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Arup sweeps Consult Australia 2018 Awards for Excellence

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
17 October 2018

An impressive five Arup projects have been recognised at the Consult Australia 2018 Awards for Excellence, with Arup also taking home the coveted Large Firm of the Year Award.

The annual event held by the peak industry association provides a unique opportunity to profile and promote the outstanding achievements of member firms to the industry and community. 

The Arup team accepting the Consult Australia 2018 Large Firm of the Year award The Arup team accepting the Consult Australia 2018 Large Firm of the Year award
The Arup team accepts the Consult Australia 2018 Large Firm of the Year award from Consult Australia President Kiri Parr. Back (L-R) Sean McGinn, Justin Madden, Kaitlin Langdon, Amy Child, Kiri Parr, Paul Simpson, Rachel Nicholls, David Eisenhuth (Managing Director, ACO Pty Ltd). Front (L-R) Clayton Riddle, Laura Elbourne-Binns.

Perth’s Optus Stadium was awarded Gold in the Design Innovation category. The stadium, with its innovative fans-first design, delivers an exceptional atmosphere and experience – whether supporters are watching Australian Rules Football, cricket, rugby (union and league), athletics, soccer or entertainment events.

Our solution for Optus Stadium used an innovative ‘fans first’ design, ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home ground advantage that can only be experienced by being there.

Optus Stadium is a truly remarkable example of our ‘one Arup’ approach. By drawing on our global skills networks, we were able to gather the best technical and engineering specialists to deliver a city-shaping piece of architecture using design solutions that were efficient, elegant and safe to manufacture, build and use. ”

Sean McGinn Sean McGinn Buildings Digital Leader, Australasia

Taking out the top award in the Technological Innovation category was the Quickcell Wide Flange Super Girder. Developed by Arup with Quickcell Technology Products, the girders are 46m pre-cast pre-stressed simply supported single length bridge girders - an Australian first innovation. The girders were first installed as part of the Port of Brisbane’s Port Drive Upgrade project and mitigated major safety and constructability issues. 

A Quickcell Super I Girder being transported by truck at night A Quickcell Super I Girder being transported by truck at night
One of the 46m Quickcell Wide Flange Super Girders being transported to the Port of Brisbane.

From the very beginning, we were convinced that development of this new girder would change the way bridges are built worldwide. A multimillion dollar investment was made for development of this innovation and we are proud to introduce the Quickcell Wide Flange Super Girder to the market. ” Hossein Shamsai Quickcell Technology Products Pty Ltd

Also taking home a Gold award – this time in the Project Team Collaboration category – was the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, designed in collaboration with Aecom and Aurecon. The technically complex, 13,000m² state-of-the-art laboratory, teaching, research and clinical facility is renowned for world-class medical research, teaching practice and programmes.


It was this underlying foundation of collaboration, integration and transparency that the consultant team (Arup, Aecom and Aurecon) embraced as we transformed this project from design into reality. From the very beginning, all team members were on the same page, with the same approach and bringing their A-game in terms of actively trying to work together. We were all shooting for the same star – to produce something that is the best. ”

Hamish Banks Hamish Banks Senior Engineer

The Home of the Arts (HOTA) Outdoor Stage was also recognised in the Project Team Collaboration category taking home a Highly Commended Award. The transformational first stage of the Gold Coast’s redeveloped cultural heart at HOTA, the highly versatile venue comprises a black-box theatre with a back wall that folds away completely, opening the box out onto an amphitheatre with seating and lawn space for 5,000 people.


Our work as Technical Adviser on the Monash Freeway Upgrade in Melbourne received a Highly Commended in the Client Service Excellence category. Demonstrating a strong technical understanding, and a responsive, collaborative, open communication approach, we worked closely with the project Superintendent, Transurban, to deliver the project successfully and within key milestones.

The Monash Freeway at night The Monash Freeway at night
The Monash Freeway, used by 200,000+ motorists daily.

Working in a collocated environment with the Transurban Design Manager helped us build a trusted, open and collaborative relationship, allowing for quick resolution of issues and a robust and successful communication framework. ”

Paul Simpson Paul Simpson Principal