The Airport Link Tunnel
27 January 2011
Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade
About the project
This Thiess John Holland joint venture (TJH) is currently in the process of designing and constructing Australia’s largest ever infrastructure project; the Airport Link Tunnel, Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade.
The project involves the construction of 25 bridges, 15km of tunnels and 7km of additional roads. Valued at $4.8 billion the joint venture began constructing this mammoth project in November 2008 and is scheduled for completion mid 2012.
Coates Hire involvement
Coates Hire was successful in signing a Global Supply Agreement with TJH in early 2009. This agreement has seen Coates Hire become the number one choice for all hire equipment to the project for both the major contractor TJH and also the majority of sub contractors on site. A key initiative has been the introduction of an on site facility in March 2009. Our on site manager is highly experienced in the workings of such a facility and has built a very strong relationship with TJH staff, due to the Coates Hire presence on site. Through the combined efforts of the Coates Hire sales and operations teams servicing this project, demand for equipment has continually increased. There is approximately 800 pieces of Coates Hire plant on site at present.
he project has now reached several exciting stages with the Tunnel Boring Machines commencing their journey from Toombul to Lutwyche to complete the main tunnel. The mechanical and electrical fit-out of the tunnels in October and Coates Hire will fill the large demand for access and small tools and equipment through to the completion of the project.
With nearly 2 years of the project still to run Coates Hire is well positioned to continue to support both TJH and subcontractors. The upcoming stages of the project will offer new opportunities for hire for both the sales and operations team.
The Thiess John Holland Joint Venture has acknowledged that Coates Hire has a very important role to play in helping them deliver this huge project, the challenges have been large and the team are looking forward to helping this major project continue to be a success.