Brisbane Metro procurement

Brisbane Metro presents an opportunity for industry to be part of delivering one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. 

The project will be delivered via a number of packages including:

  • Metro vehicle fleet
  • Inner city infrastructure works
  • Suburban infrastructure 
  • Systems
  • Early works
  • Metro depot.

Metro vehicle

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council will introduce an initial new fleet of 60 electric Metro vehicles  each with the capacity to carry 150 people and will share the busway with buses.

Following an extensive tender process, Council is recommending world-leading vehicle manufacturer HESS, in partnership with Brisbane-based supplier Volgren, and electric infrastructure experts ABB, to design, build and charge the Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet.

The Australian first electric Metro vehicles will use an advanced battery fuel source with zero tailpipe emissions, and tried and tested flash charging technology. Initially, HESS and its project partners will design and build one pilot Metro vehicle, which will be extensively performance tested in Brisbane.

Industry briefing

In July 2018, Brisbane City Council provided a briefing to industry representatives. The briefing provided an update on the project, key milestones and upcoming procurement opportunities. This includes the establishment of the Collaborative Partnership and procurement of the Metro vehicle fleet.

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Main procurement activities for Brisbane Metro commenced in July 2018 and are expected to be complete by late 2019, subject to approvals. 

View videos of the industry briefing presentation held on Wednesday 25 July 2018 at Brisbane City Hall. 

Collaborative Partnership

Council is establishing a Collaborative Partnership for Brisbane Metro, which consists of Council, contractor and design partners to deliver or manage the following packages:  

  • Inner city infrastructure works
  • Suburban infrastructure.

Council commenced the procurement process for the Collaborative Partnership with a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) process in July 2018. This closed on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

In October 2018 Council announced that the shortlisted EOI respondents would progress to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. These respondents were further shortlisted in early December 2018 and moved into the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase in early 2019.

The three respondents (in no particular order) are:

  • TransForm BNE consortium, comprising McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and GHD Pty Ltd
  • Brisbane Move Consortium, comprising Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd
  • METRO4BNE consortium, comprising CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd, Vinci Construction Grands Projets Australia Pty Ltd and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd.

On 21 June 2019, Council received tender submissions from the three shortlisted respondents.

Council is currently evaluating the tender submissions and will work in collaboration with the
Queensland Government to confirm the design for the new underground Cultural Centre

Metro depot

On Wednesday 20 March 2019, Council held a briefing to industry representatives for the design and construction of the Brisbane Metro depot and maintenance facility.

The Metro depot will be located at School Road, Rochedale, adjacent to the South East busway, providing stabling for the Metro vehicle fleet, as well as maintenance and staff facilities.

A formal Invitation for Expressions of Interest (IEOI) was released via Council’s Supplier Portal on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

In June 2019,  Council finalised the shortlist of respondents that will progress to the Request for Tender with a contract expected to be awarded in mid-2020, subject to approvals.

The four respondents (in no particular order) are:

  • ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Broad Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Decmil BMD Constructions Joint Venture
  • Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd.

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System design and delivery

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council is seeking to procure an innovative, world-class Platform Management Information System (PMIS) to manage the platform bay allocation of Metro vehicles and bus services.

In late 2018,Council invited suitably qualified organisations to register their interest in the design, development and delivery of the PMIS.

Following this process, Council will undertake a formal expression of interest process for the PMIS. This is expected to commence in mid-2020, subject to approvals.

Early works

Prior to the commencement of main construction works, Council will be undertaking a program of early works, including service and utility relocations and intersection upgrades.

All early works packages will commence in early 2020 and be advertised through Council’s Supplier Portal.

Last updated:25 November 2019
Topics: metro