William Barak Bridge
The William Barak Bridge was constructed by the Major Projects Department of the State Government and completed prior to the Commonwealth Games.
The bridge was developed to improve Melbourne’s pedestrian environment and encourage public transport use to and from events within the Sports Precinct, particularly during the Commonwealth Games and for major events held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Tennis Centre. This significant 525m-long pedestrian bridge provides a link from Federation Square to the MCG.
Ontoit, through the involvement of Arvind David and Andrew McKinley (Lead Project Advisor and Project Superintendent), provided advice to develop this project from business case stage through funding decision, procurement, delivery and final completion.
The role included consultant team selection management, procurement of construction services, negotiation of construction access with the franchisees (train and tram), agreement of a construction control agreement with the then Director Public Transport and management and administration of the construction contract.
The construction required access into land controlled by Melbourne CityLink, Yarra Trams, VicRoads, Victrack, Melbourne City Council and the train franchisee.
The bridge was built over one of Melbourne’s busiest corridors in just under 12 months. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.