Australia celebrates eight award wins at the Project Management Achievement Awards

Our Australia team has scooped eight award wins at the 2021 Project Management Achievement Awards.

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Project Management, the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in programme and project leadership across Australia.

With all nine of our award submissions shortlisted by the judges, the winning projects and people were:

  • Project of the Year (Queensland) – Inland Rail
  • Project of the Year (Victoria) – Collins Place
  • Programme Management Office (PMO) (Queensland) – Inland Rail
  • Construction/Engineering (Victoria) – Collins Place
  • Community Development (Victoria) – Melbourne City Mission Hester Hornbrook Academy
  • Government Project (South Australia) – Riverside Centre Upgrade Project
  • Future Project Leader (South Australia) – Gemma Wood, Senior Project Manager
  • Future Project Leader (New South Wales) – Tarini Pathak, Project Manager

The winning awards will now be shortlisted for the national AIPM PMAA’s which will be held early 2022.

The winning projects and people

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance agricultural and retail supply chains between inland Australia, major cities and ports by unlocking economic value through upgrading capacity in selected brownfield areas and creating new infrastructure in missing links. Ultimately to make rail the preferred choice for freight transport. We were appointed by ARTC as PMO provider, to improve existing internal PMO services, enhance reporting and assurance on project and programme controls. Our PMO team is supported by global professional services firm SNC-Lavalin.

Collins Place is an enduring Melbourne icon. In 2017, most of the building services infrastructure at Collins Place was identified as beyond its operational life, inefficient and in need of replacement. As the external project manager, on behalf of AMP Capital, we are creating a better future by delivering a AU$100M+ ten-year capital works programme to upgrade equipment including; critical life safety services, electrical switch boards, mechanical and electrical equipment. The completed upgrades have increased the sustainability and efficiency of the site, all while maintaining occupancy with little to no disruption to tenants.

Run by Melbourne City Mission (MCM), the Hester Hornbrook Academy (HHA) is an independent school which provides youths with a better education facility. Responding to the growing need for an alternative approach to education for youths, MCM decided to open its largest and most ambitious HHA facility in Sunshine, Victoria. We have supported MCM’s projects since 2018 and have built a strong relationship with MCM. Our team successfully project managed the HHA Sunshine facility from inception through to completion to enable greater results for Melbourne’s disadvantaged youths.

The AU$24.5 million Riverside Centre upgrades project encompassed the internal fit-out of office accommodation for approximately 400 staff from various State Government Agencies distributed over 8,500sqm of office space across seven floors. These works occurred in conjunction to base building improvements to reinvigorate the facility and bring it closer to Property Council of Australia A Grade standard. We successfully delivered contemporary upgrades that transformed ways of working with greater collaboration and use of technology. The project directly benefitted tenants, staff, and building occupants by providing modern, flexible, sustainable and efficient enhancements that simultaneously supported modern-day values and requirements of office accommodation.

Gemma Wood is a Senior Project Manager working with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT), responsible for the delivery of approximately AU$60 million worth projects for the Department for Education’s Capital Works Programme “Building What Matters”. Responsible for six projects in various stages of design, Gemma quickly took firm control of the projects to ensure successful completions, several of which were achieved significantly ahead of schedule. Gemma is exemplar project manager, known in the industry for being able to take on unexpected challenges under tight schedules and still achieving outstanding outcomes for her clients.

Tarini Pathak is a Project Manager that specialises in delivering projects that benefit local communities in both urban and regional contexts. Tarini’s role is to support clients through the lifecycle of project delivery, from project scope through design and finally construction. Tarini is passionate about supporting clients to ensure the delivered project is fit for purpose and achieves the ambitions it was designed for; both in the present and into the future. Tarini provides expert guidance to clients on the best methodologies that should be used for projects from procurement, design management, stakeholder engagement and construction.

Anooj Oodit, Managing Director, Asia and Australia and New Zealand, said:

I am incredibly proud of our people and project and programme management teams who have played a key role to ensure successful project delivery for our clients. To receive this prestigious recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication to make an impact on our clients, projects and communities. This last year has challenged us socially, environmentally and economically and these awards prove our market-leading project and programme management approach is making a difference for our clients in tackling the uncertainty we are currently experiencing.”


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