Wa­ter treat­ment plant takes con­trac­tors’ top award

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A MA­JOR up­grade to Auck­land’s main wa­ter treat­ment plant in Man­gere took top hon­ours at the Civil Con­trac­tors New Zealand’s (CCNZ) na­tional awards last month.

The win­ner of the cov­eted CCNZ Hire­pool Con­struc­tion Ex­cel­lence Awards ‘Projects with a value greater than $100 mil­lion’ cat­e­gory was the $140 mil­lion Man­gere Waste­water Treat­ment Plant Bi­o­log­i­cal Nu­tri­ent Re­moval Up­grade – a Mc­Connell Dow­ell and HEB Con­struc­tion joint ven­ture.

The project, which was com­pleted in April, adds wa­ter treat­ment ca­pac­ity for around 250,000 peo­ple. Con­trac­tors moved 100,000m3 of earth, poured 15,000m3 of con­crete and in­stalled 10km of pipework and 90km of cable to get the job done. It faced off against Christchurch’s Rus­s­ley Road SH1 up­grade, a joint ven­ture be­tween Mc­Connell Dow­ell and Downer.

CCNZ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Peter Sil­cock com­mended the win­ners of all award cat­e­gories on the ex­cel­lence they had shown in their projects.

“CCNZ is proud of the ex­em­plary work th­ese award win­ners have done over the past year. It’s al­ways great to see New Zealand’s hard­work­ing con­trac­tors get­ting the recog­ni­tion they de­serve for a job well done, and it’s not hard to see the ben­e­fits th­ese stand­out projects pro­vide to New Zealand.”

A Downer NZ and HEB Con­struc­tion joint ven­ture to in­stall a new wharf at Wai­tangi in the Chatham Is­lands, which re­quired a pur­pose- built quarry, won the ‘Projects with a value of be­tween $20 mil­lion and $100 mil­lion’ cat­e­gory, while HEB Con­struc­tion won the ‘Projects be­tween $5 mil­lion and $20 mil­lion’ cat­e­gory for re­pairs to Welling­ton’s dam­aged wharf fol­low­ing the Kaik­oura earth­quake.

Schick Civil Con­struc­tion was awarded the ‘Projects up to $5 mil­lion – larger com­pa­nies’ cat­e­gory for Hamil­ton’s new Vic­to­ria on the River de­vel­op­ment on the banks of the Waikato river, with March Con­struc­tion highly com­mended in the cat­e­gory for a chal­leng­ing project re­plac­ing the Ka­iapoi sewer out­let.

ARC Projects won the ‘Projects up to $5 mil­lion – smaller com­pa­nies’ cat­e­gory for cre­ation of a drain and pump sta­tion that worked in har­mony with its sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment in a Christchurch wet­land, while Tay­lor Con­tract­ing won the ‘Main­te­nance and man­age­ment of as­sets’ cat­e­gory for its work main­tain­ing 285 kms of Tas­man Dis­trict river­bank.

Sil­cock said while the awards rep­re­sented pin­na­cle in­dus­try achieve­ments, it was also im­por­tant to recog­nise the ev­ery­day achieve­ments of New Zealand’s con­tract­ing work­force.

“Th­ese peo­ple work day-in, day- out to build and main­tain New Zealand’s vi­tal roading, wa­ter and other in­fra­struc­ture net­works. They pro­vide com­mu­ni­ties with fresh wa­ter, safe roads and ac­cess to our cities, towns and coun­try­side. This work is vi­tal, and any recog­ni­tion they get is wellde­served.”

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