Six steel firms competing for Swan River bridge work

05 April, 2017

Six local fabricators will have a chance to bid for one of the key structures needed to complete the State Government’s Swan River Pedestrian Bridge.

York Civil managing director Dominic Vieceli says the York Civil-Rizzani de Eccher joint venture will reach out to the WA market for the manufacture of the steel deck component of the bridge.

“We’ve identified six local fabricators who have the capabilities: AME, AGC, Civmec, Fremantle Steel Fabrication, Pacific Industrial Company and RCR Tomlinson,” he told BP Digital.

 “We are in the process of preparing the tender documents so that will be imminent and we are in discussions with those fabricators.

“From there we will have a reasonably short tender period,” he says, adding that Main Roads WA will oversee the entire process.

The bridge, expected to stretch 370m from bank to bank, will connect the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium to parking and public transportation.

Vieceli says the job involves fabricating large steel beams.

“I know there are a lot of smaller fabricators who’d be looking to have a piece of it and I think the best opportunity for them would be to work with one of the fabricators that we are going to tender with,” he says.

“There is a lot of handrailing, that type of work, associated with the deck, so there may be opportunities there.”

Last weekend the State Government said it would try to minimise further delays for the bridge by tendering to local firms, who would then have two weeks to prepare submissions.

They said Main Roads will investigate whether the steel deck component can be built in Western Australia.

The deck and arch components are currently being fabricated in Malaysia but have taken longer than originally anticipated.

The former Liberal-National Government had estimated the bridge would be finished by mid-2017.

New Labor Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has asked Main Roads to work with York Civil-Rizzani to mitigate delays and complete the bridge by the end of the year, the Government said in its weekend statement.

"We are currently looking at all the options available to salvage local jobs on this project and put WA jobs first,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

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