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Aurecon reclaims Large Firm of the Year at OneConsult Awards

Aurecon has been named as Large Firm of the Year 2021 for a second time at the OneConsult Awards for Excellence.

Aurecon has been named as Large Firm of the Year 2021 for a second time at the OneConsult Awards for Excellence.

07 April 2022 – International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has been recognised as Large Firm of the Year for a second time at the OneConsult Awards for Excellence 2021.

Aurecon also won the Innovative Design award this year for the SKA-Low Telescope project, in addition to its two employees and three projects being highly commended for their outstanding efforts.

William Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon, said: “We are immensely proud to be named Large Firm of the Year once again in the prestigious OneConsult Awards. It is great recognition not just for our people and the outstanding work we have been doing, but also for our clients and their trust in us to help them bring ideas to life. To be recognised in this way after what everyone has been through in the past two years is a huge achievement.

“In particular, the SKA-Low Telescope project award gives me a real thrill because of the world-leading science project that it is, the innovation that it represents and the long-term partnership that we have with our client CSIRO that extends over 50 years. Both our team that has worked on this project and our client CSIRO should feel very proud today.”

The OneConsult Awards is the flagship program of Consult Australia to profile and promote the outstanding achievements of firms to the business community. The awards were conferred at a gala dinner on 31 March 2022, where industry leaders and professionals gathered to also celebrate Consult Australia’s 70th anniversary.

SKA-Low Telescope project

The SKA project is a global science and engineering effort overseen by the SKA Observatory (SKAO) to build two of the world’s largest radio telescopes in Australia and South Africa.

Aurecon, in partnership with Australia’s national science agency – CSIRO, formed the Infrastructure Australia consortium for design management of the site infrastructure, power distribution and on-site computing buildings for the SKA-Low Telescope, to be located on Wajarri country in the Mid-West region of Western Australia.

Shandip Abeywickrema, Principal leading the project for Aurecon, said: “The SKA project is a global effort involving hundreds of engineers and scientists. Aurecon’s role, with our partner CSIRO, in design management for the infrastructure components at the Australian site and interfacing with the SKAO, has been immensely challenging and rewarding. The innovations recognised are a result of many years of development and collaboration between all parties.”

Powerhouse Parramatta

Powerhouse Parramatta is part of the largest government investment in cultural infrastructure in New South Wales since the Sydney Opera House and the first major cultural institution to be established in Western Sydney. On behalf of Infrastructure NSW, Aurecon, together with Powerhouse, led the community engagement and consultation for the cultural project.

Melissa Creber, Associate, NSW/ACT Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Lead at Aurecon said: “When planning the communications strategy, we had to rapidly shift our face-to-face engagements to digital consultations and webinars to ensure community safety. With the team’s agile mindset, we were able to swiftly pivot within three days of the launch, on time and within budget.”

“As one of the first major engagement programs in Australia to be delivered entirely online during the pandemic, we are proud to be involved in bringing this cultural project to life.”

Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design

The Woodside Building for Technology and Design at Monash University has been created to enable engineering and IT students and researchers to embrace innovation, design and cutting-edge technology to develop new solutions in sustainable energy. It exemplifies a shift to delivering the university’s 2030 Net Zero initiative intentions.

Aurecon’s integrated design approach helped bring to life this innovative teaching building, with partners Monash University, Lendlease and Grimshaw Architects, applying the Passive House principles and designing the building as a living laboratory to redefine next practice in building design, teaching and learning practices. It is the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest educational building in the world to achieve Passive House certification.

Jeffrey Robinson, Principal, Buildings at Aurecon said: “The Woodside Building for Technology and Design demonstrates a real leap forward for the built environment sector in Australia. By using the Passive House design principles, the building has shown how our structures of the future can provide high performing, thermally comfortable, energy efficient and healthy work and study places. If these practices are adopted across the whole built environment sector it would allow for faster decarbonisation of the sector in Australia.”

Amy Clark

Amy Clark, Senior Engineer, Building Structures at Aurecon, has been instrumental in delivering major built environment projects in Australia. She was part of the design team for the Sydney Metro Central Station project and innovations lead for the Pitt Street integrated station development.

“As engineers, we are designers, inventors, managers, and makers. We tell the story of how things work. Ultimately, we are humanitarians. We are privileged to devote our careers to improving the well-being of people and communities, and to tangibly contribute to future-shaping projects, with career-long learning in mastering our craft of engineering,” said Clark.

Sam Linke

Sam Linke, Integrated Transport and Mobility Capability Leader has contributed to city-shaping projects across Australia and Asia, including the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station Upgrade in Malaysia and the Suburban Rail Loop in Melbourne.

“For me, delivering transport projects is very much about getting the balance right. I work to ensure every project will be used for as long as possible and is an integrated part of a community. It’s not just about making something bigger so it can carry more people. My approach emphasises what I describe as the ‘discipline of being thoughtful’. It’s about ensuring that everyone has equal access to transport no matter where they live and that public transport options are convenient and easy for people to use,” said Linke.

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