The Bielby Holdings Story Bridge was opened today by Managing Director Adam Edwards following the completion of the successful delivery of the project by the latest Constructionarium Australia cohort of students and early-stage career professionals.

After a busy eight-day training and build program, there were smiles all round as the cohort saw the ribbon cut on their project, which had been delivered on time and under budget.

“Congratulations to the participants of the build; it has been a privilege to watch them develop as a high performing team, who have delivered a challenging project in tough conditions with professionalism and skill.”

“The future of our industry is in good hands as the next generation of talented, committed, collaborative and enthusiastic professionals continue to build their careers, grow their roles and become leaders in our industry. On behalf of everyone at Bielby, we are delighted to have been involved in this build, and we would encourage other contractors, design houses, engineers and organisations from across the supply chain to become involved and to put their emerging talent through a build,” said Mr Edwards.

As the team get ready to celebrate a well-deserved success, we look back at the activities of Thursday and Friday to see how they managed to deliver their finished structure.

Thursday dawned with the threat of rain on the horizon, but that didn’t deter the cohort, who were at a pivotal stage of the build, with two spans still requiring lifting into place, the deck, safety rails, mortar and more to be completed before a quality and safety inspection by HDR in the afternoon. Powering through their tasks, the team quickly, safely and efficiently worked with the crane and crew from Universal Cranes to get the spans in place, in an impressive display of teamwork and productivity.

Our Lunch and Learn features Phil Diver, CEO of our hosts The Construction Training Centre, who presented to the team on the importance of having a balance in their work and careers, reminding them of the importance of their mental and physical health. As always, Constructionarium Australia would like to thank Phil and his team at CTC for their support, hospitality and willingness to work with us as we build the program and grow the opportunities for participation.

After lunch, the team was back on-site, ensuring that every bolt was tightened, section secured, and the site was ready for the Level 2 Inspection by HDR. After successfully completing the inspection and rectifying a couple of minor issues, the team was able to undertake their final cost reconciliations, plan their opening event and prepares for their final day on site.

Friday started with reflection as Harry, Jason, and Alex worked with the cohort to discuss their learnings from the program, what they could have improved, how they overcame challenges and also how we can improve the program for future participants.

And then it was onto the Bridge opening, with Adam cutting the ribbon and declaring the Bielby Holding Story Bridge officially open.

The team then took Adam through their cost and presented their thoughts on the week, outlining the progress they made as a group as they worked together to deliver their finished product.

This afternoon, the cohort will be joined by Joel Martin of 4020 Consulting, who will share his insights on career development, advising the cohort on the best way to plan their future in the industry and how to make that future happen.

They will then be joined by industry leaders Vince Sanfilippo of CPB Contractors and Mark Fairweather of HDR, who, along with Adam, will discuss the critical issue of commercial sustainability in the sector in a Q&A session.

And then, it will be time for a well-deserved celebration.