City to Maribyrnong River Success at the Regional Rail Link Excellence Awards

Written by Dene Macleod


On Friday, 25 July 2014 the Regional Rail Link City to Maribyrnong River Alliance (RRLCMR) attended the prestigious Regional Rail Link Authority (RRLA) Excellence Awards in Melbourne.

The RRLA Excellence Awards are the premier awards event for RRLA, recognising different project teams and alliances for their outstanding contribution to the successful delivery of the $4.1 billion, 42km Regional Rail Link, one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects.

In attendance at the awards were 1,500 colleagues from within the construction and infrastructure industry including the Victorian Minister for Transport Terry Mulder, and RRLA CEO Corey Hannett, who both assisted with delivering the awards.

The RRLCMR Alliance, consisting of Coleman Rail, John Holland, Lend Lease, GHD and AECOM, were nominated for awards across all the excellence categories. The RRLCMR Alliance took home an impressive array of awards as judged by industry peers and RRLA, including the premier award for the evening – the RRL Project Overall Excellence Award.

CR DTPLI RAILAWARDS 0122Above: Victorian Minister for Transport Terry Mulder presenting CMR Alliance General Manager – Peter Wilkinson and CMR Strategic Planning Manager – Mark Miller with the premier award for the evening – RRL Overall Project Excellence Award

CMR were rewarded for all the teams’ efforts by winning an astonishing 5 of the eight major excellence awards, and 2 of the recognition awards as summarised below:

RRL Excellence Major Awards:

  • RRL Overall Project Excellence Award – For outstanding contribution to theachievement of the RRLA Vision.
  • RRL Young Professional Award – Liza Kierans – CMR Signalling Engineer.
  • RRL Engineering Excellence Award – For demonstration of world class expertise andinnovation in developing and implementingengineering solutions for the Dudley Street Bridge.
  • RRL Construction Excellence Award – For the highest level of achievement, innovationand demonstration of best practice while deliveringthe Maribyrnong River viaduct to time, cost and quality targets throughcollaborative working.
  • RRL Community Engagement Award – For the implementation of policies or execution ofworks that positively impact on the community andgenerate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

RRLA Recognition Minor Awards:

  • RRL Safety Innovation Award – For the development of new initiatives or original solutions (Plate Lifter implementation in the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop – MURL) to specific health and safety issues in the workplace.
  • RRL Sustainable Construction Award – For an outstanding example of the implementationof an innovative practice (Geopolymer concrete in a structural application) in construction thatcontributed to a sustainability objective.

To win these awards, CMR had to overcome some fierce competition from other alliances and work packages which included organisations such as Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sinclair Knight Merz, Leighton Contractors, Downer, UGL and RPS.

RRLCMR achievements in winning the majority of the major awards, and taking home the much sought after Overall Project Excellence Award, cemented RRLCMR’s position as the premier alliance working on Regional Rail Link.

Peter Wilkinson, RRLCMR Alliance General Manager, said: “I am incredibly proud of the CMR team for their efforts and the recognition received. It is validation for all of the hard work, teamwork and collaboration that has been inputted by CMR employees across every level of our alliance.”