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ACCIONA's Legacy Way project wins major international tunnelling award

26/11/2013

Transcity Joint Venture, in which ACCIONA is a partner, has won the 'Major Tunnelling Project of the Year' award for its Legacy Way project in Brisbane, at the prestigious International Tunnelling Awards ceremony held in London on November 26th.

Transcity Joint Venture, in which ACCIONA is a partner, has won the ‘Major Tunnelling Project of the Year' award for its Legacy Way project in Brisbane, at the prestigious International Tunnelling Awards ceremony held in London on November 26th.

The awards recognise the best in tunnelling around the globe in 13 categories. The jury said Brisbane City Council’s Legacy Way project stood out from the crowd for the innovative design and tunnelling methods used by managing contractor Transcity to deliver the project. In particular, the $1.5 billion, 4.6km road tunnel project was recognised for its record speed boring, which set a world record last year by excavating through 49.68 metres in a 24-hour period. The best excavation month allowed one of the two tunnel boring machines to progress 858.1m.

“Our tunnel boring machines completed their tunnelling journey three and six months ahead of schedule and records such as these have not been seen anywhere else in the world using 12.4 metre diameter TBMs,” said Fernando Fajardo, Executive Director of Acciona Infrastructure in Australia, who is also Transcity’s project director.

Transcity is a joint venture between Spanish tunnelling and civil infrastructure giant Acciona, Italian tunnelling specialist Ghella and Brisbane engineering experts BMD Constructions.

Mr Fajardo said yesterday’s win was a "fantastic achievement" for the project partners.

“We are very proud of Transcity’s achievements in delivering Legacy Way through many innovations in safety, design and construction since works began in early 2011,” Fajardo said.

“Through the hard work and dedication of the entire Transcity team, we have been able to achieve great success.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Transcity’s win at the International Tunnelling Awards came as no surprise.

“Council takes great pride in its reputation as Australia’s new world city and the world-class construction being delivered on Legacy Way is a credit to the work being undertaken by Transcity,” Quirk said.

“The appointment of Transcity to design and build Legacy Way has brought a wealth of international experience and expertise to Brisbane to deliver this vital project for the city’s transport network.”

The project placed Australia on the world map of tunnelling excellence and ahead of China and America in the major projects category. 

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