Early contractor involvement
The new Bridgewater Bridge is the largest transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history. Because we aren’t experts in building bridges of this size and scale, we have asked the construction industry for early input about the design.
This is so that we can adopt the most efficient and cost effective way of designing and building the bridge and interchanges.
We are doing this through a competitive design process known as Early Contractor Involvement (ECI). In late 2020, we awarded ECI agreements to two construction companies; CPB Contractors and McConnell Dowell Constructors.
They have experience in delivering major infrastructure projects around the world, and are now working with us to develop their own designs and tenders for the project.
This means that the construction industry can use their specialist knowledge and expertise to design a bridge that will deliver the best outcome for Tasmania. Wherever possible, they will use local resources and local know-how and will work with local companies to leave a legacy of knowledge behind.
We are on track to engage a preferred tenderer by the end of 2021.