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Italian company helps construct the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane

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Ghella is a construction company, working on major infrastructure projects worldwide with a focus on underground and specialist tunnelling. Its official origins date back to 1894, when it was founded in Italy. Before then, the company’s forefather Domenico Ghella worked as a miner in France in 1867, and then contributed to the construction of the Suez passage in Egypt, and the Pera-Galata funicular tunnel in Istanbul, before returning to Italy in 1877. Domenico’s passion for work, his entrepreneurial spirit and strong Italian values have now been passed down through five generations of family ownership at Ghella.

Ghella is now a multinational company, with operations in 15 countries around the globe. Ghella has been in Australia for just over a decade, and has worked as part of the teams delivering landmark projects including the Legacy Way Tunnel in Brisbane’s west, and the Sydney Metro City and Southwest. Ghella’s most recent project is working as part of the team delivering the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, together with CPB Contractors, BAM, and UGL.

The project encompasses a 10.2km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD, and four new state-of-the-art underground stations. Once completed, the new infrastructure will create a second rail river crossing and ease the existing congestion on the rail network. Works started in late 2019 and expected to be completed in late 2024.

All Ghella teams around the world build on the strong foundation of the company’s Italian heritage, and share common values of ethics, respect for people and cultural diversity, valuing tradition and innovation.

“Ghella in Australia is replicated with strong values that derive from 120 years of history,” says Marco Fontana, Managing Director (NSW) for Ghella.

“But I think that one of the great strengths of Ghella is the fact that they’re able to mix and integrate with the local culture, local market, and mix their expertise with the local expertise. We pride ourselves to be Australian in what we do.”

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