Client: CPBJH JV  Product: Bespoke Formwork

Western Distributor (Hyde Street) – Melbourne, VIC


The Western Distributor will provide a much needed alternative to the West Gate Bridge by providing a vital second river crossing, enhancing freight connections and helping get trucks out of local streets in Melbourne’s inner west.

The project includes extra lanes on the West Gate Freeway, between the M80 and Williamstown Road; a tunnel under Yarraville; a bridge over the Maribyrnong River; and an elevated road above Footscray Road connecting to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the city.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • reduce congestion in the M1 corridor
  • reduce reliance on the West Gate Bridge
  • improve freight access to the Port of Melbourne and greater Melbourne
  • take trucks off local streets and improve community amenity on local streets in the inner west


Design and supply a bespoke formwork table system to complete the column and headstock pours on the 30+ span bridge.


The engineering team designed a custom steel system to suit the unique headstock which only had a singular column.


Acrow provided a turnkey solution including design and fabrication of the table system that was fully crane liftable and allow the client to reduce installation and removal times and exceed program.


Tailored solution to the project that wasn’t suited to proprietary type formwork. Taking ideas from the successful Harwood project in 2017, they were able to provide the client with confidence that the system would work and provide significant benefit over conventional options.