Brisbane Metro procurement

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

Brisbane Metro depot

Brisbane City Council has awarded the design and construct contract for the Brisbane Metro depot to ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd.

The Brisbane Metro depot will be located at School Road, Rochedale, adjacent to the South East Busway, providing storage for the new battery electric Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet, advanced charging infrastructure as well as maintenance and staff facilities.

The depot will be 10 ha in size, with a solar photovoltaic system, making it one of the largest and most technologically advanced facilities in Australia.

Collaborative Partnership contract award

Brisbane City Council has awarded the contract for the Collaborative Partnership to the Brisbane Move consortium.

The Brisbane Move consortium comprises of construction-lead, ACCIONA Construction Australia Pty Ltd and design-lead, Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd.

Brisbane Move will partner with Council to form the Collaborative Partnership to design and deliver the major infrastructure works for the project.

ACCIONA and Arup both have significant presence in Queensland and many signature projects including Legacy Way and the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

Next steps

Detailed design is now underway before major infrastructure works commence.

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Background on the Collaborative Partnership tender process

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) were:

  • 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 Projects Australia Pty Ltd and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd.

In May 2020, Council announced the Preferred Tenderer as the Brisbane Move Consortium, comprising of ACCIONA and Arup. The contract was awarded to Brisbane Move on 21 October 2020. 

Brisbane Metro vehicle

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

Following an extensive tender process, Council has selected world-leading vehicle manufacturer HESS and electric infrastructure experts Hitachi ABB Power Grids, to design, build and charge the Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet.

The Australian first Brisbane Metro vehicles will use an advanced battery fuel source with zero tailpipe emissions and tried and tested flash charging technology. HESS and Hitachi ABB Power Grids will build and test the Brisbane Metro pilot vehicle in Europe in 2021, which is expected to be ready for operational testing in Brisbane in 2022.

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

Last updated: 26 July 2021
Topics: metro