Sydney Metro stages 2 and 3: Turner & Townsend, HKA and Crossrail International on board
Construction consulting giant Turner & Townsend has been brought in to help oversee management of the second and third stages of Sydney’s massive metro construction project.
Australia’s Transport for NSW (New South Wales) announced the appointment, which will see Turner & Townsend supported by global infrastructure partners HKA and Crossrail International.
City & Southwest and Metro West are the second and third stages of the Metro programme, a project that will bring a $5bn annual boost to Sydney’s economy thanks to its capacity to transport 40,000 people in each direction every hour.
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Darren Munton, Director for Turner & Townsend commented: “This win clearly reflects the strength of the relationship we have built with Transport for NSW over many years, and the confidence they have in our ability to deliver high quality outcomes utilising global best practice methods.
“We set out a clear strategy to grow our reputation and influence in Australia. To win one of the largest single infrastructure commissions in the country, reinforces that we are heading in the right direction.”
Sydney Metro will be Australia’s first fully-automated rail system, spanning 66km and providing vital capacity to the city’s transport network.
Employment across metropolitan Sydney is expected to increase from 2.1mn workers today to almost 4mn by 2036. About 60% of these people will work in the Global Economic Corridor, an area set to be well-served by the new rail route.
When fully mobilised, the team from Turner & Townsend and HKA will comprise of 60 programme and project control professionals working across multiple contract packages.
Turner & Townsend has been involved with some of the world’s largest recent transport infrastructure projects, including London’s Crossrail and Abu Dhabi Airport, and is also working on the future airport to be built in western Sydney.
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.