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North East Link Early Works

Delivering an early works package

  • $1.5B

    Project Value

  • 15K

    Trucks Diverted Daily

  • 35

    Minutes Saved on Average Trip

  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Setting the stage for the biggest road transport project in Victoria’s history

The North East Link (NEL) is part of the Victorian Government’s program of city-shaping infrastructure. NEL will connect the M80 ring road with an upgraded Eastern Freeway, filling in the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network—taking 15,000 trucks a day off local roads and slashing travel times by up to 35 minutes.

We were commissioned to deliver the early works package as lead designers, utility coordinators, and digital engineer leads. The work consisted of critical enabling works such as relocating over 100 utilities, preparing future worksites, and building infrastructure to support the delivery of the main works packages.

The size and complexity of the project presented a major challenge with long linear infrastructure having to be relocated. We managed risks through industry-leading services in utility detection and excavation in high-risk environments, survey and modelling, and digital engineering enablement. We minimized disruption though careful conflict resolution and the coordination of asset providers and stakeholders across many jurisdictions.

Alongside the relocation work, we provided ongoing advice to see that all environment project requirements were met including soil management programs. These programs lead to soil being re-used elsewhere on the project, saving landfill and lowering disposal fees significantly for our client.

The NEL early works services were successfully completed, setting the stage for major construction works on the road infrastructure.

At a Glance

  • MTIA
  • CPB Contractors
BSI (Building SMART International) Summit - Finalist
Meet Our Team

Hugh McCormick, Business Leader, Urban Infrastructure

We’re so lucky to work on interesting and challenging projects—I love seeing their impact our urban environment and the community.
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Nick O'Connell, Senior Engineer, Utilities Lead

My focus is to drive team-engineered and innovative solutions with integrity and simplicity.
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Stuart Paice, Digital Innovation Lead

I enjoy challenging projects where innovation and technologies can be developed to improve deliverable outcomes for the team and the client.

Jack Tidd, Senior Civil Engineer - Utilities Lead

Working in the utilities game is fulfilling—I love the challenge, the people, and the broad variety of work.
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Toni Doumith, Senior Project Manager

From reduced traffic congestion and carbon emissions to improved road safety, our work can change lives for the better.

Hugh McCormick

Business Leader, Urban Infrastructure

Nick O'Connell

Senior Engineer, Utilities Lead

Stuart Paice

Digital Innovation Lead

Jack Tidd

Senior Civil Engineer - Utilities Lead

Toni Doumith

Senior Project Manager

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