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Located in the second-largest city in New South Wales, GHD in Newcastle is well positioned to serve clients in the Hunter Valley, northern New South Wales and beyond.

GHD's Newcastle office was established in 1980 and today employs more than 200 people. We serve a diverse range of public and private sector clients in water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transport.

The Newcastle office is one of five offices that comprise the Newcastle Operating Centre, which covers the region north of the Hawkesbury to the Queensland border, and north-west New South Wales.

For more information, contact:

Phillip Pigram
T: +61 2 4979 9999
F: +61 2 4979 9988
E: Email GHD in Newcastle

Location address:
Level 2 and 3,
GHD Tower,
24 Honeysuckle Drive,
Newcastle,
NSW 2300
Australia

Postal address:
PO Box 5403
Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Australia

Green Star Rated Office Design

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GHD adhered to the principles of ecologically sustainable design (ESD) for the fit out of its Honeysuckle premises.

The building facade has mesh and vertical shading fins with double glazed insulated units to regulate solar heat.


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Environmentally Conscious Waste Management

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Newcastle City Council engaged GHD to prepare an environmental impact assessment and statement for a modern, engineered landfill and resource recovery facility at Summerhill.

The facility has a strong environmental focus and was designed as a ‘dry tomb’ to prevent waste and contaminated water from entering the surrounding environment. Furthermore, the methane produced onsite through decomposing waste is used to fuel electricity production.


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Australian Solar Institute

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Australia is at the forefront of solar research and development and the Australian Solar Institute's role was to keep it there.

GHD provided the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) with communications support, providing a variety of communication materials and a long-term communications plan which GHD assisted ASI to initiate but which ASI could deliver into the future.


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Defence Logistics

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GHD provides maintenance, engineering and logistics management services for the Defence Material Organisation and other major defence prime contractors.

GHD has delivered engineering and logistics support for various air defence radars and air traffic control as well as the avionics upgrades for the RAAF fleet of F/RF111C aircraft.


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Shenhua Watermark

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GHD provides a comprehensive range of services to Shenhua's Watermark Project in New South Wales, Australia.

The Shenhua Group, one of China’s leading energy companies, holds an exploration licence near Gunnedah in New South Wales that contains more than one billion tonnes of accumulated coal resources.


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World’s Quietest Truck

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Mt Arthur Coal mine is a large open-cut mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

To meet the most stringent noise limits for mining operations, GHD was commissioned by WesTrac (Caterpillar dealers for NSW/ACT and WA) to acoustically attenuate three Caterpillar 789C off-highway trucks.


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Sandgate Rail Grade Separation

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GHD Newcastle developed the concept design, project managed and provided independent environmental services to the Sandgate Rail Grade Separation project. 

The flyover removed a long-standing obstruction to the efficiency of the Hunter Valley’s coal chain. The separation reduced delays and disruptions by carrying the main north railway over the top of the coal lines so that coal trains could pass uninterrupted to the main export terminal at Kooragang Island. This rail line carries both freight and passenger trains.


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Quipolly Dam, Australia

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Quipolly Dam was originally constructed in 1955. The spillway capacity was grossly inadequate as it could only pass a flood with an estimated return period of 850 years. The NSW Dams Safety Committee (DSC) recognized this as a dam with an unacceptably high risk to the safety of anyone living downstream in the event of a large flood resulting in a dambreak event. In light of this, the DSC required that Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) upgrade the Dam.

The scope of works for the design brief was to address the flooding spillway capacity problem as well as the potential piping failure, while at the same time increasing the water storage. GHD was appointed designer and project manager for this upgrade providing assistance to LPSC during the construction stage, including review of contractor’s certificates, review of claims submitted, monitoring quality of works and construction certification, in compliance with DSC requirements. One of the innovative elements of the project was the tower access bridge, which was designed as a single span rather than the three spans of the original bridge, "negating the need for underwater foundation construction for its replacement piers" (Source: Water Engineering Australia, July 2013).


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Truck lift to cut costs and CO2 emissions in mines

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With the mining industry is under constant pressure to stay competitive GHD designed TULIP – a truck lift that achieves significant economic, safety and sustainability benefits.

Mining operators that remove ore from pits are under constant pressure to stay competitive whilst complying with often conflicting environmental and safety objectives.


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Managing Rail Safety

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To enable mining to safely continue in a high-use area, GHD's Newcastle people developed an innovative, 'world first', safety management system.

This allowed Xstrata to maintain its mining operations beneath the railway line without disturbing train operations above.


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Quipolly Dam, Australia

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Quipolly Dam was originally constructed in 1955. The spillway capacity was grossly inadequate as it could only pass a flood with an estimated return period of 850 years. The NSW Dams Safety Committee (DSC) recognized this as a dam with an unacceptably high risk to the safety of anyone living downstream in the event of a large flood resulting in a dambreak event. In light of this, the DSC required that Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) upgrade the Dam.

The scope of works for the design brief was to address the flooding spillway capacity problem as well as the potential piping failure, while at the same time increasing the water storage. GHD was appointed designer and project manager for this upgrade providing assistance to LPSC during the construction stage, including review of contractor’s certificates, review of claims submitted, monitoring quality of works and construction certification, in compliance with DSC requirements. One of the innovative elements of the project was the tower access bridge, which was designed as a single span rather than the three spans of the original bridge, "negating the need for underwater foundation construction for its replacement piers" (Source: Water Engineering Australia, July 2013).


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Grahamstown Dam

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GHD designed the dam augmentation, delivered the environmental audit and provided geotechnical advice throughout the Grahamstown Dam design, construction and commissioning phases.

The project involved designing a raised embankment and spillway with a labyrinth weir for the region’s largest dam, increasing its storage capacity by 50 per cent.  The upgrade of Grahamstown Dam increase’s the Hunter region’s ability to cope with prolonged drought.


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Phillip Pigram

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Phillip is the Manager for GHD's Hunter and northern New South Wales operations, overseeing our offices in Newcastle, Singleton, Tuggerah, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. A civil/structural engineer with nearly 20 years’ experience, Phil brings a unique blend of experience and knowledge to GHD’s clients in the region. Prior to his current appointment, Phil oversaw the Energy & Resources group in the Hunter and northern NSW, and prior to this led the Property & Buildings area of the business. Along with a number of management positions across NSW over the past seven years, Phil has held leadership roles in GHD’s Townsville and Melbourne offices and spent three years with GHD in Asia delivering large-scale infrastructure projects.

Raised in rural NSW and having lived in Newcastle and northern NSW for nearly 15 years, Phil is passionate about the region and meeting the needs of our clients’ businesses.

Operating Centre Manager – Newcastle
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+61 2 4979 9999

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