As 2021 draws to a close and we reflect on the year that has been, I think our biggest achievement this year is that we managed to successfully complete well over 1,800 projects across Australia and New Zealand despite extended lockdowns and border restrictions, which impacted our business in every region.
The Australian and New Zealand economies remained remarkably strong this year, buoyed by record levels of government infrastructure investment. This has had a positive impact on our business, with civil infrastructure and remediation now a huge focus for Mainmark. The increased demand for our specialised products and services is the driving force behind the evolution of Mainmark’s civil and mining division, which offers a unique range of solutions to re-level, repair and rehabilitate assets in the civil infrastructure, mining and seismic environment sectors.
This year, Mainmark had the opportunity to demonstrate its breadth of capabilities by completing a number of significant projects. In Australia we are currently undertaking a major culvert rehabilitation project in South East Queensland involving a wide range of complex remediation solutions, including Terefil®, our flowable lightweight polymer modified cementitious grout which is part of the solution being used to fill significant voiding behind the steel culverts. Terefil was also used as an innovative alternate structural solution for the change of use of an Olympic swimming pool in Sydney. In New Zealand, we also used Terefirm® to strengthen the ground beneath O’Connells, an iconic retail, dining and office complex in Queenstown, to increase liquefaction resistance and increase its NBS (New Building Standard) rating.
We were also honoured to receive a Good Design Award in the engineering category for our Toowoomba Bypass project in Queensland. While Mainmark doesn’t embark on projects to win awards, we were extremely proud to be acknowledged for successfully completing this unique and complex Queensland project which involved upgrades and repair work to culverts along the $1.6 billion bypass. The sheer level of on-site research and development that was required to overcome the design constraints was a significant factor in the successful outcome of this project and the judges summed up our work nicely.
“Clearly innovative, the design was clever and had benefits for the project in terms of cost, schedule and quality. This is really impressive design and engineering, and a standout example of good design in this category that deserves to be recognised.”
Mainmark is constantly pushing geotechnical boundaries through research, development and trials. It’s this dedication to innovation that also led us to develop Terefil as a proven alternate solution for gravel raft slab replacement in several building projects, having recently successfully completed the first stage of a large project at Wainuiomata, Wellington.
These projects are just a few examples of why Mainmark is becoming renowned for its innovative approach to solving complex remediation projects and we are well placed to leverage further opportunities as further projects are rolled out under the Australian Government’s $110 billion rolling infrastructure pipeline.
As we enter 2022 filled with optimism, we have significant growth aspirations for all operating divisions. We also look forward to continuing to demonstrate our breadth of applications, which include evolving our specialised resins, gels and coatings for reinforcing ageing or damaged buildings and assets, and water mitigation and control in more infrastructure and tunnelling projects.
I would like to thank all of our clients, industry partners and staff for being flexible, adapting to change, and working collaboratively over the last 12 months. We have achieved great things and are looking forward to an even more productive year ahead.
By Joe Glanville
Joe Glanville is Mainmark’s ANZ General Manager. He has over 15 years’ experience in the Construction Industry, acquiring broad commercial, construction and project management skills.