More than $30 billion worth of infrastructure projects are on the books in Australia’s growth epicentre, and the boom times have just begun.
What a time for Struber to land in Melbourne! We’ve joined the tidal forces of people who love this city and state, and want to be part of its growth. There’s no hiding it – Melbourne is the country’s fastest growing city, and the population ticks over by between 100,000 and 125,000 every year, on track to hit more than 8 million by 2050.
In an unprecedented move, the Andrews government recently announced it would commit $300 million to advance a detailed business case for an estimated $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop if they win the November 2018 election. The orbital rail line would eventually be the busiest in Melbourne, with more than 400,000 passenger trips expected every day. It’s the kind of project that Melbourne, a city thriving with life, will whole-heartedly take on and own in the face of extraordinary growth.
With its ongoing Big Build, the government’s putting its money where its mouth is. But is the engineering and construction industry ready to deliver?
We’re in a climate where project delivery is about so much more than digging holes and pouring concrete. Government project delivery authorities charged with delivering Melbourne’s mega-projects are also expected to keep communities, stakeholders and politicians happy. Construction-by-numbers will no longer cut it, because delivery authorities are seeking new-generation firms that offer boundary-pushing designs, construction methodologies that minimise impacts, and a laser-sharp focus on their most important stakeholder – the voter, the neighbour, the influencer, the end-user.
Mega-projects take mega-guts, mega-experience and mega-people to build. The West Gate Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removals, the Regional Rail Revival, the Metro Tunnel and a host of other projects are already at varying stages in Victoria’s Big Build. On top of those, Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year plan specifies a further $100 billion spend needed over the coming decades. Planning, building and maintaining infrastructure needed to service a state that refuses to stop growing is expensive work, and it needs industry partners prepared to move with the changing needs and expectations of clients and communities.
Struber has landed in Melbourne, and we’re thrilled to be part of the changing face of project planning and delivery. We’re joining our clients at the heartbeat of delivering mega-change and mega-projects for Victorians, and we’re poised to be part of a brave new innovative world of client- and stakeholder-focused project delivery. Engage early, and engage meaningfully. Visit www.struber.com.au to see what we can do.