Construction firm Lend Lease’s subsidiary Baulderstone has won a A$70m ($72.5m) contract from Transport for NSW to manage the early stages of the North West Rail Link (NWRL) in New South Wales, Australia.
Under the deal, Baulderstone will be responsible for the relocation of services and utilities, demolition and other site works, as well as the provision of HV electrical supply for the main works.
The NWRL project involves the construction of a new 36km rapid transit rail link between Chatswood on Sydney’s north shore and the Hills district in the city’s north-west.
Early works are scheduled to be complete by mid-2014.
Baulderstone NSW general manager Frank Lorenzetto said his company’s specialist team would focus on building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with the community.
"We want to make sure that local residents are kept informed about the works being carried out to help minimise impact," Lorenzetto said.
Early construction works include providing high-voltage power supplies to the major excavation worksites at Epping, Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Hills Centre and Bella Vista.
Baulderstone will also prepare the project’s major tunnelling sites for tunnel boring machines, demolish properties along the rail corridor and divert utilities such as power and phone lines along the rail corridor and around the major construction worksites.
NSW minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian said: "This work will ensure the major tunnelling and skytrain construction sites are ready so we can get straight in and start building the tunnels and the railway when these two major construction contracts are awarded next year."
The NSW government is planning to deliver the second environmental impact statement for the North West Rail Link later in 2012, allowing the surrounding community to provide feedback on the design of train stations and other aspects of the project.