Major Projects & Infrastructure » Transport Infrastructure

Infrastructure Australia believes an unprecedented commitment to creating world class public transport in our cities is required to maintain the economic success and environmental sustainability of our cities.

Some big ticket failures in transport infrastructure projects in Australia and around the world have discouraged investors from overly-complex contract and service-delivery structures in favour of simpler, more transparent models with less volume and passenger risk.

However, the successful contracting of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project - the first Australian public private partnership completely financed by foreign funds - has helped to restore some confidence in the Public Private Partnership model at a time when the private sector has been lobbying for alliance structures or PPPs where government assumes a greater share of the risk.

Rail and ports infrastructure is experiencing the effects of the energy and resources boom. Private international and Australian investors are making up the shortfall created by State funding constraints and responding to demand for more investment in rail and ports infrastructure to move commodities from remote West Australian and Queensland mines.

Understanding the macro economic case and the drivers of transport infrastructure projects is critical to developing the most efficient, bankable structures to successfully deliver road, rail and port infrastructure.

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Our Experience

Brisbane Airport Link

Corrs Project team advised BrisConnections on all aspects of its successful bid, including negotiation of the project deed with the State, the design and construction sub-contract, and the operations and maintenance contract with the other project participants.

The project involved a $1.2 billion initial public offering of securities in BrisConnections and a $3 billion debt financing package.

Airport Link, a 6.7km multi-lane electronic free-flow toll road with dual 5.25km tunnels, will be Australia’s largest ever toll road infrastructure project by design and construction cost. The project is a priority transport infrastructure project for Brisbane and is designed to meet the needs of Brisbane’s rapidly rising population.

Corrs are the lead transaction lawyers for the BrisConnections consortium, which will deliver the Airport Link, Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade projects. The Consortium, which includes Leighton Holdings, Macquarie Capital Group, Thiess and John Holland, was announced as preferred bidder for the project in May 2008.

Corrs advised on all aspects of its successful bid, including negotiation of the project deed with the State, the design and construction sub-contract, and the operations and maintenance contract with the other project participants.

The transaction was unusually complex. The design and construction sub-contract, for example, is the largest construction contract for an Australian Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It provides for the simultaneous design and construction of the publicly-financed and owned Northern Busway, the privately-financed and owned Airport Link toll road and publicly-financed and owned Airport Roundabout Upgrade.

Each type of work had its own challenges – the payment, environmental, approval, tenure and access regimes were different for each work package and had to be separately addressed in the subcontract.

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Gold Coast light rail has everyone on board

Corrs Chambers Westgarth continues its ground-breaking work on the AU$1.06 billion innovative Gold Coast Rapid Transport project for Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads.

The Projects team has been leading negotiations on behalf of the government on all issues including tenure options, legislative amendments, planning and approvals, project contracts, risk allocation and procurement strategies.

Stage One of the project will involve 13 km of new light rail connecting a number of the Gold Coast’s key activity centres including Griffith University, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach. Stage One is to be delivered as a PPP and is scheduled to commence operations in 2014.

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Our Experience

Brisbane Airport Link

Corrs Project team advised BrisConnections on all aspects of its successful bid, including negotiation of the project deed with the State, the design and construction sub-contract, and the operations and maintenance contract with the other project participants.

The project involved a $1.2 billion initial public offering of securities in BrisConnections and a $3 billion debt financing package.

Airport Link, a 6.7km multi-lane electronic free-flow toll road with dual 5.25km tunnels, will be Australia’s largest ever toll road infrastructure project by design and construction cost. The project is a priority transport infrastructure project for Brisbane and is designed to meet the needs of Brisbane’s rapidly rising population.

Corrs are the lead transaction lawyers for the BrisConnections consortium, which will deliver the Airport Link, Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade projects. The Consortium, which includes Leighton Holdings, Macquarie Capital Group, Thiess and John Holland, was announced as preferred bidder for the project in May 2008.

Corrs advised on all aspects of its successful bid, including negotiation of the project deed with the State, the design and construction sub-contract, and the operations and maintenance contract with the other project participants.

The transaction was unusually complex. The design and construction sub-contract, for example, is the largest construction contract for an Australian Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It provides for the simultaneous design and construction of the publicly-financed and owned Northern Busway, the privately-financed and owned Airport Link toll road and publicly-financed and owned Airport Roundabout Upgrade.

Each type of work had its own challenges – the payment, environmental, approval, tenure and access regimes were different for each work package and had to be separately addressed in the subcontract.

Gold Coast light rail has everyone on board

Corrs Chambers Westgarth continues its ground-breaking work on the AU$1.06 billion innovative Gold Coast Rapid Transport project for Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads.

The Projects team has been leading negotiations on behalf of the government on all issues including tenure options, legislative amendments, planning and approvals, project contracts, risk allocation and procurement strategies.

Stage One of the project will involve 13 km of new light rail connecting a number of the Gold Coast’s key activity centres including Griffith University, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach. Stage One is to be delivered as a PPP and is scheduled to commence operations in 2014.

Our Thinking

Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

Solving the infrastructure dilemma - It’s all about sharing

Australia’s pressing need for infrastructure is well known. Government has less money and private enterprise has less appetite for risk. With these two factors a certainty, infrastructure experts at Corrs Chambers Westgarth agree change must come.

Dispute or deadlock? Be prepared

There have been a lot of lessons learned about joint venture mechanisms since the GFC. But not about deadlock procedures, even though they’re now more important than ever.

Eurozone crisis may have a silver lining for Australian infrastructure

The Eurozone crisis is of fundamental concern for global economic stability. How should Australia respond?

Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 1 - Solutions for the 21st Century

Important infrastructure projects in Queensland are being hampered by outdated legislation which is in urgent need of reform.

A new structure will improve the financial success of PPP toll roads

Structural changes are needed to improve the financial performance of public-private toll road partnerships and attract investors to future projects.

The infrastructure deficit - Is Islamic finance part of the solution?

Australia’s “infrastructure deficit” is significant. Some estimate that, over the next decade, the difference between our infrastructure needs and available government resources could blow out to as much as $770 billion.

Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 2 - Fixing the framework for developers and financiers

Outdated legislation is causing unnecessary problems and risks for developers and financiers in Queensland’s water, gas, electricity and rail sectors.

Financing projects in hard times: Export Credit Agencies are the smart alternative

Export Credit Agencies are big players in project financing and they offer sponsors many benefits.

Productivity Commission review a ray of hope for major projects

Could reform be on the way for Australia’s infamous major projects approval regime?

Infrastructure early stage tax losses - Welcome reform but issues remain

The draft legislation on tax loss incentives for infrastructure projects is welcome, but gaps remain.

The building revolution - Building Information Modelling (BIM) on the way to 6D

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