31 July 2014
Record entry for Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards
Projects ranging from a skate park and a farm bridge to multi-million dollar power station and expressway projects are
among finalists in the 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards.
This year, for the first time, the awards are being run by both the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation (NZCF) and
Roading New Zealand.
NZCF executive officer Malcolm Abernethy said this had led to the highest ever number of entries.
“All were of a very high calibre and judges had a tough selection task in narrowing entries down to the 24 that have
gone forward to the finals,” said Mr Abernethy.
“These projects represent the highest standards of civil construction and maintenance and management of assets by New
Chris Olsen, chief executive of Roading New Zealand, said the awards celebrate excellence by contractors in the
construction or management of infrastructure.
“The last 10 to 15 years has seen a huge increase in the skills and capacity of the New Zealand contracting industry,”
he said. “It’s great that we can acknowledge those at the leading edge of this increase.”
The joint awards have six categories recognising excellence in civil construction projects, asset management and
maintenance carried out by New Zealand companies at home or abroad. They cover projects with budgets ranging from less
than $0.5m to greater than $30m.
Finalists in category one - for projects with a value of less than $0.5m are: Construction Contracts for a Wellington
stormwater upgrade; Worthington Contractors for installation of a temporary lift station in Christchurch; EPL
Construction for a water supply and waste water upgrade to the Pinnacles Hut; Bridge it NZ for a project to replace a
1950s farm swing bridge over the Motu river.
Finalists in category two – $0.5m to $5m – are: Higgins Contractors for building new floating concrete pontoon jetties
and increasing the number of berths at Picton Marina; E Carson & Sons for a new sewer pump station at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium; McConnell Dowell Constructors for repair works on
the Arapuni Power Station diversion gate and tunnel; Downer New Zealand for repairing the Heathcote/Opawa Bridge; Hunter
Civil for the redevelopment of the Washington Reserve Skate Park, both in Christchurch.
Finalists in category three – $5m-$30m – are: McConnell Dowell Constructors for the Lower Hatea River Crossing at
Whangarei; HEB Construction for the Papakura Interchange Upgrade; Goodman Contractors for the Boulcott Stopbank in Lower
Hutt; Brian Perry Civil for construction of access roads, environmental controls and pylon foundations for the new
Wairakei to Whakamaru ‘C’ Transmission Line.
Finalists in category four – greater than $30m – are: Downer New Zealand for the Auckland Transport’s train maintenance
depot at Wiri and McConnell Dowell Constructors for the Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station at Taupo; Fulton Hogan has
three finalist projects in the category - for the relining of the Tekapo Canal, the Te Rapa section of the Waikato
Expressway and for Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 1.
Road Science, NZ Transport Agency, Transfield Services and Fulton Hogan are finalists in the excellence and management
of assets category. Downer New Zealand and Fulton Hogan are the finalists in the excellence in routine maintenance
Winners will be announced at the Hirepool Construction Excellence awards dinner on 8 August. The event is part of the
tripartite New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, Association of Consulting Engineers and Roading New Zealand Conference
to be held in Rotorua from 6–9 August.