Hyder Consulting

Hyder sees double at 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards

Press Release   •   Oct 02, 2012 14:33 BST

Hyder’s engineering design work for client Westfield Design and Construction, on the Westfield Sydney project and the company’s best practice safety program ‘Wellbeing by Design’ were both acknowledged with awards. Westfield Sydney was named joint winner in the Buildings and Structures category and the Wellbeing by Design program received High Commendation in the Welfare, Health and Safety arena.

“These awards recognise Hyder’s commitment to delivering excellence and our efforts to ensure health and safety are a priority in our work, from concept to completion and beyond. We are extremely proud of these achievements,” Hyder Australasia’s Managing Director, Greg Steele, said.

Hyder worked closely with Westfield to provide innovative structural and façade engineering for the Westfield Sydney project which spanned seven years and has reinvented the ageing retail precinct below Sydney Tower.

Effective collaboration between the Hyder and Westfield teams to overcome design challenges resulted in a number of engineering ‘firsts for Australia’. Innovation including the creative use of concrete filled steel tubes and their connection at nodes which reduced construction time, simplified detailing and increased retail floor space; and the replacement of a ventilated façade with an equivalent triple glazed thermally broken system to deliver increased letting areas and reduced on-going maintenance.

Extensive modifications needed to be made to the support of the 308 metre Sydney Tower and Hyder’s inventive solution used GPS monitoring and a geo-fence to validate design and ensure safety. It is the first use of this technology in Australia.

“The success of the Westfield Sydney project comes from the collaborative partnership formed between Hyder and Westfield. This close working relationship allowed prompt resolution of many complex engineering and design issues, throughout the course of the project. We are delighted that Westfield were able to be at the awards ceremony with us jointly accept the award,” Malcolm McDowall, Hyder’s Managing Director for Property, said.

Hyder’s Wellbeing by Design program is led by Hyder’s Regional Executive Team and works to create a positive and fulfilling work environment for staff. Within the program internal frameworks guide the attitudes and behaviours of a strong organisational culture while the external framework holds up Hyder’s ‘safety in design’ ethos.

“In our multi-disciplinary offering we make decisions that impact on the health and safety of a variety of stakeholders so it’s imperative we acknowledge this and work to deliver the best outcomes for these groups,” Greg Steele said.

The introduction of the Wellbeing by Design program in 2010 has since made a significant impact on Hyder’s safety culture and the visibility of our on-going commitment to safety and wellbeing, both inside and outside the company. Lost time injury frequency has reduced 100% from 6.93 in 2010 and Hyder has been lost time injury free for 12 months, since May 2011.

These awards support Hyder’s involvement in a number of major New South Wales projects including Skoda Stadium, the Royal North Shore Hospital redevelopment and Darling Quarter.

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For more information please contact Nana Berchie (Group Communications Manager at Hyder Consulting): 0203 014 9031 or nana.berchie@hyderconsulting.com.

Notes for editors

Hyder Consulting is an international advisory and design consultancy with particular specialisation in the property, transport, utilities and environment sectors.

With over 150 years’ experience and around 4,000 people across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, it combines global expertise and local knowledge to create exceptional solutions for clients and their stakeholders.