Issue 30 – August 2011
Projects large and small, from a $309,000 manhole to the $230m Manukau Harbour Crossing, feature among finalists in the New Zealand Contractors' Federation/Hirepool Construction Awards 2011.
The awards have four categories, recognising excellence in civil construction projects carried out by New Zealand companies at home or abroad, with budgets ranging from up to $1m to over $50m. Federation executive officer Malcolm Abernethy said that finalists throughout all the categories demonstrated the very high standards of work being carried out by contractors across the country.
Finalists in the projects having a value up to $1m category included Brian Perry Civil's $309,000 contract to construct the shaft for the Birkdale No.3 manhole, one of the largest in the Auckland region, and the $914,000 Government House Siteworks in Wellington by Multi Civil Contractors.
Projects in the $1m to $10m category include the $1.6m world-first project by Dunedin's DELTA Utility Services to create the pitch at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, the $1.2m upgrade of Whangarei's Okara Pumpstation by United Civil Construction, and the $2.2m Havelock North Sewer Reconstruction project by Infracon, Hawke's Bay.
Projects in the $10m to $50m category include the $21m Gisborne Waste Water Treatment Plant by HEB Construction, $25m Ruby Bay Bypass in Tasman by Downer NZ – Major Projects – Southern, and the $35.3m civil works scheme at the Te Uku Wind Farm near Raglan, a joint venture by Hick Bros Civil and Spartan Construction.
Finalists in the projects over $50m category include the Manukau Harbour Crossing by the Manukau Harbour Crossing (MHX) Alliance, the $116m Rosedale Water Treatment Plant & Ocean Outfall by McConnell Dowell Constructors, and Fletcher Construction's $195m New Lynn Rail Trench.
Abernethy said that judges now faced a tough job selecting winners from a very high standard of finalist projects. 'Although the industry continues to be hard hit by the recession, the range of very high quality finalists shows that New Zealand contractors are maintaining their extremely high standards and commitment to finding innovative and economical solutions for their clients,' says Abernethy.
Winners will be announced on 5 August 2011 at the New Zealand Contractors' Federation and Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand's annual conference in Rotorua.
For more information contact Malcolm Abernethy, Executive Officer, New Zealand Contractors' Federation, 027 249 2513.
Summarised from a NZ Contractors Federation media release 25 July 2011.