Sydney & Newcastle

New South Wales

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Since the 2022-23 Budget, the New South Wales (NSW) economic growth outcomes have been stronger than expected. The NSW economy has made a solid recovery but faces global headwinds.

While the economic growth outlook has been downgraded for 2022-2023 to 2024-25 and upgraded in 2025-26. the overall real gross state product is forecast to average 2.5% growth per annum in the four years to 2025-26.

Matthew Ing, Director - NSW/NZ, says, “While the infrastructure market is now showing signs of slowing, and the cost of finance is impacting public and private development opportunities - NSW continues to be a major national player within the built environment, and BG&E is playing a larger role than ever before in delivering State Significant Projects for our NSW clients. While there will be a shift away from large public road and Metro infrastructure spend, our skills across the property and buildings sector, rail, water infrastructure, and energy are still in high demand - giving us high confidence in the future of our NSW business and the ongoing success of the team”.    

Over the past 12 months, our BG&E teams in Sydney and Newcastle have worked diligently to support our clients in delivering outstanding project outcomes:

  • Our industry-leading Bridge team has continued to assist John Holland and Seymour Whyte through the construction of the city-shaping Sydney Gateway, providing ongoing support for the construction of 19 new bridge structures, including the launching of the iconic network arch structures, which is an industry-first for Australia.
  • BG&E, alongside our Joint Venture Partner, Arcadis is providing the civil and structural designs for the $1.63bn Sydney Metro Eastern Tunnel Package. This is the third and final major tunnelling package for Sydney Metro West promises to revolutionise how Australia’s biggest city travels. Our team is delivering the shaft excavation designs at Hunter Street and Pyrmont Stations.
  • Western Harbour Tunnel is the final stage of an integrated link between St Peters and the upgraded Warringah Freeway. Our BG&E structures and civil teams are responsible for the above-ground operations structures and proof engineering for the decline tunnel structures on this $7.4bn mega infrastructure project that will transform mobility for the people of NSW.
  • BG&E, with our joint venture partner, Jacobs supported John Holland and Gamuda in the successful tender design of the M1 to Raymond Terrace upgrade, a 15km extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway - the final link in the Pacific Motorway upgrade. The team is currently delivering this high standard, divided-carriageway motorway connection, which includes a 2.4km viaduct, to directly support the Road Safety Plan 2021: Towards Zero, which has a target of zero fatalities/injuries by 2056.
  • Our BG&E Bridge team is supporting John Holland in the design and delivery of the new M7/M12 motorway interchange. Our team is designing the eight complex bridges which include two launched post-tensioned bridges - up to 660m long. This connection forms part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) road investment program, providing direct access to the Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek and Sydney’s motorway network.
  • Our Buildings and property team has reached a milestone with Castle Towers upgrade going to tender, with a restart anticipated next year. The team has also been developing their refurbishment portfolio with upgrade and repurpose works at 333 Kent Street and Oxford St. Our tall buildings capability is continuing, with around 15 new towers being designed and constructed in the Norwest growth centre. Finally, January 2023 saw the start of the Manila structural drafting team, a dedicated drafting centre providing project support.
  • Our involvement in the worlds tallest upcycled skyscraper, Quay Quarter Tower (QQT), is continuing to provide BG&E with accolade. During the year, Sydney’s landmark tower was awarded the International High-Rise Award, and crowned World Building of the Year, Best Office & Business Project, Project of the Year (Engineers Australia), Development of the Year (Urban Task Force), Construction: Best Innovation Award (MBA).

Peter Shrewsbury (Newcastle Manager) has led his team to deliver 1 National Park Street – mixed-use twin 25-storey towers with over 190 luxury apartments and notable addition to the Newcastle skyline, new bridge projects such as NeilRex and Raby Road upgrade, and through a strong client focus and delivery track record - continues to perform for ARTC and public works on local projects that include Wangi and Memorial Drive slope stabilisation and various other clients that seek out our expertise in structures, civil and materials.  

Matt says, “Our team is fortunate to be working on such high-profile city-shaping projects simultaneously, which is a testament to the abilities and reputation of the team, who work tirelessly to deliver the best outcomes for our Clients, and ultimately the people of NSW. The end of the financial year is a great time to pause and reflect on the year that has been and to reward and celebrate the enormous contribution the team makes to society. I look forward to seeing the real-life impact that our work will have on the NSW community”.