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PPP evolution – where to now?

Approaches to infrastructure procurement in Australia have evolved considerably over decades, giving rise to a suite of models. Public private partnerships (PPPs) have proven to be a particularly robust ‘species’, given their superior capacity to deliver projects on time and within budget - and ultimately generate value-for-money for the tax payer. However, the environment in…

5 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

Managing acoustics in learning environments

Speaking and listening in learning environments is critical and the way classrooms are designed acoustically can have a profound influence on learning outcomes. This is particularly true among students from differing language backgrounds; and across the spectrum of disorders which may affect hearing, concentration or sensitivity to sound. Despite a growing national focus on inclusive…

15 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

PPP risk allocation – what constitutes best practice?

Effective risk allocation is key to the success of any public private partnership (PPP). Get it right and projects can attract a competitive pool of bidders, more efficiently negotiate contracts and reduce the likelihood of dispute during the concession period. Get it wrong and the opposite will be true. “Historically, there was a tendency for…

10 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Depoliticising Australian Infrastructure

Throughout Australia, and around the world, there are a tremendous number of infrastructure projects in the pipeline. This makes for a competitive playing field in which countries and jurisdictions with the most attractive conditions are favoured by bidders and investors. In the past, Australia has fared reasonably well in relation to some of its global…

8 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure

Continuing Snowy’s legacy

“Every time you sip your coffee in the morning, you must be thankful for Snowy. After all, Australia’s first ever coffee arrived in Cooma”, said Dean Lynch, Snowy 2.0 Relations Manager, ahead of the Snowy Region Construction & Development Conference. He is referring to the legacy of the Snowy Mountains Scheme – the 25-year, “nation…

29 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Delivering Australia’s largest road infrastructure project – WestConnex

Delivering a multi-billion-dollar, multi-record-breaking infrastructure project under immense public scrutiny is no easy feat - but it’s part of the challenge for James Holbrook, Director of Operations and Integration at Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC). James is part of the SMC management team which is leading the delivery of WestConnex – Australia’s most significant investment in…

9 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Snowy Region Construction and Development 2018 | An interview with John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier of NSW

Ahead of the Snowy Region Construction and Development Conference, we sat down with The Hon. John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier of NSW and Leader of the NSW Nationals, to discuss the potential impact of Snowy 2.0, and how the Government is supporting the development of the region. Snowy Hydro 2.0 is set to provide a…

8 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

Smarter hospitals: building better healthcare for the future

“The hospital of the future may not be one we recognise today. It will be connected, integrated and patient-centred – some may not even have walls”, Deloitte Partner Luke Baxby said ahead of his speech at the National Hospital Infrastructure Summit. The change will largely be driven by advances in medical and information technology enabling…

2 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure | Planning & Design

How vertical schools are affecting children’s health and development

Fatter, sicker, sadder. It’s a phrase planning and design expert, Dr. Tony Matthews, doesn’t particularly like, but one which quite accurately captures the way modern, urban environments are impacting our children’s health and wellbeing. “Just a few decades ago, the air was cleaner, the streets were safer and children were able to enjoy a more…

6 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Insights into the largest tunnelling project of the Nordic region – The Follo Line

The Follo Line project is a new 22 kilometers long, double-track rail line that is currently under construction by Acciona Ghella Joint Venture between Oslo Central and the new Ski Station. The line comprises a long, twin-tube rail tunnel – the first of its kind in Norway and the longest tunnel within the Nordic region.…

9 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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