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Coffey, Abigroup to work on Holbrook Bypass project

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June 2, 2011

Global professional services consultancy Coffey International has secured a contract with construction specialist Abigroup to deliver construction materials testing services for the Holbrook Bypass on the Hume Highway, New South Wales.

Valued at approximately $8 million, the contract will see Coffey Information provide laboratory and field testing services including construction materials conformance and quality control testing during the construction phase of the project.

Coffey Information group executive Michael Renehan said the contract reflects Coffey’s specialist knowledge in major infrastructure projects, and its rapport with Abigroup.

“This win is a result of the strong relationship we have developed with Abigroup on the Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance project [where] we focused on quality materials testing services for better infrastructure outcomes while maintaining client value,” he said.

Coffey employed a lean design methodology, which underwent 17 months of research and development before being implemented. The result was a reduction in materials testing time by 35 percent on the Woomargama project, Renehan noted.

Having achieved “outstanding turnaround times for test results on the Woomargama project, which significantly reduced production costs and program risks,” Abigroup Engineering and High Performance manager Tony Edwards said he hoped to replicate this result by working collaboratively with Coffey on the Holbrook Bypass.

“We also agreed to innovative KPIs to set new benchmarks in quality outcomes and we hope to emulate this on the Holbrook project.”

The Holbrook Bypass is a $247 million project jointly funded by the governments of Australia and the State of New South Wales. As the last major project on the Hume Highway, its completion will give motorists a dual carriageway road all the way from Sydney to Melbourne without encountering traffic lights.

The project is due for completion in 2013.

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