Once-in-a-lifetime project's development takes off with Ashurst’s aid

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Ashurst has helped launch the development of a major infrastructure project in Sydney.

The international firm advised Western Sydney Airport (WSA) on its bulk earthworks contract with a joint venture between CPB Contractors and Lendlease Engineering.

The contract is the first major contract signed in the development of the new Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport.

Partner Krista Payne headed the Ashurst transport and infrastructure team on the deal. She underscored the significance of the deal.

“We are delighted to play a part in such a landmark project by advising WSA in relation to the development of Western Sydney International. The bulk earthworks contract is a major step in what has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure project, and we congratulate WSA for reaching this significant milestone. We look forward to working with WSA as the construction of the airport progresses,” Payne said.

She was assisted by partner David Jardine, senior associate Tamsyn Zulch, lawyers Ian Hedberg and Marya Atmeh, and graduate Christina Kopoulos.

Ashurst said that deal is one of the largest ever infrastructure earthworks projects in Australia.

“The project involves moving approximately 25 million cubic metres of earth on the site to support construction of the major elements of the airport, including the runway and terminal. Initial earthworks began in September last year, with the major earthworks expected to begin later this year. The airport is on track to open to international, domestic and freight flights in 2026,” the firm said.