Property and Infrastructure Specialists

West Gate Tunnel expansion preparations well underway

As part of the preparations required to deliver the massive West Gate Tunnel project, a new $60M precast concrete facility is currently under construction in Benalla. The facility will be the largest of its kind in Victoria and will initially provide over 65,000 concrete products for the project.
APP property and infrastructure - Benalla precast facility

The West Gate Tunnel Project is a proposed tunnel and elevated motorway that will connect the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. It will provide an alternative river crossing and ease pressure on the West Gate Bridge.

Arcadis, in collaboration with APP and WSP, is the Independent Reviewer and Environmental Auditor (IREA) role on the West Gate Tunnel project. The IREA’s role is to lead the independent review and environmental auditing services during the Design and Construction phases of the project.

APP has recently employed Paul Antonello as the IREA’s Precast Surveillance Officer to ensure that the precast products being produced for the West Gate Tunnel Project are compliant with the project specifications.

The precast facility will include a concrete batching plant, the large sheds for precast concrete production, offices, precast product storage, maintenance areas, a precast rail siding and 300 car parking spaces for workers. To limit the number of trucks on local roads, the precast concrete products for the West Gate Tunnel project will be transported by both road and freight train to Melbourne. A new 700-metre rail siding will be built within the facility and connecting to the existing rail line in Benalla to provide a direct link between the precast facility and Melbourne.

The precast facility will create up to 400 jobs and will help ensure regional communities can benefit from the many opportunities created by the state’s booming infrastructure sector.