APP Corporation in association with SMEC Australia has been appointed as the Independent Certifier for part of Australia’s largest road infrastructure project to date, Sydney’s WestConnex M4 East.
The M4 East project will provide three traffic lanes in each direction, in twin tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield. The M4 East will remove through-traffic from Parramatta Road, ease congestion and facilitate urban revitalisation in the lively inner west area of Sydney.
The M4 East tunnel will extend the M4 motorway east from Homebush Bay Drive. The project includes three further sets of entry and exit ramps at each of Concord Road, Parramatta Road east of Wattle Street and the City West Link at Haberfield. The project will connect to WestConnex Stage 3 in the future which will ultimately connect the M4 East to the M5 corridor beneath Sydney’s inner west.
As Independent Certifier (IC) APP Corporation will be required to review and verify that the tunnels and associated infrastructure are being built by the construction contractor to the requirements and specifications determined for the project by the NSW Government authorities.
APP is a leader in the provision of Independent Assurance services for major infrastructure projects across Australia, having performed similar services for Brisbane Airport Link, Adelaide Desalination Project, the Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Seaford Rail extension in South Australia. In Sydney, APP is currently delivering similar services for a number of heavy infrastructure transport projects in the metropolitan region including the Sydney CBD and Eastern Suburbs Light Rail project.
Jeff Sharp, APP’s General Manager of Infrastructure, said: “WestConnex represents the missing link in reshaping Sydney’s transport network for future generations. It’s an ambitious, exciting project and APP is proud to play an integral role in ensuring the project is delivered according to the high standard demanded by Government and key stakeholders”.
Work starts on the M4 East in 2016. Completion of the project is planned for early 2019.