Henderson-based company Civmec has been awarded the contract to build key components of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge by March 2018.
Today, the State Government and head contractor York Rizzani Joint Venture signed a sub-alliance agreement with Civmec for the fabrication of the bridge components.
The new agreement brings Civmec into the Swan River Bridge Alliance, which also includes Main Roads Western Australia and York Rizzani Joint Venture.
The Alliance, using Civmec's expertise, will manage the steel fabrication, painting of the arches and decks and their transportation to the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge construction sites. The new program of works relies on Civmec organising the services of other local companies and workshops to assist with the fabrication and shop detailing.
The target completion date for the bridge of March 2018 remains achievable, and there are financial incentives in place for York Rizzani Joint Venture to meet that date.
The cost of locally manufactured steel is estimated to be $25 million, forming part of the budget for the $83 million bridge construction. As outlined in June, new site assembly costs will also be incurred.
The steel deck and arch components of the bridge were originally being manufactured in Malaysia by York Rizzani Joint Venture's previous subcontractor Toyota Tsusho.
However, that subcontract was terminated after Toyota Tsusho failed to deliver bridge components within the repeatedly extended deadlines.
After ongoing disputes, York Rizzani Joint Venture terminated the subcontract and will remain liable for any claims from Toyota Tsusho regarding the subcontract.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the signing was a positive and welcome step forward for the project.
"The signing of Civmec represents a significant step forward compared to the contract we had inherited upon entering government," she said. "In the process of renegotiation, we have managed to create about 250 local jobs and have gained a clearer line of sight on the delivery of the project.
This is an update to the story published in June on Australian Tenders News.