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Project Background

Brisbane required upgrading of Port Drive. Port Drive is the arterial road that links the Port of Brisbane Motorway to the Port of Brisbane, from near Pritchard Street to the Captain Bishop Bridge it is operated and maintained by PBPL under a Road Franchise Agreement (RFA) with the State of Queensland.

The upgrade project covers a 5km (approx.) stretch of Port Drive from the end of the Port of Brisbane Motorway to Lucinda Drive at Whimbrel Street. The contract for the delivery of the upgrade project took the form of a Design Development and Construct Contract

The Port Drive upgrade will deliver the following infrastructure:

  • upgrade of Port Drive to four lanes including installation of a separation barrier on Port Drive
  • grade separation of Kite Street and Port Drive intersection
  • Lucinda Drive upgrade
  • upgrade of local road intersections and new cycle path
  • a new local connection between Tanker St and Osprey Dr
  • associated works including Services relocations and drainage

CPM was engaged to manage and lead the design development phase, develop and deliver a procurement strategy from concept to contract award and through the delivery phase of the contract.

The work included leading:

  • design review of high level conceptual design options
  • risk assessment and benefit analysis
  • procurement strategy development (Design and D&C)
  • development of tender documentation for concept and preliminary design
  • business case and Board paper preparation
  • management of design tender process
  • design management for design phase
  • management early investigation works
  • development of tender documentation for DD&C phase (3 stage process) and management of DD&C tender process
  • management of other external consultants including geotech and independent estimators

The definition around the scope and specification allowed the market to de-risk the project and provide tight pricing this in turn allowed PBPL to increase scope dramatically to further improve port operations effectiveness without extra capital expenditure.

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Contract Period

June 2014 to June 2018


Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

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