Port of Brisbane Awarded ‘Excellent’ Sustainability Rating for Port Drive Upgrade

Port of Brisbane’s $110 million Port Drive Upgrade has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating for the project’s design, from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) – Australia’s peak industry body for advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) CEO, Roy Cummins, said achieving an ‘Excellent’ rating for such a significant infrastructure project was a clear demonstration of PBPL’s commitment to sustainable port development.

“Our investment in this project was brought forward well ahead of demand to improve safety and create a more efficient road network that would support the Port’s growth well into the future,” said Mr Cummins.

“The project design was assessed against a wide range of measures including its management systems, environmental management, stakeholder participation, and innovation.

“The design stage also considered input and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders in areas including road design, landscaping and vegetation selection, and engagement.

“We also challenged ourselves and the Principal Contractor, Seymour Whyte Constructions, to identify and implement innovative solutions to ensure the design delivered optimal environmental and safety outcomes.

“I want to congratulate PBPL’s construction team, Seymour Whyte and its designer Arup, and thank all our stakeholders, particularly the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, for their continued support on the project.”  

Key project innovations include:

  • ‘Super I girders’ – Australia’s longest pre-stressed girders up to 46 metres in length, designed to safely span the existing rail corridor, therefore avoiding future maintenance or construction within the corridor
  • EME2 asphalt – the largest placement of sustainably-sourced Enrobés à Module Élevé Class 2 (EME2) asphalt on a road project in Australia (approx. 50,000m3)
  • Offsite stormwater treatment – incorporating PBPL’s scientifically-based and assessed offsite stormwater treatment project in the Lockyer Valley – the first in Queensland

Other sustainability benefits of the project’s design include:

  • LED street lighting
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions – through the overpass design and use of EME2
  • increased connectivity of locally important remnant habitat through the installation of a fauna crossing
  • use of locally-sourced native plant species for landscaping.

The project is also targeting an ‘Excellent’ ‘As Built’ rating from ISCA.

Port Drive Upgrade is a $110 million investment by PBPL to deliver safer and more efficient port roads. It is on track for completion in mid-2018, subject to site and weather conditions.