In the final weeks of 2017, Laing O’Rourke was treated to a Christmas surprise, as an ACA Award presented to Barclay Mowlem for the Woronora Bridge project in 2002 was unearthed at a nearby Salvation Army store.
Peter Stewart, an engineer at Barclay Mowlem from 1986 to 2006, ended up with the award in 2007 after Laing O’Rourke acquired the company.
“Having been heavily involved with the Woronora Bridge and in the submission for the ACA Award I was very keen to keep the award.
“I kept it in my office for ten years and then this year decided to let it go. I am pleased to hear that the award sculpture has returned home.”
A member of the community who assisted in securing the piece with the Salvation Army said, “The sculpture is stunning if you appreciate design and form.”
Barclay Mowlem began what is now the award-winning Woronora Bridge project in 1998. The project comprised the construction of an incrementally launched concrete bridge over the Woronora River, believed to be the largest incremental launch of its type in the Southern Hemisphere at the time.
The project was the first for Chris Greenaway, Health Safety Environment and Quality Manager, who was involved as the team’s environmental advisor.
“It was a challenging project being in an urban environment, in close proximity to the local community and adjacent to a sensitive environmental area. The project needed to be delivered without impact to the Woronora River and the mangrove vegetation which was within the construction area.”
The four-lane, 521m superstructure now provides a much-needed link between the growth areas of Menai and the transport hub of Sutherland in southern Sydney, reducing traffic congestion and improving access for emergency services.
The award is an important part of our history in Australia, and serves as a reminder of our past achievements.
Check out the video above for a 15 year throwback to the project and the retrieval of the award.