The project had to overcome challenges from COVID-19 and the Ukraine invasion
Allens has advised Transport for NSW on a collaborative design and construction deed with the Ferrovial Construction Australia-Gamuda Australia (Ferrovial Gamuda) joint venture as part of the $2.2bn Coffs Harbour Bypass project.
The deed was developed to overcome challenges in the current construction market.
“The allocation of risk has been formulated pragmatically and in a manner that achieves the objectives of both parties,” Allens partner Leighton O’Brien said. “[Transport for NSW] has been truly responsive to the demands of the market and creative in finding solutions that deliver value for money to NSW.”
The Coffs Harbour Bypass project forms part of the Pacific Highway upgrade, one of the largest road infrastructure programs in NSW. It saves 11 minutes travel time along the Pacific Highway with a 14-kilometre bypass of Coffs Harbour and will serve as a key connector between NSW and Queensland.
“We were fortunate to partner with a passionate and innovative team from [Transport for NSW]. The project was procured against the backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and the impacts of the war in Ukraine. Those challenges have been worked through and we congratulate [Transport for NSW] and the Ferrovial Gamuda joint venture on an excellent outcome,' said Allens managing associate Michael Hogan.
Joining O’Brien and Hogan on the legal team were partner Kip Fitzsimon, senior associate Isabel Burraston, associate Ashleigh Blumor and lawyer Julia Hong.