Like the rest of Australia and the world, the Sunshine State suffered as a result of COVID-19 but regardless, it remains a highly desirable destination for visitors and potential new residents. An enviable lifestyle has made the South East Queensland (SEQ) heavily urbanised and it now accounts for 72 per cent of State’s population.
While private investment and tourism have slowed, SEQ continues to be a hub for growth in infrastructure, mining, education, healthcare and aged care developments, and to a lesser extent commercial, mixed-use and residential property projects.
David Farah, Executive Director and Director – Queensland (QLD) at BG&E says, “BG&E was established 50 years ago in Perth and we’ve had a presence in QLD for over 10 years. Today, our 80-strong QLD-based team are proud to increase our local footprint by opening an office on the Gold Coast. This expansion ensures that we can help clients to shape Australia’s sixth largest city.”
The Gold Coast Gross Region Product (GRP) is estimated at more than $35 billion, with a five-year annual growth rate of approximately 4.4 per cent. This coupled with the increased migration of families from southern states, post-pandemic, translates to growing demand for connected communities.
David says, “We work with leading contractors, tier-one engineering consultants, property developers, architects and government agencies, to create projects that make a difference to people’s lives in SEQ and that makes me proud. I’m also pleased that BG&E contributes to the State’s growing economy.”
BG&E has contributed to the delivery of the following significant projects in SEQ:
- Preliminary and detailed design of the Pacific Motorway, Exit 49 Interchange Upgrade at Pimpama;
- Proof engineering for the Cross River Rail Project, which will unlock a bottleneck at the core of the
transport network which will transform the way we travel across the whole of SEQ;
- Design of the recently completed Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Rocklea-to-Darra Stage 1 Project;
- Civil, structural, flood and traffic engineering services for the state-of-the-art Inner-City State School North at Fortitude Valley;
- Preliminary and detailed design of the Mount Lindesay Highway Upgrade, between Stoney Camp Road
and Chambers Flat Road;
- Preliminary, detailed design and construction support of the Veloway Stage E Project at Holland Park
- Emergency and disaster reconstruction across the south coast region road network following the 2020/21
major storm events.
David adds, “Hosting the 2032 Olympic Games provides an opportunity for the cities in SEQ to shine. An opportunity for vital infrastructure to be implemented, as well as an opportunity to leverage some of the region’s sporting credentials from the previous Commonwealth Games.
“I’m optimistic about the future of SEQ and the growth of our Gold Coast business.”
BG&E’s new office is located at Suite 5, 39-41 Nerang Street, Nerang.