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Aurecon bags design award for Brisbane’s flood recovery ferry terminals

Aurecon bags design award for Brisbane’s flood recovery ferry terminals

09 December 2016 – Global engineering firm, Aurecon received the 2016 Australian Human Resources Institute Inclusive Workplace Award less than a week after winning Engineers Australia’s highest honour possible: The Sir William Hudson Award for its revolutionary Brisbane’s Flood Recovery Ferry Terminals.

Aurecon is an amalgamation between South African engineering firms Africon and Ninham Shand, with Australian engineering firm, Connell Wagner. Aurecon runs a branch office in Windhoek as consulting engineers. The Namibian branch focuses on road and civil infrastructure projects.

As the pace of change accelerates, disrupting ‘business as usual’ across the engineering, property and construction sectors, the successful firms will be those able to harness the creativity of a cross disciplinary and cross culturally diverse workforce in order to deliver a competitive advantage, said Giam Swiegers, the Aurecon Group CEO.

The Sir William Hudson Award recognises the most outstanding engineering project and is the highest accolade for a project-based award from Engineers Australia. The award follows further recognition for Aurecon’s creativity at the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, where it won Gold in Design Innovation for 5 Martin Place in Sydney.

“Both projects include groundbreaking innovations and can be linked to an enhanced focus on cross disciplinary collaboration, diversity of ideas and inclusive work practices,” said Swiegers.

“Smart businesses in the energy, property and infrastructure sectors understand our world is changing and with it the need to change work practices,” he added.

“Harnessing the ideas of a cross cultural, cross gender, cross disciplinary workforce will see smart businesses thrive in the months and years ahead,” he stated.

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