upgrade space.

Ward Utilities will be front and centre on the project, using its 3D utility mapping capability augmented by virtual reality as well as Ward’s state-of-the-art Dry Vacs (https://lnkd.in/g5EkCfX) to improve design, safety and sustainability outcomes. Our hard-won experience tells us the energy invested in locating and mapping existing utilities correctly upfront is repaid many times over in improved efficiency.  It helps avoid service clashes and unnecessary utility adjustment works and so saves time, disruption and money.

In addition, Ward will partner with transport sector software leader Mooven who provides a real-time traffic flow data solution that will allow the project team to monitor traffic congestion around their site and proactively address any emerging issues, helping to improve traffic management efficiency and achieve better outcomes for the road users in Parramatta CBD.

“The use of the Dry Vacs, 3D utility mapping and the Mooven software solution means we can be more efficient and improve sustainability” said Jack Cahill, Ward Project Manager. “It is an exciting opportunity to apply new technology solutions in this challenging infrastructure space.”

More details about this fantastic new project will be announced in the coming weeks, but for now it’s heads down for the project team, preparing for what will be another flagship project for Ward.

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Ward’s Federal Safety Certification

We are pleased to advise that Ward’s Federal Safety Certification was renewed for another 6 years last week.

Well done to HSEQ Manager Uday Gorrepati who has led the charge in the past three years in migrating the Ward HSEQ system to the cloud whilst maintaining a culture of continual improvement across the business and consistently achieving excellent audit outcomes. Uday is ably supported by WHS co-ordinations Colm Drumgoole, Kaylene Bosman and Joe O’Connor in addition to systems engineer Nathan Murdoch. And no reference to our Federal Safety Certification would be complete without mention of the efforts of Site Engineer Darren Zhang.

Ward is a proud participant in and supporter of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s certification program. It helps keep our people safe and that is what matters most at the end of the day.

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BBQ Time!

A wet Friday means one thing for the Ward crew at Lane Cove West. BBQ time! 

Today’s feast was prepared by Leading Hand and Leading Greek Chef George “the Fro” Mouzarakis, ably assisted by procurement gun Alex Mountakis and assistant chef Kon Katsaounis. 

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Kari Golf Day

Ward was pleased to participate in the annual Kari Golf Day at The Coast Golf Club on Wednesday as part of the Sydney Roosters team. 

Kari is the largest indigenous foster care agency in Australia, providing services such as out-of-home-care, carer recruitment and early intervention right across Sydney. Established in 1999, Kari now employs over 140 staff.

Ward, along with Kari, is a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters women’s and indigenous teams in addition to its work in the community.

Ward is committed to doing our part to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through direct employment, engaging indigenous subcontractors and by supporting the work of fantastic organisations like Kari.  

Thank you to Ward Manager- Community and Stakeholder, Danielle Amos, for representing Ward on the green, and a big thank you to Kari for a great day!

Kari makes a huge impact in our community and Ward is proud to support their great work. To know more about Kari, visit: https://www.kari.org.au/

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Ward Civil Yeah Baby!

Over the past 74 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport.

Ward is a proud supporter of the Yeah Baby Yacht which is owned by twin brothers Marc & Louis Ryckmans and competed as Ward Civil Yeah Baby in their 10th Sydney-Hobart race commencing on Boxing Day, with nothing but blue skies in sight.

Consistent with Wards cultural diversity the Ward Civil Yeah Baby Yacht was crewed by a multicultural team  including Brazilian, German, English, Norwegian, Italian & Australian sailors who made it across the line in an impressive 27th position.

They of course then faced the harrowing return sail to Sydney through the smoke of the bushfires that raged through southern NSW and Victoria.

Well done to Marc, Louis and the team for an excellent effort.

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2020: Ward’s Dry Vacs in full swing

After a relaxing break, Ward are straight back into doing what we do best: delivering high-quality civil construction solutions for our clients. 

Our state-of-the-art Dry Vacs (dry vacuum excavation trucks) are no exception.

The Dry Vacs have hit the ground running, with both units already in high demand across Sydney. 

Our clients love the results our Dry Vacs deliver, including their superior environmental outcomes. They don’t require the use of high-pressure water (drought-proof!) and they don’t generate sludge waste.

The Dry Vacs have been an absolute hit at the Southern Expansion Enabling Works job at Sydney Airport, with one unit already booked out for weeks in advance. 

“If we were using a wet vac truck, we’d have to cart the sludge out to Western Sydney for disposal. With the Dry Vacs, we can reuse the fill onsite straight away. It’s great for us and the client loves it,” Project Manager Rory Kelly said.

Ward’s Dry Vacs are two of only four units currently operating in Sydney.

2020 is shaping up to be a very busy year and we are excited to see what our Dry Vacs can achieve.

More information about our Dry Vacs is available here: https://www.wardgroup.com.au/dryvacs/

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Donation of Equipment

Ward Environmental Officer and RFS volunteer Rowan Grace was pleased to deliver some face masks to his unit at Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast to assist their fire fighting efforts in the current crisis.

Ward proudly recognises the RFS Supportive Employer Program by providing paid leave to our RFS volunteers like Rowan. 

On behalf of the team at Ward we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the firefighters and volunteers for their hard work.

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Ward BBQ Team Nourish The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale Under 18’s Women’s Rugby League Squad

The Ward barbecue team had a busy Saturday recently at the Matraville Sports Highschool Oval, cooking up a storm for the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale under 18’s women’s rugby league squad.

The squad were treated to a delicious nutritious spread, featuring chicken and lamb kebabs with salad and baked potatoes, and fresh fruit with yoghurt and honey to follow.

The girls are training hard at the moment, gearing up for the start of the season later this month.

Our BBQ team love firing up the barbie to support these fantastic young footballers who travel from as far as North Queensland to participate in this great competition.

Ward is a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, including the NRLW team and the Tarsha Gale Cup team and its excellent community and indigenous participation program.

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Bush Fires

Ward acknowledges the volunteer firefighting efforts of Michael Leong – Estimator and Rowan Grace- Environmental Co-ordinator who have both taken emergency services leave to assist their local RFS brigades in fighting the current spate of bush-fires on the NSW Central Coast and in the Blue Mountains.

Ward is a proud supporter of the NSW RFS and offers staff emergency services leave to support their excellent work.

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Donation

The Ward Welfare and HR team Colm Drumgoole & Leigh-Anne Pye are pictured presenting a $1,000 donation to Mates in Construction’s Natalie Hunt & Heather Drew in recognition of their excellent presentation at the recent Ward Safety Day.

Mates in Construction are leaders in suicide prevention efforts and mental health awareness in our industry.

Ward is a proud supporter of their program and a willing recipient of their training and guidance. 

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Major Milestone

The Ward team recently achieved a major milestone on the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project with the final breakthrough of the slot excavation works beneath the Wakehurst Parkway bridge.

This means there is now continuous access for people and equipment across the entire length of the site without the need to use the public road network. This should reduce the amount of construction traffic on the local road network and so improve the traffic risk environment for both workers and the local community. 

Well done to John Gillan, Jeff Richards and the entire project team for a job well done.

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Suicide Prevention

Well done to Colm Drumgoole and Leigh-Anne Pye on recently completing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training with Mates in Construction.

It is a sad fact that every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives. This means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Colm and Leigh-Anne are part of Ward’s efforts to ensure we have gate-keepers available to those who may need assistance or support.

Research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work and the nature of the work made social support more difficult. Pride was identified as an issue with saying they had a problem being seen as not manly.

If you need help and are on a construction site which has received MATES in Construction training, please contact 1300 642 111.  

Alternatively you can contact 13 11 14 Lifeline Australia that is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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Project Update!

The Ward team on our Southern Expansion Enabling Works project at Sydney International Airport completed three nights of intensive works to open a temporary road for all traffic leaving the International Terminal on Arrivals Court Road last week. The temporary road frees up space for the remaining works that are part of this exciting project.

Well done to the Project Manager Rory Kelly and his project team on achieving this project milestone with minimum disruption to airport operations.

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New Project Announcement!

Ward is pleased to advise that we have been awarded a contract for the demolition, remediation and civil works required to enable the construction of a replacement aviation foam testing facility at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Annual Golf Day in memory of our Founder Peter Ward

A day filled with warmth, sunshine & a lot of laughter, the 5th Annual Peter Ward Golf day was held on 18 October, and was yet another success!  

On behalf of Ward we would like to say a massive thank you to Moore Park Golf Course, having us covered with everything we need to make our day as special and commemorative as possible.

After some lunch and a few drinks we had 20 teams, teeing off at 1pm for a shotgun start, and with the Peter Ward Trophy at stake you are sure to believe that the tension was high!

As we celebrated this day, we didn’t let it pass without remembering the man who made it all possible. We like to think that Peter would be proud as we continue and strive to uphold his values and what he worked so hard for.

Congratulations to the winning team – Julia Ward, Stephen Troughton, Nick Stama & Ben Maher!

Putting Comp: Ross Traynor

Turkey Prize: Daniel Boyce, Terry McCardle, Beau Westland, Adam McCarthy

Yellow Ball: Colm Drumgoole, Alan Sherlock, Mostafa Nazar, Patrick McMahon

Closest to the Pin: Steve Green

Longest Drive: Rowan Grace

Until next year!

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Annual Safety Day

The 5th Annual Ward Safety Day was held last week with a strong focus on the welfare of all who work within the business.

The day was started with an introduction by COO Brian Mahon on the importance of taking time to reflect on how best to work safely in our high risk environment, followed by CEO Julia Ward’s overview of the business performance during the last year and outlook for the future.

Our WHS team gave a briefing on WHS performance against targets during past 12 months and highlighted lessons learned.

Specialist presentations on the day included:

  • Chain of Responsibility – Terry Grace
  • Managing Silica – Alex Thomson – EP Risk
  • Community & Stakeholder Management – Danielle Amos
  • Suicide Prevention – Kieran Toohey – Mates in Construction

These informative sessions were well received by the team and provided an opportunity to raise any safety and welfare improvement suggestions to help us over the course of coming year.

Well done to Uday Gorrepati, Joe O’Connor and all who assisted in organising the day.

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GIRLS IN STEM AT UTS

On Thursday 10 October Ward participated in the annual Girls in STEM Day at the University of Technology Sydney.

The Ward team was represented by female staff from across the business, including engineering, safety and community. Ward facilitated a workshop for those who nominated an interest in construction or civil engineering.

 The high school students, mainly from years 11 and 12, were split into teams and asked to design and build a structure using recycled materials.

The first team designed and created a bridge structure suitable for conditions in the Philippines and the second team chose to design and create a hospital in outback Australia.

As part of the process, students were asked to consider all project elements such as cost, environmental constraints, design, build-ability and ethical considerations.

The Ward team enjoyed helping the girls test their ideas as well as answering questions about what it’s like to work in the construction industry.

We wish the girls all the best for their future studies and we hope to see them back again as graduates!

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are areas currently underrepresented by females. Championed by CEO Julia Ward, we are committed to encouraging more females to study and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Thank you to UTS for inviting Ward to participate in this fantastic initiative.

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New Office Opening

Ward is pleased to announce the official opening of its new combined office and warehouse facility at Lane Cove West.

Located at 2-6 Orion Road we have a newly fitted out state of the art office facility with a full height 1,100m2 warehouse beneath which will serve as the home base for our plant fleet including our two new Dry-Vac units.

We are excited at being able to combine the Ward plant and materials logistical support with the corporate office function in the one modern facility.

IT manager Antonino Cascio worked late into the night to ensure a seamless transfer of all data systems and the connectivity speeds at the new office are truly impressive.

Please take the time to come and visit when next in the area.

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New Project Announcement

Ward is pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Contract by SACL for the Enabling works Southern Expansion Project.

The project is 40 week duration and includes works in a live carpark environment and airside at the International T1 Terminal.

Ward has a long history of the successful delivery of infrastructure projects both landside and airside at Sydney International Airport.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Additional turning lane for Hoxton Park Rd Intersection

Ward is pleased to advise of the opening of an additional right turn lane on the Southbound carriageway of the Hume Highway, at the intersection of Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool.

As part of the RMS Pinch Point Program, this new lane will assist in reducing congestion and travel time at this critical intersection.

Ward continues to deliver critical infrastructure projects as part of the RMS Easing Sydney’s Congestion program with an outstanding record in improving the customer experience.

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NBH Forest Way Breakthrough

The Ward team achieved a major project milestone last week with the breakthrough of the underpass beneath the bridge deck upon which existing traffic is travelling.

This has been achieved ahead of the program and releases the following works whilst also providing additional safe access for these critical works.  

A huge well done to the Project team led by Jeff Richards in hammering, headering, ripping their way through the tough ironstone rock.

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Ward Dry Vac Up & Running

Last week saw Ward’s brand new Dry Vac Truck at our Parramatta Light Rail Project for its inaugural run.

The Dry Vac was used to excavate around existing subsurface services to allow for the installation of mature trees. It also assisted our Project Team with service location on site confirming the alignment of existing utilities.

This latest addition to Ward’s plant is not only incredibly efficient but also environmentally friendly. Not requiring water as part of the excavation process means that the Dry Vac does not generate any muddy waste. The excavated fill remains clean, allowing it to be repurposed without needing to be treated or dried out beforehand.

With little downtime, Ward’s new Dry Vac and Operator Nikos will no doubt be very busy in the coming months and are proving to be an excellent addition to the fleet.

In the coming weeks we will be receiving our second truck allowing Ward to take on even more projects heading into 2020.

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AEO Certificate

Ward is pleased to announce that we have been recently certified as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) by Transport Asset Standards Authority.

The AEO Framework is a hierarchical set of documented system components that provide TfNSW with a justified confidence in the capability of the supply chain to deliver safe and fit-for-purpose assets by capable and competent organisations.

It supports the participation of the private sector to add more value and innovation to the Transport network.

With being granted this authorisation it gives Ward the opportunity to continue to support the development of NSW’s transport infrastructure into the future.

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UTS Women in STEM Site Visit PLR

Six female first-year civil engineering students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) visited the Parramatta Light Rail enabling works project site recently as part of Ward’s program for improving female participation in civil engineering.

Site Engineer Brady Noack provided an overview of the project and an insight into his experience as a member of Ward’s industry-leading undergraduate program. The program, now in its third year, includes Cert IV training in Work Health and Safety and a rotation through the various company disciplines including estimating, project work, environment and survey under the guidance of a senior management mentor. 

It was great to meet such enthusiastic young female civil students and to see how they kept Brady and the team on their toes with some interesting questions. Well done to Lydia Dowling at University of Technology Sydney WiEIT CoOP Scholarship for taking the lead in promoting gender diversity in civil engineering.

Ward is a proud supporter of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT scholarship. Our commitment to the improvement of female participation in civil engineering is championed by CEO Julia Ward, one of the few female voices leading our industry. The team thoroughly enjoyed presenting what Ward has to offer and we hope to welcome more female undergraduates into the team in the future!  

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Roosters NRLW Launch Night

The Sydney Roosters held their 2019 NRLW Season Launch at the Easts Leagues Bondi Junction on Tuesday evening. Guests included Roosters Chairman Mr Nick Politis AM and Ward CEO Julia Ward, along with the playing Squad’s families and friends. Hosted by Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello, guests enjoyed speeches and presentations that gave insight into the upcoming season. Julia spoke of what it means to Ward to be a foundation partner of the Roosters NRLW side, and also a key Community partner. Preparations are well underway for the new season’s opening round on 14/15th September. In an exciting development the NRL has announced the Roosters will this season host a standalone fixture, separate to the men’s NRL Telstra Premiership Finals, for the very first time, when the Roosters host the Dragons for the local derby at a ground steeped in Rugby League history in Leichhardt Oval in Round Three of the competition. NRLW is an elite four-team competition which will be contested during the 2019 NRL Finals Series featuring the Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors

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PB Roads Super Weekend 23-26 August 2019

The Ward project team on our Port Botany Roads project successfully completed an around the clock super weekend shift from Friday 23 August through to this morning to minimise disruption to businesses.

The team completed approximately 1,500m2 of pavement demolition and reconstruction over the weekend including wearing course asphalt. The adjacent businesses in Simblist and Friendship Rd can now use their driveways without any further interruption.

This is a fantastic achievement and we acknowledge the team’s monumental efforts to make it happen.

Special thanks to the Subcontractors, SPA stabilising the basecourse, Colas in spray sealing and J&E placing the asphalt.

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Ward Plant purchase 4No. Hybrid Lighting Towers

We have recently purchased and deployed to site 4No. Hybrid Lighting Towers.

Ward undertakes a significant % of our works during night hours.

Our project teams have identified these Lighting Towers as being a positive for the environment.

These towers utilise rechargeable batteries for power avoiding the need to run a generator/fuel throughout the night.

This is a positive for the environment( less fuel burn/emissions) and the general community with no noise generated.

We are proud to have these Lighting Towers as part of our plant fleet.

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Our new 953 Traxcavator

Our CEO, Julia Ward, visited our Silverwater site recently and is seen here with our new 953 Traxcavator operated by Terry McCardle (in cabin).

Left to right in the photo are, Site Supervisor Brendan Williams, Labourer Harry Vavlas, Julia and Adrian Genio our Construction Manager. The project is progressing well and the team is taking advantage of the fantastic dry weather over the past couple of months.

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MATES in Construction

Thanks to Natalie Hunt and CEO Brad Parker of MATES in Construction for today’s thought provoking presentation on suicide prevention at our Transport for NSW PLR Enabling Works Project site. The Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering BBQ team was on hand afterwards to provide a BBQ breakfast for all. MATES in Construction is the leading construction industry suicide prevention organisation that focuses on raising awareness and providing help and support to all in the Industry.

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Pre-season post-training BBQ lunch for the Sydney Roosters NRLW team.

The Ward BBQ team was out in force on Saturday morning with a post-training BBQ lunch for the Sydney Roosters NRLW squad at Roosters HQ, in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter. A healthy and nutritious combination of lamb and chicken kebabs (protein), Greek salad (greens!), the best of Irish potatoes (carbs) and plenty of fruit and yoghurt for dessert was on the menu. The girls are busy preparing for the new NRLW season, which kicks off in September. Ward is a proud supporter of the Sydney Roosters women’s rugby league teams and their excellent community and Indigenous support programs.

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Warm welcome to our new Stakeholder and Community Manager.

We are pleased to welcome to our new Manager – Stakeholder and Community, Danielle Amos to the Ward team.

Our construction projects often take place close to residents and businesses and we understand the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with those impacted by our works.

Danielle is well-respected in the construction communications industry and the knowledge and experience she brings reinforces our commitment to genuine community and stakeholder engagement for all of our projects. 

In addition Danielle will lead Ward’s program for the improvement of aboriginal participation, women in STEM and diversity across the business. Ward is a proud supporter of the Sydney Roosters community work, its women and aboriginal football teams and the UTS Women in Engineering and IT scholarship program

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Centennial Avenue and Epping Road intersection

Ward is pleased to announce the successful completion of the upgrade of the Centennial Avenue and Epping Road intersection for RMS as part of its Easing Sydney Congestion Program. The upgrade works that enhance the safety and functionality of this critical intersection include a new turning lane, widening of the slip lane, improved lighting, utility relocation, upgrade of both a pedestrian footpath and cycleway and landscaping. The works were completed on time and incident free, adding to the catalogue of successful Easing Sydney Congestion projects completed by the Ward team.

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PB Roads – Project milestone

Our project team have really swung into the PB Roads project quickly and just 1 week in they have had their 1st night shift placing asphalt.

Works have involved extensive traffic management, profiling of existing pavement, trimming and proof rolling of subgrade, placement/stabilising of re-used basecourse and supply and placement of asphalt.

With good weather forecast the team are planning to continue the momentum.

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UTS engineering career fair

Adrian Genio and Samantha Lane manning the stall with University of Technology Sydney Women in Engineering and IT Co-ordinator Lauren Black at today’s UTS engineering career fair. Ward offers civil engineering internships and an industry leading graduate program. In addition Ward is a proud sponsor of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT scholarship that promotes female participation in our great industry.

Adrian and Samantha were very busy handing out information on our student programs and pathways. For those who are interested please email as via hr@wardcivil.com.au

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NAIDOC Week Celebrations.

This week Ward recognises NAIDOC week and celebrates the contribution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to our great industry. NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a proud partner of the Sydney Roosters community team the Ward BBQ team, in its biggest undertaking to date, provided the breakfast and lunch for the 500+ attendees of the 2019 Artie Beetson Family Fun Day at the Glen Centre, Chittaway Bay on the NSW Central Coast.

The family fun day included an NRL clinic by Sydney Roosters including Matt Ikuvalu and NRLW captain Simaima Taufa, a smoking ceremony with some inspirational dancing by the Glen boys, jumping castles for the kids and information stalls for 26 local community groups.

The Glen is a Central Coast based service run by the Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation that provides Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation opportunities for men (Indigenous and non-Indigenous from all over NSW) and is a proud example of the triumph of the Koori and the human spirit.

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Last Day at Macq Park Office

End of an era today with the Ward business moving out of our 65 Epping Road premises today after 10 and a half years.
We moved here in early January 2009 and lots has happened in that time with many good memories.
Looking forward to our new location at Lane Cove West which is currently being fitted out and includes large warehouse space.
Temporarily we will be relocating to Pymble.

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Media Release 26 June 2019

Statement in response to The Australian article ‘Probe into rail official’s relationship’

 

Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering has been serving the community with important infrastructure projects for more than 40 years.  We are proud of our culture, our commitment to safety and the service that we provide to our clients.

 

We are a values-driven business underpinned by our commitment to the health and safety of our people, and in conducting ourselves with integrity in everything we do.  Our policies reflect the highest and most ethical standards in all areas of our business.

 

Ward Civil has an audit system verified by SAI Global and we have annual detailed investigations to ensure we remain compliant with all relevant certifications.

 

For all these reasons and more, we have a strong history of winning contracts for a variety of government agencies and local councils.

 

Notwithstanding our impeccable track record of service and compliance, an anonymous complaint was received by the Secretary of Transport for NSW in December 2018 which implied that a contract related to the Parramatta Light Rail project was awarded to Ward Civil on an improper basis.

 

As per its obligations, Transport for NSW notified the Independent Commission Against Corruption.  Importantly, an independent investigation found no evidence that the tender process had been improperly influenced in any way.

 

Ward Civil has always, and will continue to, uphold its legal and ethical obligations to its clients and the community.

 

ENDS

Media enquiries:

Jasmine Hogg 0422 834 912

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New Project Announcement

Port Botany Roads Rehabilitation Project for NSW Ports

Ward is pleased to announce we have been engaged by NSW Ports to undertake a road rehabilitation project at Port Botany.

The scope of work involves the reconstruction of 1.6km of existing roadway over 20,000m2 and the pavement involves a stabilised base-course with deep lift asphalt placed over and tying into the existing kerb and gutter.  The project value is $6 million over 20 weeks and we aim to be complete by the end of October 2019.    

This is a new client for Ward and we are excited about the opportunity to deliver this project. We have undertaken many projects in the Port Botany area over the decades and it is good to continue our affinity for the area.

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New Project Announcement

Ferrovial/York JV Slot Drainage

We are pleased to announce that Ward has secured a new project for the Ferrovial York JV – the drainage works at the base of the slot excavation of the Northern Beaches Hospital Road Connectivity project at Frenchs Forest. 

Our scope of works involves the installation of 3km of stormwater drainage pipe (including pits), 2.5km of groundwater pipe and 6km of subsoil drainage works.  The work is split into 7 sections and spans 1.5km in overall length of road corridor from West to East.

The project value:                        $6M

The project duration:         20 weeks

Completion date:         October 2019

The program requires multiple crews to be working concurrently. 

This is the second subcontract that we have secured on this project.

We wish the project team every success for the delivery.

Head to the “Current Projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works! 

Progress Photo – Section 3W
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Roosters U-18 Tarsha Gale Indigenous Girls Team BBQ

 

 

 

The Ward BBQ team lead by Nick Stama put on a veritable feast for the Roosters U-18 Tarsha Gale team after their final game of the season at Mascot Oval on the weekend. The girls were unlucky to just miss out on the finals this year and put up a good fight against the table topping St George. Ward is a proud sponsor of the Roosters womens teams and the excellent work that they do in the community.

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Suicide Awareness in the Industry

Thanks to MATES in Construction Heather Drew and Nat for an excellent thought provoking presentation this week at the Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering and Roads and Maritime Services Hoxton Park Project on suicide prevention in our industry.

We are way above the national average. The message is clear – if in doubt reach out and ask “are you ok?” #suicideprevention #safety #mentalhealth #ruok

For more information on mental health and suicide awareness, visit MATES website-  http://matesinconstruction.org.au/

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School to Work Program

This week, staff from Ward had the privilege of joining Sydney Rooster Women’s NRL Captain Simaima Taufa in a career workshop for the Rooster’s Girls u-18 Tarsha Gale squad, at The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern.  The purpose was to introduce these young sport stars to the career paths available to them, including those in the civil construction industry at Ward.

We at Ward are proud to support the Sydney Roosters women’s teams and their excellent work in the community including the School to Work program and the annual Artie Beetson Family Day as part of NAIDOC week.

It was an absolute pleasure to present alongside Simaima who’s empowering speech to these young women to pursue their dreams beyond the footy field was a must hear!

Overall, the workshop was a great success and we look forward to welcoming some new recruits into our great industry.

On the playing front the team has a must win game this Saturday morning at Cronulla and we are sure you will join us in wishing them all the best.

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International Women’s Day

Ward is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT Cooperative Scholarship program aimed at increasing the participation and retention of young women in engineering and information technology.

This initiative is a cooperative education program between industry and UTS aimed at attracting, retaining and developing women in the fields of Engineering and IT. The scholarship identifies high achieving female students, that have a passion and interest to pursue a career in Engineering, and provides them with industry placements, mentoring and professional development opportunities with a number of industry participants including Ward.

With our own Julia Ward being one of the very few female CEOs in the civil industry, Ward is pleased to be taking a leading role in attracting capable young women into the field.

(Pictured above: Ksenia Rotina, Vanessa Zbinden, Brady Noack and Michael Blumor part of the team on the Parramatta Light Rail Enabling Works project).

 

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MBA National Award Winners

Congratulations to Jack Cahill and the Church Point project team for winning the MBA National Award for Excellence in Civil Infrastructure (up-to $25m) for the McCarrs Creek Road Church Point Upgrade Project. We were also finalists in the environmental excellence category for this project, which is an achievement in itself.

We were in good company, with our presentation sitting alongside that of Multiplex who took out the overall excellence award for the Optus Stadium development in Perth.

This is deserved recognition for what has been a fantastic effort in delivering a unique piece of infrastructure at Church Point.

Well done to all who have contributed to this landmark project. Particular mention is due to Claire Langdon who prepared the award submission, Duncan Williamson who presented the project to the judges on site, Shane Morrissey and Beau Westland who made sure the works were always consistent with community expectations and PM Jack Cahill who worked long hours with the local community Aesthetic Advisory Committee to ensure their needs were met. & Thank you for Northern Beaches Council for trusting us, and being a delight to work with.

Speical mention to Aidan Cunningham (LuXlusive) for the top notch photos that no doubt helped us secure this win!

This is excellent recognition for our hard work!

 

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Barangaroo Basement Handed over on time!

All credit to Dave Condon, Shane Morrissey and the entire project team.

• the work was delivered in 3 stages,
• over 46 weeks,
• with 150,000t of contaminated material transported and disposed,
• and safe management of the contaminated environment,
• Top-down construction – a first for this type of work in Australia (most likely the southern hemisphere!)
• We designed and developed a bespoke ventilation system that provided fresh air and filtered the exhaust.
• Containerised transport of contaminated material from a CBD bulk excavation – another industry first.

One individual doesn’t make this happen, it takes a team. Well done to all on taking a massive step for the Ward business. The industry was watching on and you have delivered in spades (well….. in containers!!)

Special thanks go to the Lendlease project team for providing us with this massive challenge to demonstrate Ward’s capability and for their support throughout.

Onwards and upwards!

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Galway won, in case you didn’t know

Hurling.

Yeah. I didn’t know what it was either.

Imagine a bunch of men on a field, much like every other sport, except instead of tossing around a large, somewhat soft ball, they’re swinging huge wooden sticks at each other whilst trying to pass a small leather ball & wearing nothing more than a light helmet. Hurling is known as the fastest field game in the world, and truth be told, it sounds like one of the hardest. If a player wants to carry the ball for more than four steps they must balance it on the end of their flat wooden stick, called a sliotar. Not only must they dodge 15 men from the opposing team trying to wack them with a stick, but they have to balance the ball as well? OK Ireland.

Ward’s resident hurling expert Colm Drumgoole said “we know from history that Celtic warriors used hurling to train their young men before going into battle. And when you watch a game today it still resembles a battle.”

On Sunday, a group of Wards Irishman, celebrated an epic win for Galway over Kilkenny, at Sydney Olympic Park, and Brian Mahon hasn’t stopped announcing it. So here we are, shouting from the rooftops, GALWAY CAME OUT ON TOP! Apologies for those of you from Kilkenny.

 

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MBA Excellence in Construction Awards

We are very pleased to announce that Ward picked up a total of three awards at the Master Builders Association NSW Excellence in Construction Awards on Saturday night.

  • Civil Engineering & Excellence in Environment for McCarrs Creek Road Upgrade — Church Point, and
  • Site safety — Civil Construction for Crown Resort Stage 1C — Bulk Excavation — Barangaroo

It was a pleasure to read the comments of the judging panel for the safety award who said out submission “was a pleasure to judge”, that our safety processes were “followed flawlessly, procedurally  perfect” and compared our containerised removal of contaminated material for the basement of Crown Resort to the “inner workings of a Swiss watch”.

Well done to the Church Point and Barangaroo teams and all involved in the support and delivery of these two projects.

 

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Full Circle

A year ago we poured our first blinding for the ground floor slab in the NE corner of the Crown Resort site at Barangaroo.

Friday we loaded out the last container of dirt, a key milestone in what has been a landmark project for Ward.

Well done to Senior PM Dave Condon and the entire project team for what has been an outstanding effort.

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Safety First

The 4th Annual Ward Safety Day was held on Friday at Moore Park Golf club, with our main focus this year being the control of risks relating to works in the vicinity of underground utility assets.

The day was started with an introduction by COO Brian Mahon on the importance of the effective management of WHS risk, followed by CEO Julia Ward’s overview of the business performance during the last year and outlook for the future.

Our WHS team gave a briefing on WHS performance against targets during past 12 months and highlighted lessons learned.

Traffic Manager Shane Guerts, who is a recent addition to the Ward team, gave a presentation on safety at work sites and the risks & control measures relating to vehicular traffic and pedestrian movements, and General Manager Steve Green presented on risks associated with underground utility assets from a business perspective.

This was followed by group sessions (project managers, engineers, supervisors and workforce) discussing Ward’s excavation process, recent improvements and role of each person in the prevention of incidents.

Greg Ware from Sydney Occupational Services popped in to give office personnel a lesson on ergonomics and workstation set-up, to help prevent injury.

These informative sessions were well received by all participants and gave them an opportunity to raise any safety improvement suggestions to help us over the course of the year.

Huge thank you to Uday Gorrepati, Joe O’Connor, Colm Drumgoole and Rachel Baiocco for organizing the day, and for helping keep our people safe

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Annual Golf Day Celebrations!

The Annual Peter Ward Golf Day was yet again a success! After weeks of rain in Sydney, the weather was kind to us, allowing a day of warmth and sunshine!

This was a very special year marking 10 years since the passing of founder Peter Ward, so we celebrated his life one lost golf ball at a time! Moore Park Golf Course hooked us up with all the bits and bobs to make our day special, including a refreshments cart that kept us hydrated on what was a warm and demanding afternoon. Although the golf skills on show left a lot to be desired, it really is one of the best days of the year, spent socializing with friends, meeting new colleagues, and remembering the man who made it all possible.

Congratulations to the winning team, Ross Traynor, Jack Cahill (who looks just as stunned as me about Ben being on the winning team), Ben Maher, and Julia Ward! Thanks to Michael Cahalane, who graciously stepped aside to allow Uday Gorrepati to pick up the putting competition prize. Disclaimer: We’re still unsure if Uday even participated in the putting competition, but nonetheless, he won the popular vote by a landslide!

Turkey Prize: Colm Drumgoole (ouch), Liam Curran, Jacob Dickson, and Ebi Abyazi

Yellow Ball: Michael Leong, Michael Sherlock, Mostafa Nazar (his man bag), and Alfred Fernandez

Closest to the Pin: Michael Sherlock

Longest Drive: Jack Cahill & Julia Ward

 

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National Safe Work Month

The theme for this October’s National Safe Work Month is “A moment is all it takes.”
 
While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm.
Safe Work Australia is asking that all workplaces commit to taking a safety moment every day.
 
This could be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.
 
This will be a key message at the Ward Safety Day that is scheduled for Friday October 19th.
 
Ward was pleased to announce that its Macquarie Busways project team took out this month’s WHS award. HSEQ Manager Uday Gorrepati noted a significant improvement in the performance of Task Observations by the project team as a reason for the award.
 
“At Ward we set a target for each team member to compare the performance of a high risk activity against the relevant Safe Work Method Statement for compliance, at least once a week.” noted Uday when presenting the award to PM Jack Cahill. “We use these Task Observations as a lead WHS indicator in the measurement of our WHS performance across the business. It is pleasing to see that Jack and his team taking the lead with this critical work. It is part of building a culture in the business that is focused on preventing harm”.
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Project complete, so we eat!

RMS and Ward hosted a BBQ onsite on Friday for all project stakeholders to celebrate the completion of all works ahead of the September 30 Rail shutdown. This was a major achievement for the project overcoming a number of challenging issues on the way to completion to still have the project finished on time. The client was very satisfied with the delivery of the project. A big effort was put in by all of the project team including Adam McCarthy, George Callaghan, Asib Alime, Dawei Gu, Adrian Wong, Brady Noack, Darren Zhang and Beau Westland.

Great work to everyone involved.

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Jordan Springs East – Bulk Earthworks Milestone

Special mention to the Jordan Springs team for their recent earthwork efforts.

Jacob Maher, Nathan Murdoch, and Jeff Richards had to move 45,000m3 of material on a 5km turnaround using truck and trailers. Between the loading team of Bill Davis, Pat Forde and Trevor of Danmark who were all operating 20t Excavators, they were regularly loading in excess of 300 loads between them per day, with the highest total being 367 loads. That has got to be a new record for Ward!

Congratulations to the team for this achievement!

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New Project Announcement!

Ward is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the M5 East Substation Access job by Road and Maritime Services.

The M5 East Cooks River Substation Access Road upgrade will allow for continued access to the M5 East substation following development of Barton Park and the Kogarah Golf Course. The new access road will run from the existing M5 truck breakdown bay to the substation alongside the Cook River.

Head to the “Current Projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

 

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NRL School to Work Program

As a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, we were delighted to attend the 2018 School to Work Graduation Ceremony yesterday!

This programs is recognized for providing increased opportunities through the Rugby League to Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander youth.

Congratulations to the graduates on their hard work and achievements, and well done to the NRL for providing such a great platform, encouraging the Indigenous Australian youth to succeed!

 

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In the Hole

Ward Office Manager Rachel Baiocco, Estimating Assistant Noorin Noory and Site Engineer Ksenia Rotina are pictured kitted out in their full site PPE on a recent visit to our Barangaroo project where they were shown around the site by Intern Engineer Bunty Cook and Leading Hand Todd Arrowsmith. “It was great to see the work underway at first hand” said Rachel on her first visit to the site “the safety and environmental controls are very impressive”.

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One of the first!

We are pleased to advise that Ward is one of the first Australian contractors to have its WHS Management System certified to the new international safety standard ISO 45001 2018.

Congratulations to HSEQ Manager Uday Gorrepati and his team who have worked hard to improve our WHS System so as to accommodate the changes in the new standard that include improved consultation arrangements and better planning of high risk activities.

“Effective management of WHS requires continual improvement and meaningful consultation with all stakeholders” said Uday on receipt of the new certification from SAI Global.

Ward is committed to a safety culture that avoids harm and ensures that everyone returns home safe every day.

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A Good Cause

Last week we asked everyone to dig deep and make a gracious donation to Buy a Bale. The Buy a Bale campaign, which is part of Rural Aid, is helping raise much needed funds for Australian framers in NSW, and Australia wide, during the drought. They are providing hay, water, fuel, groceries, and many other essentials that these farmers will suffer without.

Ward is pleased to announce after a few short days of fund-raising we will be making a donation of $6,370 comprised of donations from our employees that the company matched!

It’s not going to end the drought, but we’re hoping it helps get these farmers back on their feet!

If you’re interesting in making a donation, please visit the link below.

https://www.buyabale.com.au/

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Site Inspection at Barangaroo

The Ward Barangaroo project team today played host to a site inspection by a team of gun construction lawyers from leading construction law firm Pinsent Masons. It was a case of exchanging corporate attire for full body suits and face masks, so as to inspect the bulk excavation works in the basement of the new development. Senior Project Manager Dave Condon was at hand to explain the top-down methodology that allows basement excavation to proceed in tandem with the construction of the new structure above. An informative site inspection for sure. Thanks to Dave and the site team for accommodating the visitors.

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BUY A BALE

The driest start to a year in five decades and a dimming outlook for better-than-average rainfall in coming months has prompted the NSW Government to declare ALL of NSW to be in drought. NSW farmers are facing severe financial distress from failing crops, severe water shortages and being unable to feed livestock. Farmers are now faced with the prospect of having to graze already sown crops.

The “Buy a Bale” fundraising campaign is part of the charity Rural Aid, designed to expand services and provide support to rural communities that are suffering from the drought. Meaningful support is being provided for farmers who have no feed left for their cattle by the delivery of hay and other essential items.

Ward has decided to match all donations made our staff members, and we would like to encourage you all to visit their website by clicking on the photo below and make a donation, if you’re in a position to do so.

 

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We’re in her corner!

Absolutely delighted to announce our recent partnership with female boxer, Linn Sandstrom.

Linn has BIG dreams, and our goal is to help her achieve them. With the odds stacked against most women in male dominated industries, we intend on supporting and empowering Linn every step of the way.

Read more about Linn’s journey to the top here: https://www.thislinn.com/news/

Photo by Eric YIP

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Sydney Roosters NAIDOC Week Event

Ward was delighted this week to provide the BBQ breakfast and lunch for the kids and parents at the Roosters NAIDOC Week Artie Beetson Family Day at the Ted Doyle Oval in Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast.

The day’s activities included rugby league skills, drills and games, cultural dancing, story-telling, Indigenous arts and crafts and guest appearances from Roosters NRL and WNRL stars.

The BBQ included a range of appetising healthy food options as served up by the Ward Newcastle estimating team, supported by our BBQ specialists Alex Mountakis and Duncan Williamson.

You can tell from the photographs a great time was had by all.

Ward is delighted to be partnering with the Roosters in their NAIDOC week activities in addition to supporting their excellent work in the NRL’s School to Work program.

https://www.roosters.com.au/news/2018/07/12/arthur-beetson-family-fun-day/

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Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 Enabling Works

We are excited to announce that the Diona Ward Joint Venture (“DWJV” comprising Diona Pty Ltd and Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering Pty Limited) will deliver the Enabling Works stage of the Parramatta Light Rail development.

Parramatta Light Rail program director Tim Poole said, “These enabling works are vital to keep the city moving and to minimise disruption for the people of Parramatta. These changes, while not directly along the Parramatta Light Rail route, will provide additional capacity and connections for everyone in the CBD before, during and after the light rail construction.”

Diona will undertake the relocation of extensive underground utilities while Ward completes the above-ground intersection upgrades, installation of traffic lights and changes to street lanes and parking.

“We look forward to working closely with Transport for NSW and Diona to enhance the traffic flow in and around the Parramatta business district” says Chief Executive Officer, Julia Ward.

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NAIDOC WEEK #becauseofherwecan

The Ward team is hard at work preparing for our first event with the Sydney Roosters, as NAIDOC Week swiftly approaches!

NAIDOC Week celebrates the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander people, which beings on Sunday, July 8th.

We will be starting off the week by cooking up a feast for the kids at the Club’s Arthur Beetson Family Day at Ted Doyle Oval in Berkeley Vale on Monday. The day includes Rugby League Skills taught by NRL Roosters Women’s players, cultural activities like dancing, didgeridoo workshops, face painting and arts & crafts, along with a delicious breakfast and lunch served up by yours truly!

To learn more about our recent partnership with the Roosters, and Arthur Beetson Family Day, check out our feature in the link below:

https://www.news.com.au/sport/ward-engineering-sign-on-exclusively-with-roosters-womens-team/news-story/699d5c62be98b0df68b72cee98502294

 

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IT’S OFFICIAL!!!!

Ward is very excited to announce our recent partnership with the Sydney Roosters!

We will be working with the club as an NRL Women’s Premiership and Community partner to deliver the NRL’s School to Work program by providing key staff to help mentor young Indigenous participants.

Check out the article below, direct from the Sydney Roosters homepage, to learn more about this awesome two year partnership.

https://www.roosters.com.au/news/2018/07/04/roosters-announce-partnership-with-ward/

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Head in the clouds…

Chief Operations Officer, Brian Mahon, presenting along side Hartley Pike of Construction Cloud (now known as Dashpivot), on cloud based solutions for civil contractors at yesterdays CCF CivilTech conference!

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PMs function at the Roosters!

Think it’s safe to say our PM’s are good luck!

The Project Managers function held at the Roosters game last Friday night was a success, not just because of the tremendous laughs & team bonding (that may or may not be due to a few adult beverages), but because THEY WON!

Pictured: Tiffany Ward, CEO Julia Ward, COO Brian Mahon, and the ever lovely Edwina.

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And the first ever Mirvac Safety Award goes to…..

It was a big day for Ward employee, George Mouzourakis, on the Homebush projector where he won the first Monthly Safety Award issued by Mirvac for his outstanding work in keeping the site safe. He then went on the win the site raffle. What a day for George. It is well deserved. It is good to have George’s safety leadership skills recognised.

And on the basis that good things come in threes we are wondering whether George will go for a hair cut this evening!!!!!

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Project Completion – Homebush

A huge congratulations to the Ward project team at Homebush who this week completed works in the basement footprint for our client, Mirvac.

The project has been completed safely, on time, and to budget!

Key elements of the project include:

  • demolition of 2no. 3 storey buildings;
  • 100,000m3 of material was excavated and trucked from site including 16,000t of GSW;
  • shoring with bored piles, capping (transfer) beam and shotcrete/anchors;
  • detail excavation and FRP work approx. 1,500m3; and
  • construction of slip lane

A huge thanks to our Ward employees and our support subcontractors whom without the job could not be delivered;

This was our first foray back into this type of work and apart from being successful, this project has put Ward back on the map with the basement excavation work.

We congratulate the team for achieving this milestone.

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World Environment Day

It is all hands to the pump on our Delhi Road upgrade project as we ensure our erosion and sedimentation controls are in good condition in preparation for the expected rainfall on this World Environment Day.

Ward’s commitment to the environment is evidenced by the third party certification of our Environmental Management System to ISO 14001, and a strong track record in recycling of key resources.

We are delighted to be making a positive impact to the built environment across the Sydney Metropolitan region whilst managing our works to ensure industry best environmental outcomes.

Well done to Daniel Krauth (pictured) and the entire Delhi Road project team for the care they take of our environment!

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National Reconciliation Week

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week by learning about the Indigenous Aboriginal tribe that inhabited the city of Ryde over morning tea!

Did you know Woollarawarre Bennelong, the first Aboriginal man to visit Europe and return, and a key figure in the history of early Sydney, is buried here? He’s also who Bennelong Point is named after! Arguably the most famous spot in Australia, as it’s where the Sydney Opera House sits.

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Barangaroo Project Stage 2 completion party

 

Between mid Feb ’18 and last week our Barangaroo project team has completed the following;

  • Supply and install 2No. cladded Gantry sheds above the excavation site,
  • Supply, install and commission 2No. overhead cranes capable of lifting 45t containers,
  • Install and commission ventilation and odour control system
  • Lower the site water table by 4-5m to allow excavation work to proceed in the dry
  • Break up and remove 7,000m2 of 200mm thick concrete blinding slab
  • Excavation and removal of 20,000m3 of ACM impacted GSW from RL 0 to -3
  • Break back of 150m3 of concrete, including sawing and hammering
  • Demolition of existing slabs within the new building core
  • Supply and installation of 120m of 1500 diameter concrete ventilation pipes below formation level for use in the next stage of the work
  • Trim and compact 7,000m2 of subgrade
  • Supply and pour 1,100m3 of blinding concrete slab.

All the above was performed below ground using top-down excavation techniques in an asbestos contaminated environment and in compliance with all statutory requirements including air monitoring, and the wearing of appropriate PPE/suits/masks.

It was a major effort by the project team, as led by Dave Condon, worked extremely hard and should be very proud of their efforts. So it’s only fair they get to kick their feet up and enjoy a few beers!

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Opening of Church Point carpark

With works commencing in April of 2016, we are pleased to announce that the new multi-level carpark at Church Point is OPEN!

Mayor Michael Regan, General Manager for Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor, and other Norther Beaches Council representatives helped us celebrate this achievement on 30 April 2018 by attending, and speaking at, our official opening of the new carpark.

Jack Cahill, Duncan Williamson, Beau Westland, and the rest of the site team, along with The Aesthetic Advisory Group, worked tirelessly over the last two years to complete the works for Northern Beaches Council, including:

  • building a new seawall;
  • the realignment of McCarrs Creek Road;
  • the constructions of a timber boardwalk with floating pontoon and gangway; and
  • a multilevel carpark with 133 spaces, with full height hardwood timber facade.

Well done and congratulations to everyone involved in this tremendous effort!

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One step closer…

A very happy Monday from our hard working staff at Barangaroo!

They have been working diligently in preparing for the handover of Stage 2, which is scheduled for this week, by closing out the following works on site this week:

  • Completion of bulk excavation underneath ground floor slab. Approximately 20,000 m3 of contaminated material has been removed to date. This has been excavated and disposed of at licenced facilities by means of truck & trailers and containers
  • Detailed excavation
  • Wall trimming and pile break back
  • Ventilation management – Continuous monitoring of air flows and air quality
  • Concrete Works – Temporary blinding slab with a high level finish over 6,000m2

Dave Condon, Shane Morrissey, David Parks, Ross Traynor, Ray Rouessart, Ethan Diliberto and the rest of the project team have been doing an outstanding job of delivering milestone after milestone. We’re one step closer to Stage 3!

 

equipment used to remove contaminated material from site

temporary binding slab

container of contaminated material preparing to be lifted out of site

Shane Morrissey, Julia Ward, and Dave Condon on site in their coveralls, face respirator and dust masks

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SACL Pier C Sewer Works Update

The works for the Pier C Sewer Line upgrade will be completed this month after a challenging few months of construction of the new works onsite.  We completed the works with a fantastic team who worked closely with the various Sydney Airport stakeholders to help us achieve the overall outcome. The Client, Sydney Airport, is pleased with our works and the way in which we have manged and staged them around the other users of the airport.

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Project Milestone

We are pleased to advise the successful completion of the cut-over of the 150mm Sydney Water main in Herring Road, Macquarie Park, last night as part of the Roads and Maritime Services Busways project.

This is the first of a number of utility asset adjustments and cut-overs that are necessary to allow us to construct the junction upgrades that are required to ensure traffic flows smoothly through Macquarie Park as part of the Transport for NSW Bus Priority Program for when the trains stop running at the end of September this year.

Ward is currently delivering three projects that are all critical to the success of this Bus Priority Program being:

• Busways
• Delhi Road
• Epping Town Centre

and so we have a few busy months ahead of us!

Well done to Dan, Shiril, Adam, George, Aleksei, Jose and the team on achieving this first of many critical milestones.

 

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AEEA 2018 Entrant

Ward is excited to announce our McCarrs Creek Road Upgrade Project at Church Point has been selected as an entrant of the 2018 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards! Well done to Project Manager Jack Cahill & the rest of the team who have worked hard on this project.

 

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Completion of roadworks at Great Western Highway

A big well done to the Mount Victoria team for completion this week of all roadworks on the Great Western Highway in time for the Easter Holiday shutdown.

This milestone has been a long time coming and thanks are due to all in the business who have worked on this project over the course of the past 2.5 years, and in particular to Dan, Brendon, Adrian, Michael, Darren, Nathan, Buster, Jamie, Ivan, Rowan, Drummer and the rest of the team who have seen it through to this point.

These improvements to the alignment of the highway as it passes through the village of Mount Victoria will make for a safer environment for both drivers and pedestrians.

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The Rise of Brady

He might just be the Derek Zoolander of NSW construction! Pictured, Engineer Brady Noack on site at our Macquarie Park Busway Priority and Capacity Improvement project. He’s working closely with RMS to give the public what they want: a handsome face and construction zone updates!

Have a look at the link below for updates on road works in the Macquarie Park area over the Easter long weekend!

https://story.mapme.com/macparkbus/overview

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Project Update: Homebush

The project team have had a very tough couple of weeks trying to deal with inclement weather, and water discharge. The team are working hard to remove the remainder of material and subsequent floor and detail excavation. We have 28 truck and trailers on today to try and move as much material while the weather is good! Keep up the good work, team!

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Barangaroo Milestone

In a major milestone yesterday the team at Barangaroo commenced cartage of spoil off site from Stage 2 under the LLB building. Both Gantry’s were used; truck and trailers from the North and containers from the South. The load out process went smoothly. Material generation under the building continues to go well and the team is hoping to move a lot of material out in the coming weeks.

This achievement is a result of both meticulous planning and drive of the project team.

Great effort by all !

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Appointing of new directors

Ward is very pleased to announce the appointment of 3 new Directors to the Board of Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering Pty Limited (“WCEE”) – Steve Green, Wayne Wilson and Adrian Genio.  WCEE is the main operating entity of the ultimate holding company, Peter G Ward Industries Pty Ltd (“PGWI”).  Julia Ward and James Dunphy remain the Directors of PGWI.

Their appointment as Directors of WCEE is a reflection of their seniority within the business, as well as their strong leadership qualities and dedication to the Ward business.  In the future, directorship appointments will also be on offer to other members of staff who exhibit similar qualities to the individuals named above.

Julia Ward and Brian Mahon also remain Directors of WCEE and warmly welcome Steve, Wayne and Adrian to the Board and look forward to their contributions in the boardroom.

Head over to our “Board of Directors” page to read about the accomplishments of our newly appointed directors.

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F75 Rating for Ward

We are pleased to announce that our pre-qualified financial rating with the RMS has been increased from F50 to F75.  This means that we are now pre-qualified to tender projects up to a value of $75 million with the RMS (up from our existing cap of $50 million).

A contractor’s financial rating is determined with respect to the amount of working capital contained on its balance sheet, its net tangible asset position, and access to relevant bank funding facilities.  Since the commencement of 2015, our financial rating with the RMS has increased from F25 ($25 million cap) to F50 ($50 million cap) to F75 ($75 million cap).  This is a fantastic achievement which has been driven by the profitability of the business and the capital management decisions of the Board of Directors.

Although the pre-qualification rating system is one that has been developed by RMS, it is not just RMS projects that require specific prequalification.  Broader Government projects, such as those being let by Western Sydney Airport and Landcom, for example, are now using the RMS ratings system.  An increase in our financial rating from F50 to F75 ensures that the breadth of projects that we can tender on has increased significantly (by value and by client).

 

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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 (http://www.luxlusive.com)

 

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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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WARDIES TAKE OUT THE ENGINEERING CATEGORY AT THE SYDNEY CORPORATE TRIATHLON!

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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Early Christmas on the tarmac

Christmas came early for the hard-working team that was responsible for the flex-mat installation at Sydney Airport. Project Manager Tristen Soineva put on a BBQ for the team, a well-deserved treat for the 20 workers who have been putting a big effort into their night shifts over the last three months. We’re proud of the team’s excellent safety record and look forward to the successful completion of the project which is due at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Well done!

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Farewell to a colleague and friend

Ward wishes Senior Project Engineer, Ben Phillips, all the best for his upcoming departure to the UK.

Ben joined Ward in late 2012 and has been a major contributor to the successful completion of a number of our Airport projects, and having more recently filled the role of Senior Project Engineer on the upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains, where he has used the winter as good preparation for the life that awaits him on the other side of the globe.

We will miss Ben for his hard work, dedication, solid engineering skills, and his inimitable dancing style.

We look forward to Ben’s return to the fold once he works out that the weather here is simply better and we wish him and Lenita all the best for their travels.

Bon voyage!

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Brie University Exhibition

Graduation and Terminal Ballistics

Congratulations to one of our very talented Ward team members, Brianna Dorrough, who recently graduated from the University of Newcastle (UON) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil). Brianna completed the first two years of her studies full-time, then switched to part-time three years ago after joining Ward.

Brianna’s hard work and perseverance has paid off – in addition to receiving an honours degree, the final year research project, which she has been working on for the last 12 months, was chosen to feature in UON’s first ever public engineering exhibition; a close-up look at the most innovative and exciting projects created by UON engineering students. Brianna’s project titled “Probabilistic Modelling of Terminal Ballistics” (feel free to Google some/all of those words) was all about the variability of the depth of penetration of a bullet when it impacts a steel target. As part of the project Brianna spent time at a military rifle range where the skills of a sharp shooting professional marksman were used to fire the bullets.

While it’s not your everyday civil engineering project, the study of ballistics is important to the design of structures such as government buildings, embassies, banks and military structures.

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Adrian Wong at Mount Victoria

Adrian, ready for a change

Adrian Wong began his career at Ward’s head office in May 2014 as an Estimating Assistant, and has excelled in this position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and now 2.5 years’ estimating experience, so his next career move is gaining site experience. As of yesterday Adrian has been deployed as site engineer for the $20 million Great Western Highway Safety Upgrade. We’ll miss him in the office but know he will contribute significantly to the project team at Mount Victoria. Good luck Adrian!

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Sam Kassir - Graduation

There’s a new bachelor in town

Congratulations to one of our newest engineers, Sam Kassir, who recently graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Sam is the site engineer on our multifaceted project at Church Point, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Along with gaining site experience in a complex marine, civil, road and concrete structure project, he’s also learnt a thing or two about skippering a tender. The project team have enjoyed working with Sam since he started in August this year, with the project manager Tom Wright commenting, “Sam has fit in really well and is learning quickly on this diverse project. He’s got the right attitude and I’m confident he’ll continue to be a pivotal member of his current and future projects.”

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Church Point Upgrade - Embankment Works

Church Point Upgrade running with the tide

The foreshore at Church Point, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is looking quite different these days, with works progressing on the first stage of the project. These include reclaiming some land to construct an embankment which will double as a piling platform for a new seawall and enable the re-alignment of McCarrs Creek Road. Much of the initial construction of the platform is carried out around the tides. This makes for an interesting lunch break commute for the plant drivers, who sometimes have to be ferried from their machine to dry land by the Ward tender, skippered here by our Site Engineer, Sam Kassir. For more information on this project visit the Church Point Upgrade.

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2nd Peter Ward Golf Day - October 2016

Golf in memory of our founder

The weather was kind to us on the second annual Peter Ward Golf Day last Friday. After a beer and BBQ lunch, we had 18 teams of 4 teeing off at 1pm for a shotgun start. Moore Park Golf’s course provided well, as did the drinks cart, circling the course to keep players refreshed. The Peter Ward Trophy was at stake, plus the usual titles of longest drive, closest to the pin, best putter of the day etc. The most challenging of them all we think was the “yellow ball challenge”, where teams attempted to play their yellow ball on each hole and still have it in their possession after the 18th. It was a perfect day to celebrate the life of Ward’s founder, Peter Ward, whose favourite pastimes were golf and socialising with his friends and staff. Although the golf skills left a lot to be aspired to we think Peter would be proud that we continue to uphold his values after eight years of his passing.

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Boundary Street works Sept 2016

Hill Street re-opening

Ward’s superintendent, Erian and Senior Project Engineer, Arjun ensuring final works on Hill Street, Roseville are on track for the re-opening last weekend. This is part of a larger RMS project to reduce delays and manage congestion on Boundary Street and Pacific Highway, Roseville. Visit the project to read more.

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Sydney Airport Runway Flank Stabilisation

Airport flanks undergo makeover

At 3am this morning the project team installed the pre-cast blast matting along the edge of the runway at Sydney Airport. Ward were contracted to remove the existing eroded flanks, which were damaged by aircraft jet blast, and replace with the pre-cast matting to ensure long term measures against blast erosion. The construction works can only take place during curfew hours of 11pm and 6am each night to avoid interruptions to normal aircraft traffic.

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Teammates celebrate shared birthday

Seven birthdays in one day!

We love to celebrate birthdays at Ward (mostly because of the cake) and the 23rd August was seven times as special. Four of our teammates – Rachel, Tanya, Noorin and Jeff (who was on site and missed out on cake) share the same date, plus we celebrated for Rachel’s triplet siblings and Noorin’s twin sibling! What are the odds of that!

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Victoria Road Gladesville Road Widening August 2016

Milestone for Gladesville road widening

Thanks very much to Ward for their tireless work in achieving this milestone” was the comment from our client DownerMouchel after achieving substantial completion of Victoria Road in Gladesville. As of 1st August the road is now completely open and running along the new alignment (3 lanes in each direction). There’s still a few activities to finalise before we achieve practical completion but we’re proud of achieving this milestone ahead of deadline and thank our project team for their hard work. Photo credit: DownerMouchel

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Ward member farewell

Retirement marks end of an era

We celebrated one of our longest standing members of the Ward team last week. After 30 years of service, Occy’s retirement marks the end of an era for Ward. Described by his colleagues as a legend of our business, he will be greatly missed by all. We wish Occy the best in his retirement and thank him for his loyalty and commitment towards Ward and his team mates.

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Snowfall at Mount Victoria

Project team endure chilly conditions

The site team working on the Great Western Highway project in Mount Victoria are experiencing some seriously chilly conditions at the moment. Appreciation goes out to the team as they work to upgrade a 1.6km section of the highway, enduring an average temperature of 5 degrees every day, and getting as low as -2! The project’s site engineer Michael Leong captured this great shot on one snowy morning.

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Karl McCarthy CEO Sleepout

Last night I learnt more about homelessness

Today I am humbled.

Last night I joined over 1,400 CEOs across Australia to take part in the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

In doing so, I gave up many of the familiar comforts that are often taken for granted. My warm, comfortable bed was replaced with cold, hard concrete. My safe and secure home with a cardboard box. A hearty, homemade meal with a humble cup of soup.

It was a cold, uncomfortable and restless night but I would not trade a minute of it because it gave me a very small glimpse into the harsh reality that over 105,000 people are faced with every single day.

No one deserves to live this way. Especially not the 17,000 children who make up part of this figure.

Tonight, I will be back in my own warm bed. But unfortunately this is not an option for the men, women and children who have no home to return to.

Just because the event has come to an end, it does not mean that Australia’s homelessness crisis is even close to ending.

It’s not too late to sponsor me at ceosleepout.org.au and help invest in real solutions for people without a home.

Karl McCarthy
Chief Executive Officer

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Glenfield Road Nine News

Nine News visits Ward’s Glenfield Road project

Ward’s Glenfield Road project made 9 News recently. We are currently widening the intersection of Glenfield and Campbelltown Roads to increase the number of travel lanes, eliminating this intersection from the State Government’s “pinch point” hit list. The Glenfield Road project commenced in October 2015 and is due to be complete by the end of July 2016. To read more about this project visit the Glenfield Road Upgrade project page.

 

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Ward logo

Green and gold signals new era for Ward

We are pleased to announce that we have rebranded our business. Ward has a long, rich and diverse heritage. Founded by the late Peter Ward in 1973, Ward commenced its operations in a small office in Sydney’s Double Bay. Over the decades, Peter’s quintessentially Australian green and gold “W” became a common symbol around NSW construction sites. This logo was a symbol of loyalty, family, capability and experience, among many other things.

We have reverted to the green and gold colours to reinforce the values upon which the business was founded and to define the direction of our business for the future. Our new branding symbolises many things: our core strength of delivering difficult projects; our experience and unique expertise; our unique multi-disciplinary in-house capabilities; the dedication we show to our people and the loyalty of our staff. Above all else it symbolises the values that Peter instilled over 40 years ago – a commitment to ethics and fair play, and a sense of responsibility to clients and the community.

We are exceptionally proud of our history in helping to shape the landscape of NSW over the decades. Now, more than ever, is an exciting time for NSW. We have rebranded, re-energised, and are poised to successfully deliver infrastructure solutions for the decades to come.

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Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Roughing it for Australia’s homeless

Our CEO, Karl McCarthy, will spend one night out in the cold on the 23 June, as part of the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. His experience will come without the despair, sadness, violence and isolation that is a daily reality for over 105,000 Australians experiencing homelessness, but we  would be grateful for any donation you can make in support of his participation. All donations will support Vinnies homelessness services.

We were shocked to read these statistics, prompting Karl to sign up for the Sleepout:

  • 60% of the homeless population is under the age of 35
  • More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no permanent home
  • Women and girls make up about 59% of all clients who access specialist homelessness services.

Each year Vinnies helps over 1.3 million people, providing warmth and nourishment through beds and meals, as well as education and lifeskills programs to help people break the cycle of homelessness.  They couldn’t provide this assistance without the support from us.

The Ward team would be so grateful if you would support Karl’s participation with a donation, by visiting: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/karl-mccarthy-ward

Please hold off on any rain dancing until after 23 June, and keep up to date on our fundraising efforts and Karl’s experience by following Ward’s Facebook page.

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WHS Cert IV training

Health and safety take priority at Ward

There is nothing more important than the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff here at Ward. We recently funded 30 of our senior staff (these twelve were the lucky ones to be photographed) to complete the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, enabling them to provide guidance and leadership in WHS matters. It was a significant investment in both time and money, but it adds value to our company and the overall safety and wellbeing of all of our staff.

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Church Point Upgrade

Ward secures multifaceted project along Pittwater’s foreshore

Ward has been selected to carry out the Church Point Upgrade works for Pittwater Council. Ward will deliver a number of major improvements to the area, including the realignment of a section of McCarrs Creek Road, a new single deck car park with 120 parking spots, a new piered seawall, a suspended timber pedestrian boardwalk and improved landscaping aesthetics. This is an exciting project for us, our first for Pittwater Council and a unique contract consisting of marine, civil, road and concrete structure components. Works on site begin in June 2016. Visit Pittwater Council’s website for more information on this project.

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Great Western Highway Safety Upgrade

Project success doubles Ward’s RMS financial level

Well done to the procurement and delivery teams involved in the recent Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) project successes. This has allowed us to double our financial level of pre-qualification with the RMS from $25m to $50m, meaning we are now pre-approved to tender and construct larger (up to $50m) projects across NSW. Along with the R4 (Roadworks) and B2 (Bridgeworks) pre-qualification we hold, this allows Ward to tender and construct complex roadworks and bridgeworks up to $50m for RMS. Pictured here is our current RMS project, the safety upgrade on Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria.

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Ward Asbestos Training

Competency remains high in asbestos handling

Recently a number of staff underwent training in asbestos handling and supervision. The remediation of contaminated sites is one of Ward’s core business activities and as a licensed WorkCover NSW Class A and B Asbestos Contractor it’s important to us to keep our level of competency high, ensuring a safe and healthy site, regulatory compliance, and instil community confidence in the work we do.

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Mount Victoria new site office

New site office offers respite in the mountains

You might spot a new Ward site office along the Great Western Highway in Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains. This is to house our site staff and contractors working on the Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade. In September last year Ward commenced works as part of the $20M RMS project to upgrade approximately 1.6km of the road, east of Victoria Falls Road to Fairy Dell Road. As you can see by the photo, the site team are loving their cosy new area.

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Ward with Kids with Cancer Charity

Charities benefit from redundant equipment

Recently Ward donated $6,000 to three deserving charities. The proceeds came from the sale of redundant plant and equipment from one of our projects and we left it in capable hands of the guys on site to nominate the charities. Variety Australia’s ‘Special Children’s Christmas Parties’ in Newcastle, ‘Smiling for Smiddy’ cancer research, and Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia (pictured with our Operations Manager and Chief Operating Officer) were the worthy recipients.

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Recap of the inaugural Peter Ward Golf Day

Saturday 17 October 2015 marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of our founder, Peter Ward.  Every year since 2008, a group of Peter’s friends have got together on the closest Friday to his passing for an unofficial commemoration (usually held at one of his favourite dining / drinking establishments).  This year, however, we decided that we would start a new and more formal tradition for all Ward staff to participate in.  Peter was extremely fond of his golf (although it wasn’t necessarily as fond of him), and so it seemed fitting that we all have a round of golf (followed by a few beverages) in his honour to celebrate his life and legacy that he has left for all of us at Ward.

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