Mendi Constructions have been selected as a finalist in the $5m – $10 category at this year’s Civil Contractors Federation Queensland (CCF Qld) Earth Awards. The project selected is the Echlin Street Reservoir project. Mendi was awarded the Echlin Street Reservoir project by Townsville City Council as part of a programmed upgrade of the city’s water supply network a contract worth $8.7M.
The site was situated in a former quarry located on the southern face of Castle Hill, West End, Townsville. The site consisted of unprotected vertical rock faces and was surrounded by a comprehensive network of recreational walking trails. The site’s boundaries contained residential, light commercial premises and heritage landmarks and was the first of its kind for Townsville.
Removing 330,000 tonnes of some of the region’s hardest rock to create a level pad within a very sensitive neighbourhood was never going to be an easy task. If you add to this an out of the ordinary project, the use of approximately 100 tonnes of explosives and some millimetre accuracy tolerance, this challenge was out of reach to many contractors, but did not deter Mendi.
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