The Gold Coast Rapid Transit is completing the first stage of development in which 13km of light rail will service the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres between Southport and Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Due to enter service in 2014, the project sets an international benchmark for public transport solutions by integrating 16 light rail stations with compact, high quality bus interchanges and capacity for future expansion.
Aurecon was appointed as technical advisor to the project, which is the first transport infrastructure project to be jointly funded by local, state and federal governments.
Aurecon was and remains a key member of the State Government’s integrated team. Aurecon played a significant role in the PPP process, which included development of the RFP technical documentation and subsequent technical evaluation of all RFPs to enable selection, with involvement up to financial close and through to the current delivery phase of the project.
Aurecon also influenced the conceptual design phase of the project by providing a Corridor Access and Mobility Study (CAMS) for the State and Local Government, City of Gold Coast. By analysing passenger catchment areas and looking at a range of factors including transport decision-making throughout the passenger journey, safety, convenience and the 'walkability' of key pedestrian routes, the study provided vital inputs that influenced station design as well as the design of pedestrian pathways and crossings to the station.
Aurecon’s role as a technical advisor to the client extended right up to the end of the first delivery stream with a dedicated Aurecon multidisciplinary team undertaking the detailed design of EEW packages which consisted of three major road construction contracts. The three EEW packages included the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) Station Shell, Southport roadworks package and the Broadbeach roadworks package.
It was critical for Aurecon to undertake design in a rapid timeframe to ensure fast-tracked coordination and delivery of the major PPP component. This was successfully sequenced with EEW commencing in July 2010 and completing by August 2012.
Each EEW package was complex and significant in nature. The GCUH Station Shell primary scope included the excavation and construction of the foundation, structural shell and surrounding roadworks necessary for the PPP contractors to deliver the future underground station. The Southport and Broadbeach EEW primary scope included extensive public utilities plant (PUP) relocations, road widening and roadworks, as well as extensive property and reinstatement works.
Aurecon maintained a key project role during the construction phase of each of the EEW packages where Aurecon provided a dedicated design team for the construction period. This enabled timely design advice to be provided to each of the EEW Contractors and allowed coordination with future PPP works which were not known at the time of EEW design. The complex brownfield environment proved challenging during the construction which required Aurecon to provide detailed and accurate design advice to achieve a best for project outcome.
The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project represents how Aurecon’s multidisciplinary teams, containing a range of technical specialists as well as engineers, can expedite delivery of complex projects through continuity and effective collaboration from the outset.