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O'Donnell Griffin is a major partner in alliance type delivery models for large scale, complex infrastructure projects.

A pre-requisite for a successful alliance is highly qualified people making considered choices, guided by clear financial goals, about what is best for that particular project. The alliance delivery model is based on ‘gain share / pain share’ for all partners, including the customer.  

The benefits of alliances versus the traditional ‘design & construct’ delivery model are as follows:  

  • the alliance model has built-in flexibility that allows technology to be continually upgraded during the life of the project, whilst the D&C approach is usually fixed to the technology available at the start of the project  

  • alliances allow for a more dynamic project approach delivered through ‘value engineering’ to create solutions based on pre-determined time and cost structures, whereas under D&C, the process of construction specification and costs have already been determined by an estimator, and tenders conform to a prescribed set of outcomes 

  • the nature of alliances allow for a more collaborative and co-operative customer-supplier approach to problem solving, whilst the set processes of D&C frequently leads to litigation as problems are often discovered midway through the project which lead to cost blowouts, delays and disputes

  • the alliance model works on the creation of an expert project team, who learn from each other, and ensure the best outcomes for each part of the project are implemented, whereas the D&C method typically comes with a fixed skill-set and little room for creative growth.  

 Why choose an alliance model?  

  • it is particularly suited to high risk/ highly complex challenges / environments
  • opportunity to bring right team of professionals and experts together under long-term partnership approach
  • greater certainty of outcome
  • joint commitment to future resources. 

Some of our recent alliances include:


Novo Rail Alliance


South Improvement Alliance Project – ARTC

Novo Rail is an alliance of Transport for NSW in partnership with Aurecon, Laing O'Rourke and O'Donnell Griffin, working as one team to deliver a substantial portfolio of infrastructure work across Sydney's local rail network.

Novo Rail is a unique alliance because its remit extends across a program of works incorporating multiple projects, as distinct from working on one or two specific projects. RailCorp is both the alliance customer and partner and therefore have an equal and vested interest in the ‘pain share / gain share’ agreement on which the alliance has been set up.

O'Donnell Griffin's scope of works includes the design, installation, and commissioning of rail signalling, overhead wiring and traction substation upgrades, and Automatic Train Protection.


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is focused on delivering an integrated series of projects which together target major improvements in operational capacity, transit time and reliability. It offers major long term benefits to Australia communities and the economy.

O'Donnell Griffin formed an alliance with ARTC, CW-DC, John Holland – Rail, and KBR to provide ARTC with an integrated rail signalling design, install, commission and maintenance capability between the Sydney-Melbourne corridor. The long term project valued at $1.1 billion will see the provision of about 220 kilometres of new passing loops, extensive upgrading of railway infrastructure and the modernisation of the line's signalling system.