Salini Impregilo receives ENR award for Skytrain Bridge project in Sydney
Milan, July 30 2018 - Salini Impregilo has won an award for its recently completed project, the Skytrain Bridge for the Sydney Metro Northwest, from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in the sixth edition of the annual Global Best Projects competition organized by the leading U.S. construction magazine.
The project was among 22 selected by a jury for their excellence in construction, attention to safety and diversity, and the benefits they provide to their respective communities, highlighting the Group's focus on sustainability to improve people's lives.
The Skytrain Bridge, which won the Global Best Project Award for the railway sector, is the most visible part the 36 -kilometre-long, AU$8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest, the first phase of the Sydney Metro project, Australia’s biggest public transport project.
A curved, cable-stayed structure, the skytrain bridge is the first of its kind in the country. It has two towers reaching 45 metres in height. Each one has 16 pipes containing cables that fix it to the deck. The bridge deck is made up of 88 concrete segments, each weighing between 70 and 140 tonnes. It is the crowning achievement of a four-kilometre viaduct that Salini Impregilo built and on which more than 4,000 people worked.
Set to open in the first half of 2019, Sydney Metro Northwest will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in the country, running 36 kilometres from Chatswood to beyond Rouse Hill in the city’s northwest.
Salini Impregilo has already won a number of accolades for the Skytrain Bridge. Last May, it won a “Leading As Built IS rating” by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) for its sustainability. The Group and its partner SMEC earlier won a Leading Design IS rating for designing the project in the most environmentally friendly way possible. The recognition highlights the Group’s focus on improving people’s lives with its projects.
With the billions of Australian dollars that the country is investing in infrastructure, Australia has become an important market for Salini Impregilo. In Perth, the Group and a joint-venture partner is working on an 8.5-kilometre rail link that will connect the eastern suburbs with the city centre, helping reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
Elsewhere in the world, Salini Impregilo is working on the world’s most demanding public transport projects for sustainable mobility, including the Grand Paris Express rail and metro project, Line 3 of Riyadh's new metro system, Copenhagen's Cityringen circular metro line and Doha's Red Line North Underground.