NZTA awards contract for New Zealand’s biggest-ever roading project
New Zealand’s biggest and most complex roading project – Auckland’s Waterview Connection– is a step closer to completion
with the NZ Transport Agency’s announcement today that it has chosen the preferred tenderer for the project’s
The successful tenderer is the Well-Connected consortium. Well-Connected includes New Zealand and international
companies: Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell Constructors, Obayashi Corporation, PB New Zealand, Beca
Infrastructure and Tonkin & Taylor. The consortium includes five sub-alliance partners and contractors: SICE, Wilson Tunnelling, Downer EDI Works,
Boffa Miskell and Warren and Mahoney. Well-Connected will now enter into an alliance with the NZTA to deliver the
The project, to be finished by 2016, will complete one of the key links in the Western Ring Route around Auckland by
connecting the Southwestern Motorway (SH20) at Mt Roskill to the Northwestern Motorway (SH16), providing a 48 kilometre
motorway alternative to ease pressure on SH1 and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone towards a transport solution that will deliver many benefits for
Aucklanders and for all of New Zealand,” says the NZTA’s Chief Executive, Geoff Dangerfield.
“The Waterview Connection is the key transport link needed to complete the Western Ring Route. This will have a major
change on the way traffic moves around Auckland, keeping the city moving and the economy growing. Business, commuters
and tourists will all be able to travel more reliably, more safely and with much greater convenience. This important
travel solution will reduce congestion and provide a strategic alternative to SH1 – the country’s busiest motorway.”
The Western Ring Route is one of seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS), identified by the Government as vital to
enabling economic growth in New Zealand by moving people and freight between and within major population centres more
safely and efficiently.
Together with the NZTA, Well-Connected will be responsible for constructing nearly 5kms of new motorway that includes
tunnels and interchanges that will connect the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways.
More than half of the new motorway will be underground – traffic will drive through two three-lane tunnels – which will
be a first for New Zealand.
“This project will require underground work at an unprecedented scale, in a country where road tunnels are relatively
rare. It will need to be constructed through difficult terrain that consists of soft sedimentary rock and basalt lava
flows,” says Mr Dangerfield.
“It won’t be easy, but by constructing the project in an alliance between the NZTA and the private sector, we’re
ensuring that this project will be delivered as quickly as possible and with the very best value for money.”
Mr Dangerfield says today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in a rigorous procurement process that started
Last November, the NZTA shortlisted three registered consortia down to two. The other shortlisted consortium which was
unsuccessful today was Tuhono. The Tuhono consortium included Leighton Contractors, Fulton Hogan, John Holland, Aecom
and Sinclair Knight Merz. Tuhono also included United Group and Keller New Zealand as proposed sub alliance partners.
Mr Dangerfield thanked Tuhono for its hard work and involvement in the process and says that both of the final tender
submissions received by the NZTA were innovative, demonstrated good value for money and proved that either of these
competitors were up to the challenge of delivering a complex and important project of this size.
“These parties have been engaged in a competitive and rigorous tender process that has attracted a high level of
interest both nationally and internationally. We have been incredibly impressed with what they have delivered, and we
are pleased with the outcome of this competitive process. We are on track to deliver this very large project on time and
on budget at $1.4 billion. That’s great news for Auckland and great news for New Zealand.”
Mr Dangerfield says the NZTA has run the competitive alliance tender process in parallel with its pursuit of statutory
approvals for the Waterview Connection Project from the Board of Inquiry. The Agency received the final nod to go ahead
“Running the two processes in parallel has helped us save up to a year in construction time and ensure we get the best
“Now, we gear up towards the start of construction. We’re nailing down the final design scheme that will incorporate
all of the Board’s additions and take into account the community’s views and concerns and excitingly, we’re looking
forward to getting that first spade in the ground before the end of the year.” Mr Dangerfield adds.
“And it doesn’t stop here for the community. They will continue to have a very active role as the project develops.
We’ll be establishing community liaison groups that will ensure the community will have a voice throughout the project’s
lifecycle and we’ll make sure they’ll be in place well before construction commences.”